Our church is the connections we make and the community we create. 

The First Unitarian Church of Dallas offers a wide range of activities, social gatherings and groups to provide members and friends the opportunity to gather in communities of interest. Information on the various groups can be found below, or by accessing the church calendar.

Acoustic Circle

Once a month members who enjoy playing acoustic music get together in a song circle at church to enjoy sharing songs, playing music and singing together. Contact John Jaggers at john@jjaggers.com if you’d like to be on the mailing list.  Our meeting place is Room 202, and the meeting time is 7:00pm.   Be sure to bring some music to pass out of some songs you’d like to lead.  

The remaining 2017 FUU Acoustic Music nights are as follows – be sure to put on your calendar!

Tuesday, November 28
Again – no meeting in December!
Tentative dates for 2018 are as follows:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
No acoustic get together in December 2018

Audio Visual

We are always looking for new people to help staff the A/V booth during the worship service, to provide sound and video support for services (and special events, as called for). Volunteers help record services, programming and events, and prepare any recordings to be distributed and archived. Contact: Fritz Kuehn at  •  fkuehn@dallasuu.org

Book Club

Every third Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the private room at La Madeleine, Preston-Forest
Join us for the joy of reading, eating and sharing!  Book titles Are Listed HERE.  Come for a part or all of the evening (whether you’ve read the book or not!).  We meet for dinner at 6:30 and begin the book discussion at 7:00.  If you can’t meet for dinner, feel free to join us later for the discussion and dessert, if you wish. This is an informal group with a bent for a variety of books.  We were founded in June 2011 by church member, Robin Parker, and we wish to thank her for planting the seed and nurturing it in its early years. We’ve bloomed! And we hope you’ll become a part of our “bouquet.”

To receive emails about upcoming Book Club events or for more information, contact: bookclub@dallasuu.org.

Book Nook

Sells books and other items to our church members for their spiritual and other interests.  Contact: booknook@dallasuu.org 

Caring Community

A network of care teams, which are set up to meet certain needs within the church congregation.  One team prepares meals for people, one makes phone calls or visits people who are sick, in the hospital, or in crisis, and one team sends out cards to people to let them know we are thinking about them on various occasions. Next will be a new cell phone care team to respond to pastoral emergency phone calls when the church office is closed. Contact: Jean Ann Powers  •  Director of Pastoral Care • office: 214.884.1211 • cell: japowers@dallasuu.org

Community Service Committee

Identifies, promotes and coordinates community service opportunities including: Adopt-A-Shoreline, Habitat for Humanity, Holiday Gift Drives, Blood Drive, Partners in Education and many more. Volunteer recruitment and identification of new service opportunities are always ongoing.  Contact:  communityservice@dallasuu.org

Creative Community 

Calling all poets, painters, writers, entertainers, inventers, and wannabes. Please join us on Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m. as we have fun on the journey of creative exploration and mutual support!  Contact: creativecircle@dallasuu.org

Cub Scouts

First Unitarian Church proudly sponsors Cub Scout Pack 1899, the first inclusive Cub Pack in North Texas registered and recognized by Scouts for Equality. Contact: cubscouts@dallasuu.org 

Dinner with Friends (Ages 50+)

Meets monthly for socializing and informal cooperative dinner, generally hosted by one or more members in their homes. Attendance at any dinner averages from 24-32. No fees or commitments are necessary, except that members are expected to occasionally host using a home or other venue. Co-hosting is permitted. The group targets members who are 50+. “Dinner With Friends” is diversified, interesting and relaxed.  It’s a great way to meet other church members. Contact:  DinnerWithFriends@dallasuu.org

EAT (30s and 40s)

A monthly themed potluck dinner held in Channing Hall from 5 to 8 p.m., on the third Saturday of each month. While EAT is primarily parents with children, all in this age group are welcome! Childcare is provided for kids up to age 10, where they enjoy activities and kid-friendly foods provided by their grown-ups. Please contact Brenda Johnson at 972-890-4161 to RSVP for your children. Come have some fun, make new friends, and join us for some great food and conversation! Contact: Sara Vivona at EAT@dallasuu.org or 504-621-4801

Gourmet Group

Members of the Gourmet Group enjoy gourmet-style dinners in member homes with 21 different couples during the year.  “Couples” may be married, partners or two friends.  The group has been active in the church since the 1970s. Contact: gourmet@dallasuu.org

Saturday Supper Club (Ages 30-60)

Saturday Supper Club is a social dining club open to individuals and couples in their 30’s,40’s and 50’s. We meet in members homes’ on the second Saturday of each month at 6:30 pm for a pot-luck dinner. Currently, attendance is between 12-20 people and members are encouraged but not required to host. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun.  This is a great way to meet other church members. Contact: SaturdaySupperClub@dallasuu.org

Jazz Combo

Jazz enthusiasts who play a “jazz” instrument are invited to try out for this high-voltage music group. Open to musicians 16 and older, this group performs for receptions, parties, and worship services. Contact: jazzcombo@dallasuu.org

Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW)

JTW is a UUA/First Unitarian initiative to understand and combat institutional/personal racism and to value diversity and inclusiveness. JTW Movie Nights are second Friday of the month films on issues of race, ethnicity and class (including sexism) to broaden our perspective and consciousness. The films are top-quality documentary or fiction, followed by lively discussion.  Contact: Mary Lou Hoffman 972-231-3816 or mlhoffman3@gmail.com

Interweave Dallas

Interweave Dallas, an affiliate organization of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and Interweave Continental, serves the LGBTQA community by nurturing spiritual growth and fellowship, promoting understanding and furthering social justice.  This group offers monthly social events, service activities, and sponsors the donut table every Sunday.  Email us for information on membership or to add your name to our event notification list.  You can also visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/InterweaveDallas. Contact: InterweaveDallas@dallasuu.org

Membership Committee

Welcomes/greets/assists visitors, guides prospective members through the membership process and integrates existing members (new and current) into the community of the church. Contact: membership@dallasuu.org

Men’s Fellowship Monthly Discussion Group

All adult men are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and participate in a discussion of topics of world, national and local interest from 12 to 2 PM on the second Thursday of each month. Contact: mensfellowship@dallasuu.org

Outdoor Adventures

Organizes outings throughout the year that provide opportunity for new, prospective and long-time UUs, families, and friends to be together in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying the outdoors. These outings include day trips and overnight stays. Contact: outdooradventure@dallasuu.org

UU Playdate

The Play Group is pretty casual and meets most Thursday mornings. Sometimes we do outings, but most weeks we meet at the church nursery for a couple hours. A weekly email is sent out to coordinate the time and place. There’s no formal age limit, but most parents bring their babies, toddlers, or preschoolers. Parents wishing to join should email Rachel Van Houten (vanhouten.rachel@gmail.com) for details and to get added to the mailing list.

Social Action Council

Helps educate members and friends of the church about a broad range of non-partisan social justice issues in the hope that people will feel encouraged and motivated to get involved.  Recent topics and ongoing initiatives include:  voter registration; support of clean air projects; collecting funds and layette items for women on Native American reservations; providing speakers to help people understand the complexity of the issues facing citizens. Contact: socialaction@dallasuu.org

Ushering and Greeting

Welcomes members and visitors into the church each week and helps provide a pleasant worship experience.  This is a wonderful way to meet people!  The commitment includes assisting with just one service a month, and we will train you on everything you need to know. Contact:  ushers@dallasuu.org

Women’s Day Alliance

This unique community of women of all ages will help you build lasting friendships and inspire you with motivating stories, lectures and music.  All this occurs at monthly meetings from September to May that include a catered lunch (and occasional pot luck lunch!).  In addition, members meet to socialize and play bridge weekly.  This is a very active group that has room for you! More Contact: wda@dallasuu.org

Women’s Evening Alliance

WEA brings women together once a month to share a potluck supper, get to know each other, laugh, be inspired, learn and grow through programs and discussions, and raise money for charities.  Retreats and social outings are other highlights. WEA meets in Channing Hall (September to May) and in members’ homes (June to August) at 6 pm the second Tuesday evening of each month. Everyone welcome! More HERE

Young Adult Ministry (20s & 30s)

The new Young Adult program is focused on supporting graduated high school seniors as they enter young adulthood and providing current young adults with opportunities to connect with each other, the larger congregation and our faith. Events focusing on community and fellowship will occur roughly every six weeks with special events based on worship, service and social action throughout the year.

Sign up to receive more information on the program and upcoming events: email youngadults@dallasuu.org.