A Liberal Religious Home
First Universalist Church of Denver is a diverse religious community of over 900 adults and children. Learn more about our mission. We gather around a shared search for community, renewal, and transformation.
Together, we seek fulfillment through:
- caring for each other
- growing spiritually
- growing intellectually
- growing emotionally
- living our shared values
Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism or a long-time Unitarian Universalist, we hope you find our church welcoming and engaging; a church in which you would like to become involved. Members contribute their time, talents, and financial resources to support the church and its varied programs.
Making connections to the people, programs, and services we offer here will truly contribute to your feeling comfortable at our church. Start a conversation with someone at coffee hour following each service, or with the kind folks at the Welcome Desk or other informational tables around Friendship Hall. Browse the brochure racks and information tables around Friendship Hall to take home information about upcoming events, groups, and classes. Join us to worship, engage in stimulating discussions, celebrate holidays, enjoy shared activities, and work together on projects in the larger community.
The Flaming Chalice
The Flaming Chalice is the symbol of our covenant. During World War II, in 1941, Unitarian minister Charles Joy asked the Austrian artist, Hans Deutsch, to create a symbol for the Unitarian Service Committee to assist it with their work in helping refugees in Europe escape persecution. He wanted a symbol for documents “to give dignity and importance to them, and at the same time, to symbolize the spirit of our work.” To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love.
The covenant we say each week as part of our chalice lighting is adapted from one written by Unitarian minister James Villa Bake in the 1890s: “Love is the spirit of this church and service is its law: this is our covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, to serve human need, and to help one another.” This covenant is our promise to love, to care, to walk together, to work together, to embrace, to learn, to grow, to laugh and grieve, and to build the beloved community together.
During our weekly worship service, our Candles in Community ritual allows time for people to share personal joys and sorrows. It ends with these words:
For the joys shared, we join you in celebration. For the sorrows and concerns spoken here, may you feel our sympathy and compassion. For all that remains unspoken, both joy and sorrow, may the caring of our community offer you both kindness and hope.
Our community is built upon our connections. We help each other in times of need. Our community includes learning opportunities so that we may grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and through service.
How we celebrate and remember:
We have a lot to celebrate! We celebrate the cycles and seasons of the earth. We celebrate life and honor death, and the milestones in between. We celebrate the teachings of prophetic individuals which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. We rejoice in our ability to reason and consider the results of science in the pursuit of living well in the world. Marking the seasons and honoring rituals help us to mark time and transitions in life.