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  • Holiday Services 2016

    Holiday Services - save the dates!


    December 11th (9 and 11am)
    Lessons and Carols Service

    December 18th
    (9 am) Christmas Homily
    (11 am) Christmas Pageant

    (7:30 pm) Jazz Vespers Christmas Kool

    December 21st (Service 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm)
    Winter Solstice Celebration

    Purchase tickets for Solstice Dinner here

    December 24th (5:30 & 7 pm)
    Candlelight Services

    December 25th
    On Sunday Service at 11 am

    January 1st
    On Sunday Service at 11 am

  • Sermon Video: "Celebrating Holidays in a Strange Land"

    A sermon given by Rev. Harold Straughn on November 27, 2016


  • Religious Education Announcements

    • Religious Education Winter Holiday Party will be Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:00 to 4:00pm.
    • Pageant Practice will be held Monday evening, Dec. 5, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Please make sure children eat before coming. Pageant Dress Rehearsal will be held, Sat. Dec. 17, 9:30 to noon.
  • Torch Column: Reverendly Yours

    Reverendly Yours - Rev. Tom Goldsmith

    A powerful film called “Loving” was released November 4th and I finally got a chance to see it last weekend. The story traces the struggle to legalize interracial marriage. Richard Loving (a white man) and his wife Mildred (a black woman) were married in 1958 in Washington, D.C. Since they lived in Virginia they anticipated correctly that there would be fewer obstacles to legalizing their marriage if performed in the nation’s capital, but they were shortsig

  • Torch Column: In the Life

    In the Life  - Rev. Matthew Cockrum

    As we edge toward darker winter days and longer winter nights it’s important to look for sources of hope and warmth. Join us for:

    • Solstice Celebration - Wednesday, December 21 - Dancers & Pipers & Drumming, Oh My! Come for the Celtic-inspired worship service at 6 and stay for the chili dinner afterward! Dinner tickets available on-line and in Eliot Hall on Sunday mornings. Proceeds benefit the high school service trip.
    • Seeking the Sources - Monday, Decemb
  • Sermon Video: Thanksgiving Service - "Puritans and the Elite"

    A sermon given by Rev. Tom Goldsmith on November 20, 2016


  • LGBTQ Book Drive

    “To see a face or body that looks like your own is powerful in its effect to simply validate you as a worthy human being”
    -Eric Anthony Grollman, PH.D.

    YRUU is sponsoring an LGBTQ book drive for the Salt Lake County Youth Services group homes. Please bring either book donations or cash donations to the Religious Education table through December 17th. Most sought after titles are listed below.

    • AJ and Magnus: Night of the Roach, Bryan Steel (Author) Simon Steel (Illustrator)
    • Red: A Crayon’s St
  • Environmental Ministy News: 5th Grader to Petition for plastic bag ban; After the Flood Screening 12

    5th Grader to Petition Salt Lake City Council to Ban Plastic Bags
    -submitted by Julie Miller, Director of Religious Education and Joan M. Gregory, Co-Coordinator, Environmental Ministry

    When our children stand up and take action, it’s important for us to support them, right? Well now’s our chance!

    Liam, a fifth grader at Uintah Elementary School and a member of the First Unitarian Church, started a petition last Spring to ban the use of plastic bags by retail stores in Salt Lake City. He was in

  • Announcements and Congregational Briefs 12/5/2016

    YRUU Recycling Fundraiser YRUU is still collecting ewaste for recycling each Sunday at the Environmental Ministry table. Please donate your used printer cartridges, old phones and ipods. They do not take any cables, large electronics, or batteries. See for details. Thank you!

    Refugee Resettlement Committee We find ourselves in an age of ill-mannered “mansplaining” and “mansprawling.” (Dude, it’s rude!) Neither of the newly minted words cast men in a favorable lig

  • Torch Article: In the Spotlight

    “In the Spotlight”. . .Susie Martin

    -submitted by Jan Crane

    Susie has been attending First Church for about six years and only recently decided to sign the book. She was surprised to learn there was a way to show you are officially a member and once she heard that, she decided, “Why not?” Tom’s sermons are very meaningful to her, always something interesting and thought-provoking to consider. She has also enjoyed the contributions from our consulting minister, Matthew Cockrum. Taking things a

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What to Expect

Warm greetings to all who contemplate their first visit to First Unitarian Church.
We hope that our progressive church community will prove welcoming in all respects.

Service Times


We have Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Sunday Mornings. Religious Education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 am services only. We offer childcare for the little ones during both services.

The church is located on the corner of 1300 East and 600 South in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Sunday School

Religious education is provided for children pre-school - 12th grade. We provide child care for the little ones. Please check in with volunteers at the Welcome table for assistance in finding the right classroom for your child/teen. Please note that Religious Educations classes meet exclusively at 11:00 am. Childcare is available at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am services.

Please find out more about our schedule.


Plenty of on-street parking exists plus visitors may use the parking lot of Friendship Manor at the corner of 1300 East and 500 South. Enter the parking lot from either of Friendship Manor's two driveways and make your way south towards the church's 78 parking stalls. 

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