Religious Education

If you would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church, Colleen Bliss and Christine Ashworth are hosting a 3 session newcomer class.  We will present a little taste of Unitarian Universalist theology and history by framing it in terms of "healing disconnection".  

Inspired by the classic Unitarian Universalist slogan "deeds not creeds" we present UUism as a way of journeying through the world rather than as a set of beliefs to which one assents.  

We will meet via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm February 4, 11, 18

Please email  to let us know if you are interested or have questions.  

We look forward to getting to know you!  Christine Ashworth & Colleen Bliss

 

We were due to start our new journey into the Kabbalah Sunday January 3rd. However, we feel we need more time for everyone to get the book, or at least have it located and ordered. We have chosen God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the practice of mystical Judaism by Rabbi David A. Cooper.

We will have our first Zoom meeting on January 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Please feel free to contact John, Adrienne, or Deanne at  if you have any questions or concerns. This will be an interesting dive into a very difficult subject.

We’ll see you all soon! Happy New Year!!!

 

More Information is available on the Adult Religious Education Page

 

The 8th Principle Project Study Sessions

As our congregation considers this year whether to adopt the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism, our members and friends may have questions about how the principle was developed and what adopting it will mean for the work of our church. Please join Rev. Monica for a study session and bring your questions with you. (There will be another opportunity to attend a study session in the spring.)

Who and when:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7pm:
    • Any members or friends may attend.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7pm:
    • A special session for people of color ONLY (people of color may attend either or both sessions) 

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94389962053?pwd=UEx4d0ZyazdaUXE1QitTR2YyRkxtQT09

 

If you would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church, Colleen Bliss and Christine Ashworth are hosting a 4 session newcomer class.  We will present a little taste of Unitarian Universalist theology and history by framing it in terms of the "theology of healing disconnection".  

Inspired by the classic Unitarian Universalist slogan "deeds not creeds" we present UUism as a way of journeying through the world rather than a set of beliefs to which one assents.  

Class will meet via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm October 1, 8, 15, 22.  Please email  to let us know if you are interested or have questions.  

We look forward to getting to know you!

 

Mystical Spirituality will be starting soon for the season. Group is run by John Shavers (Facilitator) and Adrienne Splinter (Co-Facilitator)

Mystical Spirituality
For the new Church Year 2020, we’ll continue to meet weekly on Sundays at 1:00 pm, on Zoom. On September 20th at 1:00 pm, we are beginning a new book The Hidden Gospel; Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz. We will continue to follow the same format we used with Awakening. Whether you are new to this type of study, or not, we would love for you to join us. We anticipate that this book will take approximately ten weeks (about mid-November).
 
Dream Group, contact John or Adrienne for more information.

 

Please contact John () or Adrienne () if you are interested! Information is available on the Adult Religious Education Page

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  

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Thank You

As hard as it is to believe, our first curriculum block of the year is over for grades 1st-6th this week! Take a minute to thank you classes teachers for volunteering their time, talent and love!

    1st/2nd- Carrie and Calvin Black
    3rd/4th-Julie Miller
    5th/6th- Ian Mitchell and Kendra Smith

 

ART BLOCK

Woot! For grades 1st-6th grade, next week begins our Art Block. As the youth voted on at the end of last church year, this year we are supporting Primary Children's Medical Center by making and creating art kits for children in-patient in their network of hospitals. As always, in order to do our good work in the world, we need your help! All of the supplies and activities have been planned, the only thing we need now is you!  Please sign-up below to volunteer to be a classroom assistant or a lead teacher.

 

Family Fun Night

Ho Ho Ho! I know, I know, we haven't even finished with the Halloween nonsense this week. But Christmas is coming sooner rather than later, and so are the wagons of expectations with it. Let's talk about it!

Join us on Monday, November 4th at 6:15 pm for the LAST Family Fun Night of 2019. We will be joined by Rev. Tom Goldsmith, and we're hashing out the holidays. We'll start with dinner at 6:15 pm, then our friend's elementary school and younger will go on their way. Friends younger than Kindergarten will go with our fabulous childcare provider, Anna Fonnesbeck, to play in the nursery. Elementary-aged folks will join Lissa Lander and Amanda Esko to work on a super-secret holiday project. Older youth are welcome to join in the discussion with the adults.

This should be a fun night for all. Please get in touch with any dietary restrictions or allergies. See you on Monday!

Family Fun Night Registration


DINNER PATROL
Speaking of Family Fun Night, we're desperate for volunteers to cook for Monday's dinner! You have a budget of $200, it can be home-made or ordered-in. If you've enjoyed Family Fun Night's in the past, please consider taking a turn to organize the meal. 

Family Fun Night Dinner Patrol


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Join the RE Party! Registration for this church year is up and running, please register today! 

 

CHALICE LIGHTING FAMILIES
We're looking for chalice lighting families! Please signup to light our chalice in the main sanctuary!   Questions, email Amanda Esko at . Click here to register for Chalice Lighting

 

CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Help! Our classrooms still need volunteers! Follow the link below to signup. Remember, we are a co-operative program, and need family support in order to maintain safe adult/youth ratios in classrooms!  Questions, email Amanda Esko at . Click here to sign up to volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Religious Education has had a BUSY month! We've had In-Gathering, hosted a church-wide potluck, and worshipped together. The 5th/6th-grade class not only learned about childhood illnesses, but they also took action and raised over $700 for Primary Children's Medical Center by selling bean soup between services. I can't wait to see what October brings us!

In Peace,
Amanda Esko 
Director of Religious Education

 

NEW FAMILY DINNER
Are you a new family to First Church looking to connect? Join us on October 21st at 6 pm for our New Family Dinner! This is a great opportunity to meet other new families, share a meal, and learn more about our program and church offerings. Dinner will be provided, please RSVP to Amanda Esko at . 

 

RE REGISTRATION
Join the RE Party! Registration for this church year is up and running, please register today! 

 

CHALICE LIGHTING FAMILIES
We're looking for chalice lighting families! Please signup to light our chalice in the main sanctuary!   Questions, email Amanda Esko at . Click here to register for Chalice Lighting

 

CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Help! Our classrooms still need volunteers! Follow the link below to signup. Remember, we are a co-operative program, and need family support in order to maintain safe adult/youth ratios in classrooms!  Questions, email Amanda Esko at . Click here to sign up to volunteer

 

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

 
Boo! Let's start October off right with a Family Fun Night first, a movie sing-along! Join us on October 7th, at 6:15pm in Eliot Hall for dinner and a viewing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, singing along encouraged! Questions or dietary restrictions? Email Amanda Esko at  and let us know. See you on Monday! Click here to sign up for Family Fun Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Why do we teach High School OWL (Our Whole Lives)? Because STI's are on the rise among Salt Lake County youth. Because even though they took OWL in 8th or 9th grade, in 8th and 9th grade they didn't have a serious partner, who they are NOW doing SERIOUS things with. Because they see babies, and think having one can't possibly be that hard. Because, because, because. OWL is not just about the act of sex. Let's say that again for the people in the cheap seats, OWL IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE PHYSICAL ACT OF SEX. It is so, so much more. It's a safe space, with trusted adults and friends to ask questions. It's a group where they can learn how to do a self-breast or self-testicular exam (did you know that more than half of the men who are diagnosed with testicular cancer are between age 20 and 45?) I know our families make their homes safe spaces for their kids to ask questions. But you are dreaming if you think that every question your youth has is going to be directed at you, not their friends. Our OWL classes are open to all, not just families who are already enrolled in RE at First Church. Tell your friends who have High School aged youth. Let's give them another time and space to be in community, learn, and ask their very important questions.

In Peace,

Amanda Esko 
Director of Religious Education

OWL

High School OWL(Our Whole Lives) High School, will meet twice a month, on Sunday evenings. Please know that these classes do fill up, but priority is given to families registered and established in our Religious Education program.  Click here for High School OWL Registration .  Questions? Email Amanda Esko at


RE Registration

Join the RE Party! Registration for this church year is up and running, please register today!  Click here to for RE Registration 

 



Chalice Lighting Families
We're looking for chalice lighting families! Please signup to light our chalice in the main sanctuary!
Help! With RE beginning next week, our classrooms all still need volunteers! Follow the link below to signup. Remember, we are a co-operative program, and need family support in order to maintain safe adult/youth ratios in classrooms!  Click here for Volunteer Signup 
 
 RE Calendar
September 5- COA Parent Orientation
September 8- In-Gathering
September 9- Family Fun Night
September 15- Welcome Back Potluck
September 15- HS OWL Parent Orientation
September 22- Activities Fair
September 29- COA Ropes Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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As long as I can remember, I have always viewed August as the start of the "new year." New classes, new systems, new ways to organize, new people to connect with, new, new, new. August and September are filled with possibilities. 

It's also one of my favorite times to reflect. What worked last year, what didn't, what I can do differently, what's out of my control. As we start this church year, I want connection. I want our youth to feel connected to this place and the people here. I want our families to feel like they have a connection to our larger First Church community. I want the community of First Church to feel connected to our Religious Education program. 

Last year, on a Mindfulness Matters Sunday, the lower school was gathered in Little Chapel together. As we talked about our web, we created our own web with yarn across the room. We connected with each other through these simple strands. And sometimes, they broke. We had to work together, and fix them. And begin again in community. Every strand of yarn mattered and connected us to our larger circle. Let's step into this church year focused on connection.

Connection to each other, our larger community, and our faith. 

In Peace,

Amanda Esko 
Director of Religious Education

Registration

Join the RE Party! Registration for this church year is up and running, please register today!





Our religious education community is a co-operative model. What does this mean? It means we need you! We need your time and talent! All families are expected to volunteer regularly in each of their children's classrooms. Volunteers meet the classes in Little Chapel for Children’s Chapel, and follow the class upstairs to assist with the day’s activities. Sometimes the classes are making volcanoes, sometimes they’re practicing meditation, and sometimes they’re painting chalices! We have active classes that need extra hands for classroom support. In order to maintain two adults in every classroom, we need parent volunteers. Volunteering in classrooms is a great way to maintain a spiritual relationship with your own youth and build relationships with their friends at church. Families will be emailed links to signup through our volunteer management system, Signup Genius. Please reach out if you have any questions or hesitations about volunteering, we would love to help!

https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/63272d903a3c8efc71-parent

 

Chalice Lighting Families

We're looking for chalice lighting families! Please signup to light our chalice in the main sanctuary!

 
RE Calendar
September 5- COA Parent Orientation
September 8- In-Gathering
September 9- Family Fun Night
September 15- Welcome Back Potluck
September 15- HS OWL Parent Orientation
September 22- Activities Fair
September 29- COA Ropes Course