Reparations: One Black Man’s View from Behind the Veil in 2022: FirstAnnounce for November 6th, 2022

The Whole Souul Living Theme for November is Change

Sunday Worship –

November 6th 10:00 am

Reparations: One Black Man’s View from

Behind the Veil in 2022

by Dr. Arthur McFarlane II

Dr. Arthur McFarlane II is the great-grandson of W.E.B. DuBois, and the President of the Denver Black Reparations Council. Dr. McFarlane, who will be joining us through a live video feed, will discuss why economic reparative efforts (like the Black Reparations Fund being established at FUSD) are so important to Black Americans – regardless of their magnitude or specific results. Following the service, in the sanctuary, Dr. McFarlane will be available to address questions about reparations and the work of the Denver Black Reparations Council.

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 Youtube and Zoom (meeting ID is 466-677-668 and the password is 454623).

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

Giving in Action – Expunge Colorado

(thanks to Arnie Carter for the post)

Twice each month our Sunday offering is donated to causes outside our four walls. This Sunday’s offering is donated to Expunge Colorado.

A criminal record has devastating lifelong consequences that can affect families for multiple generations. Expunge Colorado exists to provide education, training, consultation, and pro bono legal services for the record sealing of eligible criminal cases in Colorado. The organization is women/BIPOC-led and founded by three women who have organized annual record sealing events since 2018. In addition to offering free, community record sealing events to support individuals through the complex legal process, Expunge Colorado recruits and trains legal professionals, works with partner organizations to provide wrap-around services, generates community education around record sealing, and participates in legislation and measures that automate record sealing and expand eligibility. Since its inception, Expunge Colorado has reviewed over 400 records, sealed approximately 100 charges from public view, trained 60 lawyers/law students, partnered with 20+ partner organizations, and helped craft language for the recently passed Clean Slate Legislation. 

Highlands Square Ensemble— THIS

Saturday, November 5th 

The Highlands Square Ensemble returns to our sanctuary for a concert this Saturday, November 5th at 11 a.m. They will perform Smetana and Haydn Quartets. Concerts are free and last about 1 hour. Donations are greatly appreciated! Please contact Sara Fierer ( with questions. 

New Member Welcome!

(thanks to Rev. Mike Morran for the post)

We will hold a New Member Welcome ceremony during the Sunday service on November 13th. If you or someone you know would like to take this step with 1st Unitarian Denver, please contact Rev. Mike Morran (, or Noelle Botti (

Religious Exploration Volunteer & Programming Session – Sunday, November 13th!!

(thanks to Lena McCain for the post)

Join your Religious Exploration Team on Sunday, November 13th after the service as we share what programming and events we have to offer through the end of year as well as learn more about how to volunteer with us. We’ll start with a light introduction to our RE program, then split into groups based on interest and support needed. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the RE program, including children and youth Sunday programming, this is a great opportunity to learn the step-by-step training from our team. And if you’ve already completed a background check for this volunteer role, join us so we can get you started ASAP. See you there!

FUSD Black Reparations Fund

(thanks to Patrick Whorton and the FUSD Racial Justice Project)

In our ongoing black reparations effort, the President of the Denver Black Reparations Council, Arthur McFarlane II, great-grandson of W.E.B. DuBois, will be our featured speaker at the regular Sunday service on November 6th. A question and answer session with McFarlane will be offered after the service.

Please visit our table during coffee hour after Sunday’s service if you have questions.

FUSD Reproductive Justice Project Meeting – Monday, November 7th

(thanks to Kimberly Urish for the post)

The next meeting of our Reproductive Justice Project will be on Monday, November 7th at 7:30 pm. We will update the group on subcommittee activities and have time for committees to connect. Please RSVP to  

Family Promise – Warming Ways for Winter 2022

(thanks to Hillary Barrett Osborne for the post)

Family Promise is holding their annual fundraiser “Warming Ways for Winter” on Thursday, November 10th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. This event will be held at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St, Denver, CO 80220, cocktail attire. There will be a live and virtual auction, family stories, seated curated dinner menu, and networking with other advocates.

To purchase tickets or a table, please click here.

Lunch Bunch Returns – Friday, November 11th

(thanks to Marty Dawley for the post)

Everyone is invited for the return of our monthly potluck, Lunch Bunch, on a new day, the second Friday of the month. Our first get-together will be on November 11th, and we’ll meet again on December 9th in the FUSD Community Room. We gather around 11:00 am to set up, and we generally ring the lunch bell at noon. 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.

Boulder Valley UU Concert – Saturday, November 12th

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

As many of you may know, Peter is pretty big amongst the UUs (he’s the composer of Blue Boat Home). He performed at FUSD a few years ago!

Artists’ Giftshop – November 12th and November 13th

(thanks to Marty Dawley for the post)

Grab a friend and join Helen Wolcott and nine fellow artists at Helen’s home at 2309 Clermont on Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th from 10-5 each day. This is the mellowest, homiest place to gift shop that I can imagine with a cup of mulled wine to warm you as you walk through and take a look. Get your holiday shopping done early at this Holiday Show and Sale. Meet the creators and enjoy an array of salsa, jam, pottery, fabric and paper art, paintings and cards, weaving, knitting, quilted creations, soap, candles, tie dye, fused glass, and Helen’s own gorgeous jewelry.

If you haven’t ever met Helen, that’s reason enough to go! If you know her, then you know this is a must-see event to put on your calendar.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Info Session Night for Families & Youth – Friday, December 9th!

(thanks to Lena McCain, Youth Programs Coordinator, for the post)

It’s happening! Join us for an evening info session on the Our Whole Lives (OWL) programming that we will be offering beginning in January 2023 for middle school and high school youth. Together, we’ll go over what OWL is, scheduling, and registration.

Event Info:

Friday, December 9, 2022

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

4101 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222 (First Universalist Church of Denver)

Youth are encouraged to attend this info session as well. We will provide separate, interactive programming for youth while the adults go over scheduling and registration.

This event and programming is brought to you by First Universalist Church of Denver, First Unitarian Society of Denver, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, and Park Hill United Methodist Church.

Nonpartisan Election Call Center

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post) 

I’ve been involved in the Election Call Center for the last few election cycles. It’s very well organized and a great way to help voters in a nonpartisan way. See below for more info. Let’s help our democracy!

Every two years, the Colorado Lawyers Committee co-sponsors a Nonpartisan Election Call Center where volunteers answer phone calls from Colorado voters on the national 866-OUR-VOTE hotline by providing voter information, documenting problems callers encounter when voting, and working with partners and volunteers on the ground to identify and remove barriers to voting. Typical questions include, “Has my ballot been received?,” “Where do I register?” and “Where can I drop off my ballot?”  

The 2022 Call Center will take place in person on Monday, November 7th and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th at the Polsinelli law firm, 1401 Lawrence Street, Suite 2300.  Instead of answering calls on the phone, volunteers will answer them by computer. Therefore, we are asking all volunteers to bring a laptop with audio capabilities, and headphones with a microphone. Every volunteer will be required to attend a 2-hour training via Zoom (training times are included in the sign-up form). 

If you would like to join us on Monday, November 7th and/or Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, please complete the online sign-up form.

The Call Center is sponsored by Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection, a nonpartisan voter assistance project and is not affiliated with or promoting any party, candidate, or ballot issue. Just Vote is a coalition of several organizations: the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Colorado Common Cause, Mi Familia Vota, Disability Law Colorado, and the League of Women Voters of Colorado. 

Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving – November 24th

This year’s 146th annual Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving is on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at 10am. Start your day with Interfaith partners from all over Denver in a meaningful service of gratitude. This service is at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, Colorado 80220-1239.

Distance Walk at Swallow Hill on November 26 

(thanks to Barry Osborne for the post)

FUSD members Seth Fine and Barry Osborne play in Denver folk quartet Distance Walk. Their sound is a mix of old-time folk, indie, Celtic, and baroque, and they have a concert at Swallow Hill Music on Saturday, November 26 at 8:00 pm. With Seth on guitar and Barry on banjo and vocals, they are joined by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Niki Tredinnick, and Olivia Shaw on fiddle. If you’re in town over the holiday weekend it’s a perfect reason to get out of the house! Also on the bill is Denver’s Fables of The Fall. Get tickets by clicking here or at, or get details by emailing Barry at

Welcome Jason Marsden – Stewardship Coordinator

Please welcome Jason Marsden as our Stewardship Coordinator! Jason started as FUSD’s newest employee in September. Jason brings a wide breadth of skills to this position, having worked with several non-profits including the Mathew Shepard Foundation. He will be attending Sunday mornings occasionally, please look for him!

Congregational Administrator – Rhonda Williamson

Rhonda Williamson transitioned from our Stewardship Coordinator to our Interim Congregational Administrator in February 2022. In July of this year she was offered the position of Congregational Administrator after an interview process.

From Rhonda – I am honored to be your Congregational Administrator. Normally I am at FUSD on Sunday mornings and can be found outside the Sanctuary door closest to the audio/visual booth. Please stop by and say hello, I look forward to meeting you!

Rev. Mike Morran – First Video Blog!

Please click here to view a short video message (three minutes) from Rev. Mike Morran. The purpose of this weekly message is to share what is going on at First Unitarian, spiritually and in the world.


Join the FUSD Tech Team!

(thanks to Diane Hoffman for the post)

We need two videographers who can commit to working an average of one Sunday per month. No prior experience is needed; we will train you. Training is one session for about two hours, with the trainee running the video the following Sunday with supervision. If you are interested, please stop by the sound booth after Sunday service or email Diane Hoffman at


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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