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
The 2011 Annual Conference and Delegate Assembly is fast approaching, and all registrations are available online. The conference will be held October 7-9 in Colorado Springs, with keynote speaker Rev. Meg Riley.
For registration for the Annual Conference, please click here for more information.
Youth Assembly registration is now closed.
Posted Wednesday, 07 September 2011 10:50 Written by Jess Cullinan
If you would like to be on the Congregations email list, where announcements like this are first published, please visit this page and sign up now.
Posted Wednesday, 24 August 2011 14:04 Written by Jess Cullinan
UPDATE 7/20/11: The Las Conchas wildfire is now at 75% containment, and Los Alamos is getting back to normal. The impact of the fire on surrounding communities is still significant: 63 families have lost their homes, and many individuals are dealing with lost income due to the evacuation. Concerns about flash flooding as the summer rains begin are high, particularly in neighboring pueblos. Self Help, Inc, in Los Alamos is working with individuals who are undergoing hardship due to the fire, and welcomes donations.
The city of Los Alamos, NM, has been evacuated due to a huge wildfire that sprang up on Sunday afternoon and has now grown to over 60,000 acres of active burning just a few miles away. The latest official report as of this posting is here.
Members of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos are encouraged to check in with either the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Fe or First Unitarian in Albuquerque. See the Los Alamos congregation's FaceBook page for details, contact information, and updates.
If you are looking for ways to help the evacuees and rescue workers, please see this page for resources.
Please keep the community of Los Alamos in your hearts as we wait for further information.
Posted Tuesday, 28 June 2011 18:16 Written by Jess Cullinan
Can't attend General Assembly (GA) 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina?
Are you a congregational delegate, minister, or credentialed director of religious education? You can still participate!
The GA 2011 off-site trial will provide an alternative way for congregational delegates to participate in the business of the Association when they cannot physically attend GA.
Apply to be an off-site delegate today at http://www.uua.org/offsitega.
More information about the GA 2011 off-site trial is available online at http://www.uua.org/ga/business/offsite/.
Posted Monday, 28 February 2011 16:18 Written by Jess Cullinan
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