Wednesday, July 2, 2014

OPENING: Director of Lifespan Religious Education Job Description (full-time)

Founded in 1949, in the early days of the Fellowship Movement, Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (DUUF) is a vibrant, growing, and diverse congregation of approximately 150 adults and 80 children located in the progressive and friendly university town of Denton, Texas. Since 2010 we have grown from a small, family-sized congregation to an emerging program-sized congregation. In early 2012 we called our first full-time minister, Rev. Pamela Wat. In late 2012 we transitioned to two services to accommodate this growth and added regular weeknight adult programming and additional classes for children and youth. Last year we graduated our first class of Coming of Age youth who participated in a week-long trip to Boston. We host an ongoing Centering Thursdays program, allowing participants to experience a variety of spiritual practices (Buddhist meditation, prayer beads, labyrinth walks, Qi Gung, mandala drawing, etc.) that draws congregation members and first-time guests to our church. As a result of this steady growth we are prepared to hire our first full-time Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE).

We seek an experienced, dynamic and visionary DLRE to lead our programs for children, youth and adults. The DLRE works closely with the Religious Education Council and Minister to create and lead a welcoming and nurturing learning environment for faith development. The DLRE, represents our programs to the congregation at large, supervises volunteers and paid staff, and works to schedule, plan, and organize people, events, curricula, and teaching practices.  The DLRE provides continuity and strong leadership for a growing religious education program for the children, youth and adults of DUUF.

  1. Lead, prepare for, coordinate and support lifespan (children, youth and adult) religious education programming and multigenerational activities for DUUF.
  2. In identifying curricula, planning programming, preparing teachers and collaborating in long-term visioning, help to create lifespan faith development opportunities for the wellbeing of the congregation and our engagement in the world.
  3. Model and help to maintain a cooperative, nurturing teaching environment for learning and faith development grounded in Unitarian Universalism. 
  4. The DLRE, in consultation with the RE Council and the Minister, will set the priorities and direction of the congregation’s religious education program for children and youth from infancy through high school.
  5. Presence at the fellowship on most Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm to prep and support teachers, manage RE Staff, orient new families, monitor classrooms, staff office and monitor RE tables as needed with committee members.
  6. Monitor attendance records in RE programs and develop reports regarding program participation.
  7. Lead and liaise between teachers, RE Council and congregation.
  8. Process applications for new teachers (volunteer and paid) and orient new teachers to the classroom and to religious education at the Fellowship through teacher trainings.
  9. Coordinate and manage professional childcare staff for Fellowship events.
  10. Communicate to the congregation (to parents and/or the congregation as a whole) regarding current activities, future events and programs, questions, needs and concerns.
  11. Update and contribute to the DUUF newsletter RE column.
  12. Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Religious Education Council and keep the Council informed of activities and actions. 
  13. Participate in regional events (including at least one of the following each year: Spring Conference, Fall Leadership Conference, national LREDA event, SWUUSI) and continuing education to be prioritized with the supervisor.
  14. Process expense receipts in a timely fashion and each month report on budget to RE Council.
  15. Conduct timely follow up on phone calls, emails, and inbox communications. Write and mail letters, make copies as needed.
  16. Organize, monitor and maintain supply closets, classrooms, and bulletin boards.
  17. Report on the RE program at congregational meetings and to the Board as requested.
  18. Notify the supervisor prior to any absence and make arrangements for a substitute if needed.

The DLRE works alongside the RE Council and is responsible to the Board of Trustees through the Minister and the RE Council. The Minister will supervise this position on a day-to-day basis. There will be a performance review at months six and twelve and annually thereafter. Performance reviews are focused on goal setting and dialogue about program effectiveness, with a team consisting of the Chair of the Religious Education Council and the Minister.
  1. Training and experience working with children in an educational and/or religious education setting, preferably with a proven commitment to UU values
  2. Strong leadership experience and skills
  3. Enjoy engaging with children and teens and bring energy, flexibility and humor
  4. A bachelor’s degree
  5. Strong organizational and administrative skills
  6. High level of initiative, self-direction, and flexibility
  7. Basic computer skills, including MS Word and Excel
  8. Strong interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills
  9. Experience in coordinating and supporting volunteers
  10. UUA RE credentialing completed (or in progress) is highly preferred


Compensation is dependent upon experience and commensurate with UUA guidelines for fair compensation (for salary ranges see the UUA Fair Compensation Guidelines for a Mid-Size I congregation in geographic region 3). The salary is paid monthly.  Compensation includes basic benefits (health insurance, dental, term life and disability) and the opportunity to participate in the UUA retirement plan once eligible. The DLRE is provided one month of vacation time each year. Participation in continuing education events and conferences (as coordinated with supervisor) is considered “work” time. A professional expense allowance of $3,000 is available to the DLRE.

Terms of Employment:

We hope to find a candidate with mutual interest for long-term employment. Minimally we hope for a mutual commitment of one year. This position is full-time (40 hours per week or 12 units per week).  


Send resume and cover letter by August 15, 2014 to:

DLRE Search Committee, Attn: Brennan Blair
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
1111 Cordell Street, Denton, Texas 76201

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Interfaith observance of the National Day of Prayer May 1 2014

prays well with others

Mark your calendar for the first interfaith observance of the National Day of Prayer. For quite sometime Denton has held a Christian National Day of Prayer at noon on the square. This year the Denton Faith Alliance is gathering leaders of varied faith groups to lead an evening event. It will be on Thursday May 1 at 7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Denton. Show your support for religious diversity and join us for a moving service of prayer with leaders representing Judaism, Buddhism, Baha'i, Islam, Paganism, varied Christian denominations and, of course, Unitarian Universalism.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Nancy Fire and Kerri Burnside
Gabriel, Henry and Wyatt before the service

Cindy and Jake Jacobson before the service

Rev. Pam and Nicholas Morgan before the processional

Our wonderful choir!

Mark Davis telling it like it was and welcoming everyone to the service.

Mary Curtis lighting the chalice.

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone calls us to worship

Scottie leads us in a responsive reading by James Luther Adams.

Lexie Vriend reads from Rev. Rebecca Ann Parker's book "Blessing the World". Rev. Dennis Hamilton preaches the message.

Gerry Veeder invites us to give generously to support the UUA's Living Tradition Fund.

Amber Briggle, Matt Nakos and Matthew Morin rockin' it.

Hal Gibbons invites the congregation to sing along.

Rev. Pam and Nicholas participate in the covenant.

Judy Smith presents Rev. Pam with the most beautiful stole in the world.

Rev. Aaron White leads us in prayer and a laying on of hands.

Rev. Susan Smith offers a charge to the minister.

Rev. Don Fielding offers a charge to the congregation.

Rev. Pam offers the benediction.

Barbara Rodman presents the gift of a beautiful painting of Rev. Pam's hands (artist: Tesa Morin)

Tesa Morin and Rev. Pam with the painting.

Rev. Pam and Nicholas Morgan
Dear Ones,
I continue to hold in my memory the beautiful moment of seeing you gathered with me at the installation service. It was truly a peak experience for me. I couldn't be happier to be your minister. Someone asked me on Sunday morning, "Aren't you already our minister? What happens at the installation service that changes anything?" Again, I think of it like a wedding ceremony. A couple might sign the paperwork to be married days, weeks, even months before the actual wedding ceremony happens, but there is something in the ceremony that makes it feel real. There is something important in the ritual, in the gathering, in the public witnessing, and in the face-to-face moment when we commit to love and serve one another and our greater mission. Indeed I feel changed by it and I hope that you do too. I feel a lightness, a sense of shared purpose and a mutual love and respect. Thank you for your part in this commitment--for making this covenant with one another and with me.
So many people worked so hard to make this installation service happen that I wanted to be sure we recognize at least some of these people here. Thank You to all who contributed to this installation including:
First Christian Church for graciously sharing their building
DUUF Search Committee Members: Mark Davis (Chair), Catherine Sassen, Kelly Taylor and Mark Coomes
DUUF Board of Trustees: Nicholas Morgan (President), Devin Taylor (Vice-President), Amber Briggle (Secretary), Matthew Morin (Treasurer), Barbara Rodman (Past-President), Thomas Gonzalez, Sharon Barnhill
DUUF Committee on Ministry: Jake Jacobson, Sunnie Palmer, Ilana Morgan
Speakers: Mark Davis, Mary Curtis, Rev. Jonalu Johnstone (First Unitarian Church, Oklahoma City), Scottie McIntyre Johnson (candidate for ministry and former intern of Denton UU Fellowship), Lexie Vriend, Rev. Dennis Hamilton (Horizon UU Church, Carrollton), Gerry Veeder, Nicholas Morgan, Rev. Aaron White (First Unitarian Church, Dallas), Rev. Susan Smith (Congregational Life Staff, UUA Southern Region), Rev. Don Fielding (Minister Emeritus, Denton UU Fellowship)
Choir: Hal Gibbons (Choir Director), Lydia Alexander, Gary Cook, Carol Coulter, Jason Galbraith, Linda Hapeman, Tracy Kirk, Matthew Morin, Richard Newlin, Don Page, Theresa Page, Alana Presley, Sharon Sahm, Zac Youngblood
Instrumentalists: Amber Briggle, Matthew Morin, Matt Nakos, Catherine Sassen
Installation Coordinator: Tamela Wolman and all who helped to set up and clean up and all who helped to provide childcare.
Denton Vegan Cooperative for preparing and serving food for the reception.
Ushers: Carol Iannuzzi, Liz Yeary, Cliff Garner, Nancy Fire and Judy Smith
Staff: Linda Hapeman, Director of Religious Education and Diana Forson, Administrator
Special Guests: Rev. Craig Hunter (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton), Rev. Jennifer Innis (First Jefferson UU Church, Fort Worth), Rev. Patrick Price (Community UU Church, Plano), Rev. Annie Foerster, Rev. Barbara Jarrell (All Souls UU Church, Shreveport), Rev. Mark Walz (Oak Cliff UU Church), Rev. Don Lee (First United Methodist Church, Denton),  Rev. Melissa Hunter (Chaplain, Novus Hospice, Denton), Rev. Gina Purcell (Chaplain, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches), Nell Newton (Ministerial Intern at San Marcus UU Church)
And, of course, the radiant Judy Smith who crafted and gifted the most beautiful stole a minister could imagine! 
Thank you all!
Love and light,
Rev. Pam

Monday, February 17, 2014

Installation Service and Reception for Reverend Pam Wat March 30 2014

Save the Date…

Installation Service and Reception for Reverend Pam Wat
March 30, 2014 at 4:00pm
First Christian Church
1203 Fulton Street
Denton, TX
Reception Immediately to Follow at
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hanging of the Greens Photographs!




Winter Reading for Adult Religious Education


Although adult faith development classes are on break until January, please make note (and update your Christmas list accordingly) that we have some great book discussions planned for 2014! Get your books early just in case the winter weather keeps you stuck indoors with some extra reading time! Three books for 2014 are:

"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz - Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, this book has inspired many people of varied faiths and backgrounds. Don Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in your life. Adopting and committing to these agreements is simple. Actually living and keeping these Four Agreements can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. It can also be one of the most life changing things you will ever do.
Front Cover"Behind the Kitchen Door" by Saru Jayaraman -"Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you don't want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant? It's one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it."—from Behind the Kitchen Door
Blending personal narrative and investigative journalism, Jayaraman shows us that the quality of the food that arrives at our restaurant tables depends not only on the sourcing of the ingredients. Our meals benefit from the attention and skill of the people who chop, grill, sauté, and serve. Behind the Kitchen Door is a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out.

"Ethics for the New Millenium" by the Dalai Lama - In a difficult, uncertain time, it takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to give us hope. Regardless of the violence and cynicism we see on television and read about in the news, there is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended and will continue to depend on our basic goodness. Ethics for the New Millennium presents a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious beliefs. Though he himself a practicing Buddhist, the Dalai Lama's teachings and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us—Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheist—to a happier, more fulfilling life.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Varied Ways to Celebrate the Season

The winter holidays are upon us and we have special opportunities to gather, to celebrate and to reflect. All are welcome to attend one, two or all three of these events which will take place at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Winter sunrise-1Yule/Winter Solstice Celebration
led by Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans
Saturday, December 21
Gathering begins at 7:00 PM and the ritual begins promptly at 7:30

On this longest night, we turn our minds to the waning of the dark and the growing strength of the light. As we celebrate this season of tradition with new beginnings, new hopes and new dreams, take a moment out of the cold and dreary winter to embrace the possibilities of the year to come. Children 10 and older who can participate respectfully are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian. Childcare can be arranged if requested no later than December 17.  Please bring a dish to share for the potluck after the ceremony.  Donations of a dollar or three to defray costs are welcome but not required.  For questions or information, please contact John Beckett at or 972-948-9211.  Come experience the mystery of the Winter Solstice! 

“The Gifts of Christmas” Christmas Eve Service for All Ages
Tuesday, December 24th at 4:30pm
In this multigenerational service for all ages, we welcome children, youth, family members and young-at-heart to experience the stories and songs of Christmas. All will receive a special gift as we celebrate the gifts of Christmas.

   "Amazing Peace" Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24th at 6:00pm

Each year we light candles on Christmas Eve to invite faith, hope, joy and love. This year we invite a fifth guest—peace. In doing so, we hope for more than just the absence of war, but true peace. What would true peace look like and how might we find it?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cardo’s Farm Project November 9, 2013

Cardo’s Farm Project

When: Saturday, November 9, 2013

Time: 9:30 AM til approximately noon

Meet at DUUF that morning and carpool over.

Come get your hands dirty with the Social Action Committee. Help make a difference locally and learn more about local farming.

The sign up sheet is located at the Information table in the coffee and conversation area.


Contact Jessica Nakos for more information.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unitarian and Universalist United States Chaplains

Thanks Mark Coomes for your research regarding Unitarians and Universalists who have served as chaplains at various times in the history of the United States in both houses of congress.  Look at the date-- it seems like we are long overdue for UU presence in Washington! Here is the list he came up with:
Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
The Reverend Jared Sparks
Date of Appointment: December 3, 1821
The Reverend William Henry Channing
Date of Appointment: December 7, 1863
The Reverend Henry N. Couden
Date of Appointment: December 2, 1895
Chaplain of the United States Senate
Edward Everett Hale, D.D., LL.D.
Date of Appointment: December 14, 1903
Note: Died in office on June 10, 1909.
Ulysses Grant Baker Pierce, D.D., Ph.D.
Date of Appointment: June 18, 1909

Friday, September 27, 2013

Our Daily Bread Christmas Box Collection

Christmas Boxes

Our Daily Bread Christmas Box Collection

The holidays will be here soon and everyone appreciates receiving gifts in the spirit of the season. Boxes will be distributed at the annual client Christmas celebration held by Our Daily Bread.

The Social Action Committee will have a large collection box in the coffee and conversation area to collect the following items now through SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH:

Empty shoe boxes (at least 6” x 12”) or Christmas theme photo boxes. Boxes should have a separate bottom and lid. The lid and box will be wrapped separately. No plastic shoe or boot boxes.

ADULT, UNISEX items only.

knit hat
knit gloves
tube socks
plastic poncho
small flashlight
batteries (AA or AAA)
small deodorant
small shampoo
small body wash
small umbrella
pens, pencils
small notepads
hard candy or gum
travel size tissue
throat lozenges

Gift Suggestions (Adult, Unisex Items Only)

Please do not include used or damaged items, knives or sharp items, perishable food, liquids, medications or vitamins, breakable items or glass containers, aerosol cans, money or gift cards.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the meaningfulness of the occasion! Help us make this a successful holiday for others.

Our Daily Bread operates out of the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church. 300 W. Oak St., Suite 100 in downtown Denton, TX.

Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen located in Denton, TX. Meals are served from 12:00 noon until 1:15 PM daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Additional programs include public assistance referrals, job search counseling, winter clothing drives and more.

Our Daily Bread, a non-profit organization depends upon the gifts of time, talent and treasures generously given by a large community of volunteers and donors from many local churches and other community organizations - and citizens like you!