Junior Singers!

Rehearsals for the Junior Singers begin Next Week: October 1st. 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.  Choir Room. This is a fun way for our youngsters to learn more about music in a group setting and provide our congregation and Friends of the Church the blessing of their energetic and youthful voices. Attentive, engaged, focused and consistent attendance is required. Let these be your guide posts for your child joining the group. Age is limit to those 6-12 yrs. with working reading skills. Parental assistance will be requested as needed. If you have any questions, feel free to call or text David Owens at 801-390-0488.

Mindfulness Group

Meditation is held Sundays, after the first service ends, around 10:00 am. We gather in the Parlor, up the stairs at the south side of Eliot Hall. Mindfulness practice is shared, then followed by 20 minutes of guided meditation, and closing with loving kindness. All are welcome for the first time, to investigate or to maintain mindfulness practice.

Artists Discussing Art

On the last Monday of every month Artists gather in the Haven at 7 pm to discuss each others art in progress or recently completed. This discussion is open to all visual artist, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, fused glass, and clay. Bring work to discuss or just come to listen. Bring a light refreshment to share. Please contact Bill Reed at with questions.

Dinner and Dialogue

Have you heard about Dinner and Dialogue? It’s a great way to socialize and meet new members and friends outside of the traditional church setting. Participants gather in small groups and share a meal together in one home. You may sign up as a HOST where you set the date, time and the menu and decide how many guests you can accommodate. Or you may choose to sign up as a GUEST where you will attend and contribute by bringing a dish to share (appetizer, salad, dessert, beverage, etc. assigned by the host). Either way you choose to participate, you are guaranteed to make new FRIENDS! Our goal is to have a couple of these each month. I will coordinate by getting the guest names to the host and assisting in any way possible. There will be a table set up at our Activities Fair on September 17 so you can sign up or ask questions if you wish. After that, we will have our Dinner and Dialogue book at the Congregational Life Table in Eliot Hall for the remainder of the year. If you are unable to sign up to participate in Dinner and Dialogue at our church service or have questions, feel free to contact Darlene Thayne, at 801-455-6553 (Colleen Bliss will be taking it for September) or send an email to . I have gotten to know some very lovely people through this activity. Why not give it a try??

Buy Tickets or Sponsor the Auction

When & Where: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at The Falls at Trolley Square; 580 South 600 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102; South Building. Doors Open at 6pm.

Why Attend? Attending First Church’s annual auction fundraiser offers so many wonderful experiences for everyone. First, it is a fabulous evening, complete with entertainment, incredible items in the silent and live auctions, and splendid food and drink. Secondly, it provides each of you the opportunity to donate to the church in many ways; attending a donated dinner from our silent auction, signing up for an event, or bidding on one of our fabulous vacations or art offerings in the live auction. We also have our famous raffle baskets that are packaged so professionally, you would not believe a member of our church has created them. However, most of all, this auction is about giving; giving of yourself, giving of your time, and giving financially. This auction is not possible without the attendees, and that means each of you. If you have attended every year, if you have attended sporadically, or if you have never attended, this year is the year to attend. This is our largest fundraising event, by far, of the year. Please join us as we support our church for another year.

Auction Theme: The theme of our auction this year is Women: The Ultimate Superheroes, honoring Kate Kelly, esquire. Everyone attending the auction will have an assigned seat at a table. You can feel free to mingle about without fear of losing your precious seat. Doors open at 6pm. Meet and greet your old and new friends while having a drink, signing up for our silent auction offerings, and sampling some appetizers. Our Senior Minister, Tom Goldsmith, will present Kate Kelly with the Fairly Free Thinker Award. Afterwards, buffet-style dinner will be served. Our Live Auction follows dinner with returning auctioneer, Senator Jim Dabakis. His enthusiasm and entertaining style will ensure you stay for this “don’t miss” portion of the evening. The Silent Auction will close at 8:30pm. Winning tickets for winners of the raffle baskets will be drawn throughout the evening, so make sure you purchase your raffle tickets early and often.

Parking: There is plenty of parking in the parking structure at Trolley Square. There are many parking spots designated solely for The Falls Event Center. There is also an elevator, and no stairs into the venue, so it is accessible for all.

Childcare: Free Childcare will be provided at the church from 5:30pm until 10pm. The Auction begins at 6pm and ends by 9:30pm, so you should have ample time to stay for the entire auction.

About Kate Kelly: Kate Kelly is a zealous advocate and passionate activist. She has a JD from American University Washington College of Law, the only law school in the world founded by, and for, women. In 2013, Kate founded a group called Ordain Women to advocate for gender equality in the Mormon Church. She was convicted of apostasy by three male Mormon leaders and excommunicated in June 2014 for speaking out against the institutional oppression of women. In her legal career, she has had various opportunities including working as a law clerk at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; an attorney at the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights; Strategic Advocacy & Policy Counsel at the Planned Parenthood Associated of Utah, and many, many more. We are looking forward to hearing from, and meeting Kate at the auction.

Become a Sponsor:  We need your help.  Become a sponsor of the auction.  Sponsorship opportunities include monetary donations in the following amounts:

Platinum:  $1000; includes 4 tickets to the auction

Gold:  $500, includes 2 tickets to the auction

Silver:  $250, includes 1 ticket to the auction

Bronze:  $100

Alternatively, purchase a sponsored V.I.P. Table for $1500, includes eight V.I.P. seats at the auction.

We are looking for Business Sponsors also.  If you know of a business that we can ask to become a sponsor, please email  

If you are able to be an Auction Sponsor, please email

Donate Your Time:  If you have a few extra hours and are willing to help the Auction Committee, the day of, or prior to the auction, please send an email to  

Purchase Your Tickets and/or Sponsor:  You can purchase tickets and/or become a sponsor on the Church’s website by clicking here.  Alternatively, you can purchase tickets in person at the Auction table beginning Sunday, October 8th, after each service and each Sunday throughout the remainder of October.  Individual tickets are $60 each.  If you want to sit with your friends, please provide the names of all 10 people when you purchase tickets so you may sit together.  Regular tables will seat 10 people; Sponsored V.I.P. tables will seat eight people.  After you purchase tickets, please complete a form to register the credit card you would like to use for the auction with Hal in the office.  Forms will be available at the Auction Table each Sunday.  Please complete this form and register your credit card to ensure the line getting into the auction moves quickly.

Raffle Baskets:  Every year we have amazing baskets to raffle off during the auction.  You can preview them at the church for the last three Sundays in October after both services.  You can also purchase Raffle Tickets during this time (prior to the auction).  Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20.00.  Come and see the amazing baskets we have to offer this year.

Silent Auction:  In addition to many wonderful dinners and guests, we also have a few events and some art we will have available for bidding in our silent auction.  The dinners have a price range that everyone can afford from family dinners where you can bring your children to elegant multi-course meals with wine pairings and a special invited guest.  We will also have a limited number of bracelets, made especially for the auction, that you may purchase the night of the auction, so come early.

Live Auction:  As in years past, we will have some amazing vacations for you to bid on during the live portion of our auction.  In addition, we will have an amazing quilt, made by one of our own members, as well as some impressive works of art.  You will not be disappointed.

The Bar:  This year, our bar service will be hosted by Copa Crew, a mobile professional bartending service.  A wonderful selection of wine and mixed drinks will be provide, including three signature cocktails, using homemade recipes and mixers. 

2017 Auction Committee:  Colleen Bliss, Alice Brown, Jan Crane, Teresa Dieringer, Heather Stewart Dorrell, Peter Esko, Sue Geary, Diane Johnson, Marion Johnson, Lissa Lander, Julie Miller, Michele Page (chair) and Suzanne Tronier.

Respectfully Submitted by:  Michele Page


Click here to buy Auction Tickets or to Sponsor the Auction


First Church is excited to begin a social justice partnership with Planned Parenthood of Utah. This partnership will include community gatherings, legislative action, and a volunteer sex education program benefiting incarcerated women. 

We want YOU to get involved! The first step is to become a Planned Parenthood Ambassador. It's a simple process of signing up to be included in their email distribution list; then Planned Parenthood will notify you by email when a volunteer opportunity arises. 

To become an Ambassador, please click this link. Scroll down to the middle of the page, and under "Become an Ambassador", click "Sign Up Now". 

Then simply fill out the form, and watch for a welcome email from Planned Parenthood (note: it may appear in your spam filter!).

And be on the lookout for information from the Social Justice Council about opportunities to serve throughout the year!

In times of trouble in our lives, we need the support of our church community more than ever. But as the church grows, it needs new ways to approach the needs of our members and friends when they stumble upon tough times. That's why the Caring Network is getting an upgrade, and we need YOU to help!

In years past, the Caring Committee would email the volunteer list when someone in the church had an illness, a death in the family, or an emergency, and whoever was available would volunteer to fill the need. But as our church grows, a small committee can't fill all the needs. So instead, we're moving from a committee to a network. That means the committee will reach out to a few volunteers who live in the same geographic area and contact them DIRECTLY when there is a need. Neighbors helping neighbors, with better follow-through; and our relationships will grow stronger and deeper too.

In order for this to work, we need LOTS of volunteers! We're looking for 100 church members and friends who'd be willing to provide a meal, child care, or a ride to church a few times a year, for someone in your neighborhood who is sick or has had an emergency or death in the family. 

If you can fill this need, please visit our website and fill out the NEW Caring Network Participation Form: http://slcuu.org/ programs/committees-and- groups/item/24-caring-network

Frequently asked questions: 

1. I'm already signed up for the Caring Network. We are starting over with a brand new list, so please sign up again with the new form!

2.  Are you trying to form a committee of a hundred people?! No - this isn't a committee, it's a network. But there will still be a committee, and we'd love for you to join!

3. How many times a year will I need to volunteer? It depends on how many people in your neighborhood have needs this year. But the more people we can sign up, the more we can do as a group, and the fewer things each person will have to do.

4. I'm still confused, how can I learn more?  There will be a brief (15 minute) information session after both services on October 1st. Rev. Monica will describe the program and answer any questions, and of course be available to sign people up. Please also look for our table in Eliot Hall during the month of October. 

Winter Clothing Drive for Refugees
In support of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Winter Clothing Drive, our RE Program and the Refugee Resettlement Committee are sponsoring a collection of winter outer wear. Donate your clean, gently used winter coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, boots and NEW warm socks for adults and children. Bring items to the Little Chapel before and after services on Sundays 10/1 and 10/8. If no one is there to receive your donation, leave it behind the wall in the Little Chapel. Thank you for your generosity as many refugees experience snow for the first time. Questions, contact Andrea Globokar 801-518-7461 or 

The Climate Crisis: A Fresh Look - What do We do, by When, and How?

Location: The Haven, First Unitarian Church, 569 S 1300 E, SLC

Time & Dates: 6:30PM-8:30PM, Thursdays (except for one Friday) Oct 12 & 27 (Friday), Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11 & 25, and Feb 8 & 22

Sign up online

We know that we are in a climate crisis.  But, what does this mean?  What are the most impactful things we can do?  Where will we be most effective in focusing our action?

Will resisting Trump be consequent?  Can cities and states “make Trump irrelevant”?  Is education the path to follow?  What about legislation?  Petitions, rallies, demonstrations, protests, civil disobedience, lawsuits - what place do these efforts have?

Are all of these together, and more, enough to stabilize the climate?  What if all the groups (local, state, national, international//large and small) working on all the efforts they are working on now actually accomplished their stated goals, will this stabilize the climate?  And will it stabilize the climate at the 2◦C Paris Accord heat ceiling? 

Are we in a climate emergency?  If so, how can we tell and what does this mean?  And if so, what do we do about it?  Are current efforts sufficient, if they accomplish what they state is needed?  If not, what more or different needs to be done, and how can it be accomplished?

The New York Magazine and author Wallace-Wells published “Uninhabitable Earth,” very recently.  He interviewed dozens of experts and climate scientists.  What is the importance of this article that millions of people have read and discussed? 

The Fresh Look at the Climate Crisis will begin with Wallace-Wells article and include other readings that are just as intriguing, and perspectives that are just as informed by science and experts, and in so doing, together we will answer these questions. 

This course will be a fascinating and challenging ride.  We will have the input and involvement of some of the best climate scientists in the world, and we will examine information and implications that are not being discussed or explained at any level in the conversations about the climate crisis. 

This course offers a completely different view of the Climate Crisis, a completely different view of your role in the crisis, and a completely different view of how to respond effectively. 

This is not about telling those who come to the course to do more of what they are already doing, or to ask them to do the things they are doing better.  This is something different and fascinating.  This is a Fresh Look, and a Revelation.

Sign-up for this course online by clicking here or sign up at the Environmental Ministry Table at church on Sunday.  The materials for the course: the readings, the discussion questions and thoughts will be circulated via email throughout the course.  Attend the full course or specific sessions that fit your schedule.  But please sign-up to receive the materials.


The content for the first session on Thursday, October 12th will be based on the “Uninhabitable Earth, the Annotated version.”  A video that will be referred to is from Kevin Anderson, and the YouTube is here (Note: the hyperlinks to the course material will be sent by email to the entire class after registration.)


A key theme throughout the course will be to define and to deal with the Hydra-Headed Meta-Delusion that describes the way we have responded to the climate crisis so far.   This particular type of mythological hydra, a ten-headed one, mated in its ancestry with a dragon.  When a hero is able to cut off one head, two more grow in its stead.  These two are each more deadly than the one severed.  The blood from this hydra, if splashed on a human, causes the human to become insane in short order.  This hydra’s greatest vulnerability is ice. 

Recycle with Environmental Ministry

Environmental Ministry is still participating in four Terracycle recycling brigades. We collect a number of things, most of which are not recyclable through the city or county recycling programs. Then we send them to Terracycle, and the church receives a check paying us 2¢ for each item. Here are lists for those of you unsure just what things we collect:

Oral care products packaging: Any brand of toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers. Sorry, no electric toothbrush parts are accepted.

Energy bar package recycling: Any brand of foil-lined energy bar wrappers; foil-lined granola bar wrappers; foil-lined meal replacement bar wrappers; foil-lined protein bar wrappers; foil-lined diet bar wrappers.

Cereal bags: Plastic cereal bags and box liners.

Personal care and beauty product packaging: Hair care packaging such as shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, and hair paste caps. Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes and caps, soap dispensers and tubes, body wash caps, lotion dispensers and caps. Cosmetics packaging such as plastic lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.

We also collect electronic waste for the YRUU’s partnership with Planet Green at our table. This project is to earn money for their service trip next summer. Items collected are: Inkjet cartridges, laser/toner cartridges, cell phones and accessories, GPS and radar detectors, e-book readers, calculators, iPods/MP3 players, video/digital cameras, PDA’s, iPads/tablets, Video games and consoles.

Now that you know what to bring in, find a corner or doorknob where you can place a bag for collecting these items. Then take them to the bins next to the Environmental Ministry table. We plan to be there every Sunday except the weekend of the Art Fair, Celebration Sunday, and picnic Sunday, and we’ll be expecting you.

 Volunteers Wanted

If you’ve ever considered volunteering with the Environmental Ministry, here’s your chance! We desperately need people to take the coffee grounds to the compost bins or to sort and take out the recycling. Both happen on Sundays after second service, the composting after 12:30. It only takes a few minutes to do either of these things, and each person does only one of the two, once a month. If you’re willing to help with either of them, please call Judy Lord at 801-513-9796

Activities Fair September 17th

Our annual Activities Fair will be held on Sunday, September 17th after both services. The Activities Fair is a great opportunity to learn about the various groups, programs, and committees of the church. Attention church groups: tables will be set up outside and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Hospitality Help Needed

Hospitality Ministry needs volunteers for Greeters, Welcome Table and Congregational Life Table. Please contact Laurie Robinson at for more info or to volunteer.

Social Justice Film Screening Sept. 29th

Save September 29, 7 pm, Eliot Hall, for a free film and discussion. "The Wanted 18" will be presented and there will be snacks. This film is based on a true Palestinian story. The Israeli Defense Force is searching for 18 violators. Who are these 18? Are they terrorists? Maybe not. The villagers hide the 18. Who are they? This film has some animation and is appropriate for anyone over ten years old. There will be a discussion afterwards led by Just Peace in the Holy Land and J Street.

Auction - Save the Date!

Annual First Church Auction will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at The Falls at Trolley Square. More into to come. If you are interested in helping, please email Michele Page .

Seeking hikers and walkers

 A First Church hiking group is starting up.  Potluck Fall/Winter organizing meeting 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 9/26 Elliot Hall.  Bring your day planner and a dish to share! Come meet other hikers and sign-up to lead a hike or walk. Contact Catherine at for more information.

Artists Discussing Art

On the last Monday of every month Artists gather in the Haven at 7 pm to discuss each others art in progress or recently completed. This discussion is open to all visual artist, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, fused glass, and clay. Bring work to discuss or just come to listen. Bring a light refreshment to share. Please contact Bill Reed at with questions

Mindfulness Group

Mindfulness Group Meditation is held Sundays, after the first service ends, around 10:00 am. (11:15 on Sept. 3rd) We gather in the Parlor, up the stairs at the south side of Eliot Hall. Mindfulness practice is shared, then followed by 20 minutes of guided meditation, and closing with loving kindness. All are welcome for the first time, to investigate or to maintain mindfulness practice


-submitted by John Rasmuson

The Refugee Resettlement Committee (RRC) seeks your help in making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.   

With the Trump Administration limiting the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. now and in the future, the RRC is expanding its services to those who the International Rescue Committee manage to bring to Salt Lake City.  Two initiatives—the Basket Project and the Pedal Project—have been launched.  Both are intended to provide the means by which First Church congregants may respond to a global humanitarian crisis by acting locally. 

Helmed by Johanna Whiteman, the Basket Project provides refugee families with such needed household items as tea kettles, sheets, towels—dictionaries and soccer balls for the kids.  A list is available on the RRC bulletin board and at the Congregational Life Table.  Your options for joining the project are also explained there.  Questions?  E-mail Johanna Whiteman at .

 The Pedal Project is led by Andrea Globokar.  It collects gently used bicycles and gives them to refugees.  Volunteers tune up the bikes beforehand, and donations pay for new helmets, locks, and lights.  To donate or volunteer, please e-mail Andrea at .

The RRC, with 20 years’ experience settling refugees, believes the two projects will also afford welcoming, face-to-face connections with refugees as they adjust to their new life in Salt Lake City.

Both projects offer donation receipts for income tax returns.

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 South 1300 East)


Mindfulness Group

Meets Sundays following Summer Forum in the Parlor.

Refugee Resettlement Committee: The Pedal Project 

The Pedal Project is a collaboration between First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City Refugee Resettlement Committee and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The purpose of the Pedal Project is to provide free, gently used bicycles, new helmets, lights and bicycle locks to newly arriving refugee families in Salt Lake City. Donated bicycles are picked up my members of the Refugee Resettlement Committee who will provide a tax donation receipt. Contact Andrea Globokar, Project Coordinator at 801-518-7461 or to donate or for more information.


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 & Sept. 3rd: Worship services resume with one service only at 10 am. Childcare will be provided.

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 service only. Childcare for little ones offered during both services.

September 17th: Our annual Activities Fair happens after each service - a great way to find out how to be more involved and connected at First Unitarian Church.