The camping trip is attended by approximately 80 to 140 people depending on campsite. It is a community building activity were attendees of both services and their families can take time to get to know each other away from the church. For many attendees it is a family church tradition.

The event covers 3 nights and 4 days on average. Family friendly activities take place every day and there is a huge pot luck that is often also attended by people who drive up just for the day (another 10 people or so). This summer we will be camping at Pine Valley North Group Site C located up Mirror Lake Highway. The site holds 140 people (number of vehicles 25).  Cost is $30 per car.

Arrival Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 Check-in Time: 2:00 PM  Departure Date: Mon Jul 24 2017 Check-out Time: 1:00 PM

Overview: Pine Valley North Wasatch Cache Group Campground is located on the beautiful Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah. The Uintas are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.

Natural Features: The campground is situated among shady pines and aspens at an elevation of 7,400 feet. The dense stands of trees provide nice shade.

Recreation: The Lower Provo River is nearby, offering good trout fishing. Numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails crisscross this beautiful mountain area, including North Fork and Shingle Creek Trails. Off-road vehicle trails are in the vicinity.

Facilities: The campground contains three group sites with picnic and serving tables, grills, campfire circles and large paved parking areas. Vault toilets, and trash collection are provided. We are in Site C. Nearby Attractions: Mirror Lake Scenic Byway parallels the Lower Provo River as it snakes across a portion of the Uinta Mountains, leading to numerous high alpine lakes and streams, countless trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and biking are popular activities. The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from several trails along the byway.

There is limited parking, so please sign up  early by filling out the form and pay fee at by clicking here.  

This Sunday, June 11th, is the last worship service of the 2016-2017 Church Year. This service happens at 10 am and will include our new Assistant Minister, Rev. Monica Dobbins. You won't want to miss this service!

Here are some of the other schedule changes to be aware of:

  • June 18th: Summer Forum begins - all services at 10:00 am (click here for scheduled speakers)
  • August 27th: Worship services resume, 10:00 am
  • September 3rd: Worship service at 10:00 am
  • September 10th: Ingathering Sunday; Two services resume at 9:00 and 11:00 am; Religious Education program begins for the 2017-2018 church year

Picnic Info: Following the service on June 11th is our Annual Picnic at the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park. 

  • PLEASE bring a salad or dessert to share and your own reusable, non-disposable dishes (plates/cups/bowls) and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and waste that we generate.  A dish washing station will be provided for rinsing your dirty dishes.
  • We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips.
  • Cost is $5 per person, $4 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated).
  • We'll be playing water balloon volleyball at the picnic. Those wishing to engage in this wholesome activity are requested to bring their own beach towels! So, along with your dishes, cups, silverware, etc., bring a beach towel or two!
  • If you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen, please contact Joe Herring at  or 801-440-5521. We need some extra hands to assist with set up, grill tending and other food service tasks,  and of course, clean up.

The annual end-of-year picnic is almost here. This event is fun for all ages, and we hope that you are planning to attend. If you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen, please contact Joe Herringat  or 801-440-5521. We need some extra hands to assist with set up, grill tending and other food service tasks,  and of course, clean up.. We have reserved our usual spot - the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park. PLEASE bring your OWN reusable, non-disposable dishes (plates/cups/bowls) and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and waste that we generate.  A dish washing station will be provided for rinsing your dirty dishes. We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips. Cost is $5 per person, $4 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated).

Pride Parade: Sunday June 4th 10am. 

-submitted by Michele Page

Please plan to join us.  Theme:  Pride Elevated.

Please join us to walk in the Pride Parade this year, celebrating our wonderful Reverend Tom Goldsmith for 30 years of service at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City.  Tom and Mary will be riding in a convertible and the congregation will be walking ahead of, and behind the car (please, not to the side, we need the crowd to be able to read the signage on the car!).  We will have a banner introducing our church’s entry, as well as signage on the car thanking Tom for 30 years of commitment to the liberal community in SLC.   Please plan to join us if at all possible.  Wear your ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ t-shirts, or something very bright in color!  We hope to have music playing that we can dance/move/sing to as we walk and wave.  Look for the ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ banner and your fellow members.  We will provide the exact location to meet in the Order of Service on Sunday, May 29th and Sunday, June 4th.

First Church will be screening a gripping documentary "Screenagers" about the dangers and affects of digital screens on our youth. Mark your calendar for May 25, 6 pm in Eliot Hall.

Click here for more information.

The camping trip is attended by approximately 80 to 140 people depending on campsite. It is a community building activity were attendees of both services and their families can take time to get to know each other away from the church. For many attendees it is a family church tradition.

The event covers 3 nights and 4 days on average. Family friendly activities take place every day and there is a huge pot luck that is often also attended by people who drive up just for the day (another 10 people or so). This summer we will be camping at Pine Valley North Group Site C located up Mirror Lake Highway. The site holds 140 people (number of vehicles 25).  Cost is $30 per car.

Arrival Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 Check-in Time: 2:00 PM  Departure Date: Mon Jul 24 2017 Check-out Time: 1:00 PM

Overview: Pine Valley North Wasatch Cache Group Campground is located on the beautiful Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah. The Uintas are known for their abundant recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.

Natural Features: The campground is situated among shady pines and aspens at an elevation of 7,400 feet. The dense stands of trees provide nice shade.

Recreation: The Lower Provo River is nearby, offering good trout fishing. Numerous hiking, biking and horseback riding trails crisscross this beautiful mountain area, including North Fork and Shingle Creek Trails. Off-road vehicle trails are in the vicinity.

Facilities: The campground contains three group sites with picnic and serving tables, grills, campfire circles and large paved parking areas. Vault toilets, and trash collection are provided. We are in Site C. Nearby Attractions: Mirror Lake Scenic Byway parallels the Lower Provo River as it snakes across a portion of the Uinta Mountains, leading to numerous high alpine lakes and streams, countless trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and biking are popular activities. The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from several trails along the byway.

There is limited parking, so please sign up  early by filling out the form and pay fee at by clicking here.  

Pride Parade: Sunday June 4th 10am. 

-submitted by Michele Page

Please plan to join us.  Theme:  Pride Elevated.

Please join us to walk in the Pride Parade this year, celebrating our wonderful Reverend Tom Goldsmith for 30 years of service at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City.  Tom and Mary will be riding in a convertible and the congregation will be walking ahead of, and behind the car (please, not to the side, we need the crowd to be able to read the signage on the car!).  We will have a banner introducing our church’s entry, as well as signage on the car thanking Tom for 30 years of commitment to the liberal community in SLC.   Please plan to join us if at all possible.  Wear your ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ t-shirts, or something very bright in color!  We hope to have music playing that we can dance/move/sing to as we walk and wave.  Look for the ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ banner and your fellow members.  We will provide the exact location to meet in the Order of Service on Sunday, May 29th and Sunday, June 4th.

The annual end-of-year picnic is almost here. This event is fun for all ages, and we hope that you are planning to attend. If you would like to be part of the team that makes it all happen, please contact Joe Herringat  or 801-440-5521. We need some extra hands to assist with set up, grill tending and other food service tasks,  and of course, clean up.. We have reserved our usual spot - the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park. PLEASE bring your OWN reusable, non-disposable dishes (plates/cups/bowls) and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and waste that we generate.  A dish washing station will be provided for rinsing your dirty dishes. We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips. Cost is $5 per person, $4 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated).

Summer Forum Series  2017

Theme:  The mystery and attraction of contrasting views

Sundays at 10:00 AM

 

June 18 - Julia Rossi, RN – How beliefs and attitudes towards addiction influence treatment and outcomes

Julia has been active in the family support community and writes a blog on topics of interest for families of addicts.

 

June 25 – The Crossroads Project: Musical Conversations About the Earth

A string quartet and visual artists from Utah State University

 

July 2 -  Michael Johnson, PhD, MSN – The Neuroscience of Meditation: Developing the Brain Substrates of Wellbeing

A UofU nursing faculty discusses research on the effects of meditation on the human brain.

 

July 9 - Maysa Kergaye – Hijabs and Halal: Dialogue with a Devout Utah Muslim

An open conversation with a community college math teacher and Zumba instructor

 

July 16 - Thomas Moyer  – Attempting the Impossible: Changing Minds on Climate Change.

Strategies used by the Citizens Climate Lobby to move climate deniers.

 

July 23 - Pat Bagley –Why are we laughing? Political Cartooning and Current Events

Award winning political cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune shares his perceptions

 

July 30 -  Pat Shea – Religious Liberty

First Amendment Attorney, past candidate for U.S. Congress and Governor in Utah

 

August 6 – Elliot Francis and William McMahon, M.D. -  Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Accepting Neurodiversity

An autist and a UofU psychiatrist discuss self-help and support strategies for adults on the spectrum.

 

August 13 – Rep. Patrice Arent and Rep. Dan McCay -- Ideology and Lawmaking: How Policymaking Gets Done

A dialogue between elected members of the Utah State Legislature with contrasting views.

 

August 20 –  TBA

 

-submitted by Joan Gregory, Environmental Ministry

AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock

Friday, May 19, 2017, 7-9PM Eliot Hall

Click here for the trailer

AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock, released on April 22, 2017, follows the dramatic rise of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, which captured the world’s attention as one of the biggest stories of 2016. Thousands of activists converged from around the country to stand in solidarity with the water protectors (activists) standing strong against the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), being built to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through sovereign land and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation and 17 million people downstream.

A unique collaborative documentary created in three chapters, each helmed by a different filmmaker, the feature length film is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker and activist Josh Fox (Gasland, How To Let Go Of The World And Learn To Love Everything Climate Can’t Change), Academy Award nominated filmmaker James Spione (Silenced, Incident in New Baghdad) and indigenous filmmaker and Digital Smoke Signals founder Myron Dewey.

Each of the three sections of the film tells the story of Standing Rock in the unique perspective and style of the filmmaker who created it. The immersive documentary features emotional first-person accounts as well as gripping verité footage of militarized local police and private security teams confronting water protectors and journalists with rubber bullets, mace, tear gas, water hoses, and weaponized dogs. But the film also takes us behind the front lines to reveal the intimate day-to-day life of the camp community, as indigenous and non-indigenous protectors gather for peaceful prayer and song, and engage in daily tasks like clearing snow, raising tipis, distributing clothing donations, or building sleeping barracks for the many veterans who arrived to join the water protectors.

Standing Rock has awakened the nation and has forever changed the way we will fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.   A discussion will follow the film.

[ photos from various recent environmental events, including Climate March and Bears Ears event can be see on our Facebook page ]