Curious about Small Group Ministry?

Missing your church friends?

Hungry to get to know more people?

 

Join together July 29, 2018 at 11:30 am in Eliot Hall for a one-time pop-up style Small Group Ministry discussion & pot luck lunch.  

We will explore this delicious response from theologian Dr. James Luther Adams when asked why people come to our religious communities at all.  Dr. Adams replied, “People come to churches searching for intimacy and ultimacy.  They come into our communities for a place to belong (intimacy) and a place to seek meaning (ultimacy) about living and dying and the spaces in between.”

This opportunity to connect at a deeper level than the usual coffee hour chit-chat is for the young (over 10), our beloved elders, friends, new members, old stalwarts - seekers looking to deepen their personal experience of our UU faith while held by Beloved Community. 

This topic was developed in response to a call for networking sessions to be shared at General Assembly 2018.  We will be in the good company of thousands of UU’s exploring the GA theme of “All Are Called”.  The proposal for this session reads:  How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?  The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear.  So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices, dismantling and transforming those which fail to recognize the full humanity of all people and to honor the interdependent web of life.  Together we dive deeply into questions of mission for our Unitarian Universalist Association, for our congregations and for each of us as individuals.  

Bring your open minds and hearts and a pot luck dish to share.  Contact Christine Ashworth to RSVP for childcare (under 10) and/or if you have questions.

Party With Us Throughout the Summer!

  • Every Thursday- 6:45 pm
    Join us in the garden for our Garden Parties! We’ll tend our garden plot and play outside for these long summer nights!
  • Every Friday- 10:00 am
    Our weekly playdates will continue throughout the summer. Have a cup of coffee and a doughnut on us all while strengthening community!
  • July 2nd and August 6th- 6:00 pm
    Family Fun Nights continue throughout the summer! All summer long we’ll be outside, eating and playing(usually with water!). Forget cooking and hang out with us!

Coming Up!

Here are some things to put on your calendar for next year!

OWL- Next year we are offering Kindergarten-2nd OWL in the fall and the winter! 8th-9th grade OWL will run during RE(11-12:00) all year. If you have friends who are interested in signing up for these programs, please have them email Amanda at , as soon as possible. We will have a few open spots in each class for visitors!

Back to RE- Our Back to RE night will be September 10th during Family Fun Night. Join us to find out all about next years programming!

MDD Fall Con- For our high school youth, MDD Fall Con is going to be held at First Church for the first time EVER! The Con will be on October 19th-21st. For more information or if you want to help, email Amanda at or Lissa at . Stipends are available for people willing to organize and manage food!

Teachers Needed!

Did you leave our Coming of Age and High School service feeling inspired by our youth? Are you a grandparent missing your grandbabies and want to stay connected with youth? Come and work with Religious Education in the fall! We’re looking for volunteer for several age groups. Have a passion for bible literacy? Join our 2nd and 3rd graders! Want to explore Unitarian Universalist traditions and values? Hang out with our Kindergarten and 1st grade! Think exploring other faith traditions leads to a deeper understanding of your own faith and world, especially in this time of global crisis? Our 6th and 7th graders will be doing just that!We are always able to work around schedules and vacations. Please email Amanda Esko at for more information!

Social Justice Throughout the Summer

Our volunteer commitments do not end simply because it’s summer! In continuation with our work with the VOA Homeless Youth Shelter,  we will continue to make sack lunches, but during Family Fun Night. Not able to make it to Family Fun Night but would like to contribute? We have the answer! If you would like to donate supplies(such as bread, meat, chips, etc.), please visit our signup page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4baead28a6fc1-summer . Labeled donations can be left the the RE fridge on the Sunday before Family Fun Night. 

Due to the increased need in the summer, we will also be collecting cases of bottled water for the VOA. Please leave any cases on the stage in Little Chapel. Cases of water can be left throughout the week. 

Questions? Email Amanda Esko at for more information!

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UUA 2018-2019 District High School Youth Event Dates


9th-12th grade youth are invited to Mountain Desert District youth events. Please contact Jessy Hennesy, MDD Youth Conference Coordinator, with questions, at .


  • October 19-21, 2018 - Fall Con, First Unitarian Church, Salt Lake City, Utah (bus will be available from Denver Metro)
  • November 9-11, 2018 - Leadershop Development Con (limited space available), First Universalist Church, Denver Colorado
  • January 19-21, 2019 - MLK Con, First Unitarian Society of Denver, Colorado
  • February 8-10, 2019 - Worship Arts Training (limited space available), Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colorado
  • April 12-14, 2019 - Spring Con, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • June 30-July 6 - QUUest Camp (and Spirit QUUest Camp for middle school youth), La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Family Fun Night:  Join us on July 2 at 6 p.m. for Family Fun Night. We will be outside, weather permitting.

Lunch Bunch

  • July 1, 2018:  Traditions, 501 E 900 S, SLC, UT 84102, www.traditionslc.com, 385-202-7167
  • July 8, 2018:  Garage on Beck, 1199 Beck St, SLC, UT 84116, www.garageonbeck.com, 801-521-3904
  • July 15, 2018:  Oasis Cafe, 151 South 500 East, SLC, Utah 84102, www.oasiscafeslc.com, 801-322-0404
  • July 22, 2018:  The Hogs Wallow Pub, 3200 E Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, SLC, UT 84121, www.thehogwallow.com, 801-733-5567
  • July 29, 2018:  Corner Bakery, 610 S Foothill Blvd, SLC, UT 84112, www.cornerbakerycafe.com, 801-583-2000
  • August 5, 2018:  SOMI Vietnamese Bistro, 1215 East Wilmington Ave, SLC, UT 84106, www.somislc.com, 385-322-1158

UU Walk/Hike, For more info, email Sonia at

Week of July 1 - 7

  • July 2 Monday Evening Ride – Jordan Parkway start at International Peace Gardens w/ Penny & Rich, 7pm
  • July 3 Tuesday Nature Walks Along Jordan Parkway w/ Shirley, 8am
  • July 5 Thursday Relaxed Walk Across the Avenues w/ Sonia, TBA

Week of July 8 - 14

  • July 9 Monday Bike Ride, Jordan Parkway start at TBA w/ Sonia, TBA
  • July 10 Tuesday Morning Nature Walk along Jordan Parkway w/ Shirley, 8am

Week of July 15 - 21

  • July 16 Monday Bike Ride, Jordan Parkway start at TBA w/ Sonia, TBA
  • July 17 Tuesday Morning Nature Walk along Jordan Parkway w/ Shirley, 8am
  • July 19 Thursday Relaxed Walk in the Avenues w/ Sonia, TBA

Week of July 22 – 28

  • July 24 Tuesday Morning Nature Walk along Jordan Parkway w/ Shirley, 8am
  • July 27 Saturday Antelope by Moonlight bike ride 10pm – 2am, looking for a ride host 

Week of July 29 – August 4 

  • July 31 Tuesday Morning Nature Walk along Jordan Parkway w/ Shirley&Dan, 8am

RE Garden Parties: Every Thursday night at 6:45 pm, we'll be meeting at the RE garden plot at First Church  Please contact Amanda Esko at for more information on this fun summer project.

Artists Discussing Art: Last Monday of every month Artists gather in the Haven at 7 pm to discuss each others art. This discussion is open to all visual artist, watercolor, acrylic oil, mixed media, fused glass, and clay. Bring work to discuss or just come to listen. Bring a light refreshment to share. Please contact Bill Reed at with questions.

Dinner and Dialogue:  Meet other UUs on a more personal level over a potluck dinner.  Sign up at the Congregational Life table in Eliot Hall to host or Join a group.  Contact with questions

Harvest for Hunger:  Do you have a food garden? If you have a vegetable garden or fruit trees in your yard we need you to join Harvest for Hunger's network of gardeners! We will have a cooler in Eliot Hall during coffee hour each Sunday for you to bring your excess produce so that it can be donated to local shelters, soup kitchens, and families who have trouble putting food on the table. Contact Heather Heaton with any questions:

Mindfulness Group:  Meditation is held Sundays at 9am during the summer schedule. We gather in the Parlor, up the stairs at the south side of Eliot Hall.  Mindfulness practice is shared, then followed by 20 minutes of guided meditation, and closing with loving kindness. All are welcome for the first time, to investigate or to maintain mindfulness practice.  For more information, contact  

Sanctuary:  Want to know more about out Sanctuary effort?  Stop by the Sanctuary table in Eliot Hall after service.  To volunteer to be a Sanctuary host, sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/Volunteer4SLCSanctuary

 

Refugee Resettlement Committee

Okay, boys and girls.  It’s time for a pop quiz. 

Which of these items can be left in the Little Chapel to be donated to refugees?

The dishes grandma got for opening a savings account in 1965.

The teddy bear that Little Mike picked up in Wal-Mart’s  parking lot.

The crystal martini glasses that dad used for guests.

The Christmas centerpiece mom made at Relief Society. 

The plush towels that dried Spike after his bath.

The Patagonia pants that shrunk while hanging in the closet.

The frying pan that defied Easy-off and Brillo pads.

The answers?  None of the above!  None!  Nada!

The rules governing acceptable donations have tightened recently.  Before leaving your stuff in the Little Chapel, please check the Refugee Resettlement Committee bulletin board in Eliot Hall for a list of donations that can be used. The same list can be found on the Little Chapel wall.

Family Fun Night

Join us on June 4th at 6 p.m. for Family Fun Night. We will be outside, weather permitting.

General Assembly Discussions

General Assembly is coming up in June, and delegates from our congregation will consider a number of business items, Actions of Immediate Witness, and Congregational Study/Action Issues.  Want to know more about issues, or about General Assembly?  You can join Rev. Monica for one of two discussions, and let her know what’s important to you as your GA delegates represent you in Kansas City.

  • Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm, First Unitarian Church (during Family Fun Night)
  • Thursday, June 7, 8:00 am, Corner Bakery (Foothill Drive)

Lunch Bunch

  • June 3, Desert Edge Brewery, 273 Trolley Sq, 801-521-8917, www.desertedgebrewery.com
  • June 10, Rawtopia Living Cuisine and Beyond, 3961 S Wasatch Blvd, 801-486-0332, www.rawtopia.com
  • June 17, Indochine Vietnamese Bistro, 230 S 1300 E, 801-582-0896, www.indochineutah.com
  • June 24, Fav Bistro, 1984 E Murray Holladay Rd, 801-676-9300

UU Walk/Hike

  • Tuesday, June 5th, 8am Walk along the Jordan Parkway w/Shirley. Meet at Arrowhead Park (So side of 4800 So) 550 W 4800 So.
  • Friday, June 8th, 9am Walk the Avenues w/Sonia. meet at Reservoir Park corner of South Temple and University St (1300 East)

Young Adult Group

A community of people in their 20’s, 30’s or young at heart.  The next, and final discussion session of the church year is with Monica on Thursday, June 7th at 7:30 pm in the Haven.

Summer Picnic 

Mark your calendars for the Annual Church Picnic at Sugarhouse Park following the service on Sunday, June 10th

UU Walking Meditation

Join us June 12th at 6pm.  Shirley Ray is leading a walking meditation at Red Butte Garden.  Meet at the entrance of Red Butte Garden Visitor Center.  Bring a light snack to share. (If you are a RBG member and have extra free passes please bring and share)

Environmental Ministry

Bear River, Bears Ears and Bears: Songs, Photos and Stories by Art Lee June 15, 2018, 7:00 PM in Eliot Hall.

RE Garden Parties

Every Thursday night at 6:45 pm, we'll be meeting at the RE garden plot at First Church  Please contact Amanda Esko at for more information on this fun summer project.

Artists Discussing Art

Last Monday of every month Artists gather in the Haven at 7 pm to discuss each others art. This discussion is open to all visual artist, watercolor, acrylic oil, mixed media, fused glass, and clay. Bring work to discuss or just come to listen. Bring a light refreshment to share. Please contact Bill Reed at with questions.

Dinner and Dialogue

Meet other UUs on a more personal level over a potluck dinner.  Sign up at the Congregational Life table in Eliot Hall to host or Join a group.  Contact with questions

Harvest for Hunger

A new community project aimed to help people grow back yard gardens while committing to donating a portion of their harvest to people within our community who regularly go without meals. Like to garden? Have space in your yard for a garden? Want to contribute to the cause? Find out more at the Congregational Life Table or email

Mindfulness Group

Meditation is held Sundays at 9am during the summer schedule. We gather in the Parlor, up the stairs at the south side of Eliot Hall.  Mindfulness practice is shared, then followed by 20 minutes of guided meditation, and closing with loving kindness. All are welcome for the first time, to investigate or to maintain mindfulness practice.  For more information, contact  

Sanctuary

Want to know more about out Sanctuary effort?  Stop by the Sanctuary table in Eliot Hall after service.  To volunteer to be a Sanctuary host, sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/Volunteer4SLCSanctuary

If the church year feels like a marathon, we’re down to the last .2 miles. Just a tantalizing little stretch remains before we can call the race completed. At our final staff meeting of the year, I could tell that everyone felt a bit depleted, but it was a very good run. There’s just enough left in the tank to finish it all up.

What an extraordinary year it has been! Aside from our major spurt of energy focused on providing sanctuary, with a stellar steering committee guiding about 200 volunteers, we continued our usual social justice outreach by furnishing apartments for refugee families, providing meals for homeless teens, and the work of environmental ministry continuing to educate and witness. 

Our nation’s change of leadership in 2016 has helped us define more clearly (for ourselves and others) just what progressive religion really means. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, made an innocent stab last week at defining progressive. He said progressives were godless people, and in a way he was absolutely correct. Progressives are godless only in that they lack the Michelangelo concept of a heavenly deity who commands and judges and instills fear in the hearts of us all. Progressives live their religion through acts of love and compassion, hearts open to strangers, inspired by a gospel of justice rather than a gospel of wealth.

The .2 miles remaining in this church year includes the Pride Service and Pride Parade (not high on Franklin’s list of religious injunctions), and a closing church service on June 10th followed by the all-church picnic in Sugar House Park. Monica and I will share the pulpit on the 10th, and I will do the worship service on Father’s Day, June 17th. 

We are extremely fortunate that between finishing the church marathon this year and beginning a new race in the 2018-2019 year, we have the refreshing coolness of Summer Forum. Once again we’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of politics, arts, and hot-button issues. Proudly our church never rests, ready to serve our congregation and the larger community 52 Sunday a year. 

I hope we are all filled with gratitude as we finish out this church year. Monica Dobbins has made a huge difference in the life of the church; Lynda Garlick, our intern, contributed mightily to a successful year; our music department, led by a pair of Davids, maintains its excellence, Religious Education, entrusted with the huge responsibility of educating future progressives, keeps raising the bar. We will miss Julie Miller’s leadership very much, her joy and expertise. Welcome Amanda to the DRE position. And Hal Gonzales and Stefanie Park run the administration of the church with amazing smoothness and grace. Our sexton, Layne Owens, continues to keep the church looking in great condition despite the enormous traffic in our building. 

And to all who read this article, THANK YOU for your amazing support, constructive criticism, and love poured into this humble little church community. Honestly, this church is all about you! The staff and I work for you. Your attention, committee work, worship support, generosity of spirit and pocketbook are what keeps us going. You provide the fuel for this marathon of a church year. 

And now with the summer virtually upon us, let us take a breather, get re-energized, and return with renewed vigor and determination. I’m sure the summer will provide us with new material on how to exercise our progressive ideals once we reconvene. 

And personally, thank you for a wonderful year and the opportunity to keep serving you. TRG

2018 Summer Forum Series

Sundays at 10:00 AM

 

June 24: Kristin Knippenberg - The National Sanctuary Movement: Our Church in Context 

Kristin Knippenberg is one of the founders of the Salt Lake City Sanctuary Network and is the liaison between the Network and the First Unitarian Church.  Kristin will describe the national and regional happenings in immigration and the Modern Sanctuary Movement and provide a context for the sanctuary efforts at First Church.  

 

July 1: Eric S. Peterson - Empowering Citizens as Investigative Journalists: Ethics and Techniques 

Eric S. Peterson is an award-winning “watch-dog” journalist and executive director for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project. This nonprofit organization provides training to local journalists (and lay persons) in investigative techniques such as how to utilize public databases and successfully request and fight for opening public records. He will describe his craft and discuss his involvement in several local award-winning journalistic pieces.  

Featuring Jim Thornburg singing Tom Lehrer songs

 

July 8: Wasatch Theater Company - #MeToo Monologs:  The Times Up Utah Project  

WTC has gathered real stories from local women about their experiences with gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in Utah.  WTC actors will “workshop” these monologs which are eventually intended to become a full-length play. 

Featuring vocal solos by Rebecca Heal and Erin O’Connell  

 

July 15: Rollin Cook - Prison Re-location, County Jail Contracts, and Other Ways I Spent my Career

Rollin Cook served as executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections for the past five years until April of 2018. He will share perceptions of the State’s criminal justice system and discuss issues he faced while in his position: e.g., implementing 2016 criminal justice reforms, moving the State prison, and the contract system of incarcerating state prisoners in county jails.

Featuring classical pianist, Dylan Anderson

 

July 22: Dennis McCarty - Servetus: Dramatic Choices.  Reading and music from an original play about Unitarian Universalist’s Early Thought Leader

Former First Church member, now retired UU minister Dennis McCarty, will sing selected songs from his play on Unitarian Universalist history, “Servetus: the Radical Reformed Musical.” He will explain some of the conscious choices he made as a dramatist, that he would not have made had he been writing formal history.

 

July 29: Catherine Kanter - Opposing Gerrymandering:  The Better Boundaries Initiative

Catherine Kanter spearheaded the Better Boundaries Citizen Initiative for the Alliance for Better Utah. Under her dogged and skillful leadership, enough signatures were obtained to place the Initiative on Utah’s November statewide election ballot.  She will discuss Alliance for Better Utah’s strategy and what it will mean for the future of democracy and good governance in Utah.  

Featuring classical pianist, Dylan Anderson

 

August 5: Gavin Noyes - Behind the Bears Ears Coalition  

Gavin Noyes, executive director of Utah Dine’h Bike’yah, will share a behind-the-scenes perspective on how the coalition of Native American Tribes was able to impact the Obama administration’s executive order creating the Bears Ears National Monument, and how they are fighting to save and protect the land and antiquities.

Featuring songs by Art Lee

 

August 12 –  Pamela Atkinson – Homelessness in Utah

Well-known community treasure and tireless advocate for people who experience homelessness, Pamela Atkinson will grace the pulpit to relate personal stories about her work and journey.

Featuring songs by Carl Johansen

The camping trip is attended by approximately 80 to 140 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 C located up Mirror Lake Highway. The site holds 140 people (number of vehicles 25).  Cost is $36 per car.

Arrival Date: Thu Jul 26 2018 Check-in Time: 2:00 PM  Departure Date: Sun Jul 29 2018 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.

Facilities: The campground contains sites with picnic and serving tables, grills, campfire circles and large paved parking areas. Vault toilets, and trash collection are provided. We are in Site C. Nearby Attractions: Mirror Lake Scenic Byway parallels the Lower Provo River as it snakes across a portion of the Uinta Mountains, leading to numerous high alpine lakes and streams, countless trails, breathtaking scenic viewpoints. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and biking are popular activities. The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from several trails along the byway.

There is limited parking, so please sign up  early by filling out the form and pay fee at by clicking here.  

Any questions contact Jim Thornburg, Amanda Finlayson, Adam Mansfield, Kaycee Vandenberg, or Brie Pinales

First Unitarian Church

Annual Meeting Agenda

May 20, 2018

following the 2nd Service

 

Call meeting to order and welcome

 

Welcome new church members

 

Board of Trustees Report

Board President’s Overview

Key Data Dashboard 2017-18

Results of 2017 Congregational Survey

2018 Congregational Survey

 

Senior Minister’s Report

Ministry

Operations Report

Programs

 

Elections

Nominating Committee member

Board of Trustees members (second term)

 

Financial Report

 

Review and approve 2018-2019 budget

 

Questions and Answers with congregation

Tuesday, May 8  & June 12.  Bring food to share around 6:00 pm.  https://www.redbuttegarden.org 

Fees If you are a member of Red Butte and have free passes, please let us know if you would make them available for non members.  We have some 1/2 price passes and a few free.  HB60 Student Cards are honored.

$14 Adults  $12.00 Seniors

We will meet at the entrance, share tickets and take the elevator to the second floor entrance to the patio and waterfall to share our light dinner.

Following a brief demonstration, we will do our private walking meditation with our 5 senses. Carts are available for transportation for those who may prefer not to walk to gardens, waterfalls, patios, chairs and swings throughout the garden.

   

Bring a light sweater for when the sun goes down.  Sunset about 8:17 pm  You might plan to sit in the Water Conservation patios and watch