About Us


Our congregation was born in 1833 out of the radical heresy of Rev. Theodore Clapp, that God loves all humanity. The earliest days of our congregation found our ministers and members deeply involved in civic life, in issues of equity and justice, and this tradition carries through today. Through the programs of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, and the individual and collective efforts of our members and friends, we work together to make this city and this world a better place. 

Children and young people are important to us; they are the future of our world. We are honored when parents bring their precious children to us for religious nurture and ethical training, and we are proud of our Religious Exploration Program.

Join us for Worship on Sundays and stay for coffee and conversation afterwards. You’ll be glad you did – and so will we!


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Our Vision

By joyously living our UU principles, First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans serves as a stalwart beacon of liberal religious faith, a catalyst for lifespan spiritual growth and social justice.

Our Mission

Our mission is to:

  • offer joyful, mind-expanding worship services
  • provide opportunities for fellowship and spiritual development for children, youth, young adults and adults
  • promote social change and inspire service to the larger community

Together with Unitarian Universalists from across the nation, we will be a voice of hope and courage in the spiritual transformation of the Gulf Coast... the World.

LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation

We Are a Welcoming Congregation

The church is proud to be recognized as an official Welcoming Congregation for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and intersexed persons by the UUA.

Social Justice

We have a long history of social justice activism in New Orleans, dating back to the civil rights movement. We're also committed to collective action with our community partners.