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  • Small Group Ministry Registration

    Registration for the upcoming Small Group Ministry (SGM) 2017/18 year begins today! From October to May, groups of 12-14 people will meet once a month for a discussion on topics both contemporary and timeless touching us all. Whether you were in a group last year or want to join for the first time, please register on the First Unitarian Church website by clicking here [insert link]. It is quick and easy! You will then be assigned a group and the discussion facilitator for your group will contact

  • Announcements and Congregational Briefs: August 7, 2017

    UU Lunch Bunch (through August 27th)

    UU Lunch Bunch is a family-friendly group for anyone and everyone who would like to get together for lunch and chat with like-minded people. Meet at the Restaurant on Sundays following coffee hour. For more information contact Sonia Carnell at (801) 262-1151 or

    • August 6: No Lunch Bunch 
    • August 13: The Dodo Restaurant (1355 East 2100 South)
    • August 20: Hog Wallow Pub (3200 East Big Cottonwood Canyon Dr.)
    • August 27: Indochine (230 Sou
  • Environmental Ministry Highlights

    Environmental Ministry thought you would want to know about the following recent publications and upcoming events/hearings/actions: 

    The Uninhabitable Earth - Annotated Edition. [David Wallace-Wells]  July 14, 2017 NY Magazine  []   

    This is one of the most widely read articles ever written on the climate crisis, and one that has stirred conversation and debate across the US.   There have been dozens of responses to the article, many from leading climate scientists and bloggers.  One from Dave

  • Torch Column: Assistant Minister's Corner

    Assistant Minister's Corner - Rev. Monica Dobbins

    Last Friday morning, I awoke to the news that the US Senate had failed to pass the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, with a decisive and unexpected vote from Arizona Senator John McCain. Although I rarely find myself politically aligned with McCain, I took to Facebook to thank him for casting that no vote. Soon after, I realized that many of my friends were posting outrage that the male senator was getting all the credit, while the two

  • Summer Forum Video: Attempting the Impossible: Changing Minds on Climate Change

    A Summer Forum presentation given by Thomas Moyer


  • Summer Forum Video: Hijabs and Halal: Dialogue with a Devout Utah Muslim

    A Summer Forum presentation given by Maysa Kergaye on July 9, 2017


  • Summer Video: The Neuroscience of Meditation

    A Summer Forum presentation given by Michael Johnson, PhD on July 2, 2017


  • Additional Changes to Summer Forum Schedule

    The Summer Forum 2018 Schedule has changed, here is the latest schedule as of July 18, 2017 - please disrergard any previously published schedules:

    July 23 - Utah Refugees: Stories of Resilience    A panel of refugees share their experiences of making lives in Utah.

    July 30 – Pat Bagley Why are we laughing? Political Cartooning and Current Events    Award winning political cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune shares his perceptio

    August 6 – Elliot Francis and William McMahon, M.D. -  Adults

  • Looking Ahead: Important Upcoming Dates

    Looking Ahead

    Summer Forum continues each Sunday at 10 am through August 20, 2017. Meditation group meets 15 minutes after the service in the parlor.

    August 27th: Worship services resume with one service only at 10 am. Childcare will be provided.

    September 3rd: Worship service; one service only at 10 am.

    September 10th: Ingathering Sunday; regular worship service schedule resumes with services at 9:00 and 11:00 am; Religious Education classes for children and youth resume at the 11:00 am ser

  • Rev. Harold Straughn’s New Book

    -submitted by Harold Straughn

    I am pleased to announce the arrival of my new book: ANECDOTES THAT TRANSFORM:...Little Stories That Changed My Life Without My Knowing It.

    You will see many familiar names, places, and ideas that you cherish, including a chapter about my life and ministry with you at First Unitarian Church.

    For more information about Hardcover, Softcover, and Online editions, click here:

    In addition to ordering from my publisher, I plan to b

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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 are currently on our summer schdule. Summer Forum presentations happen each Sunday at 10 am. through August 20th. Childcare is provided for young children during Summer Forum. 

We will return to worship services on August 27th, and our Religious Education classes resume on September 11th.

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


Sunday School

We are currently on our summer schedule. Religious Education Classes for children and youth will resume on September 11, 2017. Childcare for young children is available during the summer. 

Please click here for more information about our Religious Education program.


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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