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 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
Theme: Compassionate Communication and Congregational Life
Lively worship on Friday evening as we gather with Gregory Rouillard as keynote speaker. Conversation and dessert will follow. Saturday promises three workshop sessions, lunch and the MDD Annual Meeting.
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 MDD Annual Meeting on Saturday afternoon.
Posted Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:30 Written by Jess Cullinan
Bring your friends and join other Unitarian Universalists across the intermountain west as we explore together skillful means for drawing out what is best in others and in ourselves so that we can be the beloved community we know in our hearts is possible.
Visit the event page for program details, information about discounted lodging, and to download publicity fliers for sharing with congregational staff and members.
To prepare for the weekend training, all are asked to take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). This assessment tool will help design learning that is highly effective for participants. The IDI usually costs $95 and is included in the registration fee at no additional cost.
Download the schedule (PDF): 2014 Beloved Community Schedule
Hope to see you in Albuquerque in January!
Posted Monday, 06 January 2014 12:17 Written by Deborah Holder
Anyone can lead. But not just anyone can be a spiritual leader. For Unitarian Universalists, leadership is a calling more than a task. Spiritual leadership means guiding others to live by UU principles as they make decisions, work as a group and play their important part in the intricate web of our religious organization. At this training you will learn to lead...from the heart.
This leadership training is open to adults as well as youth. Youth/adult partnership is a vital part of the web of youth ministry. At this training youth and adults will learn to lead...together.
Posted Thursday, 07 November 2013 14:25 Written by Jess Cullinan
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