Lessons and Carols December 13th

Our annual Lessons and Carols service will happen on Sunday, December 13th at both the 9 am and 11 am services and features holiday music from our Chancel Choir interspersed with "Lessons" given by Rev. Tom Goldsmith.

Christmas Homily and Christmas Pageant on December 20th

We are switching things up a bit this year by having our Christmas Homily during the 9 am Sunday service, and Christmas Pageant presented by Religious Education at the 11 am Sunday service. Reminder for parents of our youngest members: There is no childcare at 11:00 a.m. on December 20th so that families can enjoy the pageant together.

Christmas Cool - Jazz Vespers on December 20th

Jazz Vespers ends it's 2015 season with the annual "Christmas Cool" concert at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm.

Solstice Dinner and Service December 21st

We will have our traditional Solstice service at 6 p.m. followed by chili dinner fundraiser for youth. Buy your tickets now to be a part of one of First Church’s winter traditions! Join the Solstice Singers, storytelling puppeteers and others in this year’s celebrations of darkness and light in our lives. This year will feature a special blazing fire along with drumming, dancing and merriment. You won’t want to miss it! Buy your tickets in Eliot Hall at the Religious Education table on Sundays. Tickets will be available starting December 6th during the coffee hour. $10 per adult, $5 per child.

Candlelight Services on December 24th at 5:30 and 7:00 pm

Our traditional Christmas Eve service.

Lessons and Carols December 13th

Our annual Lessons and Carols service will happen on Sunday, December 13th at both the 9 am and 11 am services and features holiday music from our Chancel Choir interspersed with "Lessons" given by Rev. Tom Goldsmith.

Christmas Homily and Christmas Pageant on December 20th

We are switching things up a bit this year by having our Christmas Homily during the 9 am Sunday service, and Christmas Pageant presented by Religious Education at the 11 am Sunday service.  Reminder for parents of our youngest members: There is no childcare at 11:00 a.m. on December 20th so that families can enjoy the pageant together.

Christmas Cool - Jazz Vespers on December 20th

Jazz Vespers ends it's 2015 season with the annual "Christmas Cool" concert at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm.

Solstice Dinner and Service December 21st

We will have our traditional Solstice service at 6 p.m. followed by chili dinner fundraiser for youth. Buy your tickets now to be a part of one of First Church’s winter traditions! Join the Solstice Singers, storytelling puppeteers and others in this year’s celebrations of darkness and light in our lives. This year will feature a special blazing fire along with drumming, dancing and merriment. You won’t want to miss it! Buy your tickets in Eliot Hall at the Religious Education table on Sundays. Tickets will be available starting December 6th during the coffee hour. $10 per adult, $5 per child.

Candlelight Services on December 24th at 5:30 and 7:00 pm

Our traditional Christmas Eve service.

Join us for Sunday services at 9:00 or 11:00 am (Religious Education at 11:00 am only). 

The sermon this Sunday is “Halleluiah" given by our special guest speaker, Robert Fulghum.

Robert is a UU minister and author of remarkable renown. His insights into life are shared through wit. His unorthodox presentations in both the written and spoken word have endeared millions of people to him, and have become an expected staple of his ministry. The chancel choir will meld their voices to wherever Fulghum takes them. Not to missed.

More information on Robert Fulghum can be found here: http://www.robertfulghum.com/

Join us for Jazz Vespers on Sundays beginning November 1st and continuing through December 20th at 7:30 pm. Please arrive early for our very popular Jazz Vespers series to make sure you get a seat. Doors now open at 6:30 pm.

This Sunday the program is "A Tribute to Louis Armstrong" with special guest Kris Johnson on trumpet.

More information about this year's series can be found here: http://www.slcuu.org/sundays/jazz-vespers

Each Fall Reverend Tom Goldsmith kicks off a new season of Jazz Vespers, a concert series featuring top-notch, local jazz musicians. Jazz Vespers has been running for over 25 years and always plays to a full house. Concert time is 7:30. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. so please arrive early.


Jazz Vespers 2015 Schedule

November 1st: Tribute to Louis Armstrong with Kris Johnson on Trumpet
November 8th: Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael
November 15th: Tribute to Ornette Coleman with Tom Young on Trumpet
November 22nd: Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with Kris Johnson on Trumpet and Joe Chisholm on Trombone
November 29th: Tribute to Janis Joplin with Jasmine Mae on Vocals
December 6th: Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone
December 13th: Tribute to Louis Jordan
December 20th: Christmas Cool

Religious Education begins Sunday, September 13th with Julie Miller directing pre-school through 6th grade, and Matthew Cockrum grades 7-12. In response to Focus Groups which met last winter, Religious Education will maximize its programming by meeting during the 11:00 a.m. service only. Basic childcare will be provided during the 9:00 a.m. service. We are hopeful that effective programming will grow our religious education population, and that soon we will be able to provide a critical mass of children at both 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services.

A diverse and exciting new lineup of speakers awaits you for ten Sundays from June 21 through August 23. Programs begin at 10 a.m., and feature music and Q&A sessions. Conversations and refreshments continue in Eliot Hall. Child care is provided.

July 12
“Obamacare in Utah: How Much Will We Get That We are Already Paying For?”
-Jason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director &
RyLee Curtis, Medicaid Policy Analyst for the Utah Health Policy Project

July 19
“Lessons in Sustainable Living from Uganda”
-Kim Koeven, recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer

July 26
“My Life with James Dudley Barker - Before and After He Was Killed By Police”
-Heidi Keilbaugh

August 2
“Experiencing Excommunication, LDS Style”
-John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories podcast and creator of several Mormon-themed blogs and websites

August 9
New! “Connecting to Cuba: Women's Contributions to Today's Cuba and American Organizations Working Towards Solidarity”
-Rev. Scott Cowley, Pastors for Peace of SLC, and Summer Smith and Joanna Straughn, First Church
 
August 16
New! “Sense of Place On My Skin—Writing About Place”
-David Kranes, award-winning novelist and playwright and former artistic director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Playwrights Lab.

August 23
“The Fight for Our Children’s Right to Breathe”
-Ingrid Griffee, executive director, Utah Moms for Clean Air


Videos of Summer Forums for 2015

June 21, 2015 - How Progressive Institutions Can Grow by Jack Newell PhD., president emeritus of Deep Springs College

June 28, 2015 - Mindfulness in Buddhism and Unitarianism by Shirley Ray

July 5, 2015 - Was the Bard a Feminist? The Women in Shakespeare's Plays by Mark Matheson

 

A diverse and exciting new lineup of speakers awaits you for ten Sundays from June 21 through August 23. Programs begin at 10 a.m., and feature music and Q&A sessions. Conversations and refreshments continue in Eliot Hall. Child care is provided.


 

June 21
“How Progressive Institutions Can Grow”
-Jack Newell, Ph.D., president emeritus of Deep Springs College and professor emeritus of educational leadership and policy, University of Utah


June 28
“A Path with Heart: Mindfulness in Buddhism and Unitarianism”
-Shirley Ray, meditation director and leader of the new UU Buddhist Fellowship Sangha at First Church

July 5
“Was the Bard a Feminist? The Women in Shakespeare’s Plays”
-Mark Matheson, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the MUSE (My U Signature Experience) Program at the U of U

July 12
“Obamacare in Utah: How Much Will We Get That We are Already Paying For?”
-Jason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director &
RyLee Curtis, Medicaid Policy Analyst for the Utah Health Policy Project

July 19
“Lessons in Sustainable Living from Uganda”
-Kim Koeven, recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer

July 26
“My Life with James Dudley Barker - Before and After He Was Killed By Police”
-Heidi Keilbaugh

August 2
“Experiencing Excommunication, LDS Style”
-John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories podcast and creator of several Mormon-themed blogs and websites

August 9
“Gender Roles in Cuba: Two Participants Report on the International Women’s Conference in Havana”
-Summer Smith and Joanna Straughn

August 16
August 16
New! “Sense of Place On My Skin—Writing About Place”

-David Kranes, award-winning novelist and playwright and former artistic director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Playwrights Lab

August 23
“The Fight for Our Children’s Right to Breathe”
-Ingrid Griffee, executive director, Utah Moms for Clean Air

 

A diverse and exciting new lineup of speakers awaits you for ten Sundays from June 21 through August 23. Programs begin at 10 a.m., and feature music and Q&A sessions. Conversations and refreshments continue in Eliot Hall. Child care is provided.


June 21
“How Progressive Institutions Can Grow”
-Jack Newell, Ph.D., president emeritus of Deep Springs College and professor emeritus of educational leadership and policy, University of Utah


June 28
“A Path with Heart: Mindfulness in Buddhism and Unitarianism”
-Shirley Ray, meditation director and leader of the new UU Buddhist Fellowship Sangha at First Church


July 5
“Was the Bard a Feminist? The Women in Shakespeare’s Plays”
-Mark Matheson, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the MUSE (My U Signature Experience) Program at the U of U


July 12
“Obamacare in Utah: How Much Will We Get That We are Already Paying For?”
-Jason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director &
RyLee Curtis, Medicaid Policy Analyst for the Utah Health Policy Project


July 19
“Lessons in Sustainable Living from Uganda”
-Kim Koeven, recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer


July 26
“My Life with James Dudley Barker - Before and After He Was Killed By Police”
-Heidi Keilbaugh


August 2
“Experiencing Excommunication, LDS Style”
-John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories podcast and creator of several Mormon-themed blogs and websites


August 9
New! “Connecting to Cuba: Women's Contributions to Today's Cuba and American Organizations Working Towards Solidarity”
-Rev. Scott Cowley, Pastors for Peace of SLC, and Summer Smith and Joanna Straughn, First Church

August 16
New! “Sense of Place On My Skin—Writing About Place”
-David Kranes, award-winning novelist and playwright and former artistic director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Playwrights Lab.


August 23
“The Fight for Our Children’s Right to Breathe”
-Ingrid Griffee, executive director, Utah Moms for Clean Air

We will be switching to summer Sunday 10:00 a.m. service schedule beginning May 24th. Our next few Sundays are as follows:

  • May 24th - one service only at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 31st - one service only at 10:00 a.m.
  • June 7th - one shorter service only at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Pride Parade
  • June 14th - one service only at 10:00 a.m. followed by our annual church picnic at Sugarhouse Park
  • June 21st - Summer Forum begins. Summer Forum happens each Sunday through August 23rd at 10 a.m. Summer Forum schedule is coming soon.

 

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