The Martin Luther King, Jr Virtual Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. worship service of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council of Delaware (IMAC) will be held virtually this year Sunday, January 17th at 6 p.m. Senator Chris Coons will be the preacher for the service. The service will be streamed live on Facebook. See our flyer for...

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Christmas Eve Services 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Christmas” Christmas Eve Whole Church Children, seniors, and everyone in between are invited to join us for a spirit-lifting Christmas Eve experience of story and song. Grab your hot cocoa, some cookies, and settle in as we explore the meaning...

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UPDATE! New Link for Sunday Worship!

Last Friday, we posted the link to Sunday worship in our weekly Enews, but we soon realized that there may be some weeks when the link will not be available in time for the Friday Enews mailing. This week, we will take a new approach and instead post a link...

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COUNTERPOINT SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND CONCERT

Our annual Counterpoint Society membership drive is in full swing! Counterpoint Society is a group of people who believe in the importance of music and who financially support First Unitarian’s Music Program above their regular church pledge. Counterpoint makes it possible for us to host special guest musicians in our...

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First Unitarian in the News

Our virtual church has made the news! A recent article about First U in Town Square Live reported on our efforts to maintain safety while providing virtual experiences for our congregation. Click here to read all about it! A reminder that even though the building is closed, the church is...

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Thanksgiving Holiday Office Hours

We hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving! May you all have good health and happiness this holiday season. This is your reminder that the church office will be closed both Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020.

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Drive Through Mobile Food Pantry: New Castle County

When: Friday, November 20 starting at 11:00 a.m. Where: Delaware Tech 400 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark Register in advance: NovNewCastleCountyFood.eventbrite.com Sign up to volunteer: https://fbd.volunteerhub.com/event/index/12658105 Please bring photo ID and proof of Delaware residency. On-site registration will also be available! Service will be first-come, first-served. Assistance is limited to one...

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Thanksgiving Office Update

In less than two weeks, it will be Thanksgiving! This year, Thanksgiving is on November 26, 2020. The Church Office will be closed November 25 and will remain closed until Monday, November 30, 2020. We hope you and your families will have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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A Story of Hope – UUSC Guest at your Table Program

What is “The Meaning of Home” when home brings violence against women, extreme poverty, and discrimination against Indigenous peoples? These are some of the factors leading record numbers of people – the majority Indigenous – to migrate from Guatemala. “People cross the border in search of new opportunities for their...

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Meet the Author: A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi; Sunday, November 15 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join the YWCA Delaware and their sponsors for a virtual conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times best seller “How to Be an Antiracist.” Click here to register. The Human Rights Task Force is honored to support the YWCA. Questions email Becky Laster at blaster102@verizon.net.

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Guest At Your Table 2020

Home. In these strange times the word takes on new meaning. It’s become our workplace, our school and even our church. Whether we feel trapped or contented there, our homes are central to our lives, especially now. This year’s Guest at Your Table theme is The Meaning of Home. Over...

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“Another World is Possible”: Fundraiser for UUSC

Friday, October 30, 2020 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT) on Zoom Join Emma’s Revolution for a fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, sponsored by First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE! UUSC’s mission is to advance “human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront...

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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AT HOME

It is difficult being away from each other for so long. I miss seeing the children and youth in person! I also think this is a wonderful opportunity to bring your Unitarian Universalism into your home and start some UU traditions with your family. Participate in the worship service as...

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Food Bank of Delaware

Although First U has a small food bank in our building for members in need, the Food Bank of Delaware provides more extensive support than our church can provide. Please learn more about Food Bank of Delaware, whether you need resources or you want to support an organization which is...

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Social Media helps us stay Connected!

We love our congregation and we miss seeing everyone on Sunday mornings. We have always connected to our community through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and now these connections are even more important. If you use any of these social media platforms, you can follow First Unitarian Church and help keep...

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Knitters and Crafters Warm Us Up!

The craft group is pleased to report that 165 hats/scarves/mittens were lovingly and artistically created for members of the community. Mimi Moser, Susan Madison, and Jackie Feldman recently sorted, counted, and boxed up the items for distribution to the YWCA Life Care Center, Sojourner’s Place, and Friendship House. UUSC was...

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American Promise Delaware Quarterly Meeting!

Join us for American Promise Delaware’s QUARTERLY MEETING via ZOOM at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. Co-sponsored by Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG) and Delaware Get Money Out (DGMO), the topic is “Following the Money: Campaign Finance in Delaware,” and our featured guests are Matthew Bittle, political journalist...

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First Sundays at First U

First Sundays at First U — Virtual Coffee Hour, Sunday October 4 Please join us this Sunday, October 4 at 11:30 a.m. after the service when we will gather virtually to share “coffee hour” together.  Come and see your friends. We will break into small groups for a few minutes...

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Peace Week Delaware – October 3 to 11: Non-violence in the Year of the Pandemic

From October 3 to 11, the 5th annual Peace Week 2020 will be held virtually statewide. Over 40 events are scheduled and will be available free of charge. For more information and to register, please visit PeaceWeekDelaware.org. Dozens of organizations and individuals will be facilitating programs which include art exhibits,...

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First Unitarian’s YouTube Channel

Each week, we broadcast our worship services on Sunday mornings using our First U YouTube channel. We also keep an archive of sermons and worship services on our YouTube channel as well. Check it out, here. You can subscribe to receive updates when new videos are uploaded.

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UU the VOTE – UPDATE!

JOIN the next First U Postcard Campaign! Thanks to the 20+ First U writers who have sent 2,850 postcards already! The 5 Delaware UU churches sent 3,000 postcards to Florida in July and 4,700 to South Carolina in August. We are gearing up for our third campaign in September to...

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Registration for Soul Matters and Connection Circles

Small Group Ministry is a form of shared ministry that encourages spiritual growth and the development of deep and substantive relationships. Small Group Ministry meets our needs for belonging (intimacy) and meaning (ultimacy). It builds friendships and provides opportunities to talk with others about the big questions of life. Small...

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21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Join the Human Rights Task Force in participating in the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. The 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge is being led by United Way of Delaware and YWCA Delaware. From Monday, August 17 until Monday, September 14, engage with thousands of other Delawareans in an online,...

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21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Join the Human Rights Task Force in participating in the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. The 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge is being led by United Way of Delaware and YWCA Delaware. From Monday, August 17 until Monday, September 14, engage with thousands of other Delawareans in an online,...

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Food Bank of Delaware

Although First U has a small food bank in our building for members in need, the Food Bank of Delaware provides more extensive support than our church can provide. Please learn more about Food Bank of Delaware, whether you need resources or you want to support an organization which is...

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Summer Soul Matters Openings

A few of our Soul Matters small groups will continue meeting during July and August and are open to additional participants. If you are not currently signed up for a Soul Matters group and are interested in participating, please click on the following link to fill out the sign-up. Current...

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Summer Soul Matters Openings

A few of our Soul Matters small groups will continue meeting during July and August and are open to additional participants. If you are not currently signed up for a Soul Matters group and are interested in participating, please click on the following link to fill out the sign-up. Current...

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Music Survey

Our Online Music Survey is ready and waiting for you! Please help us find the best Music Director for our church by completing it as soon as you can. Your input is vital to the success of our search, and it shouldn’t take you too long to complete. We want...

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Racial Justice Advocacy

There are many ways to advocate for change. We offer different ideas to engage in advocacy for racial justice during this difficult time. There is something for everyone – ideas for action, materials for reading and learning, and local and national partners to support. Click here to download a list...

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Racial Justice Advocacy

Our city is hurting due to recent national events. We want to support our neighbors and our partners in the struggle for justice, but it is an especially difficult time to gather due to the risks of being together in large crowds. We are offering many different kinds of ideas...

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Building Closure

As our understanding of the risks and trajectory of this pandemic becomes clearer, the leadership of First Unitarian Church concludes that our congregation’s worship services, programs, meetings, and classes will continue to remain online-only at least through June 30. As the coming months unfold, we will offer updates as they...

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Masks Available

Our church mask-makers have been busy. Masks are now required in Delaware when you venture out. If you need a cloth protective mask please contact Lydia Robb at LydiaR@firstuuwilm.org. We’ll figure our how to get a mask to you. Stay safe, stay well.”

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New to First Unitarian Church

If you are new to First Unitarian Church or have just started participating in our streaming online services during the pandemic, we welcome you. If you would like to know more about First Unitarian Church or have questions about who we are or how to be more involved, please contact...

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Building Closure

As our understanding of the risks and trajectory of this pandemic becomes clearer, the leadership of First Unitarian Church concludes that our congregation’s worship services, programs, meetings, and classes will continue to remain online-only at least through June 30. As the coming months unfold, we will offer updates as they...

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Pandemic Prayer

Take a breath, take a moment, and listen to Rev. Pam Wat read a prayer by Rev. Lynn Ungar. Click this link, close your eyes and rest your soul a bit.

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Small Group Gatherings ONLINE

Each week during this time of social distancing, Rev. Pam will continue to lead one or two structured, small group gatherings related to the theme for the month. No preparation is required, although you must sign up in advance. We are using a Zoom platform and participants will receive a...

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Religious Exploration at Home

Keep your Sunday routine! Practice Your UU Spirituality at Home! Use these resources on Sunday or anyday! Check out our Family Resources page! Look for Religious Exploration at Home. Check out Soulful Home Resources – Thresholds, Soulful Home provides activities, questions, and resources for your family to bring Unitarian Universalism...

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Worship While Social-Distancing: On-line Streaming Service

Join us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ONLINE! At-home participants are welcome to stay in their pajamas, sip their coffee/tea/hot cocoa, and be part of Sunday morning worship by viewing the streaming service each Sunday. To subscribe to receive the viewing link (which changes each week), please sign up at...

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Building Closure

In accordance with the governor’s announcement, we are extending the closure of our church building at least through May 12. This means that worship services will be available online only, that most CYRE classes are cancelled, and that any small groups and meetings will only take place online. For now,...

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Health Update

Please visit the CDC website for more information about how to stay germ-free. Please click here for access to the CDC site. Be sure to practice vigilance regarding hand washing, not touching your face, staying home when sick, calling your primary care provider if you develop flu or cold-like symptoms,...

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Organ Concert POSTPONED!

Because of the impact of COVID19, we must postpone the Organ Concert originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15th at 3:00 p.m. We will reschedule David Schelat, one of Delaware’s finest organists, for a Fall Concert. David, then, will show us what our magnificent Rieger Organ can do with the special...

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ATTENTION: Church Office Technology Issues

Currently the Church Office has no access to the phone system. You can get messages to the Church by emailing officemgr@firstuuwilm.org.  Staff will monitor this address periodically through out the day.  For immediate issues, you may also contact Marina at 610-745-3674. Vendors have been alerted to the problems.  

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Organ Recital

Imagine listening to Bach’s Toccata, Adagio, & Fugue, BWV 564, a composition that shows off what a skilled organist can do with the pedals of our amazing Rieger organ. To organists, the pedals are another keyboard, and you may never have heard our organ played with the section of pedals...

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1st U Coffee House

Save the Date, Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. We will be having a 1st U Coffee House. For singing, dancing, poetry, stand up comedy, playing an instrument and pretty much any other talent you might want to share; this Coffee House is the time. This is open...

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Open Forum Hosted by American Promise Delaware; Tuesday, March 10, 7 pm – CANCELLED

American Promise Delaware is hosting an OPEN FORUM on Citizens United, the ‘Democracy for All’ amendment, and SCR 72: overturning misguided Supreme Court campaign finance rulings with a Constitutional amendment Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Wilmington 730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 The primary sponsors of...

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Tea with the Minister

You are invited to tea with Rev. Pamela Wat. During the weeks of our Growing Together 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign, you will have opportunities to ask questions and learn more about how the congregation is doing financially, where we are going in the future, and the challenges and opportunities we face...

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SAVE THE DATE – Organ Concert

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15th at 3:00p.m. David Schelat, one of Delaware’s finest organists will show us what our magnificent Rieger Organ can do. When our Rieger Orgelbau organ was installed in 1976-77, it was the first tracker organ in Delaware. For a number of years after, organists...

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Happy New Year!

On January 26, Rev. Pamela Wat shared her family’s tradition for celebrating the Chinese New Year. Everyone at church received a small red envelope with money in it. But there was a catch! People were asked to do something good with the money, to make the world a better place...

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Tea with the Minister

You are invited to tea with Rev. Pamela Wat. During the weeks of our Growing Together 2020/21 Stewardship Campaign, you will have opportunities to ask questions and learn more about how the congregation is doing financially, where we are going in the future, and the challenges and opportunities we face...

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Petition to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products

E-cigarettes and vaping have made news recently. This legislative session, Delaware will consider a law banning the sale of flavored e-cigs. The American Cancer Society strongly supports this ban. One in five Delaware adolescents smoke, with the majority starting with flavored products, setting them up for a lifetime of addiction...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Concert

On January 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., we will hold our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Concert. A good will offering will be taken to support the mission of YWCA Delaware. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A light reception...

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Christmas Eve Special Offerings

Our Special Offering at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will support Lutheran Community Services (LCS). LCS has been serving low-income families in Wilmington and New Castle County, with emergency food, housing and other services since 1959. When congregants or community members ask First Unitarian for help, we often refer them to the...

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Christmas Eve Services at 4 p.m. and 7:40 p.m.

Tuesday – Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. December 24: “The Gifts of Christmas” – Whole Church Worship. In this multi-generational service for all ages, we welcome children, youth, family members and the young-at-heart to experience stories and songs. All will receive a special gift as we celebrate the gifts of...

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UUSC Guest at your Table Success!

THANKS FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL GUEST AT YOUR TABLE PROGRAM. Giving of your time, talent, skills, and abilities were all significant contributions. Giving from your resources were equally significant, and, donations are still arriving. It all contributes to the successful social justice and humanitarian world-wide work of the Unitarian Universalist...

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Glen Barbaras Memorial Service

A Memorial Service for Glen Barbaras will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at First Unitarian Church. A lunch reception will follow the service. Glen Barbaras’s obituary was posted in the News Journal; please click here to learn more about Glen. Glen recently celebrated his 100th birthday. In July 2018, First...

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American Promise Meeting December 10

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: The December American Promise Delaware ALL-HANDS meeting will be held via ZOOM only. Click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/546758981 shortly before 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 10: to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics....

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UUSC Knitting Project and Guest at Your Table

The final count is in! Items donated to UUSC for the GAYT campaign is 249. Thank you Carol Scott, Mimi Moser, Dottie Ashcraft, Jean Toll, Susan Madison, Michele Tashman, Meghan Miller, Darlene Scott, Jackie Feldman, Diane Wills, Deb Dalecki, and Carol Cottman. We are also grateful to those people who...

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Winter Solstice Ceremony

What do we surrender to the darkness? What shall we birth into the light? Come join us for Winter Solstice and the return of the light! The coffin and cradle ritual that has recently been celebrated at First U during the New Year will be adapted for our solstice gathering....

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Amazon Smile and First Unitarian

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday season at Amazon Smile and Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to First Unitarian Church. This year we are on track to earn $200, which is the most we have ever earned through Amazon Smile. If you shop Amazon, please set...

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Art Gallery December/January

Our next display in our Art Gallery, outside the Brunner Chapel and Music Room, is coming soon, and we’re looking for YOU to display your art and other creative works! Our display will be focused on the following Soul Matters themes: What Does It Mean to be a People of…...

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Special Collection: Emmanuel Dining Room

November’s Special Collection on November 10 will fund our annual efforts for the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR). This once-a-year collection provides our entire year’s budget of grocery supplies, which will feed lunch to over 200 men, women, and children in Wilmington every month. The annual costs for this program are...

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Stories of Hope

Every Sunday we say that we are “a beloved community that . . . fights injustice and transforms the world through loving action.” One way to do that is through your support of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). If you were in church recently, you received a red booklet,...

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UUSC GUEST AT YOUR TABLE: A Story of Hope

In our Tale for All Ages last week we heard about a polar bear who lost his home as his ice floe melted. It was a story about bears, yes, but it’s also the story of real people facing a real crisis due to climate change. Made up of low-lying...

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South Wilmington Wetland Park

The Environmental Justice Task Force would like to share the good news that the long-awaited groundbreaking of the South Wilmington Wetland Park in Southbridge took place on Friday, October 18th. It has been a 13 year long journey with tireless work by our friends in Southbridge, as well as collaboration...

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UUSC GUEST AT YOUR TABLE PROGRAM

October 20th is the kick off date for our 2019 Unitarian Universalist Service Committee‘s Guest at Your Table program. The Guest at Your Table (GAYT) program’s purpose is to provide information about the world-wide work of UUSC and promote support for its work. Read about Stories of Hope, Women Leaders,...

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Come One, Come All! Grub Burger Bar, Concord Mall

Sunday, October 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Between Boscov’s and Macy’s) Grab your First U friends and go out to lunch after church! Help the Youth Group raise money for a summer service trip. There is something for everyone: Burgers, salads, fries, Brussels sprouts, onion rings, milk shakes,...

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Handmade Items for UUSC Needed!

Handmade hats and scarves were donated to UUSC last fall, and the project was quite a success! The Knitting Ministry is ready to exceed what was accomplished last year. We are asking members and friends to make hats or scarves of any size and color. These items will be sent...

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House Pin Sale on October 13!

Let’s celebrate the new church year, our renovated sanctuary and parish hall, and our first fall with Reverend Pam! Come to the House Pin table on October 13 and purchase a new House Pin or other hand made jewelry just for you by the UU Beading Babes. Our imaginative creations...

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October 13th Special Collection – Interdenominational Ministers Action Council (IMAC)

IMAC is a local coalition of clergy who collaborate against the systemic racial and economic injustices that manifest poverty, addiction, and violence in our communities. Rev. Richard Speck and Rev. Pamela Wat are members of IMAC and invite First Unitarian Church to join them in supporting IMAC’s 2020 Delaware Faith...

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March for a Culture of Peace

I was happy to join the 6th annual “March for a Culture of Peace” on Sunday, September 29th. The march ended at the Wilmington Friends’ Meetinghouse on West Street where we gathered to hear about a new effort being launched called “Non-violent Wilmington.” A great ending for Peace Week Delaware...

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Joe Sandberg Memorial Service

Joe Sandberg died on September 8. Joe and his wife, Maureen, joined First U in 2005. We will gather to honor his life and to support Maureen in a memorial service on Saturday, October 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike in Wilmington. Rev. Pam is...

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Fall Fun Night Fundraiser

Friday, October 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Come out for Games and Fun for all ages in Parish Hall! Cost: $5.00 per person/$20.00 max per family (or bring a donation for the ILYA Apartment Kits- click here to sign up) Food will be served as well- so come...

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Sign Up for Circle Suppers!

Circle Suppers are a great way to get to know members of our Community! Conversations are exciting and varied, and you will meet new friends to engage as we like to mix groups. Click here to sign up. Contact circlesuppers@firstuuwilm.org with further questions. Your Circle Supper Team: Becca Hammonds and...

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Caregiving Workshop

Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:00 a.m. to noon You are invited to a Caregiving Workshop on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington (in Parish Hall). Rev. Pamela Wat will teach participants how to: deeply listen, respond to another’s emotions (even during...

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UU Retreat at Murray Grove

The monthly theme of expectation and the upcoming theme of belonging have put me in mind of an experience I had last year. I was new to First U and was amazed and excited to see that it was buzzing with energy and activity. I learned about an upcoming Women’s...

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Handmade Items for UUSC Needed!

Handmade hats and scarves were donated to UUSC last fall, and the project was quite a success! The Knitting Ministry is ready to exceed what was accomplished last year. We are asking members and friends to make hats or scarves of any size and color. These items will be sent...

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You Can Help in the Bahamas!

We’ve all seen the pictures of the devastation Hurricane Dorian caused on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in the Bahamas. The numbers of those left homeless and the death toll continue to mount even as getting accurate information on conditions has been a challenge. But, as UUSC President &...

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American Promise Meeting September 10!

Join American Promise Delaware ALL-HANDS meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Room 25, to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics. Or join the meeting on-line via ZOOM: just click on https://zoom.us/j/509572665...

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Ingathering Sunday 2019

This year we are celebrating our Ingathering Sunday on September 8. It is a time when we gather to celebrate the start of another church/school year. Our service will include our annual water communion ritual in a whole church worship service led by Rev. Pamela Wat, Scott Ward, and Catherine...

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Slavery in Delaware 2019: The Crisis of Human Trafficking – CANCELLED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. UPDATE – Slavery in 2019: Human Trafficing in Delaware. – CANCELLED Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Human Rights Task Force must cancel this event. Apologies to all those who were planning to attend. We encourage you to learn more about Zoe Ministries through their website and TEDx Talks, here and here....

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American Promise Delaware

Join American Promise Delaware ALL-HANDS meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, in Room 25 to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics. Or join the meeting on-line via ZOOM: just click on https://zoom.us/j/177263811...

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Rev. Pamela Wat Preaches on 8/18/19!

The Reverend Pamela Wat has been called as senior minister of First Unitarian Church. She began her duties at First Unitarian on August 1. Her first sermon will be on August 18, 2019. Learn more about the August 18 service, here. Learn more about Rev. Wat, here.

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Take a Seat…

As we prepare for our transition to flexible seating in the Sanctuary, the improvements management team has been trying to find a good home for our pews. For months, we’ve been advertising on a website specializing in used pews and on Craigslist. We’ve also alerted the local church community, contacted...

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Help Support our First U Food Pantry!

First U Food Pantry was selected by Giant Food store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program for August. The program is simple: First U Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation every time a reusable $2.50 Community Bag is sold during the month of August at...

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Second Sunday Special Collection: Delaware Nature Society and the UU 7th Principle

Our Unitarian Universalist 7th Principle reminds us to have respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Connecting people with nature, the Delaware Nature Society is focused on healthy water, protection of habitats and wildlife, and conservation of working and natural lands. Their mission...

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Office Closure July 4 and 5

Happy Independence Day! Our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.  Have a great holiday weekend! Also on July 4, 5 and 6, electrical work will be done related to our construction project which will mean no electricity in building on those days.

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Congratulations to all!

It happened! The 2019 Graduation Pizza Party was held last week and as you can see in the pictures, below, a great time was had by all. High school grads, college grads, vocational school grads, foster care alumnae, Sophia Cywinksi, manager of the state’s Independent Living Program, Independent Living Coordinators...

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Open Heart Meditation Group

Location: Brunner Chapel Weekly Practice: every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monthly Group discussion: Last Wednesday of the month One Day Retreat: Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please check our web site www.openheartzen.org for details.

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Drum Circle – Cancelled June 12

CANCELLED Join us Wednesday, June 12 at 7:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Richard Speck will lead a drum circle. Drum Circle is a form of meditation that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. All are welcome. We begin following the Vespers service, held in the sanctuary at 6:30...

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Wednesday Night Vespers: June 12th, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Please join us for our final monthly Vespers this season on Wednesday evening, June 12th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) What is Vespers? Based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation, Vespers offers a sacred...

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TODAY is the DAY!

TODAY is the last day to submit your nomination for a Second Sunday Special Collection for Fiscal Year 2019-2020!! Is there a group that holds a special place in your heart? Send your nomination to marina@firstuuwilm.org with your name, charity contact info, and a brief summary of the work they...

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A Special Sunday!

Make sure you come to church June 30, it will be Roberta’s last Sunday preaching as our Developmental Minister. There will be special music, and a time to wish Roberta great happiness in her next chapter of life.

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Movie Night – “An Enemy of the People”

The Great Books Group will host the showing of the film “An Enemy of the People” on Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Church in Room 25. We are inviting everyone and your friends who would like to see this very good movie. This is a film...

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American Promise Meeting May 21

Join American Promise Delaware ALL-HANDS meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in Room 25 to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics. Or join the meeting on-line via ZOOM: just click on https://zoom.us/j/638266185...

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WELCOME VISITORS

We are always delighted to see you at church on Sundays. When visiting, we encourage our visitors to visit the Welcome Table at the front of Parish Hall and chat with our volunteers who are available to answer questions on First UU Church and our Unitarian Universalist faith. Please help...

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Rev. Pamela Wat is Called

Rev. Pamela Wat has been called by First Unitarian Church to be its next settled senior minister. She is the first woman called to ministry by the 153-year-old congregation, and the first person of color. On behalf of the Minister Search Committee, Paul Pinson made the motion to call at a...

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WELCOME VISITORS

We are delighted you have chosen to visit us!  We encourage visitors to our church visit the Welcome Table at the front of Parish Hall and chat with our volunteers who are available to answer questions on First UU Church and our Unitarian Universalist faith. Please help yourselves to the...

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Vespers 6:30 p.m. – May 8, 2019

Please join us for our Vespers series on Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) The services will be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. Come to find peace, silence and fellowship. We...

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It’s Chalice Lighter Sunday!

An Easter basket of benefits! This Easter Sunday we are giving to Chalice Lighters, and this time our gifts will be coming back to us! Since 1987, small gifts of $20 three times a year have been lifelines to UU congregations in our own region. Your gifts along with those...

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Family Game Night

Saturday April 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Search Committee and Children and Youth Religious Exploration are hosting a Family Game Night on April 27th for families to come and meet our new ministerial candidate! Please bring a dessert, salad, appetizer, or drinks to share. Sign up here with what you are...

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Drum Circle

Join us Wednesday, April 10 at 7:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Richard Speck will lead a drum circle. Drum Circle is a form of meditation that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. All are welcome. We begin following the Vespers service, held in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m....

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Easter Music – Sunday April 21

Service at 10:30 a.m. (Pre-service concert at 10:15 a.m.) Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Minister, Scott Ward, Honorary Minister of Music A service of celebration and music, featuring the music of Franz Schubert with the First Unitarian Choir, instruments and soloists Linda Henderson, Natalie Gilbert and Terry Ward. Pre-Service concert at 10:15...

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Wednesday Night Vespers: April 10th, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Please join us for monthly Vespers on Wednesday evening, April 10th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) What is Vespers? Based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation, Vespers offers a sacred space for 30 minutes...

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Playgrounds for Palestine

The Human Rights Task Force is co-sponsoring Children of Palestine: Heartbreak and Hope, a three-part series on efforts to gain basic survival and human rights for the children of Palestine. Playgrounds for Palestine, the first program in the series, will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 7:00 p.m. to...

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Easter Music – Sunday April 21

Service at 10:30 a.m. (Pre-service concert at 10:15 a.m.) Celebrating Spiritual Renewal through Music The Music of Franz Schubert: Mass in G D167, and Lieder Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Minister, Scott Ward, Honorary Minister of Music, the Choir of First Unitarian Church with Instruments, Natalie Gilbert, soprano, Terry Ward, Baritone 10:15...

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End of Life Planning

Join us for our End of Life Planning program, Sunday, April 7, 2019, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in Brunner Chapel, sponsored by Pastoral Care Associates. Save the date, plan to attend. Light lunch provided, please register in advance: Lydia Robb, lydiajoanr@gmail.com or call 302-530-4042. Topics will include hospice philosophy,...

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Children of Palestine: Heartbreak and Hope

The Human Rights Task Force is co-sponsoring Children of Palestine: Heartbreak and Hope, a three-part series about efforts to help Palestinian children gain basic survival and human rights. These programs will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 26, April...

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House Pin Sale March 17!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Wear the green and celebrate by visiting the House Pin table and say hi your hard-working Beading Babes (or should we say Leprechauns)! With our creative juices flowing, we have created new bead jewelry just for you! Select a necklace, earrings, bracelet, or eyeglass/name tag holder...

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Wednesday Night Vespers: March 13th, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Please join us for monthly Vespers Wednesday evening, March 13th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) What is Vespers? Based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation, Vespers offers a sacred space for 30 minutes of...

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Open Heart Meditation Group

Location: Brunner Chapel Weekly Practice: every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monthly Group discussion: Last Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. One Day Retreat: Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please check our web site www.openheartzen.org for details.

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Try Our New Drum Circle

Join us Wednesday, February 13, 7:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Richard Speck will lead a drum circle. Drum Circle is a form of meditation that relaxes the body and focuses the mind. All are welcome. We begin following the Vespers service, held in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Attend...

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Radical Hospitality on the Heels of Radical Generosity

First Unitarian Church of Wilmington is the birthplace of the Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA) social justice program. Since its beginnings, members and friends of the church have been very generous supporters allowing early volunteers like Betty Wier, Barbara Crowell, Barbara Perry, J. Harry Feldman, Henrietta McKelvey and many...

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YWCA Dialogues to Action

The Human Rights Task Force invites you to participate in a YWCA Dialogue to Action. Come be a part of a genuine discussion to create change. Stretch yourself to join a group so you can be part of the solution to some of the racial disparity and challenges we face...

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Wednesday Night Vespers: February 13th, 6:30-7:00 p.m

Please join us for monthly Vespers Wednesday evening, February 13th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) What is Vespers? Based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation, Vespers offers a sacred space for 30 minutes of...

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Your Church! Your Stewardship Campaign!

It’s an exciting time at First U. We are in the process of calling a new minister. We are making our Church more accessible, safe, flexible and inviting to all. We are creating new possibilities! And that is happening because you, our members, are stepping up! A Big Thank You...

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What Happens on Sundays if it snows?

If weather is bad on a Sunday morning, the decision to hold services or programming is made around 8 a.m. If we decide to cancel services, notice will be sent out via Enews, Facebook and Twitter. We will also announce on our web site. We post cancellation on the radio...

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Join Us in Celebrating Roe v. Wade

Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Congregation Beth Emeth Planned Parenthood of Delaware invites you to attend an interfaith worship service celebrating the anniversary of Roe V. Wade, followed by light refreshments, sponsored by the Clergy for Choice. Location: Congregation Beth Emeth 300 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington, DE...

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Snow Season is Here! (Really)

It may be hard to believe, as warm as it has been, but now that it is January, we expect some bad weather to begin. Please use caution when parking or using sidewalks. We have a contractor who plows and salts, and our custodians add ice melt as needed, but...

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Art Gallery Peace Art Exhibit 2019

Please get a cup of coffee or tea and join us at a reception on Sunday, January 20 after the worship service for The Pacem in Terris Youth Peace Art exhibition featuring art created by Delaware youth. Their art answers the questions, “What does peace look like?” and “What does the world...

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MEMBERSHIP CLASSES

You are invited to attend our First UU membership classes scheduled for: January 27, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. – room 25 lunch provided March 24, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m.- room 25 lunch provided May 5, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. – room 25 lunch provided...

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Open Heart Meditation Group

Location: Brunner Chapel Weekly Practice: Every Wednesday 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m (2019 practice starting on January 2) Up Coming Events: Saturday, January 12, 2018 -One Day Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please check our web site www.openheartzen.org for details.

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Wednesday Night Vespers: January 9th, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Please join us for monthly Vespers on Wednesday evening, January 9th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) What is Vespers? Based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation, Vespers offers a sacred space for 30 minutes...

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Holiday Office Closures

Please note that the church office will be closed on: Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to celebrate the New Year’s Holiday! Happy New Year, everyone!

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“Kwanzaa” with Kamau Ngom

Join us on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. for a Kwanzaa service with Kamau Ngom. For four and a half decades, Kamau O. Ngom has been an educator, performer, community leader, and organizer in the field of African and African American history and culture. He is the founder and president...

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Christmas Eve Special Music

Our traditional mini-concert before the 10:00 p.m. service (9:45 p.m.) will be “Holiday Classics from the Stage and the Screen.” Beloved songs to be sung by bass Martin Hargrove. During the service there will be a mix of traditional music and more modern selections with our choir and instruments. At...

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Christmas Eve Parking Lot Door

The parking lot door (EEC entrance) will be closed for the 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. You will need to walk around to the garden door entrance or the main Sanctuary entrance on Whitby Road. You can park on the street or in the parking lot across from the main...

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Holiday Office Closures

Please note that the church office will be closed on: Christmas Day, December 25, 2018 Monday, December 31, 2018 Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Winter Solstice Celebration: December 21

Come celebrate the Winter Solstice at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington and help us strengthen the circle. Gather for reflection, healing, and self-care while we look to the light within and without to feed our hopes and prayers. Bring a drum or rattle if you have one. Open to all;...

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Part Time Custodial Position Available

We are looking for a half time evening custodian, available to work Monday-Friday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., although occasionally evening shift may end earlier or later, depending on activities in the building. Opportunity for Saturday hours on occasion. Although we do not hire church members for permanent...

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Wednesday Night Vespers: December 12th, 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Please join us for monthly Vespers this Wednesday evening, December 12th, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) What is Vespers? Based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation, Vespers offers a sacred space for 30 minutes...

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DR. YASSER PAYNE EXPLORES AN ECONOMIC CAUSE OF VIOLENT CRIME: December 9, 3-5 pm

On Sunday, December 9th from 3-5 pm, the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, along with its co-sponsors, are grateful to have Dr. Yasser Payne conduct a solutions-oriented workshop  at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1801 Baynard Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19802. What is the connection between violence and poverty? Dr. Payne...

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Aids Quilt on Display at First U!

Leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1, AIDS Delaware will recognize AIDS Awareness Month with daily posts containing HIV/AIDS history, facts, and information. Each day in November visit @AIDSDelaware on Facebook, @AIDSDE on Twitter, and @AIDS_DE on Instagram. Join us as we look back on the struggles, the...

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Political Spending Limits – Debate

Monday, Nov. 19, 6:15 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Join American Promise Delaware, a project of the Human Rights Task Force of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, for the live simulcast debate being staged at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Jeff Clements, CEO of American Promise,...

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Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner, THIS Friday, November 9th

Come join us in Parish Hall tonight, Friday, November 9th at 6 p.m., for our Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck. This community event is hosted by the Vegan Subcommittee of the Environmental Justice Task Force. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Click here to sign up and explore recipes. If you have...

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First U Youth Excel!

Did you know that 5 of our First U Youth Group boys play on Brandywine High School’s Soccer team? The Varsity Squad, which includes Leo Claney, Calvin Donohue, Noah Hann-Deschaine, and Hayden Laster, remained undefeated after 12 games with a win at the Philadelphia Union’s Stadium on Monday, October 23rd....

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Special Collection for Grants for Growth – This Sunday, October 14

The Plate Offering this Sunday will fund the Grants for Growth Program. Several UU Congregations are preparing applications that, when implemented, will promote their membership growth. The first Grants for Growth was made in 1997 to assist the “startup” of the Lewes Congregation (UUSD). Subsequently twelve grants have been made to...

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Special Collection for Grants for Growth – Sunday October 14th, 2018

The Plate Offering this Sunday will fund the Grants for Growth Program. Several UU Congregations are preparing applications that, when implemented, will promote their membership growth. The first Grants for Growth was made in 1997 to assist the “startup” of the Lewes Congregation (UUSD). Subsequently twelve grants have been made...

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MEMBERSHIP CLASSES

You are invited to attend our First UU membership class scheduled for: October 28, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 25 with lunch provided The class will include: group discussion, topics on UU history, our religious experiences, your faith journey, history of First UU and opportunities to engage at the...

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September 24 National Walk-Out

Members and friends of First Unitarian Church joined people across the country in solidarity with survivors of sexual abuse. We walked out to Concord Pike on Monday, September 24. Photos available on our Facebook page or you can view our gallery, below. #believesurvivors  

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Questers Fall Fun Night Fundraiser: Friday, Oct. 12

Friday, October 12th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Please save the date for a Questers Fundraiser on Friday, October 12th. Our 4th through 6th grade children are planning a fun night to raise money and supplies for ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults), while enjoying Fall games! All ages...

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American Promise – ALL HANDS Meeting

Join American Promise Delaware’s ALL-HANDS meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, in Room 25 to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of politics. American Promise Delaware is a project of the First U Human...

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Take a Stand on Voting Rights

Do you want to get involved in Electoral Justice, but are not sure how? Florida’s Second Chances NEEDS OUR HELP! The UUA initiative “Love Resists” has organized two Unitarian Universalist Phone Banking Days to urge Florida voters to Vote Yes on Amendment 4 (Voting Rights Restoration for Felons). Floridians will...

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Day of Peace including Fifth Annual March for Culture of Peace; Saturday, September 22

A Day of Peace is a grassroots anti-violence gathering with the purpose of empowering our youth with hope and opportunity.  All are invited: city and suburban; black, brown and white; Anglo, African, and Hispanic, native-born and immigrant, advantaged and disadvantaged; Christian, Muslim, Jew and unaffiliated; young and old; people of all...

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Ingathering Food, Fun and Fellowship!

Following the Ingathering service on Sunday, September 9, 2018 we will parade outdoors for an old fashioned picnic with food and fun for all. This is a great chance to strengthen our community by meeting new friends and catching up with old friends. And it is an opportunity to introduce our...

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American Promise

Join American Promise Delaware to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. We’ll be showing a video of FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub at the June national conference speaking about the explosion of campaign funds in...

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First U Room Rentals

First U offers rooms for use by the local community as well as by church members and friends. Parish Hall is a popular venue for birthday parties and special events. People use Brunner Chapel for yoga, or rent a classroom on the second floor for meetings. Next time you are...

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Much Ado About Nothing!

Delaware Shakespeare had the brilliant notion to invite various local clergy to play the part of the Friar in their summer production of Much Ado About Nothing. Rev. Roberta performed July 15 and July 20. Bravo!

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July 17 American Promise Meeting

Join the newly launched DE American Promise Association to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, July 17, from 7-8 p.m., in Room 25 at the church. American Promise...

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Southbridge Book Drive

Calling all families for gently used children’s’ books (toddlers through elementary school). Please bring them to church this Sunday, July 15 and leave them in the Parish Hall in the box labelled BOOKS FOR SOUTHBRIDGE. Our friend, Marie A. Reed, President of the Southbridge Civic Association, thanks you. These will...

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Much Ado About Nothing!

Delaware Shakespeare had the brilliant notion to invite various local clergy to play the part of the Friar in their summer production of Much Ado About Nothing. Needless to say, I said yes. You can see me on Friday, July 20 @ 7:30 p.m.  All you have to do is show...

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LIFE-LONG ART

Plan to attend an exhibit of wood sculptures created by our 99-year-old member, Glen Barbaras. Glen has been working in wood for 40 years – since his retirement in 1978 from DuPont. The sculptures will be on display after church, Sunday, July 15 in Brunner Chapel. Refreshments will be available....

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Gather your Waters!

On Sunday, September 9th we will celebrate Water Communion as part of our annual multi-generational Ingathering service. If you travel this summer, bring home a small vial of water from your travels. If you take a walk by Brandywine Creek, bring creek water. Or pool water. Or puddle water. We...

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Meet Your Search Committee

First Unitarian’s ministerial search committee is already hard at work. Our goal is to bring just the right person to minister with us into a bright future with our congregation. We will begin by connecting with you, our members and friends, through an electronic survey* in July, followed by a...

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Great Books Movie Night!

The Wilmington Great Books group will sponsor a showing of the film of Eugene O’Neill’s play “Long Day’s Journey into Night” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday , June 12. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the film with us. Bring family, friends and anyone else who might enjoy it. The...

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Vespers – Wednesday June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for our Vespers series on Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) The services will be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. Come to find peace, silence and fellowship. We...

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American Promise Meeting; June 19

Join the newly launched Delaware American Promise Association to learn strategies for engaging citizens and politicians in the quest for a 28th Constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 19, from 7-8 p.m., in Room 25 at First Unitarian Church. American...

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Flower Communion on June 3rd

Please bring a flower for each member of your family, and an extra for visitors. We will exchange flowers in a ritual of mutual blessing at the end of the service. You can learn about the history of the Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion, here.

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Backpack to the Future

There’s no going back for the young people graduating high school who now age out of foster care. These  students are looking to the future having overcome challenges most of us can’t even imagine. Oftentimes they were shifted through multiple schools adding more instability to the traumatic situations that disrupted...

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Babies Expected

ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults which is the social justice program at First U supporting young people who have aged out of foster care) is having another baby shower on June 2nd. We’ve collected much of what this young mother is lacking but there are a few things still...

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Vespers – Wednesday Evening May 2

May 2, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. Please join us for our Vespers series on Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) The services will be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. Come to...

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Pancake Breakfast!

On Sunday, April 29th, the Youth Group is hosting a pancake breakfast in the Parish Hall, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Entrance is $5 per person and a max of $20 per family. They are also hosting a small bake sale, so don’t forget to bring your money for cookies and yummy breads. The...

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Simba will be in the House!

Our next All Music Sunday will be April 29, 10:30 a.m. We will be celebrating the spirituality of the Lion King. This was a sermon topic sold at our last church auction. Join the Choir, a small chamber orchestra, Rev. Roberta and some special guests for this great morning of music and reflection. Not...

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Game Night Fundraiser, Friday, 5/18 – TONIGHT!

Join us TONIGHT, Friday, May 18th in Parish Hall.  The Explorers class (our 5th through 7th graders) have been busy preparing for this fun night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with games from 7 until 9 p.m.  All money raised will benefit the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans. $5/person or $20 a family....

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Third Sunday Justice Talk – Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence

Sunday, April 15, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. – Brunner Chapel Following the March for Our Lives and anticipating consideration of significant new gun safety legislation in Delaware, we have invited Dennis Greenhouse, chair of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence legislative fund, to speak about successful legislation at the state level...

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Notice of Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday, May 6, 2018

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, at noon, we will conduct our Annual Meeting of the congregation. You will hear reports from the Board and the Executive Team. Voting members will: Elect the Nominating Committee, Board of Trustees, and Delegates for 2018 General Assembly. Hear a report on our current financial condition. Vote on the Capital Improvement Plan and...

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CYRE E-News March 2018

The Children and Youth Religious Exploration classes continue to keep busy. In March: The Seekers (2nd, 3rd, 4th grades) held a fundraiser for Faithful Friends, raising $135, and made catnip toys that they also donated to the group. The Explorers (5th, 6th, 7th grades) held an Immigration & DACA letter...

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April 8th is Justice Sunday at First U!

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SERVICE COMMITTEE SPECIAL OFFERING One of the best ways to put our human rights and social justice values to work around the world is to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee(UUSC). Sunday will be your opportunity: To participate in our Special Offering for this month-it all goes to UUSC....

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First Unitarian Walks Out

Members of First Unitarian Church in Brandywine Hundred ‘walk out’ in remembrance of Parkland following the service on March 11. You can view a video, featured on WDEL’s web site, here. In addition, we streamed the event live on Facebook so that members and friends could join us, even if...

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Vegan Potluck! – THIS FRIDAY!

6-8 p.m. Parish Hall Join us next week for our Vegan potluck on April 13th!  Vegans do not eat meat, dairy, or eggs. Please bring your entire family- there will be great food for the kids too (meatballs and hotdogs can be made vegan)! Bring something to share – a main dish, a salad,...

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Third Sunday Justice Talk

Coalition to Dismantle New Jim Crow Sunday, March 18, 9:15 – 10:15, Brunner Chapel Delaware’s Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow grew out of a series of interracial, interdenominational discussions-organized in part by members of First Unitarian Church-of Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in...

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17 Minutes of Silence for Parkland

This Sunday, March 11th, directly following our service, we will invite everyone to stand out on Whitby Road and 202 to share in 17 minutes of silence to remember the 17 victims from the Parkland Florida shooting. In doing this, we will also be uniting as a congregation to take...

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For Such a Time as This: Re-Energizing Our UU Faith

The First Unitarian Church of Wilmington invites you to an evening of fellowship, learning and renewal on Tuesday, March 13th @ 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Child care available by reservation. If you are planning to come for dinner we’d appreciate knowing in advance, but last-minute attendance is also welcome....

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Clean Energy Kickoff

Please join The Sierra Club and the Environmental Justice Task Force for a Clean Energy Kickoff on Sunday, March 4th to learn more about Delaware’s current renewable energy policy landscape, what small (and larger) steps we can take to dramatically improve the outlook for clean energy, and how to get...

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Daring Democracy Discussion April 8: UUA Common Read

First Unitarian Church will hold a two-hour public discussion of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. This Beacon Press book by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen is about the growing threats to American democracy and what we can do about them. It’s the...

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Would You Like to Be a Steward of Children?

It has been in the news for years that child sexual abuse can and does happen within churches. It is hard to imagine that it could happen within our own church.  Yet, it is possible.  It takes a community effort to prevent, recognize, and react reasonably to child sexual abuse....

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Vespers – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Please join us for our Vespers series on Wednesday evening, April 4, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) The services will be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. Come to find peace, silence and...

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Be the Change you want to see in the World! Third Sunday Justice Talk: Network Delaware

Sunday, February 18 at 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Brunner Chapel Tired of politics as usual? Frustrated by the “Delaware Way”? Come learn about Network Delaware, a new grassroots coalition that leverages citizen-led community empowerment, research analysis, and leadership development to enact lasting socioeconomic change. Now in its second...

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Martin Luther King Day of Service was a Success!

This year over 50 First U members and friends helped out at Elbert Palmer Elementary School in Wilmington on Martin Luther King Day. (See slideshow here) Our workday included: * Mural painting * Decorating bulletin boards * Cleaning, sorting and prepping school activities * Gardening * Organizing the library *...

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Social Justice at First U!

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to take action to make the world a better place? First U has many opportunities to help. A great resource is the First U Social Justice Connector. You can also learn about First U’s many efforts in justice on our web...

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Challenging Resurgent Hate Groups

Tuesday, January 30 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Theatre N at Nemours 1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Join YWCA Delaware for a special Investor’s Cabinet event, where a dynamic panel will lead a discussion on how to challenge the rise of hate groups while keeping our basic freedoms...

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Vespers: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for our Vespers series on Wednesday evening, February 7, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) The services will be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. Come to find peace, silence and...

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Second Sunday Special Collection January 14

Our Second Sunday Special Offering for January is for Lutheran Community Services.   LCS has been serving low-income families in Wilmington and New Castle County, with emergency food, housing and other services since 1959. When congregants or community members come to First Unitarian and ask for help, we often refer them to the LCS for...

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Vespers Service- January 3

Please join us for our Vespers series on Wednesday evening, January 3, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. (Childcare will be available from 6:00-7:15 p.m.) The services will be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. Come to find peace, silence and...

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UUDAN Grassroots Policy Forum, Saturday, Jan. 6

The Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN) will kick off a new legislative/advocacy year with a Grassroots Policy Forum on January 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Newark UU Fellowship. Building a Movement of Movements is the theme of the forum.  The phrase “Movement of Movements” is from the...

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All Wrapped Up

As promised, here are some pictures of your generosity with ILYA’s Holiday Giving project. Carolyn Gibson and her elves spent over 2 days preparing and wrapping the gifts you provided for our young people who have aged out of foster care. The Independent Living Coordinators for ILYA (Independent Living for...

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Emmanuel Dining Room Special Collection

December’s special collection on December 24 at both the 10:30 a.m service and at the Candlelight Service at 9:45 p.m. will fund our annual efforts for the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR). This once-a-year collection provides our entire year’s budget of grocery supplies, which will feed lunch to over 200 men,...

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Children & Youth Religious Exploration Highlights

December Highlights- The Colorful Crazy Puppies (2nd-4th grade) are making warm, fleece scarves to donate to the Ministry of Caring. The Explorers (5th-7th grade) are busy preparing for The Christmas Menorahs pageant for the December 17th worship service. We hope to see you at this annual holiday service! November Highlights-Click...

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Circle Suppers are Back!

    Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people and to get to know your fellow members. Circle Suppers will be on Saturdays on January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19. Sign up here to register for the dates you are available. Click here to access Circle Supper Frequently Asked...

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Art Gallery News – What Does Peace Look Like?

“What kind of world do you want to live in?” To see some responses by area children and youth (including many from First Unitarian), stop by to see our special December display – “Youth Peace Art Exhibit” – along the 2nd floor hallway outside the Brunner Chapel and Music Room....

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December First U Potluck- Tonight! Friday, December 8th

Our Holiday Potluck is tonight! Come hear the great music by the Diamond State Band, sing Holiday carols, AND eat great food! Meet us tonight, Friday, December 8th from 6-8pm in Parish Hall. Thanks to the Choir for hosting. Bring something to share- either a main dish, salad, or dessert. The hosts will provide...

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First U Food Pantry

Our small food pantry is located on the lower level of the church (at the bottom of the steps near the office). We can always use contributions of non-perishable food. Please help the Pastoral Care team keep a supply of food to help members and friends of our congregation.

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Helping our Community

Our small food pantry is located on the lower level of the church (at the bottom of the steps near the office). We can always use contributions of non-perishable food. The children did a wonderful job of “trick-or-treating” in the sanctuary on Oct 29th to collect for the Delaware Food...

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House Pin Sale on December 3!

The House Pin Team and First U celebrated the holiday season early by donating another $1000 to the YWCA.  This brings the total we have donated since 1997 to $25,500! On December 3, you will have another opportunity to purchase a unique handmade gift for someone you love. We offer...

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December First U Potluck – Friday December 8th

Please join us for our Holiday December Potluck on Friday, December 8th from 6-8 p.m. in Parish Hall! Thanks to the Choir for hosting. Bring something to share- either a main dish, salad, or dessert. The hosts will provide drinks and appetizers. We have many vegans and vegetarians in our...

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Haunted House at First Unitarian Church 

October 28 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $5.00 per person, $20 maximum per family. Come out for a spooky and fun night! Special, age appropriate activities for PreK and older. Haunted School House for 3rd graders – 99 year olds. (at parents discretion.) This is a Youth Group Fundraiser...

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It’s Scary Being Hungry!

CYRE is collecting food for the Delaware Food Bank throughout the month of October. Drop off food in donation boxes at the Welcome Table and at the CYRE Workroom entrance beginning Oct. 8. THIS SUNDAY, October 29, bring food items to the worship service. Children will be Trick or Treating...

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Setting the Table: Our Annual Thanksgiving Ritual

Would you like to help us set the table at the multi-generational worship service on November 19th? We need people (children, youth, families, singles, all ages) to take speaking parts in the Setting the Table ritual. We can provide both the words and the props. Or maybe you have a...

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UUA Call to Support Black Lives Matter UU

Our monthly theme for November will ask the question, “What does it mean to be a people of abundance?” Rev. Roberta will offer her reflections on this question on November 5. We will reaffirm our ongoing commitment to dismantling white supremacy culture by taking a special collection for Black Lives...

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New to First U?

You are warmly invited to our next Orientation Class Session, November 12, 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the Chancel Anteroom at front of Sanctuary. We will explore together the principles of our faith, explore your own beliefs and values, learn about what makes First Unitarian Church tick, get to...

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First U Does it Again!!

Once again volunteers have made it possible to have every new student referral we received to receive Student Care Packages for this school year. Our last minute referrals were matched up! Independent Living for Young Adults matches up these volunteers who provide encouragement and support to the college freshmen who have...

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HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We UUs are unique. Rather than sending Americans out to solve others’ problems for them, we partner to empower. Through the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), we partner with local groups to address human-rights issues that most other humanitarian groups ignore. UUSC was working with human-rights partners in Myanmar (Burma)...

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October First U Potluck- Friday, October 13th

Please join us for the First potluck of the year on Friday, October 13th from 6-8 p.m. in Parish Hall! Thanks to the Board of Trustees for hosting. Bring something to share- either a main dish, salad, or dessert. The hosts will provide drinks and appetizers. We have many vegans...

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A Journey of Discovery: El Camino de Santiago

Edris Harrell felt called to El Camino de Santiago in Spain, an arduous pilgrimage that she hoped would offer both an adventure and life lessons as well. Daughter Elise may not have had the same calling, but told people on the Camino that she didn’t want her mother to do...

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Allied Local Emergency Response Team

A meeting of A.L.E.R.T. (Allied Local Emergency Response Team) will be held in the Youth Center at First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. You are invited to attend. In working toward its goal to foster connections among diverse communities, A.L.E.R.T. schedules a series of meetings...

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Second Sunday Special Collection – Grant for Growth

The Plate Offering on October 8 raised $1270 for the Grants for Growth Program. Several UU Congregations are preparing applications that, when implemented, will promote their membership growth. The first Grants for Growth was made in 1997 to assist the “startup” of the Lewes Congregation (UUSD). Subsequently twelve grants have been...

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Open Heart Zen Sangha Events

Saturday Retreat, September 23, 2017 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more, here. Wednesday Group Discussion – September 27, 2017, 7 p.m. – “Happiness & Self Healing Through Mindfulness” by Ajahn Brahm Check our web site for details www.openheartzen.org

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Grub Burger Bar Youth Group Fundraiser 

Come to the Grub Burger Bar (Concord Mall, 4737 Concord Pike. Suite 810, Wilmington) on Sunday, September 24 for lunch or dinner and help raise money for our Youth Group. When you mention the First U Youth Group, the Grub Burger Bar will donate 20% of your bill on this...

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Strategic Planning Committee Update – Building Needs

In the past few years, our congregation has been actively engaged in exploring the core issue of whether it can ultimately fulfill its Mission within our current spatial environment that does not provide an inclusive and optimal experience. As we looked to the future, discussions also focused on what would...

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Peace Week Delaware Workshop “I am Not a Racist” – Confronting Race, Racism and White Supremacy!

This event is co-sponsored by the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow and First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Please join us on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. In this facilitated workshop participants will explore white privilege and structural...

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Hurricane Harvey Assistance

On Friday night, August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm and brought with it deadly winds and rain to an area of the United States millions call home. Much of the Texas Gulf Coast has been impacted and communities in Louisiana and across the state of...

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Gather Your Waters

On September 10th we will have a Water Communion as part of the multigenerational Ingathering service. In order to participate in the Water Communion, please bring a small vial or other container of water from your summer experiences. The water may come from an ocean, lake, pond, river or stream,...

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Ingathering – Sunday, September 10th

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, September 10th when we gather together, old friends and new, and start off a new church year of worship, fellowship, learning, and more! We have an amazing event planned after the service, including music by Ami Verrill, a bounce house...

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Book Corner News!

Come celebrate the beginning of the new church year by visiting the Book Corner in Parish Hall! Our very own Dale Megill will sell and sign her book, “A Footbridge to the Light,” at Book Corner on September 17! Dale’s book is a journey of self-discovery in which she shares...

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Art Gallery News – September 2017

Our Soul Matters theme for September is “Welcome” – what a great opening concept for a display of our art at church. Stop by to see our fall display starting Ingathering Sunday, September 10, along the 2nd floor hallway outside the Brunner Chapel and Music Room. See how some of...

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School is Open! 

Yes, a new school year has begun and that means ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) will need volunteers to send Student Care Packages to young adults continuing their education after aging out of foster care. It can be scary starting college as a freshman and having no family support...

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World Through the Eyes of Sondheim – Sept 3

  Join the Chamber Choir with soloists including Martin Hargrove with a group of musicians, cello, violin and pianist Linda Henderson offering interpretations of life’s situations through music and song. Readings by Scott Ward and Jan Shay and the service will be led by Rev. Roberta. Bring many friends, as...

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Summer Childcare June 11 – Sept. 3

Summer Childcare is in room 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Children must be signed in and out. Please note snacks will not be served during the summer. We will have juice boxes and water available. You are welcome to send your child with nut free snacks. If the...

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Registration for Fall 2017 Soul Matters

Soul Matters is a UU monthly worship theme program explored in small groups. It includes powerful sermon topics, which have been planned for the coming year. Each month Soul Matters participants receive a packet on the spiritual theme which is a chock full of uplifting poems, quotes, and live links...

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Youth Peace Art on August 20

Youth Peace Art on August 20 at First U during the regular CYRE program hours. This Sunday children and youth K-12 will be invited to create a picture of peace.What does peace look like? What does a peaceful world look like? Pacem in Terris is organizing a youth Visionary Peace Art...

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Ingathering – Save the Date – September 10

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday, September 10 when we gather together, old friends and new, and start off a new church year of worship, fellowship, learning, and more! We have an amazing event planned after the service, which includes music by Ami Verrill, and a...

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UUA PRESIDENT: TRANSGENDER BAN IS BLATANT DISCRIMINATION

Unitarian Universalist principles call on us to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s president today issued a statement in response to President Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from the military. “As Unitarian Universalists, we denounce President Trump’s claim that allowing...

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A Taste of Vespers: Sunday, August 6th

On Sunday morning, August 6th, First Unitarian’s new Vespers Team will lead the congregation in a Vespers service to give you a taste of this new-to-us yet ancient style of worship. We will come together for a special time of meditation, singing, chanting, and finding that deep peace within ourselves...

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Interfaith Community-Wide Worship Service Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 noon at Bethel AME Church 604 Walnut Street

Interfaith Community-Wide Worship Service Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 noon at Bethel AME Church 604 Walnut Street It is important for the Wilmington community to come together in light of the recent events of Charlottesville, VA, with white nationalist, the KKK, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. Join us as we come...

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Stephen Foster Celebration July 30th

A Celebration of the music of Stephen Foster on July 30, after church, 12 Noon. With yes, an ice cream social (lemonade and watermelon too)! Martin Hargrove and Scott will share a brief program of music and information. Did you know that although Stephen Foster is know for southern songs...

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Urban Bike Project Thanks You

A great big thank you to all who donated to the Urban Bike Project of Wilmington’s Special Collection last Sunday. The total amount collected was $448.00. Our generous support will help UBP continue to serve as they expand operations over the coming years.

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Summer Festival in Wilmington

Plan to come to the annual Summer Festival in Southbridge across the Christina River. It is a street fair with free food, prizes, and games held on July 15 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Deb Haskell of the Environmental Task Force will have a table representing First U. All are...

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Visitor/Newcomers Group

You are invited to come after church to the Chancel Anteroom (to the left in front sanctuary) for a get acquainted time from 11:45 – 12:15 p.m. Each Sunday you can bring your coffee and questions. A facilitator will be present to coordinate the discussion and welcome you.

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Help Us Support the Urban Bike Project

The Special Collection on July 9 is for Urban Bike Project of Wilmington. Urban Bike Project supports Wilmington communities by facilitating access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable, practical means of transportation and recreation. Learning bicycle maintenance builds confidence and engages adults and youth in workshops, summer camps and Earn-A-Bike...

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You’re are Invited for Dinner on June 23

You are invited to join members of the American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) for a Ramadan Iftar dinner at First U on Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. An Iftar dinner is the time when the Ramadan fast is broken. Traditionally it features dates, fruits, light dinner and refreshments. During...

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Women’s Circle Meets this Sunday, June 18 

The Open Women’s Circle will meet this Sunday, June 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Brunner Chapel. Sue Wilson will be sharing information about the “Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)” which is a FREE training used around the world & in Delaware. “Conflict is part of daily life, but violence doesn’t...

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January 2017 Special Events

January will be an amazing month as we explore our theme of the month, Prophecy. To view a comprehensive list of our January events, please click here.  If you are planning to attend the Women's March on Washington, here is some information on events specifically for UU's. 

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Diversity Choir Concert

On Friday, January 20, 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert in our Sanctuary hosted by the YWCA and First Unitarian Church, honoring the week long events sponsored by the YWCA. The Du Pont Diversity Choir will perform, as will Delaware Symphony violist Nina Cottman and Scott Ward. Reverend John...

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January Potluck is a Chili Cook-off, January 13th 6-8 p.m. Parish Hall

Come join us for our January potluck- a Chili Cook Off! Thanks to the Outreach Team for hosting. Bring your favorite chili to show off your culinary skills (though no competition this year- all our cooks are winners!). Please bring either a chili, salad, or dessert. BYOB or wine, if...

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New Banners on Concord Pike

Since the Black Lives Matter banner was moved up on high supports to curb vandalism, the lower banner supports have stood empty. Just after the election in November, Jeff Lott and Steve Cohen developed the idea of creating new banners that explain what our Church stands for. The new banners...

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January Hymn Sing!

Our monthly Hymn sing and introduction of the hymn of the month, usually held on the first Sunday of the month, will be on January 8, 10:15 a.m. Bring your voices and hymn ideas!  

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December 24 Special Collection

Our December Special Collection will be held at both Christmas Eve Services on December 24. Proceeds from the collections will be shared with The Movement for a Culture of Peace and Pacem in Terris.The Movement for a Culture of Peace is a broad-based coalition of faith, nonprofit and community groups...

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Changes with ILYA's Furniture & Household Goods Project

For many years J. Harry Feldman has done a fantastic job managing the acquisition and distribution of furniture and household goods for ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults). He established a partnership with Catholic Charities that has greatly expanded what we could do for our young people aging out of...

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Celebrating New Members and Membership Anniversaries!

Please welcome our newest members, Richard Carter, Jennifer Fazekas, Amy Podolsky and Ami Verrill, who joined First Unitarian in December. We're so glad to have them! Look for their photos on the New Member Board soon and be sure to introduce yourself in church. And here are our membership anniversaries...

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January Potluck is a Chili Cookoff!

January 13th 6-8 p.m. Parish HallCome join us for our January potluck- a Chili Cook Off! Thanks to the Outreach Team for hosting. Bring your favorite chili to show off your culinary skills. Please bring either a chili, salad, or dessert. BYOB or wine, if you desire. We'll have non...

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Pastoral Care Update January 2017

In January, Mary Jane Simmons will be our Pastoral Care Associate. Her email address is maryjanes@firstuuwilm.org

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Don't Miss Out – Sign up for Circle Suppers

Circle Suppers are a chance to meet new members, get to know your fellow members whom you only nod to or say “hello.” We are amazing people, so seize this opportunity to really know some of us even better. Sign up here for the potluck dinners you will be able...

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Look what you did!!

The generosity of people at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington is overwhelming. Not only were 20 ILYA wish lists fulfilled but many young people were given much more than what they had on their list. As the packages were being loaded up for delivery by Pam Richards (one of the...

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April Fool's Auction, Saturday April 1st, 2017

By now you've marked your calendar for our April Fool's Auction on Saturday, April 1st.  Now is the time to start thinking of ideas for donations!  Services are always a welcome addition and can be given by almost anyone.  Available to cat or dog sit? Have a big truck that...

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Acme Stamps Needed!!

We just learned that First and Central Presbyterian Church is starting a program that will support young people aging out of foster care that's different than what our ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) program does. They are providing a nutrition training program through which they will do hands on...

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Ways to be Welcoming

During the holidays we often receive many first-time visitors and returning old friends. Last month's election results may mean that even more people come to visit during the holidays this month seeking the inspiration and reassurance of our liberal religious community.  Not only do we need to be ready, but...

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Healing the Heart of Democracy, January 19 and 20, 2017

In January we inaugurate a new President. We here at First U will mark that event by affirming our deepest values. On Inauguration Eve we will hold an all-ages Reaffirmation of the Principles of Unitarian Universalism. We will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a simple soup supper. Then we will...

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Safe Congregations Award

We are pleased to announce that First U has been designated a Sexually Safer Congregation by the Religious Institute. This means that our leadership has made a commitment to sexual safety that involved the board, staff, parents, volunteers and members. A sexually healthy and responsible congregation is free from sexual...

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Refugee Project

Today because of violence and persecution, more than 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes – the highest number since WWII. As part of our commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive nation, faith-based communities throughout New Castle County are partnering with Jewish Family Services to welcome...

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ACT FAST! Did you know?

The Charitable IRA Rollover is now enshrined in law.  If you are over 70½  years old, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to First U. It is a real win-win: You avoid taxes on the amount given. It counts toward your RMD (Required Minimum Distribution). The gift...

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Inspiring Lessons on the Bus

I have not ridden a bus in many years. Each year, I have, always, looked forward to hearing a new story from Scott Ward’s, “Tales on the Bus.” The narrative arc always has three important elements: the protagonist, a humorous story and a life lesson told with compassion. We know...

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