Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango is sponsoring an OWL Facilitator Training for Elementary (K-1/4-6) and Youth (7-9/10-12) August 7-9, 2015.  “Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.” OWL is adaptable for secular or faith settings and is LGBTQ inclusive. This training…

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MDD CON Coordinator Position Available

The Mountain Desert District has a need for a CON Coordinator to support vibrant youth ministry in MDD congregations by helping to ensure well-organized, covenantal and healthy district conferences for high-school aged Unitarian Universalists. This is a volunteer position with small stipend. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this position, to review and apply for the position, view the Job Description here (via Google Docs).

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Pacific Western Region Announces New Staff

The Pacific Western Region News post says, “It is with great pleasure that we announce the new Pacific Western Regional staff members.  Eric Bliss, Jan Christian, and Jonipher Kūpono Kwong bring us years of experience as Unitarian Universalist religious professionals working in congregations and with programs and projects at the district, regional and national level.  We will benefit from their extensive relationship in PWR and their awareness of our Regional Collaboration commitment.  We are confident that our congregations, elected leaders and staff will appreciate their new perspectives, good…

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Bridging CON 2015

MDD HS Seniors and friends – Join us in Denver, CO, for the 2015 Bridging CON! Where: First Universalist Church of Denver, CO (4101 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80222) When: April 10-12, 2015 Check-in:  6:00 pm Friday, Check-Out at 9:00 am Sunday. Why: MUUSE – where we reflect on those we admire and where we find inspiration. The CON Planning Team is working on planning a fun and inspirational event. We will begin by living our loving community covenant. Spiritual and creative activities are being planned. We will be engaged…

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Necessity of UU Youth Ministry

Why Unitarian Universalist youth programming is vital and needs your support. Three months ago, I decided to leave my job of eight years to work with Unitarian Universalism youth programming. Friends and family wondered aloud: why leave a stable job with solid benefits and ample resources? In the end, the primary reason impelling this decision: I believe in the possibilities, potential, and necessity of UU youth programming now and moving forward.  I write here today to make the case of why Unitarian Universalist youth programming…

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Big Faith, No Borders: Realizing the Vision of the Pacific Western Region

        Where are staff and the Mountain Desert District (MDD) board in this process of regional collaboration? What are the next steps to meet the vision for building stronger congregations and a more robust expression of UU in the west? Join Nancy Bowen, PWR regional lead, Victor Ashear, president and Judy Bentley, vice president of the MDD board to hear what is happening with staff and the board as we move toward formalizing regional collaboration in the west. See the recorded webinar here.  

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MDD 2015 Annual Meeting

Big Faith * No Borders Exploring Our Generous Path April 10-12, 2015 Denver, Colorado Mountain Desert District gathers in Denver for a weekend of music, workshops, worship and fellowship. You will want to hear Mark Ewert’s inspiring message on generosity, Judy Fjell providing her wonderful music and Rev. Gretchen Haley preaching on Sunday morning. Join us to learn and celebrate together. HIGHLIGHTS Mark Ewert, author of The Generous Path, is our keynote speaker and a workshop leader. He will be available for 3 congregational appointments on…

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LREDA Chapter Winter Retreat

22nd Annual MDD Liberal Religious Educators Association Chapter Winter Retreat – March 11-13, 2015 Registration is closed for this Event.  Who: Mountain Desert District LREDA Chapter members Join anytime before the retreat, $25 annual membership dues, with $5 supporting our Caring Fund. See the Chapter Page for more details! What: Rest & Rejuvenation with your MDD RE colleagues. We will also conduct our annual business meeting. And have FUN! Professional development presenter info below. When: Wednesday, March 11th, starting at 1pm to Friday, March 13th at…

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King to Chair Ministerial Fellowship Committee

Congratulations to Jesse King, member of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, CO, who has just been appointed as the chair of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees. He is the first African American to hold this post. From the UU World: King will take over as chair from the Rev. Wayne Arnason immediately following the UUA General Assembly in Portland, Ore., in June 2015. A founding partner and managing director of Fulcrum Advisors, King consults in the areas of…

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Save the Date: “We Can’t Wait” Summit for Youth

“A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait · MLK Weekend, January 17-19th. · First Unitarian Society of Denver. 1400 Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80218 · Cost is $30 – 50 sliding scale. Scholarships are available. Each year at First Unitarian Denver we have an anti-oppression / social justice overnight for youth culminating in the parade march on MLK day. After 5 years…

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