Weekly Announcements November 25, 2022

25 November 2022

December Services



New Adult RE class: Mistakes and Miracles Book Study

Join friends from South Valley UU Society for a monthly book study based on the book Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism, hosted by Rev. Lora Young and Rev. Monica Dobbins. Mistakes and Miracles tells the stories of five UU congregations who have committed themselves to becoming multicultural, anti-racist communities. Their stories can inspire our work, as well as warn us of mistakes we haven't yet made. Participants will be expected to acquire the book Mistakes and Miracles (available from the UUA Bookstore) and read the selected chapters before the monthly gathering on Zoom.Wednesdays:December 7th (through Ch 2), January 11th (I am out of town the first week) Chapter 3, February 1st Chapter 4, March 1st Chapter 5, April 5th Chapter 6, May 3rd Chapter 7 and 8. Those interested should contact Janis Reis to sign up: 


Congregational Tree Trimming Party

Join us on December 4th after the 11 am service to decorate our sanctuary! The RE Team will be providing extra holiday treats, wassail, and hot chocolate. We can’t wait to see you help us kick off the holiday season and beautify our space.


Social Justice

Movie Night at Anderson-Foothill Library, Wed Dec 7th at 6pm

You are all invited to join us for a free movie, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, at the Anderson-Foothill Library, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6 pm., "Occupation of the American Mind." Over the past several years Israel's military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of Gaza, have triggered a fiece backlash of Israeli policies everywhere in the world, except in the United States. This film takes an eye opening look at this critical exception.  It zeroes in on pro-Israel public relations efforts in the United States.  The film explores how the Israeli government and United States government and the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC) have joined forces often with difference motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor.  It provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades long battle for the hearts and minds and tax dollars of the American people in the face of international condemnation of Israel's right-wing policies. It explains why increasingly both parties in Congress want the right to say, "I am the candidate who loves Israel the most."  In the age of fake news, this film is a must to see. Barbara Taylor

Movie Night Dec 11th at 7pm, Eliot Hall
Bernie & Marita Hart and Paul Zimmerman are inviting you to attend a truly inspirational movie followed by a discussion. Please join us on Sunday, December 11, at 7:00pm in Eliot Hall.
Nise: The Heart of Madness. Based on the true story of Dr. Nise da Silveira, a psychiatrist in Brazil who treated her patients with art and love instead of electroshock therapy.
This is a highly acclaimed film and winner of 4 International film festival awards. A movie that critics say is a “must-see”.
Social Justice Projects
The Social Justice Team seeks members interested in developing a Social Justice Project with Crossroads Urban Center. We will collect canned goods for the Crossroads Food Pantry and need individuals who are willing to drive the collected food donations over to Crossroads. This is a fun project that does not involve a lot of time. Do you need a boost of positivity and generosity, this is the project for you! Contact Linda Smith at . First Unitarian has been invited to become part of the Coalition of Religious Communities so we can take action to address poverty and homelessness. This is a great project for those who want to become more involved in the community at large. If this project appeals to your strength, sensibilities, mission and soul, please contact Linda Smith at 
Social Justice

We are on the search! The Social Justice Team is looking to broaden our social justice efforts and are looking for individuals, teams, leaders, and topics. What social justice issues are you passionate about? Would you like to create and then participate in or even lead a social justice team?  Do you have ideas for learning opportunities regarding social justice issues that could be presented in a forum?(Adult RE during the church year).  Please contact Phil Bossart or Lisa Hyte if you have interest. 

Voter Outreach Project

The Voter Outreach Project is a First Unitarian Church-SLC social justice effort active until the election with the goal of mobilizing those who share our values to vote ... especially those concerned about climate change, the environment, & marginalized voters in states that have passed voter suppression laws. Phone, text, or write postcards from home or at church. Computer & cell phone needed for calls & texts. Postcards provided, BYO pens! Details? Contact: Steve Glaser at

The Reproductive Justice Committee at First Unitarian Church just finished a “postcard-writing campaign” for Planned Parenthood. Nineteen reproductive justice warriors met on Saturday to write 1000 postcards to Utah women between 18 and 40, who live along the Wasatch Front and who have voted Democratic at least once in their life. We reminded our fellow Utahns that growing a family is a deeply personal choice that should be left to the individual. Stay tuned for what is next. Want to be part of the right side of history? Contact 

Street Tai Chi Volunteers wanted. For the past 7 yrs, First UU mbrs, Bernie & Marita Hart have prepared breakfast 4 times a wk for the homeless. What is so unique about the program is that after enjoying breakfast, they gather to do TaiChi. Why TaiChi? TaiChi is known as meditation in motion & offers therapy & healing for PTSD, TBIs, anxiety & depression-issues the homeless face daily. Because this project aligns so well w/ 1st UU values, we now have an opportunity to help. Contact Lisa H for info at

Environmental Ministry is in the process of transitioning to the new Social Justice Teams model.  Would you like to help chart our work going forward?  Would you like to get involved in the actions we take?  Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/EnvMinSMA  If you would like to get involved, sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/EnvMinSignUp.  If you have questions, contact: 


Recycling Information Update: 

Click here to see details for the update on recycling items currently being accepted or see the list on collection bins in the Eliot Hall closet.


Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation is a way to "imagine what might be?" and become awake to the reality of our own experience with peace and compassion.
Join Mindfulness Meditation Sundays 8:45am. For more information click here for our webpage.
All are welcome.  Contact for zoom link