Welcoming Wednesdays

6-9:00pm in the Enrichment Center

A call back to the Pre-Pandemic Wednesday nights with a light meal and UU Reflected Programming (now through May). 

Child Care and Game Play for littlest UUs is available. All are welcome to participate!

Light dinner at 6:00 pm followed by learning or fun activity. A few of the classes offered are in April and May: Free Library discussion, Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators, Table Top games, Drumming Circle, UU History, and always a favorite, Popcorn Theology.  

All are invited-members and friends.

See the full April and May schedule here (check back as the May schedule may change)
Questions?  Please email Judith at jsteinfarrall@orlandouu.org.  


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Conversation and food at 6 pm and last minute addition and Article II discussion with Rev. Margalie below. 


Earth Day and Green Service and Go Green Mini-Fair preparation at Green Team meeting

Earth Day on April 22 at Lake Eola scheduling and the final preparation for the Green Service on the first Sunday in May as well as the GO GREEN Mini-Fair after service kept the Green Team occupied at the April meeting.

Reminder about the Ready, Set, Solar Workshop being held at First Unitarian in the Sanctuary on April 30 at 3pm-5pm which is designed to inform churches and nonprofits how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) federal program can reduce the cost of solar. Chris Castro, an old Green friend from the city ofOrlando, will speak as the new Chief of Staff for Office of State and Community Energy Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy about federal incentives.


Work Days at 1U

Preparing to plant new bromeliads , painting car stops rainbow colors and installing an Assembly Room table rail were some of the jobs taken on during the March work days, followed by fellowship and refreshments. Looking forward to seeing you next Workday.


“The Reverend Mary Augusta Safford”

Worship Leaders: Rev. Margalie Belizaire / Judith Stein-Farrall / Aubrey Connely – Candelario / Linnea Nelson / Charles Connelly-Candelario / Charlotte Kendall / Wendy Derrow / Joan Nelson

Come meet, connect with and honor the Reverend Mary Augusta Safford.

Our Mary Safford Historical Marker

Our Spring Congregational Meeting truly made history on March 19, as we dedicated a heritage marker honoring the Rev. Mary Augusta Safford — leader in the fight for votes for women, Unitarian trailblazer, and early member of our church. Following a special reception, Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan spoke about the marker’s significance and the essential role of voting in our democracy. She then joined Rev. Margalie, guests, and 1U folks to unveil the marker and cheer our church’s long commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality.

Commissioner Sheehan, who has represented our District 4 since 2000, is a trailblazer in her own right as Central Florida’s first openly gay elected official. Also representing the city were Jennifer Fritz-Hunter, Orlando’s historic preservation officer, and Kathleen Russell, the mayor’s special assistant for community collaboration. The event continued a Women’s History Month celebration that began March 7 with the unveiling of a sister marker at 37 N. Orange Ave. that honors Orlando as the birthplace of Florida’s Equal Suffrage Association in 1913. It also pays tribute to Safford as the association’s president.

Both Orlando markers are part of the National Votes for Women Trail, an initiative of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, with funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation of Syracuse, New York. The Trail includes more than 200 markers across the nation as well as an online database containing more than 2,200 sites related to women’s suffrage (for more information, click here).

The Rev. Safford led women’s suffrage efforts in Florida for most of the decade before the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. She also led the suffrage movement in Iowa. Her friend since childhood, the Rev. Eleanor Gordon, was our church’s founding minister. Both women, who were part of the famed Iowa Sisterhood, moved to Orlando because of their friendship with Caroline Groninger Gore, the wife of Orlando pioneer Mahlon Gore and the inspiration for Gore Hall’s name.

At the March 19 program, 1U member Joy Wallace Dickinson also talked about the marker’s use of the women’s suffrage colors of white, violet , and sunflower gold. You’ll find the Mary Safford marker on the Hampton Street side of the campus, near the sidewalk leading to Gore Hall and the Sanctuary. It’s a great reminder that our present has strong roots in the past.

Written by Joy Dickinson 


Visit Web Team Info Table March 12!

Come visit the Web Team Info table before and after church on March 12, 2023!

Here you can visit our station helpers and ask them questions or tour the


Would you like to help out? There’s many ways you can contribute to the Web Team ministry! We are

  • Seeking reporters from varied ministries to write articles and email them in
  • Seeking photographers who attend church events to take pix and email then in
  • Seeking editors familiar with WordPress or willing to learn to help post articles and pictures.

Interested? Email Cat R. or John H. at WebsiteQuestions@orlandouu.org for more info!

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Empowering Food Security

On Sunday, Feb 19, “Empowering Food Security” was the theme of the event sponsored by the Interfaith Environmental Allianceof Central Florida in the historic Black neighborhood of Paramore. 

Over 20 persons attended including 1U members Michael and Cindy C, Beth T., Laura S., Wende P. and Mary D.

The first part of the event consisted of a tour of Infinite Zion Farms led by co-founder, Raymond Warthen, a fifth generation Black farmer, working to address food insecurity. 

The second part  of the event was a discussion led by Aminah Hamidullah at the school she founded called Knowledge for Living on Paramore Avenue. Aminah has offered courses for 20 years to the neighborhood residents that are  designed to impart life skills. Also, she has secured scholarship funds for youth going to college and other post high school training programs.

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