Located in Denver, Colorado, the Mountain Desert District office is the hub of the District Services Program and serves as a source of information and a clearing house for communication among congregations, the MDD Board, Staff, and the UUA.
2242 South Albion Street Denver, CO 80222
Office Phone: 303-756-1378
Office FAX: 303-756-1407
Or use our contact form on this page.
Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mountain Time).
We have an excellent voice messaging system to take your message in the event that we are away from the office. You are encouraged to either phone or e-mail the MDD Office or the District Executive to inquire about or arrange for services or to advise us of name, address, telephone, or e-mail changes that may affect the many reports and mailings that are generated from our database records.
Rev. Nancy Bowen
Rev. Nancy Bowen serves MDD and Pacific Western Region as staff leader. In MDD she is a congregational consultant, trainer, organizer and Unitarian Universalist cheerleader. Please call her when you need help with anything congregational because she will be able to get you in touch with the right consultant to help you.
Rev. Nancy Bowen
Rev. Deborah Holder
Beloved Community Formationdholder@uua.org
The Reverend Deborah Holder is a Unitarian Universalist community minister currently serving as Minister of Beloved Community formation in the Pacific Western Region, UUA. She lives in an agricultural community in Colorado on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and is passionate about religion and human transformation. Prior to entering ministry, she was a professional community organizer and social justice funder with the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.
Rev. Deborah Holder
Beloved Community Formation
Melanie Buck has been the Mountain Desert District Administrator since 2001, and is responsible for the day to day tasks in the District office, District bookkeeping, Chalice Lighters mailing and database, as well as assisting other staff with their programs. She enjoys time with her husband, Chet and three children, Coltyn, Madisyn and Dylan.
Interim Youth Ministry Specialistjgriner@uua.org
Since 2007, James has served as Youth and Young Adult Advisor for his congregation, First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. He has served as camp staff for MDD’s QUUest Camp for youth for four summers (2011 – 2014), including supervising the camp Deans. In addition to his youth & young adult ministry for his congregation, James has been a Small Group Ministry facilitator, OWL teacher, Coming of Age mentor and co-leader of the junior high heritage trip to Boston. He’s also a 2007 graduate of Russell Lockwood Leadership School, which lead him to develop and produce a local Young Adult Leadership Conference.
Interim Youth Ministry Specialist
Jess Cullinan has been the Mountain Desert District Webmaster since 2009, and is responsible for organizing all of the information on our website. She is a graphic designer and artist, and is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, NM, where her husband serves as pastor. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any suggestions, corrections, or additions to our site!
Youth Chaplain & QUUest Camp Directorreligiousexploration33@gmail.com
Tel: 303-831-7113, ext 4
Eric Bliss is the Chaplain for Youth and QUUest Camp Director for the Mountain Desert District. Eric's day job is that of the Director of Religious Exploration at First Unitarian Society of Denver. Eric is a native of Knoxville, TN, where he grew up attending both West Side Unitarian Universalist and Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Churches. He has been a youth mentor, coordinator, and adviser at places such as The Mountain, Ferry Beach, NCCJ’s Anytown, and at GA Youth Caucus. Aside from his District and DRE duties, Eric is on the Fahs Colllaborative Guiding Team, a member of the UUA growth strategies Innovative Learning Circle, and the Chair-Elect for the MDD LREDA chapter. In closing, Eric is the loving father of a beautiful son, named Hollis, is an avid soccer fan and coach, loves skateboarding, playing guitar, and exploring the outdoors.
Youth Chaplain & QUUest Camp Director
Youth Conference CoordinatorConCoordinator@mdduua.org
Tel: (970) 691-1265
Rick Wells began as Con Coordinator in the fall of 2013. He brings the resources and people together that are necessary to plan the 2 major MDD Youth Conferences each year. These 2 conferences will typically be in the fall and spring. Rick and his wife, Marion, have been involved with YRUU in various capacities since his own children were in the program over 10 years ago. Rick is a member of the Foothills Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Youth Conference Coordinator
Spirit QUUest Directormddcampdirector@gmail.com
Phone: (785) 250-3964
Beth Chronister, a life long UU from Kansas, is currently serving as the ministerial intern at First Universalist of Denver. Following graduation from Iliff School of Theology in June 2014, she will be working at First Unitarian Society of Denver as their ministerial resident. This summer, she is excited to be working as Camp Director for Spirit QUUest for the first time! Please get in contact with her with any questions about Spirit QUUest or the Iliff experience for UU students.