May 5, 2024 – FirstAnnounce


Sunday Worship,

May 5th, 2024

at 10:30 am

Reality Has A Liberal Bias

Rev. Mike Morran

Join us on
Sunday, May 5th at 10:30 am.
This Sunday we’ll take a deep look at liberalism and whether Stephen Colbert was right when he famously said, “Reality has a well known liberal bias.”

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 This Sunday!

This coming Sunday, May 5th, will include a New Member Welcome as part of the morning worship service. If you or someone you know is ready to take this step with First Unitarian Denver, please let Rev. Mike know by sending an email to

Giving in Action – Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence.

This coming Sunday, May 5th, our Giving in Action Recipient is
Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence.

The Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence is dedicated to fostering inclusive environments and advancing equity and social justice across all sectors of society. Their mission is to catalyze transformative change within the workforce, amplifying child, family, and community outcomes, particularly within communities of color and marginalized groups. IREE initiatives encompass Health and Well-being, Culturally Responsive Community based Licensing for childcare facilities, Language Justice, and Equity and Justice to include inclusive practices for children with disabilities as well as Professional Development to foster inclusive communities. As the recent recipient of our first annual Community Champion Award we are happy to welcome the President and CEO of IREE, Dr Rosemarie Allen, back to First Unitarian.

To Donate, select the button above, from the drop down on the screen, select ‘Donate to Giving in Action,’ in the memo line type IREE.

Whole Souul Studio – May 5th –

Reflections on the War in Gaza: A Panel Discussion

We invite you to join us for a compassionate community discussion of the war in Gaza. During the first hour, we will hear from a diverse set of panelists about their personal perspectives, pathways to peace, and the future of Palestine and Israel. After the panel, we will host guided small group discussions. Please bring your questions and an open mind.

Lunch will be provided.Reflections on the War in Gaza: A Panel Discussion

Where: First Unitarian Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver

When: Sunday, May 5th from 12:00-1:30pm

Moderated by Rev. Mike Morran and organized by the FUSD Middle East Peace Group


Miriam’s Book Table Says Thank You

(Thanks to the
Nan Wigington
for the post)

Thanks to you, Miriam’s Book Table is doing a booming business. But we are experiencing growing pains. Could you help out? Could you volunteer a coffee hour or two? Would you consider a leadership position? You’ll get to do fun things like sell books and talk to newcomers. They’ll be some tough things, too (setting payment policy as well as reporting sales and taxes). We’d love to have you in our ranks. Contact Nan Wigington for more information. (

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 nomineeshere.

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

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!

First Unitarian Events Coming Soon

Documentary: Fracking the System – Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7pm

(Thanks to
Noelle Botti
for the post)

The Climate Justice Project would like to invite you and your family and friends to attend a very special screening of
Fracking the System: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Wars
, a political thriller documentary from the front lines 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 the oil and gas industry uses to undermine grassroots action. The film will be screened in person in the sanctuary at First Unitarian followed by a QA session with the producer and director, Brian Hedden, as well as representatives from 350 Colorado and Safe & Healthy Colorado.

This event is free to attend, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot here:

Movie Series for Grownups: Let’s Talk About It Together!

Gimme Shelter” (2013) (PG13) is the 5th film in the Reproductive Justice movie series. It will be shown on Tuesday evening,
May 7, at 6:30 pm
at the home of Jane Ashley. It’s the story of a pregnant, homeless teen who flees her abusive mother and seeks out her estranged biological father for help.

Friday Lunch Bunch – May 10th at 11:45 am

Everyone is invited to the return of our monthly potluck, Lunch Bunch, on the second Friday of the month. We gather at First Unitarian Society of Denver 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.

First Unitarian is Hosting a Blood Drive!

Join women’s health advocates and the community to honor and support women who have experienced pregnancy-related complications. Donate for Mothers( and Others) is a meaningful way for individuals and groups to honor, support and celebrate the diverse mothers in their lives by donating blood.

The First Unitarian drive is Tuesday, May 14th from 9 am – 1 pm
in the community room. To find out more about Donate for Mothers, and sign up clickhere.

Additionally, Vitalant served as the lead research organization and coordinator of the ADVANCE Study that helped convince the FDA to modernize blood donor eligibility criteria.

For the first time in decades, blood donor eligibility is evaluated independent of gender or sexual orientation while maintaining the safety of the blood supply.

Call Danica Larson if questions. (303)941-8271.

Climate Justice Book Discussion

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
Wednesday, May 15th at 7p.m. via Zoom and again Sunday, May 19th in the library after service. Please contact Peggy at
for the Zoom Meeting ID.

Brad Goode Quartet
at First Unitarian Denver

(Thanks to
Lia Davis
for the post)

Capitol Hill Concerts is excited to offer a “bonus” show this spring! Please join us Sunday, May 19th at 1 pm 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 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 now on sale.
Please note that this show is NOT included in the Capitol Hill Concerts Season Subscription or Sponsorships, and you will need to purchase individual tickets.

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.


The Larger Unitarian Universalist Community

Social Justice Film Series – First Universalist

The Social Justice Film Series finishes the 2023-2024 season with a feel-good film that celebrates Climate Justice.

 (2018) chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

See the trailer here.

When: Friday, May 3

Where: First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd

What time: Arrive for socializing 6:30, movie begins at 7:00

Bring a snack to share and join us for this inspiring movie!,

Women’s Alliance Event: Dying Well

(Thanks to
Elisa Erickson
for the post)

Event at Shattuck Hall, Iliff School of Theology

May 8th, 6pm – 8pm

A facilitated conversation about the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that confront us as we face our own mortality and as we seek to support others as they approach the end of their lives. This conversation will focus on the intentional dying phase of our life journeys and explore issues of meaning making, legacy, and preparation for active dying. It will explore what spiritual and other caregivers bring to this process and the unique challenges to spiritual care in a diverse world.

We will explore these and related questions with the help of Dr. Kelly Arora, Dr. Carrie Doehring, Rev. Dr. Val Jackson, Beth Eliot, and Tonya Hunt. The session will offer an interactive portion, and participant questions will be invited.

If you do not have an existing Iliff parking permit or exception, please park in the visitor lot on the left as you drive north onto campus. There is a payment kiosk on the north side of the visitor lot. This is an in-person event only.

Monologue Performance – at First Universalist

(Thanks to
Dan Moen
for the post)

Buried Secrets in Paradise. A monologue performance by Holly Fulton, Saturday, May 11th, 7:00 pm at First Universalist Church of Denver.

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

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 – April 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 April newsletter.

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

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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Religious Exploration – Rev. Mike Morran

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Mental Well-being –

Car Donations

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