FirstAnnounce – June 23, 2024


Please Note: Access to First Unitarian will be limited because of the Pride Parade on Sunday June 23rd. You will not be able to cross 13th and 14th at Franklin St.

Colfax will be difficult it not impossible to cross between Lincoln and Franklin.

See the Map below.

Sunday Worship,

June 23rd, 2024

at 10:30 am

There Is a Unity That Makes Us One

Mike Cranmer

Join us on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 am.
Mike Cranmer, a long-time member of First Unitarian, will reflect on the unity principle in religion, physics, and consciousness.

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. 

Denver PRIDE Fest – Watch Party

The Denver Pride Parade is this Sunday, June 23, 2024. The parade begins at 9:30 am. Heading west on Colfax, the parade spans 14 blocks and ends near Civic Center Park. Staging will be in Cheesman Park, going up Franklin Street to Colfax and then west (left) on Colfax to Civic Center.

Columbine and Jefferson UU will be using the Community Room as a meeting place for a watch party. Please feel free to join, you just have to walk to Colfax from church to view the parade!

Chris Hahn will be on site at First Unitarian to greet participants and help with water and restroom locations.

First Unitarian Events Coming Soon

Middle East Peace Group: Summer Series

The next meeting of the Middle East Peace Group is Thursday, June 27 from 6-8pm at First Unitarian. Email with questions.


Family Promise – Volunteer Thank You!

(Thanks to the Kate Jones for the post)

Thank you to the over 40 volunteers who supported Family Promise last week during our spring rotation. We were able to provide shelter and food support for 15 people from 3 families experiencing homelessness, filling all available beds but one. All 3 families personally and individually expressed gratitude for our support. Mark your calendar for our next rotation scheduled for December 1-8!

The Search Begins…

(Thanks to the Rev. Mike Morran for the post)

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.

Second Chance Auction Update

(Thanks to the Helen Berkman for the post)

The Second Chance Auction is now closed for online bidding. We will offer unsold seats at house concerts during coffee hour on June 30, July 28, and Sept 8, 2024. Check the catalog for unsold events and look for us at coffee hour.

Thank you to all who donated for the Sanctuary Piano, we raised $14,565 – well over our special call goal!

Thank you for participating in our auction!

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 –


Immigration Clinic Volunteers Needed

(Thanks to
Cynthia Swanson
for the post)

Throughout 2024, Catholic Charities will be coordinating workshops to help eligible new arrivals apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These are scheduled approximately one per month and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Volunteers can support these workshops through a variety of roles, including application support to attorneys, interpretation, logistical support, and others. No prior legal experience is required.

From a volunteer: “This role is volunteering at immigration clinics for Venezuelan asylum seekers applying for TPS (temporary protected status). More volunteers are needed for Friday, June 28th. The clinics are super well run and very necessary – the last time I volunteered we processed almost 100 people, and there was still a line outside! Spanish isn’t required, but can be helpful. “

Please reach out to Marcos Castillo with questions.

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:

Clear Direct Mentoring – Seeks Board Applicants

(Thanks to Trudy Glidden for the post)

Clear Direct Mentoring
presented to FUSD last Sunday during Giving in Action. The organization mentors under represented 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.

The Larger Unitarian Universalist Community

Pacific Western Region – June 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 June newsletter.

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

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 Information

First Unitarian – Hearing Assistance in Sanctuary

Our Sanctuary has a hearing loop. This allows us to better serve the people in our community who have trouble hearing. If you are hearing impaired, you will be able to hear what is said at the worship services and other events with better clarity.

What is a hearing loop and how does it work?
Hearing Loops allow people who wear hearing aids to directly receive the sound from the PA system to their own hearing aids, much like Wi-Fi for laptops. To hear better, you will no longer have to pick up a separate listening device!

Do my hearing aids work in a loop?
If you wear hearing instruments you will need to find out if they have this wireless receiver, called a T-coil or Telecoil, built in to benefit from the hearing loop. The T-coil program is accessed by pushing a button on your hearing aid. This T-coil setting has to be activated before use. Please consult your audiologist if you have a push button on your hearing aids. If your hearing aid is not equipped with a T-coil, or you do not have a hearing aid: we have listening devices available, simply ask a member of our staff.

For more information: For questions about your hearing aids, please visit your audiologist. For questions about our hearing loop system, please email: Assist2Hear. Inc at:

(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.

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)

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!


Questions About Pledging? Jason Marsden –

Candles of Community –

Caring Committee –

Volunteer Greeters –

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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