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
Our Pacific Western Regional Ingathering will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, in Cascade C in the Convention Center at 5:45 pm.
Watching from afar? All of the live streaming content from General Assembly can be found on the UUA website: http://uua.org/ga/2013/index.shtml
Posted Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:49 Written by Jess Cullinan
Mountain Desert District Emergency Relief Fund
Colorado Springs is once again experiencing devastating wild fires. At this writing on the morning of June 17 we know that the Black Forest Fire has consumed 14,198 acres resulting the loss of two lives and 485 homes. Firefighters report that it is 65% contained this morning. This is another beautiful area of Colorado east of I-25 where the foothills of the Rockies roll into the high plains of eastern Colorado. The trauma of another devastating fire is palpable in Colorado Springs. Our Unitarian Universalist congregations are responding heroically again.
Posted Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00 Written by Nancy Bowen
An innovative ministry project of First Universalist Church of Denver and the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In the spirit of Congregations & Beyond.
The premise behind the Touchstones Project is simply this: “we’re better together.” Each week Unitarian Universalist ministers and congregations create an astonishing amount of excellent material. Some gets posted on a website, but overall the reach and, therefore, impact of the material is far too limited. We explore hundreds of sites monthly and curate the best material we can find on a specific theme to create the Touchstones resources.
This project emerged in response to the Theme-Based Ministry program launched by the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK to help members of that church “build their own theology.” In 2011-2012, we launched the Touchstones Project on a limited basis to congregations in the Mountain Desert District. Through a generous grant from the Mountain Desert District, we expanded it in 2012-2013 to the UUA’s Pacific Western Region.
An annual subscription fee (September to August) of $240 includes the following monthly:
Individuals can also subscribe to the Contemplations e-letter, which is sent on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings
For more information, download the full brochure here (PDF): Touchstones Brochure 2013
Posted Monday, 10 June 2013 14:20 Written by Jess Cullinan
Both camps take place at
La Foret in Colorado Springs, CO
July 7-13, 2013
Posted Tuesday, 05 March 2013 17:02 Written by Jess Cullinan
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