Events

OUTDOOR Winter Solstice Celebration - December 21, 2021 @ 6:00pm

People across time and cultures have gathered outside to celebrate the longest night of the year.  Let us continue this tradition and gather together on the Tom Goldsmith Plaza to make merry, nibble on traditional sweetmeats and sip Wassail.  Join our drum circle to encourage the return of the sun.  Create symbols of the season in our maker's area.  This dark, contemplative season is perfect for releasing that which no longer serves you and deciding what you want to bring into the new year.  

Remember, this is an OUTDOOR event so dress accordingly!

Reserve your free ticket on our Eventbrite Page, click here

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December 19th, 9 am & 11 am - Pageant and Carols (both services will be live-streamed on Zoom) Tickets will be available to the public on Tuesday Dec 14th

December 21st, 6 pm - 7:30 pm - Solstice Worship Service outside on the Goldsmith Plaza and playground Tickets will be available on Thursday Dec 16th

December 24th, 5:30 pm & 7 pm - Candlelight Service (both services will be live-streamed on Zoom) Tickets will be available Monday Dec 20th at 7am

December 26th - Only One Worship Service at 11 am Tickets will be available Monday Dec 20th at 7am

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Seating is limited in the Chapel and Eliot Hall. Reserved tickets, proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Click Here for the link to our Eventbrite page, where you can reserve your free ticket (this will show what time and seating locations are available).

If you reserve a ticket but won't be able to make it please cancel your reservation so it will be available for others, thank you.

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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

 

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 Fairly Free Thinker Award

Photo by Ken Kraus (thanks Ken!)

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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.

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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 https://www.slcuu.org/programs/sanctuary to help financially or contact Joan Gregory  or text 801-949-2906, for questions or sharing information about jobs, and more.

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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

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THE ONLINE AUCTION ITEMS ARE LIVE NOW!  
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!

 

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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 
Or
 
    • In-person attendance at University Park Marriott (includes dinner) $100.
    • Virtual attendance through Zoom $25.
    • Raffle tickets 1 for $5 or 5 for $20.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

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!
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Live Auction and program:     Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 5:30 to 9:30 pm

 

LOCATION: 

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

AND HERE IS AN INVITATION THAT YOU CAN SEND TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS: Auction Invitation pdf

We will return to worship at 9am and 11am inside the building beginning this Sunday, Oct 24th.

  • Ticketing is mandatory (reserve your free ticket on our Eventbrite page Friday at 6pm) Click Here.
  • Masks are mandatory (and for sale if people forget)
  • Proof of vaccination is mandatory, but a photo of your vaccination card is acceptable. Using https://docket.care/ is also acceptable.

The 11am service will be live-streamed on zoom, followed by Virtual Coffee Hour. Click Here for the Zoom Link

 

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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.

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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. 

Notice of Zoom Congregational Meeting
October 24, 2021 at 5pm
 
 

Due to myriad circumstances, a continuation budget was passed at the last congregational meeting. These include:

1)    The PPP application was still pending.
2)    We did not know who the interim minister was going to be or their compensation
3)    General uncertainty surrounding COVID.
 

It was decided that when the new minster arrived we would develop a Budget for 2021-22 and present it to the congregation. Click Here for the for the proposed Budget.

Additionally, the Board convened a task force to revise the Church Bylaws. The taskforce consisted of Board President, Sarang Joshi, Former President Ed Derringer, Former President Erin Johnson, Peter Grundfossen and Rick Langer. The Bylaws needed to be updated because:

1)    Outdated gendered language
2)    To bring us in line with UUA recommendations and Best Practices.
 
Proposed Amended and Restated Bylaws: Click Here with a redlined comparison with current Bylaws: Click Here
 

Prior to the Congregational Meeting, we will be hosting 3 Budget Question and Answer Sessions with Margaret on zoom. Click Here for the Zoom Link

October 18th at 11am
October 20th at 7pm
October 23rd at 11am
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Agenda for the Congregational Meeting

1)    Call to Order & Quorum
2)    Welcome and Introduction to the New Minister
3)    2020-2021 Budget Summary
4)    2021-2022 Proposed Budget Presentation
5)    Vote on the Budget
6)    Proposed Bylaws Amendments and Restatements
7)    Vote on the Proposed Bylaws

 

First Unitarian Church is proud to host this year's Pride Interfaith Service, to be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 2, starting at 7pm.

Come celebrate Pride in worship with people from diverse faith traditions, honoring the Festival theme of "Our History, Our Stories, Our Community". We are so excited to welcome Angie Rice as the guest speaker for this event, and proceeds from the offering will benefit Transgender Education Advocates of Utah.

You must preregister to attend the event. Click Here to Preregister

Notice of Congregational Meeting

May 16, 2021 11am

Due to the COVID-19 scenario, this year’s Congregational Meeting will be held online via Zoom. Please try to be online early so that we can confirm a quorum and quickly walk through online voting logistics. The church leadership and Board of Trustees looks forward to seeing you all on Sunday for a meeting that honors our 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Meeting will take place after the Virtual Live Worship Service in the same zoom room at this link:  https://tinyurl.com/coffee-hour-link 

 

Call to Order and Quorum Check 10% - Sarang Joshi

Welcome - Don Walton

New Member Acknowledgement - Kristen Quinn

Elections of new members to the Board (Kelly, Derek and Matt) - Kristen

Motion to elect slate of Board candidates

Pledge Report - Becky Heal

Endowment Report - Cathy Chambless

Budget - Margaret Kosorok Bean

Capital Campaign - Allan Ainsworth

Adoption of 8th Principle - Rev. Monica Dobbins

Sanctuary Report - Joan Gregory

Church Re-opening - Melanie Steiner-Sherwood

Closing and Looking Forward - Sarang Joshi