Freedom Fund Celebration

The Freedom Fund invites you to a production of “Out of Silence”, a play Inspired by real-life abortion stories, on Thursday October 22, at First Universalist Church, 4101 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, 80222 5:30 p.m. – Reception with Appetizers and Wine 6:15 p.m. – Program 7:45 p.m. – Dessert & Coffee Please RSVP by Monday, October 19, 2015 or email:   Please mail to: More information on the Freedom Fund can be found on the Mountain Desert District website under Ministries – Partner Organizations  

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Nominations Now Being Accepted for Annual Awards

  Submissions are now being accepted for the Mountain Desert District’s Annual Awards – the Dale Arnink Preaching Award and the Robert D. Goff “Walk the Talk” Award. The Dale Arnink Preaching Award goes to a sermon that explores and promotes understanding and application of Humanist teachings in Unitarian Universalism. All Unitarian Universalist professional religious leaders, as well as those studying for professional leadership, are eligible to be considered for this award. Submissions are due by Monday, February 1, 2016. The Robert D. Goff “Walk the…

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Meet the Mountain Desert District’s New Youth Staff!

Please welcome James Galasinski as the new Chaplain to Youth, Sherri Stover as the Youth Con Coordinator, and Ashley Johnson as the Camping Ministries Director for the Mountain Desert District (MDD)!   James is very excited about being the Chaplain to Youth in MDD and    looks forward to partnering with youth and adults to build a quality of community that creates moments of meaning and sustains movements of justice.  James is currently serving First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque as Ministerial Resident and Youth Program Coordinator. Originally from Milwaukee,…

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Youth and Adult Ally Leadership Development CON 2015. Apply now!

Where: First Universalist Church, Denver, CO When: Friday, Nov 13 – Sunday, November 15th. What: This basic training will provide youth and adults 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 youth cons. Any sophomore or junior who attends this training is able to then apply for the District Youth Chair position.  Cost is $80 upon successful application. LDC Grads can be: Gaggle Group Leaders – small group ministry…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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