It has been a very busy summer for many of our MDD congregations. Virtually all of our MDD congregations offer worship services all summer these days. Several congregations offer summer camps for children and youth. Ministers are preaching year round and religious education is always in session. One Colorado congregation reported 18 adult visitors at a single mid-July Sunday service. I imagine that your experience mirrors this. People are seeking a progressive religious community.
Many have written about the rapid rate of change the world is experiencing. The amount of information available can be overwhelming even paralyzing the research shows. There is no escape from change. Do you focus on the excitement or the exhaustion? Are you curious and engaged or resistant? In the presence of continuous cultural change and constantly changing information we are centered and sustained by our unchanging values. We always have control of our own attitudes and behavior. Are you exercising this control?
At the fall MDD Annual Meeting and Delegate Conference we will be focusing on Adaptive Leadership -a particularly important perspective on personal and congregational leadership in these times of rapid change. Adaptive Leadership is defined by Ron Heifetz as a “practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments. It is being able, both individually and collectively, to take on the gradual but meaningful process of adaptation. It is about diagnosing the essential from the expendable and bringing about a real challenge to the status quo. The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley will offer our keynote address on Friday night in Ogden, UT. You will not want to miss this address if you have leadership responsibilities in your family, your work or your congregation.On Saturday, Terasa will lead a day long workshop on Adaptive Leadership for congregational leaders. The Ogden congregation has arranged an inspiring array of other workshops for your edification, including several workshops highlighting the effective interfaith coalitions in which our UU congregations in UT and ID are involved. Our youth will offer a workshop of interest to all of us, a workshop for congregations in transition, and special guests from the UU United Nations Office. The full program will be posted here soon.You can register for the Annual Meeting here: Embracing the Vision: District Conference 2010.
Posted Tuesday, 27 July 2010 00:00 Written by Nancy Bowen
The following comes from Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, by way of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign:
My refrigerator is covered with pictures of family, friends, children, library receipts and my son’s artwork. However in Arizona, parents who are undocumented are clearing their refrigerators and placing prominently on them a single sheet of paper.
This one piece of paper tells social services what to do with their children if they are arrested.
What is happening in Arizona to families is wrong. Taking parents away from their children is a violation of human rights and of Love’s law – of God’s law. When families are being terrorized, I must stand up for what my faith tells me is good and right. And I need your help.
I am asking you to come to Phoenix from July 28 – 30th to be a part of the National Day of Non Compliance with SB 1070. On July 29th, the day SB 1070 goes into effect, Maricopa County law enforcement has announced major sweeps and raids to implement the law. Whether or not the law takes effect that day, all will be needed — particularly ministers, with your collars on — to witness and support families.
We need at least 200 clergy and laity from across the country to come and support the human rights movement here on the ground. Thanks to a generous donation from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, we can provide assistance with travel to those who most need it. We can also help with home hospitality.
I am giving up my vacation. Our music director is ending her vacation early. Others will be making sacrifices to be here. If you cannot be here for the full time, or if you can come earlier or stay later, we will need you however and whenever you can be here. Now is the time to stand up, to lift our voices, to be powerful witnesses for love in the face of fear.
Please join us as we stand with immigrant families in Arizona.
If members of your congregation are planning on participating in this event, please let us know!
Posted Friday, 09 July 2010 14:04 Written by Jess Cullinan
The Nomination Committee of the UUA is seeking applications for various elected positions, including members of the Commission on Appraisal, the Board of Trustees, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the Board of Review, the Nominating Committee, and the Commission on Social Witness.
Mountain Desert District UUs are encouraged to apply! The application deadline is August 15, 2010.
Descriptions of open positions can be found here:
For application forms, please visit the UUA Nominating Committee's webpage.
Posted Friday, 04 June 2010 10:28 Written by Jess Cullinan
I am pleased to announce the appointment of CH George Tyger as the Coordinator of Military Ministries in MDD. Chaplain Tyger is a Unitarian Universalist minister with the First Squadron, 10th Cavalry of the United States Army stationed at Ft. Carson. I have known George for almost 20 years and I am delighted to welcome a friend and colleague to the Mountain Desert District. George will provide an important link between liberal religionists, the UU community, local congregations and the military. He is your point of contact.
I deeply appreciate his service to our congregations and our country.
Nancy Bowen, District Executive
Posted Monday, 24 May 2010 12:47 Written by Nancy Bowen
It is with great pleasure that I write to introduce Jennica Davis, our new MDD Youth Ministry Consultant. She joins the MDD staff with excellent experience with Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry in multiple locations. She is currently working with youth and the religious education program at First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City.
As a youthful participant in Young Religious Unitarian Universalists, Jennica brings a compelling story of the ways in which our ministry to youth is formative and important. Adding to this her Campus Ministry experience, entrepreneurial energy and sparkling personality I think we are poised for continued greatness in MDD youth programming. Please welcome Jennica when she calls to get acquainted.
I am so pleased to be serving at Youth Ministry Consultant for the Mountain Desert District. Our community covers a lot of ground which means the strands of our web must be strong to be sustainable. As your YMC, I consider communication and strategic planning the key elements in strengthening this web.
When I was in high school, YRUU provided me with some of my most inspirational leadership development opportunities. My continued dedication to youth ministry and my progression as a leader in the UU community is a sure sign of a successful and sustainable program. I look forward to working with today's youth leaders, in the hopes of securing YRUU programing for many years to come. We will use our present strength and stability to move, surefooted, through new transitions.
Posted Monday, 03 May 2010 07:48 Written by Nancy Bowen
Welcome to the new version of our website, now run by Joomla!, an open-source content management system.
This new technology will allow us to share information more easily, including by RSS feed. If you would like to subscribe to receive updates via an RSS reader such as Google Reader or Bloglines, use these links:
Home Page: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MDDHome
News Blog: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MDDNewsBlog
Upcoming Events: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MDDEvents
District Job Postings: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MDDJobs
Posted Saturday, 27 March 2010 18:02 Written by Jess Cullinan
Our annual conference will take place October 8-10, 2010, in Ogden, UT.
Please plan to join us!
Posted Tuesday, 09 March 2010 15:43 Written by Jess Cullinan
This Spring promises some fascinating workshop opportunities, featuring discussions on Class, Mental Health, and Unitarian Universalist History. Check out these links for details:
Posted Monday, 22 February 2010 16:50 Written by Jess Cullinan
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