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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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Sabbatical Announcement for Nancy Bowen

Friends, One of the privileges of working for the Unitarian Universalist Association is their policy of granting staff regular sabbatical leave. Every seven years we are offered 13 weeks of sabbatical for study, professional development and reflection.  As I complete nine years of service in MDD I will be on sabbatical between May 18 and August 11.  I will be exploring effective organizational change methods to support our four pacific western districts and codify our collaborative work together. If you need congregational services during this time…

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Spirit QUUest Seeks Campers!

This meaningful and energizing experience for rising 6th-8th graders has all the fun of summer camp plus worships, workshops and spiritual development rooted firmly in UU faith. The new Director, Beth Chronister – ministerial intern at First Universalist in Denver, has a great leadership team with many years of experience between them. The camp takes place July 6-12, 2014 at La Foret outside Colorado Springs. REGISTER TODAY!

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Teaching English as a Second Language in Fort Collins

The social justice team at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, CO, has taken on the work of teaching English as a second language to immigrants and temporary residents in their community. Building on the UUA Statement of Conscience titled Immigration as a Moral Issue, these volunteers are making a real difference. Students in the programs are not required to prove American citizenship. Wagner said her students are typically “immigrants, refugees or temporary residents.” Hall said most of her students are mothers of school-age children,…

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Welcome to the NEW MDD!

Welcome to the brand new Mountain Desert District web site. We are excited to launch a brand new format and look for the site, and to invite more involvement from our congregations and partner organizations in supporting the message of Unitarian Universalism in the Mountain West. We’re Tweeting! The new MDD Twitter account is up and running as @mdduua. Follow us today! You can also “like” us on Facebook! This new site was unveiled at our Annual Meeting, held in Sheridan, WY, April 4-5. There…

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Congregations: Support UU Summer Camps!

It’s with great excitement that I inform you of the 5th year of continuous growth with our MDD summer camps! Eric Bliss, DRE at First Unitarian Society of Denver and District Youth Chaplain, is returning as QUUest Camp Director. Please welcome Beth Chronister, Ministerial Intern at First Universalist Church of Denver, as our Spirit QUUuest Camp Director. We will be supporting approximately 120 campers, youth counselors in training, young adult counselors and adult staff in their spiritual growth in the covenant of life. As you…

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Annual Conference Program Schedule

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…

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Who are UU? Middle School Overnighter

“What do I believe? How do I get clearer? How do I express this to others?” 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…

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