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  • For Newcomers: Find out more about First Church on May 7th or 9th

    First Church Orientation Session - Tuesday, May 9, 7-9 p.m. - New to First Church or Unitarian Universalism?  Wondering what you can expect or what the church expects of you?  Join Revs. Tom Goldsmith and Matthew Cockrum along with other newcomers and church leaders for this orientation.  Childcare available.  Reservations required.  Please reserve your spot via e-mail () or phone (801.582.8687 ext. 205) with names and contact info of those attending along with names and ages

  • Social Justice Film: June 1st

    Have we got a film for you. If you are gay, lesbian, Moslem, atheist, minority of any kind; if you have bee afraid to “come out” to your parents, if you have left the denomination of your family, if you have lived in a city where you didn’t fit in; we have a film for you. This is the story of 3 gay Palestinians who move to Tel Aviv to explore their sexual identity. “Oriented” will be shown Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Eliot Hall. Sponsored by Tanner Center for Human Rights, Unitarian Social Justic

  • Congregational Announcements - April 30, 2017

    Attention Committee Chairs! It’s that time of year again. Please send your committee reports to Jenni at by Monday, May 1st to be included in the Annual Report for the 2016-2017 church year.

    Communication with those on the other side of the divide On Thursday, May 4th from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Eliot Hall, Dr. Wazir Jefferson will join Rev. Tom Goldsmith in facilitating a discussion on communicating with people on the other side of the divide. Our Social Justice Council has

  • May 4th: Communicating with those on the other side of the political divide event

    Communication with those on the other side of the divide: On Thursday, May 4th from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Eliot Hall, Dr. Wazir Jefferson will join Rev. Tom Goldsmith in facilitating a discussion on communicating with people on the other side of the divide. Our Social Justice Council has made learning to communicate with the conservative right and Trump supporters a top priority. This promises to be a lively discussion. No registration necessary. Just come join us.

  • Church Picnic June 11th - call for volunteers

    Church Picnic June 11th - First Church Needs Your Help! This year’s picnic is Sunday, June 11, and we have several volunteer opportunities. Help is needed for a supplies and food run (Friday, June 9); hauling tables, chairs, food, etc. to Sugar House Park (Sunday morning), and set-up at the site; grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs, mixing (soft) drinks, and assistance with cleanup. Religious education has offered to plan activities for our youth.  Volunteers to coordinate other you

  • In the Spotlight: Meet Debbie Bieber

    I grew up in Southern California and attended college at the University of Redlands.  Professionally I am a CPA and have worked primarily in not-for-profit organizations in the areas of secondary and higher educational institutions as well as serving as the Church Administrator at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, California before moving to Chicago to join the administration at Meadville Lombard Theological School, one of our two UU seminaries.

    In July I retired after 12

  • Highway Clean up May 6th

    Highway Cleanup: May 6 - Looking for a quick and easy way to help the environment, volunteer and connect with other UU’s at First Church?  Join the First Unitarian Highway Cleanup Crew on Saturday, May 6.  Carpool meets in the church parking (Northeast of the Church) lot at 9:00 a.m. and at the Utah Department of Transportation Station (Immediately North of the I-15 at the East Canyon Exit) at 9:30 a.m.  For more information please contact Todd Seymour at  or 801.783.7837.

  • Scottish Dancing and Lunch after services on April 30th

    Plan to stay after 2nd service on April 30 for a light lunch followed by an afternoon of Scottish (and some English and Welsh) country dancing taught by Martha Veranth. Martha has been teaching dances at the Solstice party since 2009 and loves to get everyone of all ages up and dancing. The music and Martha’s instruction will have your feet flying in no time. Lunch will begin at 1:00, dancing by 2:00. The cost for lunch including Scottish shortbread and expert dance instruction is $12/person, $4

  • Torch Article: Reverendly Yours - Rev. Tom Goldsmith

    Prince Harry, known as a royal “bad-boy” who lives more by instinct than decree, surprised much of the world by pronouncing his need for therapy. The emotion of his mother’s death when he was only 12 finally caught up with him in his 20’s. Even the proverbial stiff upper lip, especially associated with royalty and the Brits in general, eventually succumbed to the reality of emotions peppered with tragedy.

    There are threads of shame, and guilt associated with anyone “needing” mental health, as w

  • Torch Article: In the Life

    As my departure letter stated, my last day of ministry with you is approaching, May 11.  In the coming weeks there will be many goodbyes...we may even tire of saying goodbye to one another.  By the end we may be wondering, “Aren’t you gone yet?!”  Friday May 5 in the evening will be a gratitude for ministry event in which Tom Goldsmith will be honored for his 30 years of service with you along with my two years.  Sunday, May 7 will be my last Sunday service with you.

    One of the most enduring im

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Sun Apr 30 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Sun Apr 30 10:05 am - 10:40 am

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Sun Apr 30 10:45 am - 12:45 pm

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Sun Apr 30 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Sun Apr 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Sun Apr 30 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Sun Apr 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Mon May 01 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Mon May 01 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Mon May 01 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Tue May 02 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Tue May 02 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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What to Expect

Warm greetings to all who contemplate their first visit to First Unitarian Church.
We hope that our progressive church community will prove welcoming in all respects.

Service Times

Sundays

We have Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Sunday Mornings. Religious Education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 am services only. We offer childcare for the little ones during both services.

The church is located on the corner of 1300 East and 600 South in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Sunday School

Religious education is provided for children pre-school - 12th grade. We provide child care for the little ones. Please check in with volunteers at the Welcome table for assistance in finding the right classroom for your child/teen. Please note that Religious Educations classes meet exclusively at 11:00 am. Childcare is available at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am services.

Please find out more about our schedule.

Parking

Plenty of on-street parking exists plus visitors may use the parking lot of Friendship Manor at the corner of 1300 East and 500 South. Enter the parking lot from either of Friendship Manor's two driveways and make your way south towards the church's 78 parking stalls. 

Get directions to the Church.