First Announce – January 14, 2024

Sunday Worship, January 14th, 2024

at 10:30 am

The Most Pervasive Mental Illness

Rev. Mike Morran

Please join us on Sunday, January 14th at 10:30 am. This sermon will consider whether racism, militarism, and materialism can be considered a mental illness and what wellness might look like.

We extend a warm invitation to you to join us in person, or if you prefer, you can also participate online.

Our service streams to Youtube and Zoom (meeting ID is 466-677-668 and the password is 454623).

Join us for coffee in the Community Room after the service.

New Member Welcome!

(Thanks to Rev. Mike Morran for the post)

On Sunday, January 21st, we will have a New Member Welcome as part of morning worship. If you or someone you know is ready to take this step with First Unitarian Denver, please reach out to: Susan Riederer (, or Rev. Mike Morran (

Middle East Discussion Group

(Thanks to Arne Carter for the post)

The Middle East discussion group is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am on Sunday, January 14th, prior to the service, in the Chapel.

Los Bohemios Tickets On Sale!

(Thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Capitol Hill Concerts presents Los Bohemios (Traditional Cuban, Mexican, & Latin Rock) on Saturday January 20th at 7 pm. Tickets are now on sale. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit Prison Mindfulness. Their mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff, and prison volunteers with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development. You can support Prison Mindfulness by donating cookies, fruits, or snacks (homemade or store-bought) which will be served at the concert intermission alongside donation baskets. All donations collected will benefit Prison Mindfulness. If you would like to donate a refreshment, please sign up here.

Lunch Bunch – Friday, January 12th

(Thanks to Marty Dawley, for the post)

All are invited to join in a great potluck lunch with Lunch Bunch on January 12th. We meet the second Friday of every month in the FUSD Community Room for food and conversation. We gather at 11:45 and have lunch at noon.

If you would also like to come at 10:30 am to play Scrabble or cards or another game before lunch this month, contact and she’ll see if she can put together a game table or two to include you. If you are interested but can’t do it this month, contact Marty anyway. She’ll start a list for next month too.

Come March in the MLK Marade With Us!

(Thanks to Julie Meyers, for the post)

Each year, FUSD participates in Denver’s MLK Marade on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 15. Part parade and part march, we gather just south of the MLK statue in City Park in Denver.

Speeches start at 9:30 am and the Marade which processes to Civic Center Park starts at about 10:45. Come any time and look for the FUSD banner. No RSVP. Call Julie with any questions.

After the Marade lunch and MLK Birthday Celebration

(Thanks to Patrick Caldwell, for the post)

Join us between 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm on January 15, 2024 at First Unitarian as we gather to celebrate and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 103rd anniversary of his birth. We’ll have soup, greens, cornbread, and birthday cake. We’ll light a few candles, sing Happy Birthday, and hear a few of his memorable quotes. Click HERE to RSVP, although not required, it is helpful for planning.

You don’t have to be part of the Marade to join us, and we will keep the doors open for those that go the full distance to the Capitol Building. Questions to:

A Movie Series for Grownups: Let’s Talk About Sex (and its consequences), Baby!

(Thanks to Jane Ashley for the post)

The Reproductive Justice Initiative will offer 10 movie screenings and discussions afterward that explore stories about pregnancy, families, teenagers, abortion, adoption, relationships, men and women, the full catastrophe. We’ll watch dramas and comedies, heart-breakers and uplifters, but all great films. The movies will be shown throughout 2024 at the home of Jane Ashley in Denver. There’s room for 12 people in her TV room, with a large screen for viewing.

The first movie will be a comedy: “Obvious Child.” Rated R, rotten tomatoes score 90%. The date is Tuesday, January 16 at 6 pm.

RSVP to She’ll send you her address. Dates will be announced and posted on First Announce a month before screenings.

Next month:

Tuesday, February 6 at 6 pm:

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

Rated PG-13, Rotten Tomatoes rating 99%

First Unitarian Craft Circle

(Thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)

To any interested crafters (knitting, crocheting, needlework) at FUSD, come craft with us on Wednesday, Jan 17, from 3:00-4:30 in the Community Room. We are a newly forming group. We plan to meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm and the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:00-4:30. No RSVP needed unless you’re new to crafting (if you let me know, I can bring some needles and yarn and help you get started knitting)

Window is Closing to Register For The Spring Civil Rights Trip

(Thanks to Kate Raabe for the post)

There are just a few spots still available for our private FUSD/Road Scholar week long group trip, starting and ending in Atlanta, Sunday March 31 to Sunday April 7. Trip highlights are the Carter Center in Atlanta, and the Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial in Montgomery Alabama, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma (with a local tour guide who experienced Bloody Sunday first hand as a 15 year old girl) and Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham. (Plus several speakers and local guides who are experts in their field to provide context).

We have received some recent inquires from members of other UU churches asking if we still have space available, and we want to be sure everyone here has had a chance to sign up before we give up any spaces still open. If you are interested in signing up CLICK HERE for additional details and to get your registration confirmed as soon as possible. We will start a wait list once all spaces have been filled. You can also visit the Opportunities Table after church or contact Kate Raabe to get more information.

It’s Time for the FUN to Begin!

(Thanks to Tess Dieringer for the post)

First Unitarian Neighborhoods (FUN) Groups are getting up and running! You will recall that FUN is a new program at FUSD that offers opportunities for increased social connection organized by geographic location (neighborhoods) to foster relationships and closeness outside of Sunday services, committee meetings, and other organized gatherings.

Volunteers in your neighborhood will be contacting you soon about an event – anything from a potuck to a game night to an outdoor activity. Please watch your email and kindly respond.

Wondering what FUN Group you are in? Go to Breeze, pull up your profile, click on TAGS in the left sidebar, then scroll down to your TAGS list. Viola!

If you are not assigned a FUN Group in Breeze and would like to join one, please email your name and address including zip code to Tess Dieringer at

Climate Justice Project – Assist Park People

(Thanks to Ray Burdett for the post)

The Climate Justice Project of First Unitarian has committed to assisting the Park People in their tree planting mission by canvassing a low-resource Denver neighborhood to solicit interest from residents in getting a free or low cost tree. We have agreed upon Saturday morning, January 20th, from 9:00 AM to noon for the canvassing, but we have not yet been assigned a neighborhood. We will be walking the neighborhood in teams and placing door hangers on door knobs or other accessible areas, but we will not be knocking on doors. This is an easy way of “Thinking Globally but acting locally”. Please consider this volunteer opportunity, and thank you to those who have already volunteered. Contact Ray Burdett at if you are interested or have questions.

Justice Committee “Lunch Launch”

(Thanks to Kimberly Urish for the post)

Members and friends of First Unitarian are invited to a Justice Committee “Lunch Launch” on Sunday, January 28th (11:30 am-2:30 pm upstairs in the chapel). Join us for lunch and to launch FUSD’s support for COBALT’s 2024 Ballot Initiative to protect Abortion Rights in Colorado AND the Safe and Healthy Colorado’s ballot initiative to phase out fracking in Colorado. We will learn about the initiatives, you can read the ballot language, and sign petitions to put the initiatives on the ballot for the 2024 fall elections.

Lunch is being provided by the Reproductive Justice and Climate Justice committees. Please RSVP to before Wednesday, January 24th so we get enough food. Thank you and look forward to seeing you on the 28th.

Climate Grief Workshop – Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 10am-3pm

(Thanks to Noelle Botti, for the post)

With the physical consequences of climate change becoming more readily apparent in our day-to-day lives, many of us are faced with feelings of grief, anxiety, or hopelessness. Once again, the First Unitarian Climate Justice Project is hosting a workshop that will be facilitated by Rin Overturf. It is informed by Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects” and focuses on the emotional aspects of both the impacts of climate change and our efforts to save the world we love. The workshop will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, February 3, 2024 in person at First Unitarian. To allow for full engagement, please plan to participate for the entire session. It will be limited to 20 participants to manage the dynamics of the group. Please RSVP to by ​Monday, January 29th. Lunch will be provided.

Climate Justice Project – Book Discussion – Save the Dates

(Thanks to Peggy for the post)

The FUSD Climate Justice Project is holding a book discussion opportunity in February. We will be reading Where The Water Goes by David Owen about the Colorado River from its northern Colorado origins to its end at the sea…where it is dry. The book is both informative and accessible and lays an important foundation for our understanding of the River that is the lifeblood for much of the West. Books will soon be available in the Community Room.

Please put the dates on your 2024 calendar. The dates are Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 11 at noon.

Racial Justice Project – Spring Read

(Thanks to Patrick Whorton for the post)

The Racial Justice Project’s spring book read will be Black on Black, written by Daniel Black, an author and professor of African American studies at Clark Atlanta University. This book, in fourteen short chapters, offers a queer, intersectional perspective on racial justice issues; each chapter examines a different issue. We have organized the reading around three discussions, once a month: Intro-page 88 on February 28; pages 89-158 on March 27; pages 159-end April 24. All discussions will be via zoom from 7:00-8:30 p.m. RJP will make six copies of the book available at the Sunday book table for discounted rate of $10. Participants must register to participate by emailing Patrick Whorton at I will then send you a zoom link and some discussion guidelines.

2024 General Assembly Registration is Now Open!

Represent us at the UUA General Assembly! The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) national meeting of UU congregations is an all-virtual event this year. You can participate from the comfort of your own couch from June 20-23, 2024.

As a member congregation of the UUA, First Unitarian Society of Denver (FUSD) sends “delegates” to this event, which includes worship, workshops, lectures and the annual UUA business meeting. FUSD delegates will participate in the business meeting and vote on items that impact all member congregations. If you are interested in serving as an FUSD delegate at the 2024 General Assembly, please reach out to Coral Cosway at

Adult registration is $280 and includes access to the live sessions, on-demand programming, featured speakers and major worships. There is also an option to register for only the annual business meeting portion of the event for free (or a donation amount of your choice). You can review the program and schedule and visit the UUA’s General Assembly webpage for more information.

Searching for Assistant Treasurer

First Unitarian is on the lookout for a volunteer Assistant Treasurer to begin training with our very own Sally Isaacson. Sally has been doing an incredible job as the Assistant Treasurer for almost four years now. For more details about this role, swing by the Opportunities Table! If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you! You can also contact Janet Kennedy or Kate Raabe for more information. To view the job description click here.

Pacific Western Region – January Newsletter

The Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalists, publish a newsletter every one to two months. This newsletter will keep you up to date on all things UU that are happening in our region.

Click here to view the January newsletter.

Additionally, you can visit the Unitarian Universalist Association web site at for information at the association level.

First Unitarian – Calendaring and Room Reservations

(Thanks to Rhonda Williamson, Congregational Administrator, for the post)

To Request an event addition to the First Unitarian calendar and to request a room reservation:

  • To add a meeting or event to the Church Calendar and reserve a room:
  1. Check the church calendar on the website to see if there are any conflicts. There is a link on each page of the website in the black area at the bottom, under ‘Useful links’
  2. Complete the following form to request that your event be added to the calendar and to request a room reservation.

Click here to access the First Unitarian Committee Handbook.

Feel free to dive in and let us know if you have any questions or thoughts!

First Unitarian – Communication Methods How To’s

(Thanks to Rhonda Williamson, Congregational Administrator, for the post)

Happy Holidays!

In September, Mary Sullivan and Kathy Aguirre hosted a Saturday meeting for the First Unitarian Interconnected Committee (chairs and leaders of each group). During this gathering and through subsequent emails, the shared a Handbook packed with valuable insights on Communication and other important details about First Unitarian. In Part 1 below, you’ll discover information about two of these methods.

First Announce: A weekly church newsletter sent out by blast email Thursday evenings. (Also found on the website.) Deadline for entries is Tuesday end of day.

Order of Service: The handout given at each Sunday service – giving service details, and upcoming church events Request deadline is Thursday at 8:00 am.

Please complete the form at the link below to submit announcements for either or both First Announce and Order of Service – select both options on the form.

Click here to access the First Unitarian Committee Handbook.

Feel free to dive in and let us know if you have any questions or thoughts!


Finding a place to park when you come to visit our urban sanctuary can be a bit of a challenge! We recommend the following tactics/locations:

  • Sundays 6a-1p: 3 blocks of the north side of 14th Avenue (Marion St. to just before Franklin St. – please abide by the street parking signs)
  • Sundays 6a-1p: The Center at Colfax and Lafayette
  • Sundays 6a-1p: (42 parking spaces) The Alta Court lot, across Lafayette from the church. Cars with a First Unitarian Church (FUSD) hangtag or paper parking pass on the dashboard, may park in the spaces farthest away from Colfax.
  • Monday through Friday, 6 pm to 8 am: (22 parking spaces) The Alta Court lot, across Lafayette from the church. Cars with a First Unitarian Church (FUSD) hangtag or paper parking pass on the dashboard, may park in the spaces farthest away from Colfax.
  • Friday 6 pm to Monday 8 am (22 parking spaces, except Sunday morning, see above. The Alta Court lot, across Lafayette from the church. Cars with a First Unitarian Church (FUSD) hangtag or paper parking pass on the dashboard, may park in the spaces farthest away from Colfax.
  • If you have any questions or need a parking pass, contact Rhonda at Parking passes can also be obtained from the Greeters on Sunday morning.


Questions About Pledging? Jason Marsden –

Candles of Community –

Caring Committee –

Volunteer Greeters –

Connections Ministry –

Office/FirstAnnounce/Rhonda Williamson –

Religious Exploration – Erin Kenworthy –

Giving in Action –

Mental Well-being –

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