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
Featured Presenter: Rev. Dr. Thandeka, one of our most influential comtemporary Unitarian Universalist theologians. Thandeka is the founder of Affect Theology; how a theology of personal experience guides, directs, and prioritizes religious beliefs, Justice Ministries, faith development programs, liturgies, and pastoral practices in religious community.
If your congregation is not yet well acquainted with Small Group Justice Ministry, you can gain background information for January Beloved Community event by signing up for an evening on-line webinar on the topic, January 15; 7pm PST; 8pm MST. Space is limited, register soon. Click here for details - Pacific Western Region Webinars
General Event: Friday, January 25 starting at 5:30 pm - ending with Sunday Worship, 9:15/11:00am
General Registration Fees: $350/per team of 5; $100/individuals; $50 Ministry Students
Add-On Day: Friday, January 25, 9am-4pm (separate registration required) $45/$35 Ministry Students
This is a full community experience; High School youth, young adults, and adults are encouraged to register as congregational teams. Participating parents can register children for Heart Talk for Kids (K-6 grades) running concurrently with Saturday program. Childcare available.
Please read this article about Full Community as you consider registering teens for this event.
Click here for more information on program, travel, lodging, to register for Children's Program: 2013 Beloved Community
Add-On Day Registration, Our Hearts Speak, Are We Listening?
Presented by Mountain Desert District Justice Ministries
Posted Wednesday, 05 December 2012 01:00 Written by Deborah Holder
The MDD Board and staff remain most grateful for ongoing support of the district’s Chalice Lighters Program – an amazing outreach of financial assistance between Unitarian Universalists in Mountain Desert District and our congregations.
Our first Chalice Lighter call this year is for the San Juan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Farmington, NM. This small congregation owns their own building and takes care of it themselves. Recently, they recognized the need for renovation of their bathrooms to provide safe accessibility and family support with a changing table. Rather than simply add grab bars they will completely renovate two bathrooms. We all know that nice bathrooms are one of the signatures of a welcoming and thoughtful congregation. This Chalice Lighter grant will help them with the expenses of bringing their building up to the standards we all want to provide so that all may worship with us in comfort.
Please be generous in your support of the San Juan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as they update their facilities to welcome more visitors and members. Please see the Chalice Lighters page for more information about how you can contribute.
Thank you for your contribution to growing Unitarian Universalism in the mountain west!
Posted Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:12 Written by Nancy Bowen
In addition to the webinars offered right here through classes.mdduua.org, the Pacific Northwest District website is hosting a series in February:
Posted Friday, 27 January 2012 15:36 Written by Jess Cullinan
Mountain Desert District is pleased to announce the creation of a new resource for UU congregations: classes.mdduua.org!
Katie Covey, adjunct instructor at ILIFF Seminary in Denver, CO in Religious Education and a Director of Religious Education for over 25 years, will lead series of online classes for lay leaders, or webinars, to help with the issues that arise in congregational life, providing resources and tools for leaders without requiring extensive travel and expense. They are open to all and are specifically targeted to lay leaders, board members, new DRE’s, and student ministers. They will be offered as a live call-in class or as an MP3 recording, after the class. These classes are designed to be friendly to those without extensive experience with technology and only require a computer with internet access and a telephone. Beginners are welcome! All webinars will be $15 for registration.
The first series pertains to Religious Education in congregational life. Here are the 4 hot topics in Religious Education that congregations struggle with:
Posted Friday, 06 January 2012 14:34 Written by Jess Cullinan
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