FirstAnnounce – December 10, 2023

Sunday Worship, December 10th

at 10:30 am

Beyond the Veil

Rev. Mike Morran

Please join us on Sunday, December 10th at 10:30 am for our service titled ‘Beyond the Veil’ with Rev. Mike Morran. Mysticism runs through every major religious tradition, and infuses many, if not all, indigenous ones. We will appreciate, wonder about, and hopefully open ourselves to mystery today!10th

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.

Rev. Mike’s November Blog

Amid the heartbreaking events unfolding in the world today, in Rev. Mike Morran’s latest vlog, he shares the five things everyone needs to hear every now and then. Listen as he shares these uplifting messages that provide a source of inspiration and reflection during challenging times. Click here to watch.


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.

Lunch Bunch – Friday, December 8th

Everyone is invited for our monthly potluck, Lunch Bunch, on the second Friday of the month. This month we will meet on Friday, December 8th. We gather around 11:45 a.m. to set up, and we generally ring the lunch bell at 12. If you don’t have more than an hour, just come at noon and join us. The food is always delicious, and the company is stimulating.

Middle East Discussion Group – Next Meeting

(Thanks to Arne Carter for the post)

The Middle East discussion group is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am on Sunday, December 10th, prior to the service, in the Chapel.

December TUUrnout! At First Unitarian Denver

(Thanks to Rev. Mike Morran for the post)

Keep your eye out for a monthly flyer with 1st Unitarian activities listed (see below). This is an effort to include everyone in the ministry of welcoming. The idea is that every month, everyone, and every visitor, gets personally invited to something. Find a flyer, find a fellow human at 1st Unitarian Denver, and invite them to go! Especially, invite them to go with you!

The Community is invited to a music-filled, contemplative service on December 14th at 6:00 pm. Blue Christmas is for everyone, though especially for those whose memories or experience of the holidays has been incongruous with the typical, superficial expectations of the season.

Join us for Solstice Eve!

(Thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Gather with the First Unitarian Denver community on Wednesday, December 20th for Solstice Eve! Everyone is warmly invited to this free community event, which includes a potluck dinner and crafts at 5:30 (EVERYONE is welcome even if unable to bring an item to the potluck), lively carol singing with a jazz band at 6:30 in the sanctuary, and a light spiral ritual with live music at 7:30 in the upstairs chapel. Please RSVP by December 18. We hope to see you there!

Craft Circle at First Unitarian – Dec.13th, 7-8:30p

(Thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)

We are starting a Craft Circle at First Unitarian! All are invited to drop in anytime to craft and chat. Beginners welcome – I’m happy to teach you how to knit. We’ll be meeting in the Community Room the 3rd Wednesday of the month during the day from 3:00-4:30 and the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the evening from 7pm-8:30 starting in December (December 13). No RSVP needed. Please contact Julie Meyers for questions.

(Thanks to Randle Loeb for the post)

Each December, the Denver community comes together on the shortest day of the year to honor those neighbors who passed away in the preceding year while experiencing homelessness. This year’s We Will Remember: Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 outside the City and County Building of Denver. For 33 years, the Coalition has hosted this event in honor of those who have died in the previous year. For many, this will be the only service to mark their death.

For the December 21 event, luminary memorials will be placed outside the building, each with the name of an unhoused neighbor who passed. In addition, the names of the deceased will be read out loud and broadcast throughout the event. Denver partner organizations serving people experiencing homelessness will join Coalition President & CEO Britta Fisher in reading names.

Please join anytime from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 outside the Denver & City County Building located at 1437 Bannock St.

To honor someone who has passed at this year’s vigil, please email individual names by Dec. 5 to Shannan Webster, Digital Communications Manager for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless at You can also email Shannan if you’d like to volunteer for the event.

December 25th Potluck Gathering

Get ready for some Christmas magic! Join us on December 25th at First Unitarian for a festive gathering filled with good cheer, delicious food, and tons of fun.

We’re kicking things off at 11:00 am when the doors swing open, and the potluck buffet extravaganza begins at 11:30 am. We’ll be indulging in the holiday spirit until around 2:00 pm. Can’t wait to celebrate the joy of the season with you!

Contacts for this event are Karen Ray and Lynn Palma.

Social Justice Film Series – First Universalist

(Thanks to Dan Moen, First Universalist, for the post)

Fracking the System at First Universalist. Friday, December 8th, at 6:30 pm.

Come watch the “Work in Progress” screening of Fracking the System at First Universalist. A documentary of climate justice activism here in Colorado exposing the harms of fracking, the lengths to which the government is complacent with industrial pollution, and the nefarious tactics of the oil and gas industry. Join us, the producer/director of the film, and representatives of 350Colorado and Safe & Healthy Colorado as we view the film and talk about a proposed ballot initiative in Colorado to phase out of fracking.



Reproductive Justice Initiative – Movie Series

(Thanks to Jane Ashley for the post)

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

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 screenings 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.” It’s rated R, and has a 90% rotten tomatoes score. It will be shown on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6 pm. Please RSVP to Jane at She’ll send you her address.

The other films: “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, “The Surrogate”, “Lingui”,

“Sometimes, Always, Rarely, Never”, “Vera Drake”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Call Jane”, “Women Talking”, and “Philomena”

Dates will be announced and posted on First Announce a month before screenings.

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.

Racial Justice Project – Book Reading/Discussion

(Thanks to Steve Brainerd for the post)

We will offer a book reading and study sessions this Spring, using Daniel Black’s Black on Black — an intersectional, Black/queer perspective on racial issues. The discussions will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at 7:00, via Zoom: February 28 (Intro – p. 88); March 27 (pp. 89 – 158); and April 24 (pp. 159 – End). Participants must register in advance, beginning in January. The Racial Justice Project will make 6 copies of the book available at a discounted rate at Miriam’s Book Table.

Pacific Western Region – 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 November/December newsletter.

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

White Antiracist Spirituality – Online Class

In January, I’ll be hosting a workshop series on White Antiracist Spirituality in U.S. History, which will include powerful examples of UU spirituality in action. It’s a great opportunity for congregants on the White antiracist path to start the New Year with grounding and inspiration! For more information or to register, click here.

Lynn Burnett

Creator of The White Antiracist Ancestry Project


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.
  • 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.


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