May Day March for Our Dreams

Lake Eola amphitheater was filled with central Floridians supporting constitutional freedoms and dreams. Many groups spoke, and our local congressman, Maxwell Frost, supported the many groups in attendance for coming together for the upcoming challenges.

Sharing LOVE in the face of state-sanctioned hate was the focus of this powerful rally. Giving hope to many marginalized groups – Dreamers, LGBTQ+, union organizers, resistance advocates – as we were reminded that we are working together for a better and fairer community.


“Celebrating the Sacred Web”

Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 10:30am

Worship Leaders: Lisa-Marie Matyas Steinmeyer / Andie Harrell / Barbara Howe, Emmy Collins, Lisa Ruckman and Debra Reinhart as worship leaders / Judith Stein-Farrall / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario / Folk Ensemble / Linnea Nelson

Our planet needs our compassionate care. Green Team members explored the Sacred Web from personal, congregational, and global perspectives.


Our October 2022 Partner: Zebra Coalition

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Our October Partner: Zebra Coalition
First Unitarian is honored to support Zebra Coalition. Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13 – 24. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.
Please donate generously!
Here are four different ways to give to Zebra Coalition:

  1. 1U Website: Click HERE or click on DONATE in the upper right-hand section of the 1U website’s home page and follow the directions. Type “Share the Plate” in the space to the right of the donation amount.
  2. Check: Write a check made out to First Unitarian Church of Orlando; on the memo line write “Share the Plate” and mail it to 1901 E. Robinson St. Orlando, FL 32803.
  3. Text: Send a text to 407-456-7082 and type into the message line:[the dollar amount you’d like to contribute] followed by sharedplate (no spaces) [Example: $50 sharedplate]. 

    NOTE: Please include a dollar sign before the amount; HOWEVER, do not put a space between the dollar sign and dollar amount). The first time you contribute via text, you will follow prompts to enter your payment information. Each subsequent time, you’ll just text the same number with the message: $[amount] sharedplate You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email.
  4. Direct DonationDonate directly using this link. After you make your donation, please send an email to to help us keep track of donations made by us!

Last Day for Collecting Wallets is October 9th!

IDignity, our Share the Plate Partner, is in need of wallets!  Once their clients have obtained their driver’s licenses and other important documents, many don’t have a secure place to store it – providing a wallet can make their day! We will be collecting them in Gore Hall at 1U Central.  Our last day to collect is October 9, 2022.  Thank you!

Call for Share the Plate Nominations for 2023

We are seeking “Share the Plate” nominations for 2023.

As a congregation, we nominate organizations whose mission is in keeping with the values of this congregation. From the pool of nominees, one is selected for each of our monthly Share the Plate collections. From these collections, 100% of the undesignated funds collected on the first Sunday of the month will be sent to that organization. We believe that this will help us deepen our practice of generosity and strengthen our commitment to and relationships with our partner organizations.

Know a great organization? Wonderful! Please nominate them using this form: