Our most heartfelt gratitude goes out to YOU—our community members who generously support our church and our work. And thanks to the Auction Committee and volunteers who made this night possible 

Just in time for the day after Thanksgiving sales--here are the auction items that are still available.  Please contact Stefanie at or call the church office at 801-582-8687 ext 202 (please leave a message) if you would like to purchase any of these items. 

Check out the incredibly well done "Modern Unitarian" video that premiered at the auction (YouTube link at the bottom of the page).


Auction Items Still Available (updated 1-13-22)

Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat (FEB 2/12/22), 8 spots available, $50 ea

Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat (MAY 5/21/22), 9 spots available, $50 ea

Easy-Peasy Bread-Making Class 3/12/22, 6 spots available, $40 ea

Floral Art Stitchery, 1 item available, $50

Thai Dance (art), 1 item available, $50

Group Billiards Lesson for 6 (Date TBD), 1 item available, $125

Politics and Pundits, 2 spots available, $80 Sold

Embellished perfume Bottle, 1 item available, $25 Sold

Big Band Concert & Dance Party (6/11/22), 33 spots available, $45

Wine and Wander (6/26/22), 30 spots available, $30

Tarot Among Friends, 1 spot available, $75 Sold

Double-fermented kombucha class & equipment, 1 spot available, $140

1960s Prom with $onny and Cher (6/4/22), 37 spots available, $35

Antique Mason’s Ironstone China Pitcher, 1 available, $60 Sold

Women’s Teton Retreat (July 29-31), 3 spots available, $250



 Fairly Free Thinker Award

Photo by Ken Kraus (thanks Ken!)


Directed & produced by Becky Heal.
Lyrics by Todd Seymour.
Musical direction by David Owens-Lupu.
Audio & video production by Tristan Moore

On October 3, 2021, the Sanctuary Steering Committee received the Gandhi Peace Award.  Click Here for the video presentation created by Don Walton and Phil Davis (thank you Don and Phil!), and thank you to everyone that has helped along the way.


Vicky Chavez received her work permit on Wednesday, October 13, 2021!! Now, she is eligible to work!!! Of course, she doesn't have a job yet.  So, she could still use our help - financial support to help from now until a job is found, tips on finding a work-from-home job, experience setting up a business. Go to the Sanctuary page here on the website to help financially or contact Joan Gregory  or text 801-949-2906, for questions or sharing information about jobs, and more.



For those attending the auction at the University Park Marriott

  • Bring your cell phone.  You will need your phone to place auction bids
  • Bring your proof of vaccination


Click below register so you can browse the live auction and bid on 90 silent auction items. And, while you're at it, buy a ticket so you can BID on the live auctions and attend the party!



Dear First Church Members and Friends,

Important updates on plans for the November 13, 2021 First Unitarian Church auction!  

  • The 2021 Fairly Free Thinker Awardwill be presented to Angela Dunn, Executive Director of Salt Lake County Health Department. Prior to June 2021, Dr. Dunn was the State Epidemiologist for Utah.She is perhaps most remembered for frequent appearances at press conferences alongside Governor Herbert in 2020 and then Governor Cox in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic surged across the state. Her steadfast positions to encourage safe health practices were often in conflict with other business and political leaders’ demands to “open up” the State. She was also the target of protests for her position. She is a courageous leader and we are proud to honor her. She will be live with us at the Marriott to receive her award. Angela_Dunn_pic.jpg
  • We are announcing a new and improved plan for a hybrid in-person and virtual auction event. In recognition of the potential health risks of holding an in-person event, the auction planners have consulted with health experts who have assured us that with informed and careful planning, we can hold a safe and successful event.  The 2021 Auction will provide two options for participating in the Auction events.
  1. In-person attendance at the University Park Marriott

The following procedures will be observed for those attending the auction in-person at the University Park Marriott:

    • Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination status
    • Mask wearing expected (masks available at registration, if needed).
    • More spacing between Silent Auction displays
    • Dinner seating with social distancing in mind
    • Limited capacity from past years

Event Activities:

    • Silent Auction items on display at Marriott 
    • Raffle prize on display at Marriott
    • Open bar with signature cocktails, wine and beer
    • Dinner and dessert with social distancing
    • Program begins 7:30 pm
      • Presentation of the Fairly Free Thinker Award to Dr. Angela Dunn
      • Surprise entertainment 
      • Live auction 

            Ticket price:  $100     

  1. Video Streaming on Zoom

For those who are not comfortable attending an indoor event but want to join in the fun, we offer this virtual option:

    • Silent Auction bidding online.
    • Raffle prize displayed online – tickets purchased online
    • Program begins on Zoom at 7:30 pm
      • Presentation of the Fairly Free Thinker Award to Dr. Angela Dunn 
      • Surprise entertainment
      • Live auction bidding through the Zoom chat feature

            Ticket price: $25

REGISTRATION:   Register in advance for all auction activities 
    • In-person attendance at University Park Marriott (includes dinner) $100.
    • Virtual attendance through Zoom $25.
    • Raffle tickets 1 for $5 or 5 for $20.


Online Auction goes live Sunday, November 7th at 12:00 NOON
Click below register so you can  browse the live auction and bid on 90 silent auction items. And, while you're at it, buy a ticket so you can BID on the live auctions and attend the party!
Live Auction and program:     Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 5:30 to 9:30 pm



University Park Marriott Hotel
            480 Wakara Way
            Salt Lake City, UT 84112

We hope you will join us for all the fun and enjoyment in supporting the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City!

The 2021 Auction Executive Committee

Becky Heal                  Jessica French 

Colleen Bliss                Nicki Blackburn

Michele Page              Cathy Chambless

Dot Verbrugge




Live vs Virtual:  We'll do them both! 

After consulting with many experienced voices we have decided to hold a hybrid auction. The 2021 auction will be BOTH live at the University Park Marriott and virtual streamed to your own front room. Precautions for the live auction include proof of vaccination and masking.  Both the live and virtual attendees can bid on silent and live auction items as well as hear from our Fairly Free Thinker Award recipient, Dr. Angela Dunn.

--But whether you're going live or Zooming, you have to register and purchase your tickets!   Click on the links below and sign up today!  Questions? Becky Heal . If you had signed up last year, log in to your account, make sure your password and credit card information are up to date, and purchase your tickets.


First Church Auction Needs You!

As part of our annual auction we need your contributions to make it a success. The most popular auction items are those community-building experiences, such as dinner parties, concerts, wine and cheese soirees with an interesting local celebrity, wine tastings and similar experiences. Do you have an idea? Or if you are short of ideas, do you have a suitable space for entertaining? If you’d like to find out more about how to donate or would like to team up with someone else to host an event, please contact Jessica French at , who will connect you with one of the committee members who can help you make it happen. 

First Unitarian Church Sanctuary Steering Committee to receive Gandhi Peace Award


Sunday, October 3, 2021, 3:00 pm Chase Mill, Tracy Aviary, Liberty Park, 

589 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

All are invited to this free event!

Please join the Gandhi Alliance for Peace at their annual celebration of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideals of nonviolence and peace.  The Alliance will be awarding the annual Gandhi Peace Award to the First Unitarian Church Sanctuary Steering Committee for their work in coordinating and providing sanctuary to Vicky Chavez and her 2 daughters beginning in 2017. The program will include the Gandhi Peace Award Ceremony, music, a cultural presentation, the planting of a tree for peace, and refreshments.  Attendees will receive free admission to the Aviary. 

Click Here for the Gandhi Alliance for Peace Press Release

Click Here for more information on Vicky's story


We are thrilled to announce that Vicky Chavez, who has lived in Sanctuary in our church for 39 months, received a stay of deportation for one year. Vicky and her daughters were welcomed to join the community outside the church’s walls by many people today including SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall who said, “Salt Lake City welcomes you—we have welcomed you all along. You and your daughters are valued members of our community.”

Thank you to our entire congregation for your endless support over the last three years, and to our community partners who helped make this joyous day possible! 

#teamvicky4ever #slcuu #firstuuslc #unitarianuniversalist #sanctuary

If you would like to donate to our Sanctuary Family Fund CLICK HERE 

Dear Members and Friends of First Unitarian Church:

A beloved hymn usually sung with great gusto has a deeper meaning for us today: “Gather the spirit, harvest the power, our separate fires will kindle one flame. Witness the mystery of this hour, our trials in this light appear all the same.”

Pandemics are not new, but Covid-19 marks the first pandemic in our lifetimes. As we are forced to release so much control of our lives, we try in new and inventive ways to gather the spirit and harvest the power. We have no clear understanding of what lies ahead of us, but our trials are not uniquely our own.

Fortunately we are embraced in a church community where care and concern are foremost. Our church has been there for us in times of crises: gathering the spirit for a memorial service; gathering the spirit after 9/11; gathering the spirit during the Tim DeChristopher trial. Today we are challenged to gather the spirit without physically rallying together. How will that work? How do we kindle one flame?

On March 16th our Board of Trustees met to discuss these questions. A loving and caring spirit permeated the meeting.  The tasks ahead may appear contradictory, but they inspire us to enrich the meaning of community.  Following state health guidelines means closing the church for the next eight weeks. All activities scheduled at the church are cancelled. We will tell you with a joyful heart when the building opens again.  Remember that we are much more than the building. The doors may be closed but hearts remain open and our community very much alive.  

Discussions and small group ministries will continue remotely. (The Board meeting was held with all members and ministers at home.) Beginning on Sunday, March 22nd, Tom, Monica, and David will conduct worship services which you can all access by going on the church website [[[during the time of the service?]]] and clicking “sermon video.” After each service, we will hold a ZOOM virtual coffee hour and talkback session to discuss the sermon and any concerns that have arisen for you personally. Please join us. We will be happy to explain how to ZOOM coffee hour.

Small group facilitators: please monitor the wellbeing of your group. Offer support, gather the spirit, and please let the ministers know of issues that warrant pastoral attention. And let’s be vigilant in tending to the needs of friends in our community. 

Our Celebration Sunday Pledge Kick off was set to rock the house last Sunday, but the church was dark. Special speakers and music stir our generosity towards the church.  We believe that the sterner experience of this immense global crisis will underscore the extraordinary value of and the need to sustain a church community such as ours. Please reflect on the church’s value in your life and in the greater community as a passionate, unparalleled voice for peace and justice. 

We must prepare financially now for the transition to a new senior minister and we are asking for a boost in your pledge. The costs of the selection process beginning a year from now must be addressed today.  As you make your pledge the immediate future of the church is more than usually in your hands. Options are many: mail in your pledge card, press the donate button on our website, or call and leave a message at the church, 801.582.8687 ext. 202.  Someone from either the Board or the Pledge Committee will contact everyone who asks.

We must gather the spirit of heart and mind, demonstrating that so much more than a building defines our community. Reach out to one another. Help one another. In our digital world, love and concern have never travelled faster. 

In praise of our community,

Tom Goldsmith       Monica Dobbins          Peter Esko         Rebecca Heal & Henry Whiteside
Senior minister      Assistant minister      Board president      Pledge co-chairs  

The camping trip is attended by approximately 80 to 120 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. Childrens activities are planned so there will be something to do for all ages!

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 A located up Mirror Lake Highway. The site holds 120 people (number of vehicles 25).  Cost is $36 per car.

Arrival Date: Thu Jul 25 2019 Check-in Time: 2:00 PM  Departure Date: Sun Jul 28 2019 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.

There is limited parking, so please sign up  early: UPDATE SPACES ARE FULL    

Any questions contact Jim Thornburg or Amanda Finlayson at


The Environmental Ministry program "Life, the Universe, and Everything" scheduled for Friday March 29th at 7pm has been CANCELLED due to the power outages. Sorry for the inconvenience and stay safe!