First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit
Our Spiritual Tradition
Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life;
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of
science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
We are located in an historic building complex on the edge of the Detroit Cultural Center and Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit. We are also on the edge of the Cass Corridor, an area of deep poverty. As with many boundary zones, our location is rich with diversity.
In 2011, the church donated the complex of buildings, including the sanctuary and attached church house with social hall and second story church, to the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). We are now part of the EMEAC managed Cass Corridor Commons, a multi-use non-profit and green space in which educational activities, community efforts and business endeavors are created and carried out.
Our Building and History
Illustrated Church Timeline
Architecture, Organ, Stained Glass Windows
Roster of Ministers
Church House - Wikipedia
Church House - Detroit1701.org
Bentley Historical Library: 1st UU Archives
Our Membership and Staff
We are a medium-small congregation with a strong sense of community. We love the city, and invite all persons of goodwill to join us.
- Unitarian-Universalist Association - national UU organization
- MidAmerica UUA - regional UU organization
- MOSES - a faith-based community organization reflecting the religious, racial, and ethnic diversity of Metropolitan Detroit
- Michigan UU Social Justice Network
- Church of the Larger Fellowship - for those who can not easily visit us in person but are interested in Unitarian-Universalism