FirstAnnounce – June 16, 2024


Sunday Worship,

June 16th, 2024

at 10:30 am

What It Means To Be Female

Reproductive Justice

Join us on Sunday, June 16th at 10:30 am.
Join us this Sunday to explore what it means to be female, what a woman is for, and how these ideas lead to greater reproductive justice for women. Our service will include inspiring music, readings and stories. This special service is organized and led by volunteers from our Reproductive Justice Committee.

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. 

Giving in Action – Metro Caring

(Thanks to the
Carol Ruckel
for the post)

Metro Caring is our recipient for Giving in Action this Sunday, June 16th.

At Metro Caring, we know that Coloradans don’t go hungry because of a lack of food. Coloradans go hungry because they can’t afford to put food on the table. Unaffordable housing, low wages, an industrialized food system, and centuries of racism and oppression are some of the leading causes that force people to go hungry.

In addition to our grocery-store-style fresh food, we have Community Connectors onsite to refer folks to partner organizations for other needs. We offer free cooking clubs and nutrition classes – in addition to our community gardens. By investing in community wealth building, organizing our community leaders, and exploring innovative solutions to our food system, we know that, together, we can end hunger at its root.

First Unitarian Annual Meeting Packet

The First Unitarian Congregational Meeting was held on June 2, 2024 at 11:45 am. The packet from the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 2, 2024, can be found here.

Also, if you want to go directly to a particular report, you can find the links to those documents in blue below:

First Unitarian Annual Meeting Agenda

1. Chalice Lighting

2. Covenant

3. Meeting Rules and Procedures

4. Treasurer’s Report

5. Stewardship Council Report

6. Approved
FY24-25 Budget

7. Endowment Grants

8. Congregational (Justice) Projects

9. Candidates for Elected Committees

10. UUA General Assembly Delegates

11. Closing Words

Other Reports –

The Search Begins…

First Unitarian Denver is beginning a search for a Director of Family Ministry and Inclusion. The new position will be a hybrid between Religious Education (Family Ministry), and what we are calling Inclusion; helping members and friends feel included and connected in the church community. If you know someone with a background education and/or working with children, please have them contact Rev. Mike at; The full job description can be found here.

Miriam’s Book Table is Proud to Feature…

(Thanks to the
Nan Wigington
for the post)

Your next book suggestion. Miriam’s Book Table will be ordering new books soon. What would you like to see? Do you want more from the UUA? A little Rebecca Parker? Some Forrest Church? How about the latest pocket guide? Or would you rather cast a wider net? Come let us know your thoughts or write down your suggestions during coffee hour.

Contact Nan Wigington for more information. (


Volunteers Needed for New Member Dinner

(Thanks to the
Susan Riederer
for the post)

Do you have some extra time this month to make some food for the New Member Dinner (Saturday, June 29th)? We have recipes, we will pay for ingredients – we just need the chefs. All of the food can be prepared ahead of time and placed in your freezer. Contact Susan Riederer if you can lend a helping hand.

Second Chance Auction

(Thanks to the
Helen Berkman
for the post)

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! We have 17 auction events with spaces still available, including a few house concerts. Sign up now on-line, because a couple events only have only one or two spots left, AND because Second Chance Auction will only be open until June 9th. Just go to the auction website and click on “View Auction Catalog”

Clear Direct Mentoring – Seeks Board Applicants

(Thanks to Trudy Glidden for the post)

Clear Direct Mentoring was presented to FUSD last Sunday during Giving in Action. The organization mentors underrepresented minority high school and college students who are in STEMM (science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Medicine). The organization is aligned with FUSD mission and provides PAID internships to the students. The Board of Directors is expanding and is looking for different perspectives and skill sets. Total of 5 hours per month. If you are wanting comprehensive information, contact Trudy Glidden by phone or email, You can also look here for more information.

First Unitarian Events Coming Soon

Let’s Talk About Sex (and consequences), Baby! Reproductive Justice Movie – June 18, 6:30-9:30

(Thanks to
Jane Ashley
for the post)

“The Surrogate” will be shown at Jane Ashley’s home from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. Please RSVP to jane at A young woman agrees to be the surrogate mother for two dear friends, but during the pregnancy, there’s a bump in the road. See a trailer for the movie here:


The Larger Unitarian Universalist Community

Scholarship – Jefferson Humanists

(Thanks to
Kathy Glatz
for the post)

Jefferson Humanists is proud to support the Secular Student Association’s annual scholarship for a secular/non-religious student. The scholarships are available to full-time students enrolled in high school or college in the United States and are designed to support students who in addition to pursuing excellence in their academic studies are also activists for secular values on their campus and/or in their community.

The application deadline is July 31, 2024.
More information and an application form is available at:

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.

4th Convocation of Unitarian / Universalist Women and People of Liberal Faiths

(Thanks to
Kathy Glatz
for the post)

September 5–8, 2024

Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár, Romania

Organized by the International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women and UNOSZ, the National Organization of Unitarian Women of Romania, in partnership with the Hungarian Unitarian Church.

Theme: “Weaving a Tapestry of Peace and New Perspectives”

Connect – Collaborate – Create

The Convocation will focus on the collective need for peace within ourselves and in our communities as we search for ways to respond to intersecting global crises and uncertainties. The event will also be an opportunity to determine how to be more effective change-makers, weaving our own threads of equity into a tapestry of a peaceful and sustainable tomorrow.

Please see a preliminary program, subject to change.

First Unitarian – Communication Methods How To’s

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

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.

to access the First Unitarian Committee Handbook.

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


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Candles of Community –

Caring Committee –

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Connections Ministry –

Office/FirstAnnounce/Rhonda Williamson –

Religious Exploration – Rev. Mike Morran

Giving in Action –

Mental Well-being –

Car Donations

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Publication deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday.

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