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 ChaliceTinyWelcome! Let us introduce ourselves. The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation has been an active liberal religious voice in the Ann Arbor community since our founding on May 14, 1865.

 

We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our congregation is in the UUA's MidAmerica Region.

 

 

We are an intentionally inclusive and supportive religious community of about 650 extremely active members who worship together, work for justice together, laugh together and nurture our children with a UU perspective of our World.

Children participating in Water Communion

 

Visitors to UUAA can immediately tell a bit about us from the outward symbols that speak to who we are. The rainbow flag of welcome to people of all gender identities flies from our entryway; Some people refer to our 90 foot tall wind turbine as our steeple; A rotating solar panel stands in the prairie grass in front of the church, collecting renewable solar energy;  In back of the church there are walking trails, a colorful children's playground and a memorial garden.

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We have a long, rich and rather bold history, starting with our founders who included at least one conductor for the Underground Railroad, through early leaders in women’s rights, to providing a printing press to the very beginnings of labor unions, to playing a key role in the Humanist movement, providing comfort to Japanese citizens during WWII,working to end segregated housing in Ann Arbor in the 60s, providing sanctuary to a family from El Salvador in the 80s, supporting the LBGTQ community in the 90s, and more recently showing our commitment to clean energy, climate action, racial justice, outreach to immigrants in our community... and much, much more can be learned in the Social Justice section of our web site.

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 From September of 2014 to May 17th, 2015 we proudly marked our 150th anniversary with a wide variety of activities through the year to celebrate and learn from our "150 Years of Reason and Compassion in Action", "revering our past", but also looking to our dawning future.

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For eighty years from 1865-1945 we served as a missionary church to the University of Michigan. In 1865 it was thought that this congregation could "mold the minds of the future leaders of the west". While we no longer have connections to the universities in the area, we enjoy the benefits of the many activities available through the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University in neighboring Ypsilanti.

 

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We have been builders, constructing church buildings in 1882 and 1999 and adding a wing to our Washtenaw Avenue church in 1956. Two of our churches are designated historic buildings. We have called 11 male and one female Senior Minister. While our membership numbers have waxed and waned, we have kept a caring committed liberal religious community together for 151 years.

 

 

 This congregation is extremely proud of two of our very active programs, our wonderful Music Ministries and our cradle to grave Spiritual Growth and Development (religious education) programs.

 

 

Our children's programming has enthusiastic attendance and committed volunteer staff. Each year our YRUU high school group conducts a Sunday service and in the summer they take a service trip together. Our adult SGD programming has been expanding over the last few years.

Dedication ceremony

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Our Sunday services always include energetic singing and sometimes guest artists or performances by our large Chalice Singer Choir or our Chalice Sparks children's choir. Each Spring we host "The Big Sing" bringing together 150 voices from the community.

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Chalice Sparks and Glen Thomas

 

Living in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor frequently makes those lists of best places to live-- good schools, good medical centers, great restaurants, parks, recreation and more culture than anyone has time to take advantage of. Big Ten sports, Saturday Physics lectures, world famous Zingerman's Delicatessen, a summer Art Fair, wonderful music, theater, academic programs abound.

And if Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti don't have what you need, Detroit is about 40 minutes away and offers museums, an excellent zoo, Greek Town, Midtown, Tigers Games, Red Wings hockey and much more,

Here are some links that might help you learn more about the Ann Arbor area.

Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ann Arbor Flip Book
Arborweb

University of Michigan Campus Information
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Athletics

University Musical Society
Michigan Theater
City of Ann Arbor

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation

 

And please explore our web site to learn more about the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor!

 

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More Candidate Packet Information...

Sunday Services: Our Sunday services are planned collaboratively by our enthusiastic Worship Team. From Sept thru May we have 2 services each Sunday morning (the 2 services are the same, not two kinds of service). This year the Worship Team has been experimenting with monthly themes. The following links show three example 2016 orders of service:

      Jan 31st Order of Service

      May 1st Order of Service

      May 8th Order of Service

 

Monthly Newsletters

UUAA Bylaws

Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Budget for 2016

Financial Report for 2015

Draft 2016-2020 Strategic Plan (in progress, not approved)

Rev. Geisenhainer's letter announcing her retirement