Bridging CON 2015

MDD HS Seniors and friends – Join us in Denver, CO, for the 2015 Bridging CON! Where: First Universalist Church of Denver, CO (4101 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80222) When: April 10-12, 2015 Check-in:  6:00 pm Friday, Check-Out at 9:00 am Sunday. Why: MUUSE – where we reflect on those we admire and where we find inspiration. The CON Planning Team is working on planning a fun and inspirational event. We will begin by living our loving community covenant. Spiritual and creative activities are being planned. We will be engaged…

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Bolster Youth Programming with Chaplain Training

Chaplain Trainings foster key skills to bolster youth programming infrastructure With just a few days before Registration closes on March 4, I write seeking your help in connecting youth and adults working with high school youth in your local congregation to the forthcoming MDD Chaplain Training on March 13-15.  MDD Youth Chaplain Trainings are specifically aimed to foster skills and bolster youth programming infrastructure necessary to build sustainable, dynamic youth ministry programs grounded in best practices. How so you ask?  To start, I recall one of my professors…

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MDD 2015 Annual Meeting

Big Faith * No Borders Exploring Our Generous Path April 10-12, 2015 Denver, Colorado Mountain Desert District gathers in Denver for a weekend of music, workshops, worship and fellowship. You will want to hear Mark Ewert’s inspiring message on generosity, Judy Fjell providing her wonderful music and Rev. Gretchen Haley preaching on Sunday morning. Join us to learn and celebrate together. HIGHLIGHTS Mark Ewert, author of The Generous Path, is our keynote speaker and a workshop leader. He will be available for 3 congregational appointments on…

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QUUest Camps 2015 News – Exciting Changes and Request for Your Congregation’s Support

BIG and EXCITING changes are happening for the two renowned Unitarian Universalist summer camps offered in Colorado. Thats why, this year, we particularly need your help in informing the youth and families in your congregations about Spirit QUUest (rising 6th – 8th graders) and QUUest (rising 9th – summer after graduation). Your efforts and support make these camps possible – thank you for all that you do throughout the year in helping support our UU youth leadership camps! As for those changes and how you can…

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LREDA Chapter Winter Retreat

22nd Annual MDD Liberal Religious Educators Association Chapter Winter Retreat – March 11-13, 2015 Registration is closed for this Event.  Who: Mountain Desert District LREDA Chapter members Join anytime before the retreat, $25 annual membership dues, with $5 supporting our Caring Fund. See the Chapter Page for more details! What: Rest & Rejuvenation with your MDD RE colleagues. We will also conduct our annual business meeting. And have FUN! Professional development presenter info below. When: Wednesday, March 11th, starting at 1pm to Friday, March 13th at…

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Slam Nuba

Save the Date: “We Can’t Wait” Summit for Youth

“A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait · MLK Weekend, January 17-19th. · First Unitarian Society of Denver. 1400 Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80218 · Cost is $30 – 50 sliding scale. Scholarships are available. Each year at First Unitarian Denver we have an anti-oppression / social justice overnight for youth culminating in the parade march on MLK day. After 5 years…

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Our Whole Lives Leader’s Training in Denver

Friday, December 5, 6:30 pm – Sunday, December 7, 2014 2 pm First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO Trainers: Ashley Johnson and Larry Norfleet Tuition: $350.00, deadline for registration is Tuesday, November 25, 2014. 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 with…

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Apply for Leadership Development CON 2014

Where: High Plains Unitarian Universalist Church, Colorado Springs, CO When: Friday, December 5th at 5:30pm to Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00pm Leadership Development Conference is a training for youth AND adults who work with youth (advisors, con sponsors, youth coordinators, etc.). Facilitated by Jessica Laike, Isabella Cass and Larissa Hunt, this 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…

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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. 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 at the end of the…

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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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