FirstAnnounce – May 19th, 2024

Note: Colfax Will Be Closed this Sunday from York to Broadway

The Colfax Marathon is this Sunday. Colfax will be closed from York to Broadway. Please make plans to join us in person by avoiding Colfax! View the map below or click here.

Sunday Worship,

May 19th, 2024

at 10:30 am

Less is More, More or Less…

Rev. Mike Morran

Join us on
Sunday, May 19th at 10:30 am.
Niels Bohr once said, “The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of a profound truth may very well be another profound truth.” This morning we will explore this and many other delightful paradoxes of language and being human.

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 DEEP

(Thanks to the Carol Ruckel for the post)

Metro DEEP
is a Black Economic Development Tribe who has built an ecosystem of partnerships so as not to duplicate the already established efforts and expertise of others for our collaboration over competition value and programs in youth development, a career and workforce opportunity platform, and GROWTH stage entrepreneurial support to scale among other services like access, navigation, and resources for all these groups. We run these programs to place more and more of our community to benefit within our wealth building strategies of real estate and investments which create the ability to prevent 0 wealth by 2053 and loss of 63 billion in assets over the next 9 years within the African Descended community. All of this changing the future orientation and wealth mentality popularity within our community.

Young Adult Lunch – This Sunday!

(Thanks to the Eric Kollwitz for the post)

Our Young Adult Lunch this month will take place after coffee hour on
Sunday, May 19th. Instead of a potluck, we will have catering from Chipotle.

Contact Eric Kollwitz for more information. ( ).

Climate Justice Book Discussion

(Thanks to Taylor Chang for the post)

Please join Climate Justice Project in reading “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi. The story is a dystopian thriller set in a future southwestern United States ravaged by water scarcity and revolves around Angel Velasquez, a water mercenary navigating a treacherous landscape of political intrigue and violence in a desperate quest for control over the region’s dwindling water supply.

Discussions will be facilitated by Peggy Ulrich-Nims on
Sunday, May 19th in the library after service
. Please contact Peggy at
for the Zoom Meeting ID.

GOOD Vibes THIS Sunday After the Service at 1 pm

(Thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Don’t miss
Capitol Hill Concerts’
“bonus” show – join us this
Sunday May 19th at 1 pm
in the First Unitarian sanctuary for an afternoon of creative and communicative music. Colorado’s extraordinary jazz musicians –
Brad Goode
on trumpet, Paul Romaine on drums, and Gonzalo Teppa on bass – join forces with a special surprise guest vibraphonist from New York for an afternoon of fine music. This concert will feature brand new arrangements and compositions for an album to be recorded the following day.
Tickets are available online
through Saturday (save $5 when you buy in advance), or purchase tickets Sunday before the concert. Student tickets are only $10 and youth under 12 are free. (Please note that this bonus show is NOT included in the Capitol Hill Concerts Season Subscription or Sponsorships – if you were a season ticket holder or sponsor this year, please purchase individual tickets for this show.) We hope to see you Sunday for an amazing show!

Miriam’s Book Table is Proud to Feature…

(Thanks to the
Nan Wigington
for the post)

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre
written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

Once upon a time Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District was thriving. Also known as the Black Wall Street, it was a place where African Americans could fulfill the American Dream. All that changed on May 31, 1921 when a white mob attacked the black community. Hundreds were injured. Thousands were left homeless, and no one spoke about it for years and years to come. After an official investigation in 1996, details became clear. Weatherford and Cooper bring those details in their powerful picture book. Come browse their book at Miriam’s book table. Buy it for a favorite child.

What’s the best way to buy at Miriam’s Book Table? It’s a breeze with Breeze. Do you have the app on your phone

Contact Nan Wigington for more information. (

Upgrading First Unitarian’s Sanctuary Piano

(Thanks to
Lia Davis
for the post)

Did you know that the Yamaha grand piano in our sanctuary is 55 years old and has never been overhauled? Be a part of replacing this piano with a younger, higher quality, more resonant instrument that will be a joy both to play and to listen to for years and generations to come!
Read more about this project and how to make a contribution.
In honor of our dearly departed, Sally Isaacson, who loved encouraging us to be generous with our financial resources, Robin Reed & Michael Delvaux are offering A Free Thank You concert, featuring Singer Songwriter,
Blair Borax
, for all who
(or have already donated) to the piano fund by June 9th. The concert will take place at First Unitarian Denver after the service on
Sunday July 21st
. Coffee Hour will include hearty appetizers to tide you over. We are truly grateful for all of your contributions!

In Remembrance

  • Phyllis Zumwinkel passed away in early May 2024. She has been a member for 66 years. Condolences can be sent to Jon Zumwinkel and his family at 139 Zumwinkel Lane, Allenspark, CO 80510



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”

Join Us to Celebrate a Successful Ballot Initiative

(Thanks to the
imberly Urish
for the post)

On April 18, Coloradans for Protecting Reproductive Freedom turned in over 239,000 signatures which not only qualified the initiative for the ballot, but the campaign gathered the most signatures in Colorado history! Come out and celebrate with the Reproductive Justice Committee. On
Monday, May 20th
, instead of a zoom meeting at 6 pm, we will be meeting at a committee member’s home in Centennial to raise a glass and share some food and celebrate the great work we participated in. All like minded folks are welcome. Please rsvp to
so we can order food and drink and send you the address.

First Unitarian Choir Invite!

(Thanks to the
Brian Stone
for the post)

Did you hear that fantastic choir on Music Sunday and think, “I’d love to sing in that choir!” Have you ever thought, “maybe I could sing in the FUSD choir?” This is a great time to join us! The choir will be singing at one last service on
June 2nd
before going on hiatus for the summer. Please join us on
Thursdays May 23rd and May 30th
in the Chapel upstairs for our last two rehearsals to prepare for that
June 2nd
service. We welcome singers of all experience levels, and this will be a great service to jump in and try it out. Please email Brian (
) with any questions you might have.

OPPORTUNITY – Family Promise

(Thanks to the
Kate Fox
for the post)

We need your help hosting families experiencing homelessness who will stay at our church during our next rotation
June 9th – 16th
. Cook a meal, host at the church to make people feel welcomed, set up a room, stay overnight, make a meaningful difference – opportunities for everyone! Plus, it’s a great way to meet other members of First Unitarian who are motivated to help families in need. Sign up to help TODAY by clicking

or scan the QR Code. Contact Kate Jones at with questions. Learn more about Family Promise

Auction 2024 Survey

(Thanks to Tess Dieringer for the post)

If you haven’t already, please take a few moments to complete this short survey about your auction experience. Respondents emails are kept confidential and your feedback will help us improve future auctions. Thank you for your time!

The Auction Committee

Share Your Thoughts with Reproductive Justice

(Thanks to Kimberly Urish for the post)

Reproductive Justice Committee will be putting on a special service on
Sunday, June 16th
. In this service, we plan to explore what it’s like to be female in 2024. In order to better represent girls and women of different ages and backgrounds, we would like to hear from you. If you are of reproductive age and ability, and would like to discuss your experiences around gender, being female, what it’s like to live in this country right now, or other related topics, we want to hear from you. You can email your thoughts and/or schedule a time to speak to someone about this via phone or zoom, by emailing

Slate of Nominees for Election for 2024/2025

(Thanks to the
Leadership Development Committee
for the post)

The Leadership Development Committee has submitted a proposed slate of nominees for each of the Board and committee positions up for election for the 2024/2025 year, to be voted on at the annual meeting on
Sunday, June 2nd
. You can view the bios of the proposed slate of nominees

The First Unitarian bylaws require the slate of nominees be published at least 6 weeks before the date of the meeting.

First Unitarian Events Coming Soon

Volunteer Work Day at Lincoln Hills

(Thanks to
Julie Meyers
for the post)

Save the Date –
Saturday, May 18th
. One of the recipients of FUSD’s Reparative Grants, Lincoln Hills, has invited us to come visit their site in Gilpin County. We will help with a service project to get the site ready for their summer programs (outdoor and environmental educational opportunities for city kids). Our visit will include a tour of this historic site (the only leisure destination created in the 1920’s by and for African Americans West of the Mississippi). We will carpool from Denver,
leaving FUSD at 9am and returning by 4pm
(it’s about an hour’s drive each way). Bring your own lunch. This is a family friendly event. Let Julie know if you’re interested or if you have questions.

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:

Imagine Camp! July 22-26th

The First Unitarian Summer Day Camp is an exciting opportunity for children rising into K through rising into 5th grade to engage in activities centered around taking action in their communities. The camp will run from
July 22nd to July 26th
, starting at
9 am and concluding at 3 pm

During the camp, participants will explore various ways they can make a positive impact in their communities. They will learn about social issues, engage in interactive workshops, and develop skills that empower them to take action. Through fun and educational activities, the camp aims to inspire young minds and cultivate a sense of responsibility towards creating a better world.

Limited spots are still available, so interested families are encouraged to register online promptly. The cost for the first camper in a family is $250, with each additional camper costing $100. For those in need of before and aftercare, there is a limited availability option upon request. To inquire about before and aftercare or for any additional questions, please reach out to Rev. Mike at

Imagine Action! Summer Day Camp promises to be a memorable and impactful experience for children, empowering them to become active contributors to their communities. Register your child today and let their imagination ignite positive change!


The Larger Unitarian Universalist Community

Peter Mayer at Boulder Valley UU – May 18 at 7:30 pm

(Thanks to
Lia Davis
for the post)

Returning to Boulder Valley UU,, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Peter Mayer!
Saturday, May 18, 7:30pm

1241 Ceres Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026


Composer of Blue Boat Home and Holy Now, Pete has been singing and songwriting full-time for over 20 years, performing in venues across the United States and beyond. He writes songs for a small planet–songs that celebrate life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence–songs about the vast cosmos that surrounds us and how we are a part of it all. He also writes songs about dress hats, pumpkins and pajamas, and even love and freight trains just like a good folk musician should. His music has been performed by artists like Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Claudia Schmidt, Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, Darryl Purpose, Billy Jonas, and Ronny Cox, to name a few. His work has been included in song books, church hymnals, and folk radio playlists across the country. Peter has eleven albums to his credit, and has sold over 100,000 of them. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.

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.

Pacific Western Region – May 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.

to view the May 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 – 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.

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!


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.


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Candles of Community –

Caring Committee –

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Connections Ministry –

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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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