An Urban Center in Detroit for Spiritual Renewal and Social Justice

Liberate Truth - Radiate Kindness - Love Courageously

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;

Humanist 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.

Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit Mission

First UU Church

Our Location

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.

Maps & Parking
Midtown Detroit - our Detroit neighborhood

Our Building and History

Church History
Illustrated Church Timeline
Architecture, Organ, Stained Glass Windows
Roster of Ministers
Church House - Wikipedia
Church House -
Bentley Historical Library: 1st UU Archives
Centennial Celebration

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.

Professional Staff and Elected Officers
A Welcoming Congregation

Our Affiliations

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