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We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Guided by the UUA Principles and Purposes, our mission is to live in harmony with each other and nature, and to act with peace, compassion, and justice for all.


Stop Calling the Police and Start Eradicating Anti-Blackness

As we mourn the death of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police, and as we respond to COVID-19, which continues to disproportionately impact Black communities, the UUA denounces anti-Black racism and the inherent violence of policing. Police brutality is a symptom of white supremacy and anti-Black racism, and as people of faith and conscience dedicated to justice and liberation, we must name this truth.

This is an invitation for all UU individuals and congregations to pause and do some deep self-reflection on the ways in which we are called to confront and combat these forces.

First UU News and Events

Renewing the Native Spirit

by Betty Ridge Our opening words this morning are “Territorial Acknowledgment,”by Sean Neil-Barron. We gather together as a community of seekers,to honour the interdependence of life,to respect the dignity of all,and to honour the land Read more…

Renewal When the Path is Hard

What are those things that support renewal even in a hostile environment? In a normal year, it might be sufficient just to spade the soil. This year’s rocky conditions call for the dynamite Rev. Michelle Read more…

The Politics of Compassion

by Rev Michelle Scott-Huffman Connecting both the second and fifth of the Unitarian Universalist Principles. 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic Read more…


A Blessing of the Backpacks and Masks, Water Communion, and Homecoming Special Serviceby AJ Fox, Director of Religious Education Our August 23, 2020 message begins with a Sufi Parable read by Babs Garcia. LEARNING TO Read more…

Soul Matters Small Groups

This fall First Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield will join 145 other churches that use the Soul Matters Small Group circles to encourage members and friends to engage deeply with their Unitarian Universalist values through Read more…

UUA Disaster Relief

Rev. Lauren Smith of the UUA Disaster Relief Fund has issued an emergency appeal to meet the needs of Iowa residents affected by the devastating derecho winds of last week. From Rev. Smith: The UUA Read more…

2020/2021 Soulful Home Registration

The Soulful Home Program Simple ways to engage with your family and your values. Flexible and easy conversation starters and activities that help you make time for meaning making. An invitation to engage with this Read more…


8/2/2020 Give Us Justice, Give Us Peace Dona Nobis Pacem Round, Public Domain Worktext from BLMnew music by Emily McKinneyperformed by the Virtual First UU Choir “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Read more…

Widening the Circle of Concern

The commission was formed to “conduct an audit of the power structures and analyze systemic racism and white supremacy culture within the Unitarian Universalist Association” because, one, “…many of our congregations are in trouble, with Read more…

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