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
New Mexico is now facing the ravages of flash flooding from rain and flood run off from Colorado. Flash floods in drought damaged areas are especially dangerous. Colorado reports 5 flood related deaths and New Mexico one.
All of our Unitarian Universalist congregations are open and offering services today -Sunday, September 15. There was less overall rain on Saturday, storms were localized, and some cities saw the sun.
Friday, parts of the Colorado experienced a bit of a reprieve from the deluge. Many Unitarian Universalist families experienced water damage. We know of several evacuated from their homes in the greater Boulder, CO area. Some congregations have been damaged: Boulder reports up to 10" of water in their sanctuary; First Universalist is coping with roof damage. All of the congregations are reaching out to members. Recent forecasts indicate that we will not be "out of this storm" until Sunday evening. This respite is likely to end later today when rains are forecast to resume.
Mountain Desert District maintains an Emergency Relief Fund to assist individuals in small ways with clean up, restocking, repair, deductibles and similar requests. Much of the clean up and recovery from household water damage falls to residents.
Our prayers are with all of the families and congregations addressing flood damage in the district. We stand ready to lend a hand or provide financial assistance to help you. Please let your congregation know if you need help. We will mobilize assistance to families and congregations who need extra hands to hasten the recovery from this storm.
You may contribute to this fund with a check to MDD - Emergency Relief Fund; Mountain Desert District; 2242 South Albion St. Denver, CO 80222. Or donate online using PayPal (you don't need to have an account with PayPal to do this).
Posted Monday, 16 September 2013 10:16 Written by Nancy Bowen
“Join the Move” Sunday is October 6, 2013!
In March 2013, the UUA announced plans to sell its historic Beacon Hill properties and move to a modern building less than two miles away, in Boston’s “Innovation District.”
Recognizing that a new UUA headquarters is about more than just a physical move, the Stewardship and Development Office has created an opportunity for congregations and individual supporters to join in imagining and helping fund (1) innovative space that will launch the UUA into a future that better serves the world today, and (2) a Unitarian Universalist Heritage Center that will help preserve and portray our Boston history for youth groups and others who will continue to visit. The new building will honor our past, vastly improve effectiveness and efficiencies for our current organization, and help position Unitarian Universalism for a vibrant future.
Unitarian Universalism is on the move in so many ways, and the “Join the Move” Campaign invites you and your congregation to partner with UUs from around the Association as we step forward together into a new era of commitment and covenant, to strengthen Unitarian Universalism in the world. In the new space:
While the sale of the Beacon Hill properties will provide enough to buy the new space AND put money in the UUA’s endowment fund, if we are going to build the new, inspiring spiritual home that we dream of and position our programs and resources to have the greatest impact, we will need to raise additional funds.
All UUA congregations are invited dedicate a special collection to help advance our shared future on "Join the Move Sunday," October 6, 2013 - though a congregation can designate any day that works in their calendars.
See UUA website to find out more: http://stewardship.blogs.uua.org/
Posted Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:37 Written by Jess Cullinan
For the first time in 8 years we did not receive Chalice Lighter grant requests until this spring. Without specific requests we did not write to you. Now we have three excellent growth oriented requests and half a year to hope for generous funding for each of them. Perhaps you will consider making your normal annual contribution to Chalice Lighters and we will divide it equally between the three calls.
Our first Chalice Lighter call this year is for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder. UUCB is the national pilot congregation in Developmental Ministry. In 2008 the congregation identified five primary areas of change needed for them to become a vital center of Unitarian Universalism in Boulder. They have consistently pursued these goals with the help of an experienced minister. Now they are exploring addition ministerial staff with a part time ministerial resident. This contract position will allow them to explore the additional gifts of a diverse ministry team.
The second call is to support multiple MDD congregations participating in the Pacific Western Regional Leap of Faith project. The Leap of Faith project matches aspiring congregations with larger congregations able to mentor them in growth strategies. In the national Leap of Faith we learned that visiting a larger congregation with opportunities for leadership dialogue gives congregational leaders an embodied experience of a larger church. Our contributions will defray the congregational expenses.
Our third call is to fund the Small Congregation Grant Fund. This fund helps congregations with small projects that do not need a full Chalice Lighter grant. Most recently we have funded professional workshops in Idaho Falls, ID, Helena, MT and Sheridan, WY. These workshops included leadership development, membership growth and exploration of the role of covenant in congregational life. These small grants help congregations throughout the year when a little gifts allows something special to happen.
Thank you for your contribution to growing Unitarian Universalism in the mountain west.
Posted Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:51 Written by Jess Cullinan
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