Worship in Unitarian Universalist congregations

Worship in Unitarian Universalist congregations

A worship service at Second Unitarian Church. Chicago-area Unitarian Universalists nurture their spirits in as wide a variety of ways as are our beliefs. READ MORE about worship and spirituality in Chicago-area Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Unitarian Universalists work for Social Justice

Unitarian Universalists work for Social Justice

Third Unitarian Church hosts an annual "Back to School" picnic for their Austin neighbors, with fun, fellowship, and new school supplies and backpacks for young neighbors. READ MORE about work for social justice in Chicago-area Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Unitarian Universalist Religious Education for Children and Youth

Unitarian Universalist Religious Education for Children and Youth

Unitarian Universalists at the Rockford church work together to tend their prairie planting. We are family, all the generations in beloved community. READ MORE about religious education for families in Chicago-area Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Music in Our Congregations

Music in Our Congregations

Chicago-area Unitarian Universalist congregations feature adult and children's choirs, jazz ensembles, a children's orchestra, folk ensembles, and more. Expect a lively experience in a Unitarian Universalist worship service!


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In the Greater Chicago area, twenty-eight vibrant churches, fellowships, and congregations stand ready to welcome you to Unitarian Universalism.

Explore these pages to learn more, then locate a congregation near you and plan to visit.

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The "Barn Bells" bell choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin. Read more about music..


Religious Education

Religious education class at South Bend

Youth and youngsters at the First Unitarian Church of South Bend share ideas in a religious education class.

Social Justice

Second Unitarian

Second Unitarian Church of Chicago affirms same sex marriage. More about social justice in our congregations....


Featured Events

Emancipation Proclamation
"Oh Freedom!The Day of Jubilee!"
The First Unitarian Church of Chicago invites you our annual celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  A pageant in three acts will depict the event, with its historical and moral meanings.

Saturday, January 4, 2014
6:30-8 p.m.
reception following
First Unitarian Church
5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.

 UU Advocacy Network of Illinois
A small group of highly enthusiastic folks from several Chicago-area Unitarian Universalist congregations is taking the first steps toward establishing a statewide advocacy organization for Unitarian Universalists in Illinois, similar to organizations in twelve other states Joining our voices from all over the state in affecting policy reflecting our UU values. Our focus is legislative advocacy, but we foresee advocacy in other venues as well. Get on board at uuadvocacyillinois@gmail.com.


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Taize Meditation
Taize is a candlelight service of meditation and music. The People's Church of Chicago offers a Taize service on every second Friday, at 6 p.m., led by minister the Rev. Jean Darling.  The service is followed by a coffeehouse with varying feature performers.    The Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation offers a Taize service on the fourth Friday of a month at 7 p.m., led by minsiters the Revs. Clare Butterfield and Emily Gage.

Singing Meditation
The Countryside Church, Unitarian Universalist, of Palatine offers a "Singing Meditation" on the first Friday of a month at 7 p.m., a time of reflection, music, and singing.    Find a stillness at the end of your hectic workweek by joining us for Singing Meditation. In our meditation, facilitated singing and silence combine to create a calming and powerful spiritual experience. Childcare will be available.

Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice that combines singing—of many types—with group observation of silence. Combining the two practices results in a synergy that enhances each component.  The songs in Singing Meditation are deliberately chosen to be easy to learn. Not all of the songs used in Singing Meditation are slow and contemplative. Many are high-energy and joyful.  The singing part of “Singing Meditation” includes a variety of vocalizations: toning, chanting, singing in rounds, singing in harmony and mantras. The repertoire is interfaith: Jewish, Christian, Sufi, earth-based, Hindu, Buddhist, and others.

The goal of Singing Meditation is to help the participants reach a place inside themselves where they can connect with the Divine, their Inner Core, the Spirit of Life.

Standing on the Side of Love
The Unitarian Universalist Association helped make history in the nation's capital on December 15, 2009.  Through this fall, our "Standing on the Side of Love" campaign developed an interfaith coalition  promoting the legalization of marriage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens, a coalition which saw its first triumph when, on this date, by an 11-2 margin, the Council of the District of Columbia voted to legalize marriage for LGBT folks in that jurisdiction.  The senior minister of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C., the Reverend Robert Hardies, said, "It was thrilling to be present in the Council chambers as history was being made.  When the vote was announced, people shouted and wept for joy.  Friends, this is what it feels like to stand on the side of love."

The campaign has widened its circle of those included in its embrace by launching an initiative to secure immigrants' rights.  MORE

Much more about the Standing on the Side of Love campaign  HERE.

 UUs for Social Justice Annual Meeting

Sunday, December 1, 2-5 p.m.
The Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston

"Move to Amend"
presented by the Task Force on Economic Justice and Homelessness
2-3 p.m.

Business meeting 3-5 p.m.





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News about CAUUC

CAUUC Board of Directors 2013-2014:


Karla Chew, co-chair (Third Church)
Ellen Wehrle, co-chair (Unity Temple)
Judy Ball, secretary (Countryside Church, UU)
Allan Lindrup, treasurer (First Church, Chicago)

Katherine Wolf (Second Church Chicago)
Cathy Blanford (Hinsdale)
Finley Campbell
(First Chicago)         

Dave Segel (Elgin)
Doug Erickson (Evanston)          

Adjunct:  Margaret Shaklee (Evanston), communications




Contact CAUUC

Chicago Area Unitarian
Universalist Council
c/o First Unitarian Church
5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago IL 60637
Email: info@cauuc.org