Who We Are


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

Our outward symbols speak to who we are. Two flags fly at the entrance to our building – a Black Lives Matter flag and the Rainbow Flag of inclusion. A rotating solar panel stands in the prairie grass in front of the church, collecting renewable solar energy. Some people refer to our 90 foot tall wind turbine as our steeple. Our grounds feature extensive walking trails, a colorful children’s playground that encourages imaginative play, and a memorial garden.

We have a long history focused on social justice, starting with our founders, who included at least one conductor for the Underground Railroad. (Learn more about our history). We also have many vibrant ministries – including a large children’s and youth education program and a beloved music ministry with several talented ensembles.

As a community, we support and care for one another. At each service, we repeat this covenant:

The spirit of this church is love,
and service is its law.
This is our covenant with each other:
to dwell together in peace,
to search for truth in Love,
and to help one another.
[from the 1894 covenant written by the Rev James Vila Blake]


We honor our rich past and present, even as we move toward our bold vision for the future. We need your voice in this work, so join us!