Why I Belong

How many of you have phones that can access the Internet? In the land of smartphones and other mobile devices, there are 3G and 4G wireless networks. The G stands for generation. A 3G network is so fast that it allows a lot of … read more.

Why I Belong

When deciding what direction my stewardship moment should take, I considered different angles. I first thought about being painfully direct—reminding the congregation that we can’t do all the great stuff we do and all the great stuff we want to do without having enough … read more.

Why I Belong

I’ve been attending First UU since August 2012, and I joined not too long after. Having heard about the UU faith when I was a Christian, I knew right away that this was where I needed to be. I knew that I’d be welcomed … read more.

Why I Belong

Have you ever been to a play performed at the Wichita Community Theater?
Have you ever been to Planned Parenthood in Wichita?

Both of those organizations were the product of this church. Wichita Community Theater grew out of a series of plays that were performed … read more.

A Feminist Life

On occasion I am beyond flattered by circumstances, Most recently it was being recognized at the Wichita NOW Chapter’s Annual Colleen Kelly Johnston’s “She Makes a Difference” Dinner, along with Julie Burkhart and Marge Zakoura Vaughn.

More about the event later, but first I want … read more.

Cybele and Me

In the grand scheme of things, where do we ultimately fit in?

It’s a question that has sought a question for millennia.  Many men and women, each greater thinkers than I, have come up with answers that will probably beat anything that I can come up … read more.

View from the Home of an “Abortionist”

We are in Day Six in this summer’s antiabortion grandstanding event. A small corps of antiabortion activists is in town, attempting to recreate the hysteria of 25 years ago, when thousands of them descended on Wichita. The goal, largely accomplished in 1991 but pretty much a bust this … read more.

The Art of Passing

People, regardless of their gender, sexuality, or any other trait, are always in transition.  From daughter to mother, brother to uncle, we all undergo changes in our lives.  However, trans people experience transition in a very unique and … read more.

Feminist Life

Ten years ago a friend had a startling reaction to my casual reference to “we feminists.”
“I’m not a feminist,” my 20-something friend responded indignantly, much to my surprise.  I knew her to be someone who thought clearly about women’s issues.

A few questions from … read more.

Trans Voices: Introduction


I was packing a sack lunch for a resident at the homeless shelter where I worked when I realized I was a man. I was twenty-four.

It was not when I asked my mother at age four if she was absolutely sure I was … read more.

Share the Plate Award

Now seeking applications for our 2016-2017 Share the Plate Award!

We’re moving into a process for selecting Share the Plate recipients that involves the participation of the whole congregation.  Organizations can apply directly or be nominated by our members to receive support from us for … read more.

Bylaws Under Revision

The Bylaws task force is nearing completion of its draft and wants to make it available and known to as many church members as possible. We will have two “listening sessions,” similar to the covenant process:
#1 – Sunday, Feb. 8, after church
#2 … read more.