Have you registered for the Annual Conference yet? You can do so right here!
April 4 - 5 in Sheridan, WY!
Our program will feature guest presenters Jared Finkelstein and Gregory Rouillard for Friday’s inspirational, interactive and inclusive ingathering worship, and Saturday morning for an embodied experience of Compassionate Communication.
Jared and Gregory are dynamic facilitators who engage this spiritual practice from a perspective uniquely suited to Unitarian Universalists longing for tools to live their faith.
Compassion, Covenant and Community: Join us for lively worship and music as Gregory and Jared introduce our theme for the weekend. The Eclectics will be playing Friday evening. Dessert and conversation to follow.
Click "read more" for the full schedule and workshop descriptions!
Posted Tuesday, 25 February 2014 13:25 Written by Jess Cullinan
The theme of this Middle School youth conference is empowerment. Participants will explore and articulate their personal values and spiritual beliefs through lively discussion, music, play, hands-on activities, and reflection.
Where: First Christian Church, 102 S. Connor Street, Sheridan, Wyoming
When: Friday April 4, 2014 from 6:00pm through Saturday April 5 at 4:00pm
Held concurrently with this year's Mountain Desert District Delegate Assembly and Annual Meeting. Adult advisors and high school counselors from the Sheridan UU Fellowship will supervise the event.
$25 Registration Fee per participant. Register online here!
Friday overnight at the First Christian Church, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday provided
For information contact:
Kris Korfanta at 307-655-3320 or 307-763-9841 or
Michelle LaGory at 307-672-3325 or 307-751-5691
Open to all Unitarian Universalist middle schoolers and their friends who want to learn about UUism and be in community.
Posted Monday, 17 February 2014 17:01 Written by Jennica Davis
The theme for this year's Annual Conference is Compassionate Communication and Congregational Life. We will gather in Sheridan, Wyoming for worship, workshops, and our Annual Meeting.
Jared Finkelstein and Gregory Rouillard are our keynote speakers on Friday evening, with conversation and dessert following. Saturday promises three workshop sessions, lunch and our business meeting. Click here for the full schedule and program information.
Meals included are dessert on Friday night, a light breakfast snack on Saturday and Saturday lunch.
Compassionate Communication, Whole-hearted Living, Generations, Celebrating Small Congregations, Stewardship Ideas and more.
Annual Meeting information will be mailed to each congregation with delegate certification. The Sheridan Fellowship is hosting Friday evening and Saturday worship and programs prior to the meeting on Saturday afternoon.
Childcare is available on Saturday for $10 per child, $20 maximum per family. Please indicate your need on your registration form.
Youth: Sheridan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is hosting a Middle School Youth overnighter held concurrently with this year's Annual Meeting. Youth spend the night at the First Christian Church, breakfast and lunch included for $25!
Click "Read More" for registration for both events!
Posted Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:00 Written by Jess Cullinan
The MDD Board and staff wish you a happy and healthy 2014. We remain grateful for your continuing support of the Chalice Lighters Program – an amazing outreach of financial support by individual Unitarian Universalists to our congregations. We have three exciting calls for 2014. That means that we have one additional opening: if your congregation is in need of financial support for an initiative that qualifies for a Chalice Lighter grant, please send an application to the MDD office.
Our first Chalice Lighter call this year is for the exciting new outreach project, Create Meaning. Create Meaning is first of all a fully digital/online outreach to spiritual seekers longing for communities of practice. Through an active online presence with website, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook and Meetup, Create Meaning offers relevant articles, videos, music and face to face opportunities to explore values and practices central to Unitarian Universalism. You may investigate by visiting createmeaning.org. In addition to the significant online presence, Create Meaning provides resources and technical support to local Spiritual Centers in Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA and Reno, NV. Each of these centers is sponsored by a Unitarian Universalist congregation offering various opportunities for spiritual exploration. Many of you will recognize that Create Meaning is consistent with the Congregations and Beyond initiative launched by our UUA president, the Rev. Peter Morales in recent years. This initiative is open and available to benefit all Unitarian Universalist congregations.
For the past many months Create Meaning has been sustained by volunteer efforts, First Universalist Church Denver, 8 sponsoring congregations and a small grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. It is time to expand that support and the Chalice Lighter grant is an important method of informing MDD members of this important opportunity. Is your congregation a sponsor of Create Meaning? I hope you will consider that as well as send a generous contribution to its continued success.
Please make your check payable to MDD and note Chalice Lighter in the memo section. If you are willing to make one annual contribution for all four calls it will reduce program costs and increase benefit to congregations. Please note if your gift is annual (2014 Chalice Lighters), so that Melanie can distribute your contribution equally across all four calls.
See the Chalice Lighters page for more information on the program as a whole.
Thank you for your contribution to growing Unitarian Universalism in the mountain west!
Posted Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:06 Written by Jess Cullinan
Due to low registration the 2014 Chaplain Training is cancelled.
Rest assured, however, that the district chaplain program will continue to thrive and here's how:
Chrysalis Chaplain Trainings are small working conferences designed by the Unitarian Universalist Youth Office and facilitated by Mountain Desert District Chaplain Facilitators for youth and advisors to gain skills needed to effectively listen to, affirm, and emotionally support our young people. Chaplains are individuals who help manage crises, ensure a healthy and safe atmosphere, & bring spiritual resources & support to the community. There is room for 30 trainees max. Youth participants may run for the Associate Peer Chaplain position to be voted on by trainees.
When: March 21-23, 2014, starting early evening Friday and finishing early Sunday morning.
Where: South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Salt Lake City, UT
Facilitators: Eric Bliss, Youth Chaplain, and Hope Laub, Peer Chaplain
Event Cost: $110 if your registration is complete by February 26th. Fees increase to $130 between February 27th and March 12th.
Download the flyer: MDD Youth Chaplain Training 2014 Flyer
Posted Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:58 Written by Jess Cullinan
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