First Unitarian Church of Orlando

First Unitarian Church of Orlando

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the most beautiful song about our creator and creation. Please join me in sharing this song to as many people as possible. It should be in every sanctuary in the world.
Wouldn't it be nice for a change that a song about our Lord would go viral. Let's make it happen.
I am I am Toni Clay, Yours for a Song ,bmi (c)
https://youtu.be/MDs6p0DKXQg
Remember that Backyard Chili Party some of you bought at the auction? Your hostesses with the mostesses have created a safe alternative! Be on the lookout for an evite from Ann Mount on behalf of Cindy Schleier, Rene Stutzman and moi!
Details in the additional info.
RSVP by December 4!
FUCO on CNBC this morning for election day!
Streaming will begin shortly.
Please stand by
Votes for Women, Votes for All
This weekend a new banner goes up at church facing Robinson Street, marking the centennial for women’s right to vote upon ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18. The banner will stay up several weeks. Thanks to Rachel Gardiner and Nicki Drumb for the design based on the concept of Joan Erwin, Ann Patton and Joy Dickinson.
Orlandoans and Unitarians were in the vanguard for the vote. In 1913, they formed an Equal Suffrage League and then the Florida Equal Suffrage Association. Both were presided over by the Rev. Mary Safford, instrumental in 1U’s founding. (She had retired to Orlando from Iowa in 1911 at the urging of her friends Mahlon and Caroline Gore, namesake of our Gore Hall.) Safford was a galvanizing force for women's suffrage in Florida.
On August 26 (the centennial of when the 19th Amendment was declared official and since celebrated as Women’s Equality Day) buildings and landmarks across the nation will be lit up in the suffragists’ colors of purple and gold. In Orlando, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Lake Eola fountain will shine for the suffragists. Our banner is part of that tribute, shining a light on Votes for All. For more information contact Ann Patton, [email protected].
Last Sunday the Orlando Sentinel printed some wise words from Unitarian Universalist minister Kathy Schmitz on the serious issue of unemployment claims in Florida. See it in page A15 of the May 31 issue.
Hi Church friends! Here are the Homblette’s and Allen’s, enjoying the service! Thank you for all your hard work to make this happen, church staff ❤️
For those who donated to the Backyard Chili Party at the auction:

We've decided to postpone the 1U Chili Party, which was sold at the church auction two weeks ago, because of concerns about the coronavirus. We plan to reschedule it, most likely to an autumn Saturday, but will wait, for now, to choose that date. We apologize for any inconvenience but think it's wise to be cautious about gatherings. Our thanks to all who donated. We are keeping you in our thoughts, hoping for the best and plan to be in touch.

I also sent this info out via evite, which is how we were managing the details.

Namaste!
Let the voting begin! Our intrepid Clerk, celebrating democracy and St Patty’s Day! 22 in person so far!!

orlandouu.org
Sundays: Worship: 10:30am | Adult Classes: 9:30 am
Nursery & Childcare 9:30 & 11:00 am To submit an event for this 1U page, send info to [email protected]

Operating as usual

05/02/2021

“The Story of Our Connections: Religious Enrichment Sunday”

Religious Enrichment / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

We showcase what all our children and youth have been up to for the year. This year, we focused on deepening our connections – within our families, among our peers, and between the generations in our church.

Share the Plate 05/01/2021

Share the Plate

For the month of May, we will be Sharing the Plate with IDignity!

IDignity was founded in May of 2008 by members of five downtown Orlando churches with a mission to restore dignity and hope by providing identification. Through collaboration with government agencies, churches, businesses and community, IDignity assists the poor and disadvantaged in navigating the complex process of obtaining legal identification documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards and Florida ID cards or driver’s licenses. Identification is often required to access education, employment, benefits, healthcare, housing, voting, banking and numerous other basic human needs. IDignity compassionately, diligently and efficiently helps our neighbors in need obtain proof of their identity, at no cost to its clients.

Although each client’s situation is unique, it takes on average six hours of volunteer time and $300 to assist a client in obtaining all their various forms of crucial legal identification. Your donations will help sustain our mission and assist more individuals in obtaining their legal identification.
Here is the Share the Plate donation portal:

www.idignity.org/sharetheplate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD_A6j6Rw84&feature=youtu.be

Share the Plate Join 1U in supporting IDignity through SHARE THE PLATE!Through your generosity, you are helping people in our community regain proof of their identity and pu...

04/29/2021

Join us on May 2, 2021 @ 10:30 a.m.

We showcase what all our children and youth have been up to for the year. This year, we focused on deepening our connections – within our families, among our peers, and between the generations in our church.

Join us on May 2, 2021 @ 10:30 a.m.

We showcase what all our children and youth have been up to for the year. This year, we focused on deepening our connections – within our families, among our peers, and between the generations in our church.

04/28/2021

We hope you can join us!

For an appointment, go to OneBlood.org.

We hope you can join us!

For an appointment, go to OneBlood.org.

04/27/2021

Join the Mystic Grove CUUPS for the Online Beltane Celebration on May 1st at 7 PM EST via Zoom

Halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, Beltane celebrates the coming of summer and the now visible, vibrant and blooming fertility of the land. In ritual today we make and bless paper May Day baskets to fill with flowers and other treats to share later with friends and neighbors.

While you need not bring anything but yourself, you can print the basket templates and have basic art supplies handy if you'd like to color and craft with us during ritual.

Simple:
Page 7 from
http://www.pookapages.com/Beltane%2014%20issue.pdf

Fancy:
https://www.auntannie.com/Valentines/HeartBasket/

https://www.facebook.com/events/706805663340925

Email [email protected] for more info.

Join the Mystic Grove CUUPS for the Online Beltane Celebration on May 1st at 7 PM EST via Zoom

Halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, Beltane celebrates the coming of summer and the now visible, vibrant and blooming fertility of the land. In ritual today we make and bless paper May Day baskets to fill with flowers and other treats to share later with friends and neighbors.

While you need not bring anything but yourself, you can print the basket templates and have basic art supplies handy if you'd like to color and craft with us during ritual.

Simple:
Page 7 from
http://www.pookapages.com/Beltane%2014%20issue.pdf

Fancy:
https://www.auntannie.com/Valentines/HeartBasket/

https://www.facebook.com/events/706805663340925

Email [email protected] for more info.

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01) 04/27/2021

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

Need to shred?
The minimum donation of $20 is DUE TOMORROW!

Check the link for more information

https://blog.feedhopenow.org/event/1u-shredding-event/?instance_id=577

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

04/26/2021

Dear 1U Members and Friends,
With 100% affirmative vote, First Unitarian Church of Orlando calls Rev. Margalie Belizaire as our next settled minister beginning August 1, 2021. Thank you to everyone who participated in meetings and for welcoming her so warmly.
With gratitude,
Ministerial Search Committee Members and Board of Trustees

Dear 1U Members and Friends,
With 100% affirmative vote, First Unitarian Church of Orlando calls Rev. Margalie Belizaire as our next settled minister beginning August 1, 2021. Thank you to everyone who participated in meetings and for welcoming her so warmly.
With gratitude,
Ministerial Search Committee Members and Board of Trustees

04/25/2021

“Sunday Worship”

4-25-2021 Service, 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Margalie Belizaire / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

A congregational meeting follows at 11:30 a.m. for the purpose of calling the Rev. Margarlie Belizaire as Minister of First Unitarian Church of Orlando.

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01) 04/24/2021

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

Need to shred?
Check this blog post about our upcoming event! Remember, a minimum donation of $20 is needed before April 28!

https://blog.feedhopenow.org/event/1u-shredding-event/?instance_id=577

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

04/23/2021

Check out the newest addition to our flower garden! This 250-pound bench, gifted by Ann and Bob
Patton was installed earlier this week. Thank you!

Check out the newest addition to our flower garden! This 250-pound bench, gifted by Ann and Bob
Patton was installed earlier this week. Thank you!

04/22/2021

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for our Sunday service.

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for our Sunday service.

[04/21/21]   Some of us did not think this day would ever come. Even with the preponderance of evidence, we have been holding our collective breath while bracing ourselves expecting the worst. But, yesterday afternoon, around 5:00 p.m., the judge of the murder trial of George Perry Floyd Jr. announced a guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin. We have since breathed a collective sigh of relief and are elated for this bit of justice for the Floyd family, and are cautiously hopeful for what this outcome could mean for black bodies.

So, UUs and friends are gathering this evening at 8:30 p.m. "Join the UUA, Side with Love, Black Lives of UU and DRUUMM for a virtual vigil." Here's the link: https://orlandouu.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=90d9bad286091741bf44a9193&id=b84b309998&e=8ba12ca28d

With grace and loving kindness,
Rev. Margalie

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01) 04/19/2021

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

Need to shred?
Check this blog post about our upcoming event!

https://blog.feedhopenow.org/event/1u-shredding-event/?instance_id=577

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

04/18/2021

“The Life and Poems of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper”

Rev. Margalie Belizaire / Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

Our candidate for Minister of this congregation, the Rev. Margalie Belizaire, leads worship on the first of two Sundays.

04/17/2021

Please join us tomorrow April 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Our candidate for Minister of this congregation, the Rev. Margalie Belizaire, leads worship on the first of two Sundays.

Please join us tomorrow April 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Our candidate for Minister of this congregation, the Rev. Margalie Belizaire, leads worship on the first of two Sundays.

uuministry4earth.z2systems.com 04/14/2021

uuministry4earth.z2systems.com

The newest UUMFE (Unitarian Universalist Ministry For Earth) newsletter is out!

Below is a digest of events recommended by UU Ministry for Earth this week.

https://uuministry4earth.z2systems.com/np/clients/uuministry4earth/viewOnlineEmail.jsp?emailId=2243b95d6c3e5851ca8ce8956c7c7d202m2858341224

uuministry4earth.z2systems.com

Hello to 1U from Margalie Belizaire 04/13/2021

Hello to 1U from Margalie Belizaire

Rev. Margalie is currently the Assistant Minister at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York – a congregation of 700 people. She also served as a ministerial intern at the Unitarian Church in Westport Connecticut, worked part-time as a chaplain at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, and was a Learning Fellow with the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Rev. Margalie earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2020.

Before turning to ministry, Rev. Margalie earned an MS in Administration following her BA in Psychology. She has a vast amount of experience in nonprofit management and administration. She was a Social Services Administrator who worked with people with various marginalized identities, including those with developmental disabilities, domestic violence victims, and children placed in foster care. She also worked as a volunteer with the Immigration Community Support network in New Haven Connecticut, and the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project. Rev. Margalie spent three years in Zambia, Africa as a volunteer Project Developer for Habitat for Humanity International.

Rev. Margalie enjoys planning, leading and co-leading engaging and creative worship services and she is excited about nurturing and growing lay leadership. She has an open and warm smile and a broad and friendly laugh. She notes: “I have three solid values that have, together, served as a compass for me during most of my life and I hope will be at the center of my ministry. They are – connection, authenticity and risk-taking.”

Learn more about Rev. Margalie’s journey at https://uuministry.com/margaliebelizaire/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0Am14mGJEI

Hello to 1U from Margalie Belizaire

04/12/2021

Share the Plate: Joy MCC Food Pantry

Remember!! This month we continue to Share the Plate with Joy MCC Food Pantry. The Joy Metropolitan Community Church is the spiritual home to a multi-cultural, inclusive, and diverse community of faith that shares a deep sense of community where diversity is celebrated, not just tolerated. We have collaborated with the food pantry throughout the last couple of years and are excited to continue being allies. We hope you join us this month in donating as generously as possible to support our friends at the Food Pantry!

https://www.joymcc.com/donate
Select the Community Outreach tab: Joy MCC Food Pantry

Send us an email at [email protected] to help us keep track!

04/11/2021

“It Starts with Uncertainty”

April 11, 10:30 a.m.

“It Starts with Uncertainty”

Rev. Samuel Schaal / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

The universe is a process of becoming. It all started with a Big Bang, from a tiny piece of cosmic matter. Nobody planned it. It creates and recreates on the principle of uncertainty.

04/09/2021

Weekly Update

Check out our new Weekly Update!
https://us5.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=90d9bad286091741bf44a9193&id=aa060dff4e

04/09/2021
04/08/2021

Join us on April 11 @ 10:30 a.m.

The universe is a process of becoming. It all started with a Big Bang, from a tiny piece of cosmic matter. Nobody planned it. It creates and recreates on the principle of uncertainty.

Join us on April 11 @ 10:30 a.m.

The universe is a process of becoming. It all started with a Big Bang, from a tiny piece of cosmic matter. Nobody planned it. It creates and recreates on the principle of uncertainty.

04/07/2021

Join us for our monthly Black Cat Online Open Mic from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., via Zoom!

Are you a performer? Bard, troubador, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Join others at the Black Cat Café for a positive experience! You can gather in the "Zoom waiting room" around 6:50 PM. John and the other “Black Catters” open the "virtual Zoom doors" at 7 PM for brief orientation and Zoom sound checks. Then we start going around the circle! For more info, visit

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725871630926872

Zoom info will appear on the day or you can email [email protected] for the info in advance. You can also sign up for the email reminder list by emailing Black Cat Secretary at [email protected]

Join us for our monthly Black Cat Online Open Mic from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., via Zoom!

Are you a performer? Bard, troubador, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Join others at the Black Cat Café for a positive experience! You can gather in the "Zoom waiting room" around 6:50 PM. John and the other “Black Catters” open the "virtual Zoom doors" at 7 PM for brief orientation and Zoom sound checks. Then we start going around the circle! For more info, visit

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725871630926872

Zoom info will appear on the day or you can email [email protected] for the info in advance. You can also sign up for the email reminder list by emailing Black Cat Secretary at [email protected]

Donate — Joy MCC 04/06/2021

Donate — Joy MCC

Hi everyone! This month we will be Sharing the Plate with Joy MCC Food Pantry. The Joy Metropolitan Community Church is the spiritual home to a multi-cultural, inclusive, and diverse community of faith that shares a deep sense of community where diversity is celebrated, not just tolerated. We have collaborated with the food pantry throughout the last couple of years and are excited to continue being allies. We hope you join us this month in donating as generously as possible to support our friends at the Food Pantry!

https://www.joymcc.com/donate
Select the Community Outreach tab: Joy MCC Food Pantry

Send us an email at [email protected] to help us keep track!

Donate — Joy MCC Drop your donation in the Offering Plate.  Check or Cash. If Cash, use a Giving Envelope with your name listed so we can record your contributions.

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01) 04/05/2021

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

Don't forget to mark your calendars!

https://blog.feedhopenow.org/event/1u-shredding-event/?instance_id=577

1U Shredding Event (2021-05-01)

04/04/2021

“Letting Resurrection Happen”

Easter Sunday April 4, 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Samuel Schaal / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

Life is a process of becoming. Letting go of the familiar invites us into a resurrected life.

04/02/2021
04/01/2021
04/01/2021

Join us on Easter Sunday, April 4, @ 10:30 a.m.

Life is a process of becoming. Letting go of the familiar invites us into a resurrected life.

Join us on Easter Sunday, April 4, @ 10:30 a.m.

Life is a process of becoming. Letting go of the familiar invites us into a resurrected life.

BLM Banner Blessing 03/31/2021

BLM Banner Blessing

Our BLM banner is back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6JQpb7C4d8

BLM Banner Blessing

Videos (show all)

“The Story of Our Connections: Religious Enrichment Sunday”
“Sunday Worship”
“The Life and Poems of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper”
“It Starts with Uncertainty”
Weekly Update
Share the Plate: Joy MCC Food Pantry
“Letting Resurrection Happen”
“Our Universalist Story:  The Light of Hope”
“Our Unitarian Story: A Stream of Light”
Weekly Update
“Lighting the Way”

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1901 E Robinson St * [Parking Entrance Is On Hampton. GPS Use 330 N. Hampton Ave] Or Via Lynx Buses 51, 13 & 125 With Walks Of 1, 6, & 9 Minutes.
Orlando, FL
32803

General information

If you are searching for a religious home that is guided by a quest for truth and meaning, not by a set creed or dogma, we invite you to discover Unitarian Universalism. We are a caring, open-minded religious community that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. We are the First Unitarian Church of Orlando, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation. We are a welcoming spiritually engaged community and since 1912 we've been the home of liberal religion in Central Florida. *** Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion, in which members support one another in the search for truth and meaning. Individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify as Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, or with other philosophical or religious traditions.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 09:00 - 14:00
Friday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday 09:00 - 13:00
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