Youth Program Assistant

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City is seeking a creative, enthusiastic and dedicated individual to serve as a Youth Program Assistant. We are an urban, liberal church located near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and are committed to social justice and spiritual growth.

Our Religious Education programs are designed to provide children and youth with a safe and supportive environment in which they can learn and grow, connect with other children and explore their own latent creativity and developing spirituality.

We believe this is accomplished through hands-on learning, exploration of age-appropriate materials and engagement with various forms of the fine- and performing arts. Our classroom encounters are built around compassion, inclusion, respect for life and community engagement.

This position will be advertised within the Church and to the community at large. The application period for this position closes Monday February 27, 2017.

 

Job Description

• Ten-month position, mid-August through mid-June

• Reports to Director of Religious Education and Senior Minister

• Supervises volunteer youth mentors and volunteer teachers

• Education: College degree

• Experience: 2 or more years of professional and/or volunteer experience working with youth in an educational or religious environment

• Background check is mandatory

 

Compensation

• Commensurate with knowledge, skills and abilities

• Range: $15-$17/hr for 20 hours/week; no benefits provided

• Position starts August 10, 2017 (start date may be flexible)

 

Position Responsibilities

• Collaborate with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and current RE Assistant to ensure an engaging Sunday curriculum focusing on religious exploration, social justice, UU Principles, leadership development and adult partnerships

• Supervise teen activities with some weeknight and/or weekend hours required

• Assist in recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer teachers and mentors

• Attend weekly staff meetings and RE committee meetings as applicable

• Recruit youth for program expansion

• Foster connections among youth participants of all ages

• Interface with congregation at appropriate times regarding the RE program

• Maintain program supplies for youth programs within budget constraints

 

Communication/Skills

• Utilize electronic and printed communication channels to advise the UU community regarding events and programs

• Facilitate and encourage frequent communication among volunteer teachers, parents and youth regarding our RE program

• Maintain close contact with the DRE and RE Assistant

 

Desired Talents

• Being a good listener and maintaining a positive attitude

• Experience with special needs children and youth

• Familiarity with social media and appropriate use of these tools

• Comfortable in a collaborative team dynamic

• Knowledge of Unitarian Universalist principles and values

• Sensitivity to the unique needs youth and adults from divergent backgrounds

 

Working Environment/Physical Activities

• Participation in camping, outdoor sports and service trips

• Willingness to sleep on floors or couches at youth conferences

• Willingness to participate on youth overnights with consecutive hours of lost sleep

• Able to coach, mentor and connect with youth and their families

• Sensitive to, and respectful of, confidential and personal information

 

Contacts

Julie Miller, Director of Religious Education, First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

or

801-582-8687

Sunday, February 26 after each service. Have a tasty breakfast at church and support our high school youth in their June service trip to New Orleans. Want details or to help? Contact Nancy Moos at or Lori Shields at

  • Owning Your Religious Past - Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28 and April 4. 6:45-8:45 p.m. - Join Revs. Matthew Cockrum & Tom Goldsmith in this powerful 4-session series designed to assist participants in examining and exploring their religious past while also articulating their present and future. These sessions are open to all and will contain elements specifically geared towards those with LDS background. Register with Rev. Matthew Cockrum via e-mail () or phone (801.582.8687 ext. 205) or at the Congregational Life table.
  • Seeking the Sources - Mondays, February 27, March 27, April 24 & May 22, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Room 201 - Join Rev. Matthew Cockrum in movement, meditation and inquiry of how we might benefit from accessing the six sources of our living tradition. No registration required, drop-ins encouraged. Come as you are. Bring your favorite yoga and meditation gear if you have any.

Youth Program Assistant

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City is seeking a creative, enthusiastic and dedicated individual to serve as a Youth Program Assistant. We are an urban, liberal church located near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and are committed to social justice and spiritual growth.

Our Religious Education programs are designed to provide children and youth with a safe and supportive environment in which they can learn and grow, connect with other children and explore their own latent creativity and developing spirituality.

We believe this is accomplished through hands-on learning, exploration of age-appropriate materials and engagement with various forms of the fine- and performing arts. Our classroom encounters are built around compassion, inclusion, respect for life and community engagement.

This position will be advertised within the Church and to the community at large. The application period for this position closes Monday February 27, 2017.

 

Job Description

• Ten-month position, mid-August through mid-June

• Reports to Director of Religious Education and Senior Minister

• Supervises volunteer youth mentors and volunteer teachers

• Education: College degree

• Experience: 2 or more years of professional and/or volunteer experience working with youth in an educational or religious environment

• Background check is mandatory

 

Compensation

• Commensurate with knowledge, skills and abilities

• Range: $15-$17/hr for 20 hours/week; no benefits provided

• Position starts August 10, 2017 (start date may be flexible)

 

Position Responsibilities

• Collaborate with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and current RE Assistant to ensure an engaging Sunday curriculum focusing on religious exploration, social justice, UU Principles, leadership development and adult partnerships

• Supervise teen activities with some weeknight and/or weekend hours required

• Assist in recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer teachers and mentors

• Attend weekly staff meetings and RE committee meetings as applicable

• Recruit youth for program expansion

• Foster connections among youth participants of all ages

• Interface with congregation at appropriate times regarding the RE program

• Maintain program supplies for youth programs within budget constraints

 

Communication/Skills

• Utilize electronic and printed communication channels to advise the UU community regarding events and programs

• Facilitate and encourage frequent communication among volunteer teachers, parents and youth regarding our RE program

• Maintain close contact with the DRE and RE Assistant

 

Desired Talents

• Being a good listener and maintaining a positive attitude

• Experience with special needs children and youth

• Familiarity with social media and appropriate use of these tools

• Comfortable in a collaborative team dynamic

• Knowledge of Unitarian Universalist principles and values

• Sensitivity to the unique needs youth and adults from divergent backgrounds

 

Working Environment/Physical Activities

• Participation in camping, outdoor sports and service trips

• Willingness to sleep on floors or couches at youth conferences

• Willingness to participate on youth overnights with consecutive hours of lost sleep

• Able to coach, mentor and connect with youth and their families

• Sensitive to, and respectful of, confidential and personal information

 

Contacts

Julie Miller, Director of Religious Education, First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City

or

801-582-8687

It’s hard to believe that Spring is close at hand and we are approaching the final quarter of our Religious Education program for 2016-2017.

Our theme for RE in 2017-2018 will be “Faith in Action” with an emphasis on the Golden Rule as it is reflected in religions worldwide. We plan to examine diverse cultures and find ways to embrace diverse peoples and backgrounds.

Perhaps one of the best ways to help our students navigate through these goals is through Social Justice projects, meaning activities and curricula that will help students develop a mindset of concern for inequities in wealth, education and privilege.

We’ll be working on projects that empower our children through awareness, advocacy and activism. Ultimately, we should be able to help our youth make connections between Unitarian history, culture, science and economics. Our upper-grade students, of course, will continue on their journey of self-reflection and openness.

Travel plans for our upper-level RE program is expected to shift to an every-other-year basis, with out-of-state travel one year followed by a year of social justice outreach in our own backyard.

Just around the Corner in RE…

2/19/17 - Sandwich Sunday for younger RE children
2/26/17 - Pancake Fundraiser event for YRUU after each service
2/28/17 - Applications for RE Youth Advisor closes
3/19/17 - RE Council meets, location TBA
4/2/17 - Return to traditional curriculum for lower grades (PreK-5) through May 28

In Service,
Julie Miller
Director, Religious Education

Well, it looks like we’ve reached mid-year-point in our Religious Education program. We’ve just concluded an 8-week cycle featuring guest speakers representing seven world religions and the critical issue of social justice:

Tibetan Buddhism
Judaism
Hinduism
Unitarian Universalism, with Barbara Creek from our own congregation
Christianity
Baha’i
Islam
Reverend Harold Straughn, speaking in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

Beginning in February and running through the end of March, we’ll embark on an 8-week cycle of arts-infused curricula for our RE children, ages 5-11. Please note that Arts classes will be suspended on Sunday February 19 (President’s Day Weekend), but we will continue with our Sandwich Sunday Project, and will provide alternative activities for children attending service on that Sunday.

And speaking of Sandwich Sunday, food donations are always appreciated for this project. Specifically, that means sliced cheese, loaves of bread, chips or pretzels, cookies, fruit snacks, small carrots and pre-packaged drinks. Donations may be dropped off Sunday 2/19 in the little RE Kitchen on the main floor near the Little Chapel. If you can donate, please advice Lissa or Julie prior to 2/19: or .

Our religious/academic year concludes with an 8-to-9 week cycle of traditional UU curricula, along with a session of Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for first and second graders. OWL registration for this group begins on Sunday February 12 and closes on Sunday March 5. Classes start April 2 and end May 28. Registration will be available online or in person starting February 12 at the RE Table in Eliot Hall. A donation of $25.00 per student is suggested to cover curriculum costs; a parent or guardian is required to attend these classes with their child/children.

Junior Choir sings this Sunday at the 11am service only. Rehearsal for Junior Choir members will be in the Choir Room prior to the performance, from 10:15 to 10:45am.

Family Fun Night resumes Monday February 6, with dinner from 6-6:30 followed by a presentation with our own Reverend Tom Goldsmith, from 6:30-7:30. Reverend Tom reveals “The Inside Scoop on Our Church’s History.” Childcare will be offered 6:30-7:30 for infants and toddlers through age 4. An activity will be planned for 5-12 year olds.

The Religious Education Council meets Sunday March 12 from 12:30-2. This meeting is open to staff and members of the congregation who are interested in programs and services for our youth. We’ll cover topics including a budget update, curricula review for next year and organization and structure of the Council for 2017-1018.

We welcome new members to our congregation and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

In service,
Julie Miller

In the Life . . . (Rev. Matthew Cockrum)

Proud to Have Served - As we witness the conclusion of the presidency of Barack Obama and the transition to Donald Trump, debate continues about the Obama legacy and the anxiously anticipated consequences of the next President. Like many, I watched Obama’s farewell address with tearfulness. Among his many eloquent comments was the simple acknowledgement of the privilege of serving as the President.

It recalled me to a conversation with my father, now deceased, years ago. My father was an Air Force pilot who flew reconnaissance missions in Vietnam. He and I different on many subjects. But one thing he said to me after I entered into Unitarian Universalist ministry was, “I hoped my life would teach my children to serve something bigger than themselves. I guess in your own way you’re doing that.” It was a rare moment of connection, agreement and affirmation.

I know folks at First Church serve in many ways. Of course there are the daily, all-too-often thankless tasks of making coffee, welcoming newcomers, teaching religious education, coordinating events and collaborating with other community agencies to actively engage in building a just and progressive world. But there are others who serve in the military, in the police force, in public office, on governing boards and community councils.

How do you serve something bigger than yourself?
What are you proud for having served?

Among other things, I am proud and humbled to now have been part of the 125-year history of the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. I am also proud to have been part of the 25-year history of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, having served there briefly from 2003 to 2005. Did you know that Ogden turns 25 this year?! Not the city, of course, but our sibling congregation. On Sunday, January 22, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a liberal and liberating religious presence! While a representative our First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City will be there to exend congratulations and greetings, please consider taking a moment to send your own note of congratulations via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UU.Church.of.Ogden/, email: or the old-fashioned way at: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, 705 E 23rd Street, Ogden, UT 84401.

The words attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi (12th century Catholic monk and founder of the Franciscan order), “...grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love…” remind me of serving something bigger.

Church at its best is more than a place, it is a way of being in the world that calls us to serve a greater good, building what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others called Beloved Community.

This is, I believe, the work to which we are all called.

This is the “something bigger” we are called to serve.

And this is that for which we can be proud.

Here’s to The Work, friends.

Peace, Faith & Passion,
Matthew


 More from Matthew

Seeking the Sources - Monday, January 30, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in room 208. Join Rev. Matthew Cockrum in this exploration of the sources of our living tradition. We’re often talking about the 7 Principles, but what do you know about the 6 Sources? What sources inform, guide and sustain you? Come to this drop-in session (last Monday of each month, holidays allowing) ready for movement, meditation and conversation. Bring any tools that help you in yoga and meditation. No registration required.

Newcomer Info- New or newish to First Unitarian Church or Unitarian Universalism? Here are some opportunities to learn more and to take the next steps to deepening your spiritual and intellectual journey and actively engaging in building a just and progressive world.

Info Sessions
Thursday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Join Revs. Tom Goldsmith and Matthew Cockrum along with other congregational leaders and newcomers! Childcare available (with RSVP to or 801.582.8687 ext. 205) and light refreshments served.


Sunday, February 5 after each service (10:15-10:50 a.m. and 12:15-1:00 p.m.) - Join Rev. Matthew Cockrum and other newcomers for a quick, no RSVP-needed, info session. Meet Matthew at the piano in the chapel following the service.


Next Steps: A Night with the Grand Fromage - For those serious about making a commitment to First Church via membership and pledging. Join church leaders and clergy on Sunday, February 12 4-6 p.m. RSVP required to or 801.582.8687. Childcare available upon request and refreshments (wine - to go with the theme - cheese and non-alcoholic beverages) served.

Youth Religious Education
Having a hard time keeping track of what’s going on in your 6th-12th graders’ religious education experience? Here are a few communication tips followed by details of some upcoming events for First Church youth and their families:

  • RE Newsletter - A bi-weekly email Newsletter is sent out by Lissa Lander, Religious Education Assistant, to as many folks as we can track. If you’re not receiving this and would like to please contact Lissa at .
  • Registration - First Church’s current practice requires registering your kids every church year. If you’ve been coming but haven’t registered your kids (of any age) you can do so here: http://www.slcuu.org/programs/religious-education/item/93-religious-education-registration-for-children-and-youth
  • Facebook - Separate, private, invitation-only Facebook pages are maintained for many of our age groups/classrooms. Here are links to a few:
    6th & 7th grade World Religions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUSixthSeventh/
    8th and 9th grade Our Whole Lives: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUEighthNinth/
    10th-12th grades High School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUHighSchool/
 
Some upcoming events:


6th/7th grade World Religions - will be taking a field trip to Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday, January 22, departing from the Little Chapel at 10:30 a.m. in order to arrive at the 11 o’clock service on time. Parents driving anyone other than their children need to provide copies of current auto insurance as well as a valid driver’s license. This group usually meets in The Parlor (Room 225 - 2nd floor above Eliot Hall) 11-12:15 p.m. Sunday mornings. Not on the Facebook Page? Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUSixthSeventh/


8th/9th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education - will continue their weekly sessions 10:45-12:15 in The Haven (Room 214 - 2nd floor above administrative office), with breaks for President’s Day weekend (February 19), Celebration Sunday (March 5) and Easter (April 16). Not on the Facebook page? Sign-up here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUEighthNinth/


Overnight - A special overnight at the church for any 8th and 9th grade students and their friends is scheduled for Friday, January 20 to Saturday, January 21. Details: We're looking forward to the overnight THIS FRIDAY, January 20 starting at 5:45pm until - Saturday, January 21 at 9:00AM. We will have pizza on Friday, play games all evening, and then a light breakfast on Saturday AM. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL KIDS ARE PICKED UP BEFORE 9:00 a.m.! Also, don't forget to bring:

  • $5 for pizza, drinks, and light breakfast
  • Signed permission slip (available at the door):
  • Favorite snack
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, and sleepwear
  • Toiletries
  • Favorite Game(s)

10th-12th grades - Continues to meet regularly 10:45-12:45 on Sundays in Room 218 for conversation, exploration and activism. Not on the Facebook page? Sign-up Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLCUUHighSchool/


High School Our Whole Lives - Weekend Intensives - February 3-4 and 17-18. Two intensive weekends of Our Whole Lives (lifespan sexuality education) are being facilitated by our trained leaders: Randon Beckstead, Annette Ephroni, James Griner and Mary Elizabeth Mitchell. Parents must attend one of two orientations (Sunday, January 22, 3-5 p.m. or Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.) and youth must be able to attend both weekends (6 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday). Requested fee $40. Contact Lissa Lander () to register. Payments can be made on-line here.


Service Trip 2017 - Our youth hope to travel to New Orleans, LA, June 26-July 1, for their service trip. This year we will be working with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. Reserve your spot NOW with Religious Education Assistant, Lissa Lander () or contact Rev. Matthew Cockrum ( or 801.582.8687 ext 205) with questions. Cost of $1400 includes airfare, lodging, meals. Limited scholarship assistance available.

 

Consulting with the Consultant
Save the Date!

Every organization’s operations are governed by underlying assumptions that may be invisible to the organization’s members but apparent to outsiders. For centuries the governing assumption had the earth at the center of the universe. Then along came Copernicus. 

Arriving in 2015, Rev. Matthew Cockrum brought an experienced outsider’s perspective to First Church even as he rolled up his sleeves and went to work.

As his consulting ministry comes to an end, he has prepared an assessment of organizational strengths and weaknesses. He will present it to the congregation in a town-hall format on Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. Included on the agenda is time for congregants to speak to the issues he has raised. Please make attendance a priority.

Religious Education Corner

Given the current mood circling ‘round the country, I find myself wondering what Abraham Lincoln might have penned for his presidential Christmas message. Then again, I suppose he didn’t have a chance for one compelling reason, that being that Christmas did not actually become a national holiday until 1870—five years after his untimely death.


Given his sentiments regarding slavery, Lincoln might have expressed profound sympathy for the hardships faced by those still enslaved during this otherwise joyful and generous season.
Revisiting Lincoln today seems quite reasonable because, like Abe, we need to look beyond backdoor dealmakers and overreaching technocrats and put some hope and faith into a future featuring a bit less upheaval. Visionaries at the national level are in fearfully short supply these days, so I’m venturing out on a limb to imagine what Lincoln’s message might have been... abbreviated, of course, in recognition of shorter attention spans since the mid-nineteenth century!


“In a season that would, in better times, resonate with some semblance of peace, goodwill and hope, we must still acknowledge the despair prevalent among so many. We must take solace, however, in recognizing that we live in a nation founded a mere hundred or so years ago [remember, this is Lincoln speaking] on the principles of fairness and equality.


“So today, I ask you to stay steadfast in the knowledge that good still conquers evil, that truth still triumphs over falsehood. Be patient in these dark days and be compassionate toward those less fortunate. It is my fondest hope that these uncertain times are but a momentary wrinkle in the fabric of our nation. May you anticipate peace as we look ahead.”


Thank you, Abe, for allowing me to ghost-write your holiday message. Julie Miller, DRE



Just Around the RE Corner . . .


December 17th, 9:30am - Noon, Pageant Dress Rehearsal, Eliot Hall
December 18th, Childcare only 9 & 11am Services, Room 109. Pageant at the 11am Service. Pageant participants—please arrive between 10-10:15am.
December 21st, Solstice Service at 6pm followed by dinner in Eliot Hall
December 25th, one service only at 11:00 am, no RE classes; no childcare available
January 1st, one service only at 11:00 am, no RE classes; childcare will be available

LAST WEEK! LGBT youth in the Salt Valley are often at risk, especially those in the foster care system. Our High School youth are collecting books with and about LGBT characters to donate to the Salt Lake County youth group homes this month. Having books about characters like them is very important in affirming these youth. Please grab a flyer at the RE table in Eliot Hall that has a list of the most requested titles. King's English Bookstore will offer a 10% discount for mentioning our church when shopping. Please return books to the box in Eliot Hall before December 18th. See Nancy Moos () with any questions.

It's not too late! Solstice is upon us! Please join in our annual celebration and fundraising Chili Dinner on December 21st. Service will be at 6, with dinner in Eliot Hall following at 7. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids up to 12 years (2 and under free) and a family of 5 price of $35. Tickets will be on sale beginning this week following service. Don't wait too long, this event always sells out! Proceeds benefit our youth travel budgets for service and heritage trips. Tickets also available online.

In the Life - Rev. Matthew Cockrum

Among my cherished winter holiday memories is of a murder mystery New Year’s Eve dinner party I attended while in high school. My friend’s parents cooked a fancy dinner for the guests, all high-school classmates of mine, who came dressed in costume for our assigned roles. I recall being a duke of some sort, drawing on a moustache with an eyeliner pencil and wearing jodhpur pants with knee-high boots, a jacket with padded shoulders, epaulettes and a satin sash which I thought indicated some sort of high office. Other than the costumes I don’t remember much of the mystery or its solution. I do remember that night as the time I discovered that I didn’t like pesto sauce, the night I first ate escargot (which I did like), and one of the first times I had an experience of entering a new year with a group of friends with whom I had the beginnings of an adult-type relationship. At that point I’d only known those folks for 4-6 years, having moved to South Dakota from Colorado during the summer before my 7th grade year. I’m still in touch with a few of those characters from New Years. It’s a simple link to a seemingly long-ago past. It serves as an anchor for me, a reminder of both where I’m from and how far I’ve come.

Now here we are on the cusp of 2017.

Being with you here in Salt Lake City at First Unitarian Church has been a delightful surprise in Life’s journey. I have been honored to serve alongside the Rev. Tom Goldsmith and the rest of the staff and leadership at First Church in support of the mission and ministries of this great, good place. As we ring out 2016 and ring in 2017 it is, indeed, with a bit of anxiety at the unknowns of the coming year. It is also with no small amount of gratitude for the good work that is happening here - the activism that abounds in this place along with everyday acts of service whether through the Hospitality Committee, the Caring Network, the Refugee Resettlement Committee, the work of the Anti-Racism and Environmental Ministry committees, the budding relationship with the Homeless Youth Resource Center or the years-long sistership with San Esteban. There is still (and will always be) great, good work to do in pursuit of Beloved Community and building a progressive and just world. There will always be new additions to the “cast of characters” engaged in unraveling and addressing the mysteries of our times.

As agreed upon when I first arrived here in the fall of 2015, I will be leaving the staff of First Church this coming June. My consulting role with you was intentionally set (and generously funded) for two years. This has been a time to explore the possibility of funding a second minister on-staff, a time to investigate what kinds of work might best support a vision of Congregational Life that cultivates more connection, more intentional integration of newcomers into First Church’s ministries, and how clergy involvement in youth ministry might work. Though funding for a successor in this role was not accomplished, we have glimpsed sight of great possibility for the continued maturation and growth of this community. I have no doubt that years from now I will look back on this time and cherish my place in this cast of characters and the work we have shared.

On the cusp of 2017, rest assured that the staff and leadership of First Church is diligently planning for this transition. There will be surprises, unexpected guests, clues to discover and sleuthing to be done. The Work of building Beloved Community, the Common Good and a progressive and just society always lies among us, within us and before us. We - and you - are suited to the task. (What’s your costume? What’ll be on the menu? That’s part of the mystery!)

It is good to be in The Work with you.
Peace, Faith & Passion,
Matthew


More from Matthew

Seeking the Sources - join Rev. Matthew for this monthly drop-in exploration of the sources of our living tradition. December’s session will be on the 19th, 6:45-8:45 p.m. in either Eliot Hall or the Little Chapel. Dress in comfortable clothes and bring any favorite yoga and meditation supplies. Questions? Contact Matthew at 801.582.8687 ext. 205 or

High School Service Trip Planning Meeting - Calling all 10th-12th graders and their parents! Join Rev. Matthew Cockrum & Jillian O’Karma for continued planning for our summer service trip. Meet in The Haven on Sunday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Matthew at 801.582.8687 ext. 205 or or Jillian O’Karma at .

MLK March/”Marade”, Workshops & High School Conference - First Unitarian youth is hosting civil rights/racial justice multigenerational workshops on Sunday, January 15 and a high school conference Saturday, January 14-Monday, January 16. This weekend is a collaborative effort with South Valley UU Society. 10th-12th graders are welcome to attend the entire weekend. All participants are invited to join in the culminating activity, joining in Salt Lake City’s MLK Rally and March which begins at East High School on Monday, January 16. Interested in attending, helping out? Contact Rev. Matthew Cockrum at or 801.582.8687 ext. 205.

Our Whole Lives for High School - First Unitarian Church is offering a two-weekend intensive version of the Unitarian Universalist sexuality education curriculum, Our Whole Lives, for 10th-12th graders. Sessions will run February 3-4 and 17-18, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and concluding Saturday at 8 p.m. Parents of interested youth must attend one of two orientation sessions or make other arrangements with Rev. Matthew Cockrum at or 801.582.8687 ext 205. Parent orientation sessions are: Sunday, January 22, 3-5 p.m. and Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Interested? Contact Rev. Matthew for more information or reserve your space.

  • 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.
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