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Our Whole Lives Leader’s Training in Denver

Friday, December 5, 6:30 pm – Sunday, December 7, 2 pm First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO Trainers: Ashley Johnson and Larry Norfleet Tuition: $350.00, deadline for registration is Tuesday, November 25. Register online here. An intensive weekend training designed to prepare leaders to teach the “Our Whole Lives” (O.W.L.) program to Junior or Senior Highers. “Our Whole Lives” is based on a philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants…

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James Griner named Interim Youth Ministry Specialist

A very warm welcome to James Griner, who serves the Pacific Western Region as Interim Youth Ministry Specialist. James lives in Salt Lake City and is a member of First Unitarian Church. He brings years of experience as a Unitarian Universalist leader for youth and young adult programs. He has been active in many other leadership roles in his congregation. For the time being, he will keep a sharp focus on youth ministry events and programs in the Pacific Northwest District and Mountain Desert District.…

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UU Church of Ogden Designated Breakthrough Congregation

Mountain Desert District congregations are busting out all over: the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah, has also been designated a Breakthrough Congregation by the UUA for 2014. Click the right and left arrows on the image above for more pictures! From the UU World: Look around the sanctuary on a Sunday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah, and you’ll see children of all ages sitting with their parents. If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that they weren’t sung…

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Save the Date: Leadership Development CON

Where: High Plains Unitarian Universalist Church, Colorado Springs, CO When: Friday, December 5th – Sunday, December 7th. CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY! What: This basic training will provide you with facilitation skills, a clear understanding of what it means to be a spiritual leader and prepare you for leadership positions in your congregation, the district, and at cons. Any sophomore or junior who attends this training are able to then apply for the District Youth Chair position – which will be voted on by fellow students…

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UU Boulder Designated a Breakthrough Congregation

Congratulations to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, CO, which is recognized as a 2014 Breakthrough Congregation by the UUA! You can click the forward and back arrows on the image above to see more great pictures. From the UU World: Today when you walk up the sunny pathway to the church on a Sunday morning, you’re met with radical hospitality, as two smiling congregants—one is from the rapidly growing young adult group—greet everyone before they reach the front door. Inside the sanctuary, built in…

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Peter Bowden Leads Growth Workshop in Colorado Springs

Six MDD member congregations are sponsoring “Growing UU Membership Using Social Media and Visitor Integration Strategies Workshop” with nationally known growth, outreach and media consultant Peter Bowden. The event will take place at High Plains Church, UU, Colorado Springs, on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Early Bird registration is open until September 15th. Social media is fundamentally changing how people form relationships, consume information and make important life decisions. This has significant implications for congregations, especially with regard to how we share our news and announcements, and…

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Front Range Staff Development Day

I am delighted to welcome Jan Gartner and Alicia Forde, from the UUA office of professional development. They are the dynamic duo for professional development in our Unitarian Universalist tradition. I know it will be helpful to have voices from a wider perspective to inform conversations. I hope you will bring your full staff team to this day long opportunity for learning, conversation and team building. The focus will be on developing strong program staff teams. Understanding the worship, pastoral, prophetic, education and outreach aspects…

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Chalice Lighters 2014: Durango

I am delighted to ask for your Chalice Lighter support for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango (CO). After a few years of careful planning and the completion of a comprehensive “To Do” list improving their building and other part time staff positions they are prepared to support professional ministry for the first time. The congregation has hired the Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris as their first ministerial partner. Please join them in celebrating this important step in their congregational history. The congregation has a responsible financial…

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MDD At General Assembly!

Video by artists at The Sanctuaries in Washington, D.C. This week marks the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly of Congregations, held in Providence, RI. Read all about it here! The theme for General Assembly 2014 is Love Reaches Out. Religious life in America is changing dramatically and rapidly. Fewer people are identifying with specific denominations and most mainline religions are losing members in droves. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives. Current studies of faith in America show that…

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