A Special Note About Our DFP

Our Director of Family Programming, Meredith Plummer, had to take an emergency leave of absence.  Denys Steele is the substitute while she is away. You can reach Denys by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (513)505-4240. 

Welcome to Family Programming at First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati!

If you are new to First Church, I want to extend an extra special welcome. Family and Children’s Programming at First Church, what some other congregations might refer to as Religious Education, is markedly different from what you’ll find at some other UU congregations because our focus is on the family, not just the child. We understand your life is busy. We understand that, at times, you feel overburdened with the work of raising a family. But, we also understand that you are your child’s greatest teacher. While we might have only 40 hours in a given year to influence your child, you, as their parent, have over 3,000 hours. Therefore, we are committed to partnering with you, to offer programming that not only fits into your busy schedule but that eases your burden as well.

If you would like to learn more about Family Programming's philosophy and policies, make sure to check out our overview. To learn more about our programming, including your child's curriculum for the year, be sure to take a look at our prospectus. Below, you will find a description of what your child will be learning, and doing, this coming Sunday, as well as a list of upcoming events and opportunities.

On Sunday mornings, please feel free to stop me and say 'Hi' or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me with any questions you may have. 

In partnership,

- Meredith Plummer, Director of Family Programming

This Sunday - February 19, 2017

  • PreK - Kindergarten: students have been invited to the 1st-3rd grade class to hear a story of Chicken Sunday, and enjoy a tea party put together by their 1st-3rd grade friends. This lesson includes FOOD AND FOOD PREPARATION.

  • 1st - 3rd Grade: Chicken Sunday: students will begin by reading Chicken Sunday. Then, we they host a tea party for their friends in the Pre-K-Kindergarten class. This lesson includes FOOD AND FOOD PREPARATION. 

  • 4th - 5th Grade: Powamu: students will spend the class learning about the Hopi Bean festival, Powamu.

  • Jr. High Youth Group: will check in and contemplate the big question– Where are we going?

 Upcoming Opportunities

Parent's Night Out
Parents’ Night Out (PNO) is back! First, spend an hour exploring the nature of parenting while developing a deeper connection with other First Unitarian parents. Then, revel in two hours of child-free bliss. We will keep the kids for the last two hours while you enjoy yourselves. PNO will be offered as a ‘mini-series,’ with a three-session course offered on February 17, March 17, and April 21. Topics for each course have yet to be determined, but you should register soon. Registration is required and spots are limited. Must be able to commit to 2 of the 3 sessions. Please RSVP by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the Family Programming table!

Meredith Plummer,
Director of Family Programming

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Available by appointment


Phone: 513.238.9912



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