The Spirit of Psychedelics: First Announce for August 21st

The Whole Souul Living Theme for August is Simplicity

Sunday Worship –

August 21rst at 10:00 am

The Spirit of Psychedelics

by Rev. Kristen Psaki

The psychedelic renaissance is here. Fifty years into the “War on Drugs” plant medicines and psychedelics are slowly shedding old stories and resurfacing as powerful allies. What lurks in the shadows of this renaissance and what role might psychedelics play in our personal and collective healing?

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 5 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.

   August 28–Iconic Piano Rock Concert— at the Hahns’

   September 24— Americana Concert–at Beth Fischer and Don Elliot’s home

   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

FUSD Reproductive Justice Project meeting

(thanks to Kimberly Urish for the post)

First Unitarian’s Reproductive Justice Project will hold a meeting on Sunday, August 21st at noon (after church) in the Sanctuary. Attend the meeting to meet our Executive Leadership Team, learn our priority areas for action, sign up for activities, and discuss our first service (August 28th). Please RSVP to

The Choir is Back!!

(thanks to Brian Stone for the post)

The Choir is back! Come join the Chalice Singers! We will be regularly singing in services beginning with Ingathering on September 11th. Our rehearsals will start on Thursday August 25th with a 6pm potluck dinner in the Community Room. We’ll rehearse 7pm-8:30pm after we enjoy our dinner together. After that we rehearse weekly on Thursdays in the Sanctuary 7pm-8:30pm. ALL skill levels are welcome! We have experienced singers as well as singers for whom this is the first choral experience they’ve ever had. If you’re interested in joining us, please email Brian at We hope to see you there!

Revival Time – Saturday, September 10th!!

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Please save the date for First Unitarian Denver’s 9th annual Revival and Ice Cream Social. This outdoor event will be held at Alamo Placita Park (3rd and Ogden in Denver) on Saturday, September 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. All are invited to this free, family-friendly event which includes a potluck dinner, community singing, and of course ICE CREAM. More details forthcoming!

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.

Multi-Congregation – UU Family Camping

 (thanks to Crystal Blue, First Universalist RE coordinator for the post)

Friday, August 19th – Saturday, August 20th: UU Family Camping

Chatfield State Park: 11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton, CO 80125

This is a multi-congregational event, with several local UU churches. All families and friends are welcome. Group camping sites have been reserved, and we look forward to sharing a night under the stars! Please note that there is limited parking space, and carpooling is encouraged. Please register below and we will send you more details about the camping site and what to bring. If you are unable to spend the night, please consider coming for the fireside activities, storytime, singing and company on Friday evening, OR join us on Saturday for hiking and water activities at Chatfield Reservoir.


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 this week:

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 us to have more simple and up-to-date pages available for our community!

Climate Justice and Indigenous Right Relations Activities

(thanks to Stephanie Walton for the post)

The Climate Justice Project will not hold our regular monthly meetings over the summer. Instead, we are planning a few informal, agenda-free social gatherings and hope some of you can join us!

The visit to Riverside Cemetery and screening of Suncor Sundown have been postponed. Stay tuned for information on rescheduling!

Dinner on a shaded terrace, Sunday August 28 at 4:00 PM. Janet Kennedy has graciously offered for us to meet on her terraced patio that is shaded by 110-year-old evergreen trees. Bring your own meal and spend time getting to know members of this committee in a beautiful and relaxed setting. We will dine together and then enjoy a walk around Cheesman Park (optional). Space limited to 16. RSVP to Noelle Botti at

We look forward to seeing you!

COVID Precautions at FUSD

(thanks to Karl Jonietz for the post)

The prevalence of the BA.5 variant of COVID and continuing high case counts in Denver has prompted the Board to slow the pace at which our services return to “normal.”

We strongly encourage all who attend in-person Sunday services, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks while inside.

We are also delaying our return to a normal inside coffee hour, although coffee will still be available on the front steps.

We will re-examine our precautions in September.

FUSD Volunteers

A big thank you to some of our Sunday morning weeding volunteers!


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