First Unitarian Church of Orlando

First Unitarian Church of Orlando


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!!
Dear 1U friends - You have probably already thought of this but - while we cannot pass a physical plate now, it is a good time for us to send our pledges and donations to the church via check, email, or donate buttons. Church elders probably have better suggestions. Also, how can we ramp up our donations to food banks, now that we can't bring our physical food donations? Other ideas?
Watching Sunday worship at 1U Orlando on Facebook Live. Just what I needed!
Good morning. Great to see all of you at church on the beatiful Sunday morning
If you are concerned about your end of life issues, this is the meeting for you. Compassion & Choices: Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying — 6:30-7:30 pm, Gore Hall Brittany Maynard was the 29-year-old who died in November 2014 from a brain tumor. She and her husband, Dan Diaz, moved from California to Oregon so Brittany had the option of a gentle dying process. Dan advocates for expanding the availability of end-of-life options for terminally ill individuals. His efforts were instrumental in securing the passage of the legislation in California, Colorado, D.C., and New Jersey. His efforts continue across the country; keeping the promise he made to Brittany. Join the 1U-hosted presentation, Dan Diaz: Five Years after Her Gentle Death, Her Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying Lives On. No cost, but *RSVP required. RSVP at
I just sent out the distributions for Dinner with Friends, 1-25-2020. If you signed up and don’t receive an email, contact me. Please and thank-you.
Hello, Orlando UU and all of you lovely Floridians out there! How are you this fine Friday evening? I'm reaching out because I'm working with a team to get people talking about a film called "Free Trip To Egypt." The movie follows one man's search for random Americans who are concerned about an Islamic threat and then offers them a free trip to Egypt. The participants have their preconceptions but all are receptive and courageous enough to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. This is a really great film to get some important conversations started. We're having a public screening in Port Orange on Tuesday, January 14th and we need to sell 60 more tickets IN TWO DAYS to get the screening up off the ground!! If we can't get the tickets sold, the screening won't happen 😥 If you're interested in going to the screening or you have any connections to groups or churches or communities who might want to go as a group, please spread the word so we can get these tickets sold! Here are some direct links. Please let me know if you have any questions. 1) Trailer for the film: 2) Facebook event page: 3) Tugg event page to buy tickets:
The whole faily is invited! Sparkle Art Market is an outdoor family friendly event in Orlando. It's your chance to shop local artists who offer handmade, one of a kind items. You'll find a variety of jewelry, gorgeous art and prints. Pamper yourself with sweet-smelling soap and bath treats. There will be dolls, finger puppets, pottery, macrame, glass, clothes and more. You can eat lunch at Dandelion Community Cafe. Their vegan menu has hearty salads, wraps, chili, burritos, super appetizers, a kids menu, fresh brewed tea, wine, craft beer, baked goodies and my personal favorite, potato salad! Shop local this holiday season at a laid-back, totally unique art market. It takes place on Sunday, Dec 1, from 10am-5pm. Sparkle has plenty of free parking. See you there! #shoplocal #vegan #craftBeer #fest #festival #Orlando #Art #Wine #Mills50
Upcoming Inquirers Series for those interested in membership or curious about the following topics. Sessions are 11:45-1:00, Room A, Gore Hall. 1. Oct. 27-Questions and Answers with the Membership Team. ( Rev Sam not there) 2. Nov. 3-History- Principles and sources 3. Nov. 10-Faith Development - children and adults (covenant groups, small groups). 4. Nov. 17-Social Action and Community Service 5. Nov. 24-Membership and Congregational Life (covenant, governance, membership, stewardship) *We will welcome/recognize new members on December 8, during service.* Sundays: Worship: 10:30am | Adult Classes: 9:30 am Nursery & Childcare 9:30 & 11:00 am

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Mission: The mission of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando is to exemplify liberal religion in Central Florida with a commitment to lifelong spiritual growth and compassionate service to the community.

Mothers of Change

Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen
with Elizabeth Horn and Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

Our world is in a moment of disruptive change. How might this be an opportunity for us to mother / caretake / birth a new way of living together? This great disruption presents a possibility to create a more just, free and loving world.

Service streamed at 10:30 a.m via Facebook Live and Zoom

Not a lot of folks on campus these days, but neighbors sometimes wander over for a few moments of nature or quiet. For the few who see, we want them to know we celebrate our four high school graduates, and all who are graduating in these challenging times! Thanks to Nicki and the Caring Circle for this neat design for signs in our graduates’ yards.

1U Virtual RE 5.3.2020 Virtual Religious Education May 3, 2020 by Sarah Gray, Interim Coordinator of Religious Education Welcome again, 1U family. I want to make a quick announcement that Sunday, May 3 will conclude our program year. I will make sure this series of lessons is available on the website for you to d...

Our third UU Principle promotes Spiritual Growth. Art provides one avenue to discovering and experiencing our spirituality. Our 1U children and youth have been paving the path to enlightenment with beauty.

Our second UU Principle promotes compassion in human relations. Our 1U youth have been coping with their own emotions during this quarantine by engaging in compassionate acts of kindness and generosity. They are caring for newborn puppies and cats. They are sewing and donating masks and sewing bunnies. They are sending cards to congregants selected by our Caring Circle. Our 1U Youth are compassionate.

Mindfulness Moment with Rev. Sam—Towards a balance of screen time and life.

Join us on April 26 10:30 a.m. via Facebook Live and Zoom!

What Now, What Next? - As we begin the ministerial search process, what happens?

Following the service there will be a Town Hall Meeting at 11:30 a.m.
“The Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Search Process: Q&A for the Curious” with Rev. Kenneth Gordon Hurto, Ministerial Search Committee Coach, Unitarian Universalist Association Southern Region. Meeting held online via Zoom.

Our 1U youngsters may not be familiar with the adage to "Think globally, act locally" but they have learned how do to it. Our UU children are caring for our earth as they garden. They are caring for others by baking cookies for neighbors and wearing face masks outdoors.

Due to the current pandemic, we have decided to alter our sequence of organizations we will share the plate with for the coming months. For April, May, and June we will be sharing the plate with the Second Harvest Foodbank.
Second Harvest provides food for local food banks all over the Orlando area so your contributions go to feed hungry families.

Please use the link to donate:

Thank you!

Check it out! 😎

The quarantine means more time at home with siblings. The lessons from our UU classes for children are being realized as our 1U children and youth are learning together.

Join us this Sunday, April 19, 2020 via Facebook Live and Zoom for Sunday Service.


The iconic picture of earth from Apollo 8 in 1968 introduced a planetary consciousness to help birth the environmental movement. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, how might the needs of our earth continue to rise in our awareness of environmental realities?

Sunday Worship April 12

Thank you to everyone who patiently waited for us to fix the technical difficulties this past Sunday.

We hope to have fixed it for this upcoming service.
Thank you!
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“Rising Into the Day” Our Easter service features the Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray and Aubrey Connelly-Candelario Even in these days, we rise to hope and j...

Sunday Worship April 12

Video of Easter services April 12. We apologize that a glitch prevented streaming on Facebook Live.

“Rising Into the Day” Our Easter service features the Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray and Aubrey Connelly-Candelario Even in these days, we rise to hope and j...

1U Color Hunt: Easter 2020

Like the hymn says, "De Colores se visten los campos en la primavera / The fields are dressed in colors in the spring" Thank you to Mother Nature, and all the 1U members and friends who have nurtured our beautiful, colorful campus!

Like the hymn says, "De Colores se visten los campos en la primavera / The fields are dressed in colors in the spring" Thank you to Mother Nature, and all the 1U members and friends who have nurtured our beautiful, colorful campus!

Hello, Orlando! We’re online! New banner on our front lawn. Thanks, Rachel and Nicki, for helping get the word out.

At 1U our children and youth understand that in order to create a community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, they must sacrifice learning face-to-face with friends as they set up school rooms at home.

April 12 10:30 a.m.
Online via Zoom and Facebook Live

“Rising Into the Day”
Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

Even in these days, we rise to hope and joy on this Easter Sunday.

Service streamed on page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Or use Zoom link in this week’s eblast email. Service video will remain on

At 1U our children and youth promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning through online acting class, cooking dinner, mastering computer programming, learning to ride bicycles, creating art and recreating art.

Meditation Moment 1- Rev. Kierstin

Mindfulness Moment from Rev. Kierstin.

Greetings from the 1U Mango Tree

The 1U know
Is here

Missing you
And yet
With you
As you are with me

It's quiet
On the the surface
And much too still
Save for sounds of leafy
As I lean into the wind

There's perhaps nothing
News- or Zoom-worthy
Standing here in dirt

But Spring cannot be quarantined

My branches continue
stretching outward
Toward the further
Toward beyond

There's no waiting
Fruit is weighing
Heavier day by day

What was green
A few short weeks ago
Has magenta'd with time and sun

Tomorrow surely brings
tints of yellow, red
And supple ripening

Quietly my leaves
Are darkening
Without fanfare
Legislation or data

But not at all alone

Your hollers of "hello"
On you way to the sanctuary
Still echo here and feed me

Your fond "Nice to meet you"s and
"See you next week"s linger
Strengthening my fruit skin

The squeals and laughter
Of our youngsters
Weave to sweeten nectar

Know the things you've
Planted here and paved
Have welcomed many new
Visitors of late

Seeking shade and view
Exercise and exploration
Solace and contemplation

Footsteps of every cadence,
weight and measure,
New, familiar, sure and seeking –
Are rhythms embedded in my trunk

My roots still hold us close
My nesting birds' wings set us free
The Spirit of Life
You are all with me

You planted me
And wished life upon me
Nurtured me
And freeze-protected
When I was young

You may not have
"Been to church"
But you are the church
Right where you are

And as you are planted
Staying still
Your collective hearts
Are felt stretching
Toward the farther
Toward beyond


How can we promote compassion when we need to practice physical distancing? Our 1U children have been chalking messages of hope on sidewalks.

Mindfulness Moment with Rev. Sam.

Our 1U children and youth understand and embrace the goal of world community with peace, justice and liberty for all. Our community, our hospitals, need help. Our 1U youngsters are not (yet) doctors and nurses, but they are helping by sewing masks. Our desperate medical professionals have been resorting to wearing scarves and bandanas, the CDC says these masks are better.

Service will be broadcasted on the page of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. You can also use the Zoom link that will be released later this week. A video of the service will be posted on

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Spirit Rising: Generosity Campaign.
Spirit Rising: Growing Together into the Church of Our Dreams update March 25, 2020
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March 15, 2020 Service




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

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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