December 20th
Sunday Service "Lessons and Carols"
  • (Will be posted to our Youtube Channel Dec 19th"
Christmas Pageant at 10am via Zoom:
Coffee Hour at 11am via Zoom following the Christmas Pageant:
December 21st
Solstice Celebration at 7pm via Zoom
December 24th
Candlelight Service at 5:30pm via Zoom  

2020-2021 Small Group Ministry



This year's Small Group Ministry at First Unitarian Church will be using the nationally recognized Soul Matters curriculum. Soul Matters uses monthly themes across worship, small groups, and religious education to engage the whole community in deep learning and spiritual practice together. This program offers participants interactive options for daily reflection, including questions for journeying through the month, book and movie suggestions, and even Spotify music playlists; as well as the monthly group meeting where connections are made and the journey can be shared with others. 

If you have participated in a small group before, you can stay in your previous group; there will also be new groups to join, including a group just for new members and friends of our community who hope to meet new people, facilitated by Rev. Monica. Sign up today and let our registrar Sandi Greene help you find the perfect group for you.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  Email Sandi Greene at  if you would like to register.

Any questions, please email .

If you wish to learn more about the Small Group Ministry in a Unitarian Universalist church you will find more information here:

Service for June 7, 2020  Everything Possible. Five Utah Unitarian Universalist congregations share the efforts made in their own communities in pursuit of the inherent worth, dignity and inclusion of those who are LGBTQ+.

congregational meeting

Notice of Congregational Meeting
May 31, 2020 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. We are working in unprecedented and new ways, please be patient. 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.

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First Unitarian Church Annual Congregational Meeting Agenda

  • Call to Order & Quorum

  • Welcome

  • New Member Acknowledgement

  • Minister's Reports

  • Board Elections

  • Capital Campaign Update

  • Pledge Report

  • Endowments Report

  • Budgets

  • Closing

COVID-19 Church Building Update

In response to the COVID-19 crisis the church building has been closed for in-house services, gathering and classes.  The church will remain closed at least through August 23rd.  As time progresses closer to the end of summer, decisions will be made as to when to reopen.  As soon as a reopening date is determined we will make an announcement.  

Until then we will continue with our virtual Sunday Sermon posted to our YouTube Channel and our Zoom Coffee Hour, and starting June 28th our virtual Summer Forum Series will begin on Zoom.


Sundays at 10:00 am
June 28 – August 16
June 28 –  Paisley Rekdal – “METAPHORS IN POETRY TODAY: Exposing Racism and Sexism in In America's Cultural Diversity”
Paisley Rekdal is a Professor at the University of Utah Department of English and Utah's Poet Laureate.
July 5 –  Ben Winslow – “HOW I REPORT THE DAILY NEWS: Actions of the Utah State Legislature and Unusual Events in the Community”

Ben Winslow is a News Reporter at Channel 13 Fox TV.

July 12 –  Michelle Quist – “HOW I DO IT: To be a Columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune, an Activist, and a Single-Parent Mom for Many Children”

Michelle Quist is a Columnist and Lawyer working at the Salt Lake Tribune  

July 19 – Vicki Bennett – “SALT LAKE CITY GOVERNMENT'S SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES: Impacts When Residents Are Staying Home”

Vicki Bennett is the Director for the Department of Sustainability, Salt Lake City Government

July 26 – NKenna Onwuzuruoha – “RACE, WOMEN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT”
NKenna is Outreach Coordinator for Write Here, Westminster College community writing center, and is a doctoral student in Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the U of U. She is a facilitator for the YWCA Woke Words project, more info can be found here:
August 2 – Randy Dryer – “FACIAL RECOGNITION: The Final Nail in the Privacy Coffin

Randy Dryer is an Attorney, Professor of the Honors Program at The University of Utah


Rod Decker is a Reporter at KUTV Channel 2, 40 Years as a Journalist, and Author of "The Elephant In The Room"

August 16 – Dr. Gerald Lazar – “DEPRESSION and BIPOLAR DISORDER: Defining Diagnoses, Case Histories, and their Relationship to Suicide Prevention”

Dr. Gerald Lazar is a Psychiatrist/Researcher at the University of Utah Medical Center

Click here for a pdf of the Summer Forum Series Speaker Schedule

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  

Notice of Congregational Meeting
May 19, 2019  12:30 pm

First Unitarian Church Annual Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • New Members
  • Elections
  • Pledge Report
  • Budget
  • Capital Campaign
  • Courageous Opportunities
  • Senior Minister’s Report
  • Assistant Minister’s Report
  • Transition Introduction
  • Closing

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