The Annual First Unitarian Church Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held on March 19th from 5 to 10 pm.

Artists: Please register using the online form found here.

This is a fun family event with food and entertainment provided. Artists can show their art for fun at no charge. All sales are handled by the church. Church retains 25%, artist receive a check from the church for 75%. All arts and crafts welcomed. Display space is limited, so sign up early. If you have any question please contact Bill Reed at



Officially it’s called a quasquicentennial, but you won’t be hearing that word much. Still, our church is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and a good word for that may be audacious. On February 24, 1891, five years before Utah became a state, 127 religious liberal visionaries joined forces to establish the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. Most people even today who live outside of Utah cannot imagine the history or scope of our church. We are proud bearers of a liberal history, continuing in the same footsteps as our Utah religious ancestors by securing an institution dedicated to the freedom to believe as commanded by the dictates of conscience. Our history has always allowed for religious expression in a non-dogmatic setting, and voiced deep moral concern in a society led by conservative influences often pre-empting justice in a racially and culturally diverse society.

So we are going to celebrate our institution and ourselves!!!!! The celebration will stretch throughout much of the year. The Big Dates we should note are as follows:

February 28, 2016: Celebration Sunday will be combined with our quasquicentennial. A special service will be held at the Marriott Dance Theater on the University of Utah campus. The space will be large enough to accommodate all of us so there will only be one service beginning at 10:30. You may well want to arrive early because twenty minutes prior to the service we will feature a slide show with many photos culled from the Special Collection at the Marriott Library. The presentation will exhibit our church and its people over the past many decades.
The actual service will feature special guest speaker, Rosemary Brae McNatt, president of Starr King, our UU seminary in Berkeley. The Jazz Vespers Quartet will provide music and our full chancel choir will perform.

June 12, 2016: End of Year Picnic will be focused on child fun. We will be playing games typical of 125 years ago. We’re collecting potato sacks and other fun items to give children (and adults) a taste of how people passed the time before I-Pads.

September 24th, 2016: Dinner Dance and Celebration will be held at This Is the Place Heritage Park. This will not be a fundraiser, just a spirited gathering of all of us with some incredible surprise guests stopping in to join us. The venue offers a beautiful patio for us to socialize with drinks if we wish, and then a splendid dinner and dance inside, large enough to accommodate all of us. The 11-piece big band has already been hired. You need not dance like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to enjoy this fun celebration.

(Text taken from Reverendly Yours, Rev. Tom Goldsmith's column in the church's newsletter, "The Torch")

Come to our Intergenerational Holiday Party! Since both the kids RE and the adult RE studied world religions last year, this year we will be exploring the winter traditions of 6 world religions - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Aboriginal/Earth Religions. Come experience activities, songs, cultural crafts (appropriate for kids and adults) and a delicious spread of traditional foods. Don’t miss this great event that celebrates the diversity of ages in our congregation and the diversity of ways to celebrate this festive time of year. Happy (Multicultural) Holidays! Saturday Dec. 12, 2-4 pm

Fall Highway Cleanup this Saturday! Please set aside a couple of hours this Saturday morning, October 3, to keep Utah beautiful by joining our group of volunteers to remove litter along a 4-mile stretch of State Road 65 extending from Mountain Dell towards East Canyon. Remember, you get to keep any treasures you find ($,$$$,$$$-?). Meet at THE church at 9:00 AM to carpool, or at 9:30 AM at the Parleys Canyon UDOT maintenance facility adjacent to the Mountain Dell golf course. The state requires that participants be eleven years of age or older……BUT, there is no upper limit. Bring gloves and a positive attitude. We should be finished by 11:30 AM. For any questions, or to sign up, please contact Frank Steffey at 801-277-2509. Anybody interested in taking over the leadership of this beneficial activity should also contact Frank Steffey.

Please join us on Sunday, June 14th at 11:30, following our 10 am service for our annual end-of-year picnic. We have reserved our usual spot - the Mt. Olympus Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park.

  • Bring Your Own Mug The Coffee Committee will be serving coffee at the church picnic. Please remember to bring a coffee cup with your eating utensils if you wish to drink coffee so that we can reduce the use of disposable cups. We will be awarding a prize for the most unusual/ugly coffee cup. To put it another way, bring your ugly mug to to picnic!
  • Please bring a salad or dessert to share with everyone, and if possible, bring your own nondisposable dishes and utensils so that we can limit the recycling and refuse that we generate.
  • Please label vegetarian, vegan, nut free, and gluten free options clearly to help those with particular food allergies, sensitivities, and preferences enjoy our community event. We will be providing beef burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, as well as drinks, condiments, and chips.
  • Cost is $5.00 per person, $3.00 for children payable at the park (checks made out to First Unitarian Church or exact change if paying in cash would be much appreciated). If you have lawn chairs, please bring them to help with congested seating in the pavilion.

Next Sunday, June 7th, we'll have one short service at 8:30 am at which time we'll head down to join in at the Pride Parade. Here's the announcement from our Social Justice committee:

Pride 2015 is almost here. The annual Pride Parade is Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 10am. As a congregation, we have an entry in the parade again this year. We are in the red staging area - 400 South & 400 East. We will be walking and singing dressed in our ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ t-shirts. The theme for this year’s Pride is “Pride is ____”. This year we have many things to celebrate, especially marriage equality and the passing of the anti-discrimination bill during the legislative session. Please come and celebrate with us as we march as Unitarians, proudly showing our support and love for the community. If you have any questions, please contact .

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 17th following the 2nd Sunday service.

First Unitarian Church Annual Meeting Agenda
May 17th, 2015

1. Call meeting to order
2. Introduction

  • Reminder of Policy Governance model
  • Review Ends and how church provides avenues for accomplishing Ends

3. Board reports

  • Overview of Congregational Linkage Results
  • Plan for 2015-2016 church year

4. Operations Report

  • Ministry
  • Committees: Overview of what has been accomplished this year by our many groups
  • Financials

5. Congregation Business: member voting

  • Approval of Budget
  • Election of new Board members
  • Resolutions

6. Closing

The 2015 Annual First Unitarian Church Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held on April 18th from 5 to 10 pm in Eliot Hall, the Sanctuary, and Little Chapel, and weather permitting outdoors.  This event has become one of the church’s premier fun events.  The event is a three ring “circus” kind of thing with visual art the center piece.  The event is open free to all, with free wine and refreshments.  There is free aerial ballet performances and free music performances.  

This is a fund raising event for the church and the church keeps 25% of all art sales.  So come be entertained.

Calling All Artists: The 2015 Annual First Unitarian Church Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held in Eliot Hall on April 18th from 5 to 10 pm. Artists need to sign up prior to April 5th as space is limited. Please use the link on the church’s homepage Any questions contact Bill Reed (801) 884-8032.

Big S little s, What Begins with S? The Seuss-sational Spaghetti Supper..S, S, S! Please join us for a night of entertainment and fun with Dr. Seuss! Our high school youth are presenting a spaghetti dinner - including spaghetti, bread, salad, drinks and dessert (wine available for a small donation) for just $15 for adults and $10 for kids. March 21st, entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and free crafts. We will have a dance interpretation of McGrew's Zoo by the Learning Circle Dance Company. It promises to be a magical night! All proceeds go to the YRUU Service Trip fund. Tickets will be on sale in Eliot Hall March 8th and 15th, get yours early! Any questions? Contact Nancy Moos at .

Zumba Class March 8th! Join us for some energetic dancing with Zumba instructor Jaron Winder! He is a fun and exciting instructor, you're sure to burn lots of calories and have a great time doing it! Come to Eliot Hall at 1:00 pm. The cost is $10 per person. This is a fundraiser for the YRUU Service Trip to Portland! Any questions, please contact Nancy Moos at