The Wisdom of Trust: First Announce for October 9th, 2022

The Whole Souul Living Theme for October is Courage

Sunday Worship –

October 9th at 10:00 am

The Wisdom of Trust

by Rev. Mike Morran

Love, vulnerability, uncertainty, betrayal: this Sunday we will explore trust and spirituality. What do we trust and why? What happens when we don’t trust, can’t trust, have had our trust betrayed?

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).

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.

Autumn Sabbatical for Lia Davis

Our Music Director Lia Davis will be taking a nine-week sabbatical beginning next week — her first sabbatical in 15 years at First Unitarian Denver! This Sunday, October 9th will be Lia’s last worship service before her time away. She’ll return the weekend of December 17th to play for our Saturday afternoon Carol Sing and Sunday morning Holiday Pageant. We wish her a peaceful time of rest and renewal!

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.

Family Ministry – October 2022 Newsletter

Please click here to view the FUSD Family Ministry Monthly Newsletter.

Sunday, October 2, 2022 – Worship Service Youtube

Please click here to view the service from October 2, 2022, Reparations: Exploring the Nature of Repair – Lotte Lieb Dula.

Second Chance Auction!

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

There is 1 Auction Event that still has 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 15–Souul Stage Salutes the Stage and Screen – in the FUSD Sanctuary

Meadow Mountain Performs Saturday!

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Capitol Hill Concerts’ fourth season begins THIS Saturday, October 8th, with progressive Bluegrass band Meadow Mountain. Read about this year’s artists and their designated nonprofits. Purchase tickets online for Meadow Mountain through Friday evening (day-of-show tickets cost a few bucks more). Student tickets are only $10, and youth 12 and under are free. There’s still time to purchase Season Tickets or Sponsorships as well. A portion of the proceeds from this Saturday’s show will benefit Mile High 360, a comprehensive, wrap-around service community providing first-generation college bound students with after-school, weekend and summer access to essential out-of-school resources in three core areas: Academics, Health & Wellness, and Life Skills. 

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 (

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. Please 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.

PLEASE READ THIS: Our FUSD Social Justice in Action!

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

In partnership with ExpungeCO and Shorter Community AME Church, our FUSD Record Sealing Project is co-sponsoring on October 15 from 11-4 both a Record Sealing Clinic and a Job/Resource Fair at Cross Purpose, located next to Shorter AME Church. At this free clinic, the 5th annual clinic run by ExpungeCO, 15+ pro bono lawyers will consult one-to-one with 100+ petitioners, determine eligibility, prepare paperwork, and submit electronically the petition and fees to the appropriate court, all free of charge to the client. Additional lawyers, of any experience, are needed and will be trained; please see this flyer and register here.

Concurrent with the clinic, the Job/Resource Fair, outside Shorter AME Church, will feature non-profit organizations offering information on a range of services, including voter registration, resume writing, mental health services, employment guidance, and second chance opportunities. Bonnie-Jean Jenkins (FUSD) and Vick Wilhite and Kym Ray (of the Shorter AME Social Justice Ministry) are organizing this Resource Fair. 

Questions: please contact Trudy Glidden, Chair of the FUSD Record Sealing Project at

Halloween Dance – Saturday, October 22nd!

(thanks to Erin Kenworthy, DRE for the post)

It’s a SPOOK-tacular time to BOO-gie together! Our Halloween Dance is family friendly. Join us on Saturday October 22nd from 6-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the door, costumes encouraged, all are welcome. Come early to help decorate. We’ll have a DJ, drinks, and snacks, and you are invited to bring snacks to share. 

Walk and Talk – Monday, October 24th

(thanks to Marty Dawley for the post)

Walk and Talk on Monday, October 24th– Come, share a walk with us at the Denver Botanic Gardens at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24th. All are welcome: young, old, strollers, wheelchairs (the Gardens will loan you a chair if you need one), fast walkers, and slow. RSVP to Marty Dawley (, and let her know if you are coming and if you need a free ticket(s). (We have several available through our memberships.) We’ll meet outside the entrance if the weather is agreeable. Inside near the gift shop, if it’s not so pleasant. Hope to see you there.

George Mitchell’s Memorial

(thanks to Kathy Mitchell-Garton for the post)

Our dear and faithful George Mitchell passed away on September12. Please join the Mitchell family in a celebration of George’s life on October 29, 2022, at 2 p.m. at First Unitarian. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Golden Rotary or the charity of your choice. George’s full obituary will be posted at

Day of Remembrance Service – Sunday, October 30th

(thanks to Erin Kenworthy, DRE for the post)

Sunday October 30th, is the multigenerational Day of Remembrance service. You are invited to bring photos and items to add to our altars, built to honor those loved ones who have passed this year. In the spirit of celebrating lives well lived, we encourage the expression of mirth that accompanies wearing Halloween costumes.


(thanks to Tammy Carpenter for the post)

As the fall church year begins, the FUSD Faith in Action Council (FIAC) wants to update you about our social justice projects approved for the next two years by the congregation this past June and about our FUSD Giving in Action collections on the first and third Sunday of each month. 


Family Promise, a metro-wide collaboration of churches to house unsheltered families, has been in place at FUSD for several decades. Four families are housed in our RE rooms for a week or two, two or three times each year. Numerous volunteers participate in providing meals, overnight care and transportation. The contact person for Family Promise is Hillary Barrett-Osborne at

The Racial Justice Project, in place at FUSD for 6 years, has concentrated on education of the congregation through workshops, seminars, films, and book talks. Current year efforts aim toward work on reparations for African-Americans. The co-chairs are Patrick Whorton ( and Steve Brainerd ( 

The Climate Justice Project, a new project this year, is pursuing climate equity and justice in collaboration with local Denver metro community organizations. Stephanie Walton is the chair at

The Record Sealing Project, a new effort originating in the Racial Justice project, is developing a one-day event to seal the criminal records of those eligible under Colorado law. That event is scheduled for October 15 in collaboration with Expunge Colorado. WATCH FOR MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT. Trudy Glidden is the chair at

The Reproductive Justice Project, new this year, has created four vectors of action including advocacy, education, service, and witness. Co-Chairs are Kimberly Urish and Erin Kenworthy. The email to get more involved is


FUSD has also committed to expand our social justice efforts beyond our approved projects through bi-monthly donations to 501(c)3 organizations which are approved by the Giving in Action Committee of the church. Carol Ruckel ( is the liaison to FIAC from the GIA Committee. 

If you have any interest or questions about the FIAC social justice work at FUSD, please contact Tammy Carpenter ( or Betsy Brainerd (, co-chairs of the Council. Other FIAC members are Theresa Tomich, Karen Ray, and Peggy Ulrich-Nims.

CHUM and WHI Support Opportunities

(thanks to Karen Ray for the post) 

OPPORTUNITIES to support CHUM (Capitol Hill United Ministries) and WHI (Women’s Health Initiative) – There are a handful of dates needing lunches in the latter part of November. If you are interested in providing lunches, please contact Karen Ray – Also, the next delivery of needed items will be Friday, October 7. Five agencies, including Warren Village and the Gathering Place, will benefit from items donated. The list of needed items is long and can be seen on the CHUM website. I (Karen) have chosen a few items to highlight – please drop off at church THIS SUNDAY non-perishable foods, men’s gloves, mittens, white socks, women’s sweatshirts sizes S-3X, women’s sweat pants sizes S-M. Lastly, if you want to donate for the drop-off and need help, you can reach Karen Ray by email.

Nonpartisan Election Call Center

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post) 

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 2nd and/or Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, 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. 

Help Needed: Saturday, October 8 and 22, Afghan Asylum Workshop in Northglenn

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)

I’ve been running this post for a few months. I attended a workshop last week and it was an amazing experience. I’m happy to tell anyone interested more about it. Just email me at: I believe these will be the last two opportunities to participate.  

Please consider signing up to help at the Afghan Asylum Workshop on Saturday, October 8th or 22. 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

— from the Colorado Lawyers Committee Board and Friends

Together for Palestine – Saturday, October 8.

(thanks to Gary Anderson, First Universalist for the post)

Curious about the current situation, history and cultures of Palestine? Interested in meeting local peacemakers, tasting delicious foods, hearing traditional music, or visiting a Bedouin tent? Please join us for a day of learning, celebrating and advocacy for justice: “Together for Palestine”, Saturday October 8th from 11am to 5pm at South Broadway Christian Church, 23 Lincoln St. 18 groups are co-sponsoring this free all-ages event. Guest speakers include Dr. Jonathan Kuttab, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America, Samia Halaby, Palestinian artist, activist and scholar, and Colorado General Assembly Representative Iman Jodeh. Tickets are free; please register here by October1 so we can plan the amounts of food. Hope to see you there!

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 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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