Weekly Announcements December 9, 2022

09 December 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 Rev. Monica Dobbins


OUTDOOR Winter Solstice Celebration, December 21st at 6:30pm

People across time and cultures have gathered outside to celebrate the longest night of the year.  Let us continue this tradition and gather together on the Plaza to make merry, nibble on traditional sweetmeats and sip Wassail.  Join our drum circle to encourage the return of the sun.  Create symbols of the season in our maker's area.  This dark, contemplative season is perfect for releasing that which no longer serves you and deciding what you want to bring into the new year.  

Remember, this is an OUTDOOR event so dress accordingly!


Social Justice Projects

San Esteban Christmas Collection
This holiday season we are once again partnering with congregation San Esteban to support their congregants. This year, the community has asked for our financial support. To make giving as easy as possible, we have several ways you can contribute!
  • Our website’s donation page, https://slcuu.breezechms.com/give/online. Look for a line entitled ‘Give to San Esteban donation’.
  • Mail a check to the church! (or drop it off at the church office) Please write San Esteban in the memo line. Our address is 569 S 1300 E, SLC, UT 84102
    • We’re asking for all donations to be in by December 17th. Thank you so much for your generosity this holiday season!
Crossroads Urban Center project

The Social Justice Steering Committee has approved a project with Crossroads Urban Center and the Coalition of Religious Communities (CORC). We will have collection bins to accept food for Crossroads in Eliot Hall every Sunday. Their needs are posted here:  https://www.crossroadsurbancenter.org/you-can-help.html. We will also be collecting diapers and blankets during the month of December.The associate director of Crossroads will be co-presenting to us on Sunday January 8 at 7 pm about CORC’s legislative agenda and encouraging us to attend CORC’s Faith, Hunger and Homelessness Day at the Capitol the early morning of Thursday January 19.To join this project (volunteering to transport donations and/or engage in legislative advocacy), email: 

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

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