Reflections on Twenty Years: First Announce for September 25th, 2022

The Whole Souul Living Theme for September is Belonging

Sunday Worship –

September 25th at 10:00 am

Reflections on Twenty Years

by Rev. Mike Morran

This Sunday will be a time of remembrance and reflection as we celebrate the past twenty years of ministry at First Unitarian Denver.

We have coffee hour after the service, and would love for you to bring snacks (healthy and otherwise) to go with our coffee!

Multiplatform Worship at First Unitarian Denver

Join us on Sunday at 10:00 am, in person or online. At this time, masks are optional but highly encouraged for those who might have been exposed, might be at higher risk for severe illness, or have weakened immune systems. Our service streams to FacebookYoutube, and Zoom (meeting ID is 466-677-668 and the password is 454623).

Our in-person coffee hour will resume soon! Join us for virtual coffee hour on Zoom after the service. The meeting ID is 912-1732-1324. Come see familiar faces and meet new people.

Second Chance Auction!

(thanks to Helen Berkman and Diane Hainsworth for the post)

There are 3 Auction Events that still have openings. Take a look and sign up for any you would like to attend! Sign-up sheets will be in the Community Room every Sunday. If you can’t make it to church in person, just email Helen at We know some of you missed out on bidding during April, so this is your SECOND CHANCE!

Once you sign up, you can pay on Breeze by going to Giving and in the drop down menu (the down arrow), click on Give to Auction Purchase.  Click here for online payment.  Or you can mail (1400 N. Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80218) or bring in a check payable to FUSD with the comment line: Auction Purchase.

October 1–Scrabble with Friends – at Marty Dawley’s

October 2–Charlotte Braud-Kern and Tom Poole Concert – in the FUSD Chapel   

October 15–Souul Stage Salutes the Stage and Screen – in the FUSD Sanctuary

Silver & Gold Picnic – 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 28th

(thanks to Susan Riederer for the post)

    FUSD Silver & Gold Picnic

                       Wednesday, September, 28th at 11:00 am

                 Carmody Park – 2200 S Kipling St

             If you’ve circled the sun more than 80 times, 

           RSVP for picnic and rides – Doug 978-808-3692 

                   or to

Also, volunteers needed – please contact Susan at

Please, join us for this joyful gathering of friends, old and new.

Thanks for your support!

Susan, Elisa and Marty 

Finding Yourself at First Unitarian!

(thanks to Mike Morran for the post)

A time for seekers, the curious, and those wishing to connect with the community, this class of two hours will provide an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church. Facilitated by Rev. Mike Morran, this participatory class will be offered Saturday, October 1st, 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Open to all, but you must pre-register with Rev. Mike (

Climate Justice Project – 6:00 pm, Thursday, September 29th

(thanks to Stephanie Walton for the post)

Monthly Climate Justice Project meetings are beginning Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 pm. The October-December meetings will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 pm. We will be meeting in person and hopefully will have a hybrid online option for those of you who continue to prefer the convenience of joining us online. We will share a draft agenda, link to join online, and meeting location details (most likely at FUSD) soon. Also, if you’d like to be added to the Climate Justice Project mailing list (where you can get draft agendas, meeting notes, action alerts and other items of interest but we try to keep email volume limited), please email Stephanie Walton at We look forward to seeing you there!

So, our fall meeting schedule will be:

Thursday, Sep. 29

Thursday, Oct. 20

Thursday, Nov. 17

Thursday, Dec. 15

SoUUlful Living

(thanks to Mike Morran for the post)

How does one live a spiritual life as a Unitarian Universalist? This class in five sessions will explore and answer that question. Facilitated by Rev. Mike Morran, this highly participative class will explore the core propositions of UU theology, and introduce/practice the spiritual disciplines of our tradition both individually and as a group. Class will meet Wednesday evenings, October 12th through November 9th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Seekers, members, the curious, and the skeptical are ALL welcome! Participation is free, but you must pre-register with Rev. Mike (

Capitol Hill Concerts 2022-23 Season

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Announcing our fourth season, with four fabulous concerts! Capitol Hill Concerts’ 2022-23 season begins Saturday October 8th with progressive Bluegrass band Meadow Mountain. Read about this year’s artists and their designated nonprofits. Tickets are now on sale for Meadow Mountain, as well as Season Tickets — come to all 4 shows in the series and save $10. We invite you to become a Sponsor of our beloved Concert Series. Learn more about Season Tickets & Sponsorships, and purchase tickets online, or in person on Sunday mornings after service in our community room (through October 2nd). Did you know that each concert benefits a local non-profit organization, chosen in collaboration with our performing artists? Since the inception of our Series in 2018, we’ve donated over $6000 to worthy organizations. We can’t wait to experience this wonderful season of music with you!

Souul Stage Auction Concert – Saturday, October 15th at 4:30pm

(thanks to Alisha Bashaw for the post)

Souul Stage Salutes the Stage and the Screen Auction Concert! 

Saturday, October 15th at 4:30 pm

FUSD Sanctuary

Tickets are $20

Have you missed attending live theater during the past couple of years? Us too….until now! Join the Souul Stage production crew of Matt Davis, James Crapes, Nichole Albertsmeier, Erica Trisler, Alisha Bashaw, Lia Davis, and the band for a musical cabaret as they perform beloved favorites from the stage and the screen to scratch that itch! There will be a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception before the show and during intermission. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here (select the Giving to Auction Purchase from the drop down), and you can sign up for tickets at the ‘Second Chance Auction’ table in the Community Room after services on Sundays. Tickets will also be available at the door. Proceeds go to FUSD. Can’t wait to see you there! 

Reproductive Justice – Letter Writing Party

(thanks to Katie Fox for the post)

The Reproductive Justice committee invites you to join us for a letter writing party at church on Sunday, October 16th, 12:00-2:00 pm. This is a drop in event–stay for as much or as little as you want. We will be writing letters to voters through the organization VoteForward. We will provide supplies, light refreshments, and a fun, social atmosphere. You will provide your energy and gusto! You’re welcome to bring food to share. Ideally, please 1) register with VoteForward a few days in advance and 2) let us know you’re planning to attend by filling out this short survey. If you have any questions please connect with Jane Ashley, Katie Fox, Mary Jo Geyer, or Tyler Watlington.

Announcement of Record Sealing Event 

(thanks to Trudy Glidden, FUSD Record Sealing Project, for the post)

The FUSD Record Sealing Project, approved by the congregation in June, is making you aware of the Arrest Record Sealing event scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 11am to 4pm at CrossPurpose (near Shorter Community AME Church). The event is organized by Expunge Colorado (501c3) and co-sponsored by our FUSD Record Sealing Project, other sponsors, and run in conjunction with the Social Justice Committee of Shorter Community AME Church. 

The FUSD Record Sealing Committee has been working through the spring and summer to establish a strong and effective relationship with Expunge Colorado which has successfully organized four record sealing events in the past few years.

Expunge CO is training 15 pro bono lawyers for the event while FUSD is providing logistical assistance. Additional pro bono criminal defense lawyers are desired; training will be provided (contact Trudy Glidden).

In addition, FUSD with Shorter Community AME Church, Denver Human Services, CCJRC and other organizations are offering a number of local social services including voter registration, Medicaid and SNAP registration, job counseling, and more.  

FUSD Record Sealing Project committee includes Trudy Glidden, chair, Bonnie-Jean Jenkins, Chad Stoloff, Theresa Tomich, and Peggy Ulrich-Nims. To help pay for the Court petiton fees (costs an average of $258 per case sealed), ExpungeCO is applying for a FUSD Giving In Action opportunity later this year. Please feel free to contact Trudy Glidden at 781-888-0116 or at

First Universalist Invitation to Dismantling Racism & Inequality/Faith Based Community Investing

(thanks to David Keller for the post) 

The series Dismantling Racism & Inequality/Faith Based Community Investing, builds on the presentation given by the First Universalist Church of Denver last August titled Beyond Wall Street/Community Investing in which over 150 registered. The event was the first step to educating and activating faith-based organizations, foundations, and individuals about the importance of Community Investing, CDFIs, and other Main Street Lending options to fight racism and oppression. Click here for more information, or contact Tom Abood @ First Universalist (cell 303 868-6739;

Help Needed: Saturday, September 24th, Afghan Asylum Workshop in Northglenn

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)


Please consider signing up to help at the Afghan Asylum Workshop on Saturday, September 24th. As you know, the Colorado Lawyers Committee has been partnering with Catholic Charities Denver to help resettled Afghans complete their asylum applications. 


We need both lawyers and non-lawyers to run the workshop. If you haven’t gotten involved yet, this is a great opportunity to provide real assistance without long-term commitment beyond the day of the workshop. No prior experience or expertise is required for most volunteers (although you must complete the online training if you are working with the Afghan families directly).


We currently have about 1/2 of the volunteers needed to assist 25 Afghan families at the workshop. If you haven’t already signed up, please join us. You can sign up here

Other upcoming dates are Saturdays: September 24, October 8 and October 22.

— from the Colorado Lawyers Committee Board and Friends

Support Local Musicians and First Unitarian Denver

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Do you own a small business, or know a business owner who would be interested in supporting local musicians and First Unitarian Denver? Capitol Hill Concerts is seeking Business Sponsors for our upcoming 2022-23 season. Sponsorships are reasonably priced; your business name and logo will be featured on our website, in our email communications, and announced before each concert you are sponsoring. Please email Lia Davis for more information.

FUSD Eases COVID Restrictions

(thanks to Karl Jonietz for the post)

We have coffee – bring cookies and other treats if you like!

As a result of both CDC guidance (Denver County is “low risk”) and the advice of our own resident physician team, the Board has decided to ease the restrictions currently in place for Sunday services. Masks remain optional and we are also reinstituting that most-Unitarian of activities – Sunday morning coffee! Please join us in the community room following the service and as we all work to rebuild our valued community.

FUSD Website

(thanks to Lena McCain for the post)

As you may (or may not) have heard by now, we’ve been able to add hours to Lena’s schedule to help us get our website updated. This is such an exciting process as we all know that our website could use a little TLC! With this in mind, you are going to be seeing updates roll out over the next few months. We want to invite you to keep checking our website as things will be moved around and changed. 

We’ve added a few new updates to the website for you to check out.

The Contact Page:

The About Page:

The Staff & Leadership Page:

An archive to see all of our FirstAnnounce emails has been added

And finally, if you scroll all the way to the bottom of our website, you will see a new set of Useful Links (Visit Us, Breeze Login, Calendar, FirstAnnounce, Media Kit).

We’ll continue to let you know as pages are rolled out and hope you will be just as excited as we are to have more simple and up-to-date pages available for our community!

Knitting4Peace – Part-time Administrator

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)

Knitting4Peace, a non-profit that has collected our Giving in Action plate several times, is looking for a part time administrator. The job is up to 8 hours per week at $20/hr with flexible hours. Please see more details at: I serve on the board as chair and am happy to answer any questions

FUSD Board Secretary Needed

(thanks to Coral Coswary for the post)

The FUSD Board Secretary simply takes notes at the Board of Trustee’s monthly meetings and at our annual congregational meeting in June. That’s it! This is a great way to help lead our UU community, even if you only have a small amount of time to give. The Board uses an application called “My Committee” for its documents. If you’ve never used it, that’s OK — we can teach you! Please contact Coral Cosway ( or 720-413-6298) for more information or to express an interest in this volunteer opportunity.

FUSD Building Custodian- Job Opening

FUSD is searching for a Building Custodian. Click here to view the job description.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to Rhonda Williamson at



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