Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Sunday at DUUF with services at 9:30am and 11:30am

All are invited for worship services on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Join us for an all-ages story of emergence as we celebrate the Easter holiday. Rev. Pamela Wat leads our services at 9:30am and 11:30am.

Children are invited to participate in our annual Easter Egg Hunt between the services (at 10:30am). Bring a bag or basket and get ready for fun.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Inquirers Series starting on April 15, 2018

The Inquirers series resumes April 15th! Inquirers is a series of eight classes that can be taken in any order. Take all eight and win a prize! Join us between the Sunday services at 10:40 am in Classroom #2 to learn about Unitarian Universalist history, our fellowship, and how to become more involved at DUUF. Our first session, on April 15th, will be Q&A with the Minister. Newcomers and long-time members (and everyone in between) are especially invited to bring their buring questions to Rev. Pam as we explore what it means to be UU.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

DUUF Chili Cookoff 2018

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Join us for the MOST DELICIOUS chili in all of Texas. Contestants, bring your BEST chili, soup, or dessert. Omnivore and vegan entries welcome. Appetites encouraged! $7 for adults; $4 for kids. Raise funds to support DUUF AND connect with some fine folks. Members of our high school Coming of Age class will be selling new DUUF t-shirts to help fund their trip to Boston!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Childcare Staff

Childcare staff engage children in unstructured play, reading, crafts, and other activities at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In addition to offering a welcoming, nurturing, and safe environment for children and parents, attendants are expected to understand and comply with protocols and procedures, submit completed time-sheets on the day of work, and keep the areas tidy and clean. 

Applicants should have experience working with infants and young children in an educational and/or religious education setting, a commitment to Unitarian Universalist values, strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, and the ability to work respectfully with children and parents of diverse ethnicities, physical and cognitive abilities, religious backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

This position is part-time. Weekly hours vary based on the program needs and staff scheduling. Hours typically include Sunday mornings (9:00am to 1:00pm), weekday evenings, and Saturday hours. Childcare staff always work with at least one other staff member or volunteer, and report to the Childcare Coordinator. 

Childcare staff are compensated at an hourly rate of $12.00 per hour. Compensation is paid monthly. 

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to

Friday, February 2, 2018

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Lead Teacher (Pre-K through First Grade)

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is seeking a part-time Lead Teacher to organize, facilitate, and teach weekly Sunday morning classes for a pre-kindergarten through first grade class. Lead Teachers are asked to teach two classes each week on a minimum of forty-five Sunday mornings (between 9:00am and 1:00pm). Preparation time typically takes 1-2 hours per week and teachers are compensated for their preparation. Applicants should have teaching experience with young children, have skill in developing a lesson plan, be able to collaborate with volunteers, enjoy helping children grow and learn, be respectful of various forms of diversity (ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, cognitive and physical abilities), and have a warm, welcoming disposition toward children and adults. For more information, please read the following job posting:

Lifespan Faith Development Program
Lead Teacher (part-time) Job Opportunity

Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a progressive faith organization centered around spiritual growth, ethical actions, truth seeking, and improving our community and the world. We are seeking a part-time Lead Teacher to organize, facilitate, and teach pre-kindergarten/lower elementary classes on Sunday mornings.

·       Must be on site a minimum of forty-five Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  
·        Review approved curricula and modify lesson plans to fit the available time, facility, and participants.
·         Acquire necessary materials and complete any pre-prep required to ensure the success of planned activities.
·         Follow procedure for purchasing supplies; submit receipts, supply lists, etc. in a timely manner, meeting established deadlines.
·         Work cooperatively with DUUF congregants who will serve as volunteer assistants in the classroom.
·         Ensures a clean, ready space for children and cleans up the room after classes.
·         Greet students and families at the Welcome Wagon to facilitate sign-in and follow proper sign-out procedures for children (as determined by DUUF policy/procedure).
·         Submit attendance sheets in a timely manner.
·         Monitor children and assure their safety.
·         Inform Minister and caregivers of any notable incidents such as injuries, children who appear to be upset or ill, etc.
·         Attend staff meetings.
·         Submit weekly time-sheets of work completed.

The Lead Teacher works in collaboration with the Lifespan Faith Development Council and reports to the Minister. There will be an annual performance review to evaluate performance and to set goals.

Minimum Qualifications:
·         Experience working with young children.
·         Able to organize a lesson plan and teach approved curricula.
·         Able to effectively manage a classroom that includes diverse aged participants.
·         Able to work with minimal supervision.
·         Commitment to the principles of Unitarian Universalism.
·         Able to work respectfully with children and parents of diverse ethnicities, abilities, religious backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
·         Kindness, patience, flexibility, clear communication, a high degree of organization, an eye for detail, plus a drama-free approach to problem solving.
·         Successful completion and passing of a background check per DUUF policy as outlined for individuals working with children.

Preferred Qualifications:
Degree or certification in education, with coursework in classroom management.

Compensation and Hours:
Lead Teachers work part-time. Weekly hours vary based on assignment (at least four hours per week; no more than twelve hours per week).

Lead Teachers are compensated at an hourly rate of $15 - $20 per hour, based on qualifications. Compensation is paid monthly. Specific terms are set forth by the Employment Agreement.

Hiring Process:  
Submit cover letter and resume to: or Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton, TX 76209.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Reflections 2" Welded Steel

On Sunday, January 14, 2018 we dedicated “Reflections 2” welded steel, a statue that now stands outside our sanctuary. It was made and generously donated by Jerry Daniel.

The sculpture has a steadiness about it. As the landscape around it changes and, as we change and move through the seasons of our own lives, it stands there steady and strong, yet somehow reminding us of something tender and yielding. 

Rev. Pam calls this piece "sacred art." “Sacred” because if you spend time with this sculpture, it will draw you toward what it is you need to discover. It might be a sadness, or a joy, or a strength, or a discernment, a slowing down. It might be community, or courage. This sculpture has the power and possibility to help you hear the voice of God, of spirit, of wisdom, of a higher power in your life. 

Please take time to reflect on how this sculpture speaks to you. Here are some questions that could guide your reflection:
  • What is your metal? What is hard and cold that needs to be made malleable? 
  • And what is malleable that needs strength and shape and direction?
  • Who are your people to whom you can go when you hurting or when you are in discernment?
  • What are the pieces of your life that you thought were finished, but that take shape in new ways?
  • Where does grief live in your body and how might you tend to it?
  • How do you tend to your feelings of emptiness (in unhealthy ways)?
  • How do you tend to your feelings of emptiness (in healthy ways)?
  • What makes you feel strong?
  • How do you cultivate openness?
  • What gives your life meaning?
  • How is your life taking shape? 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Q&A with the Minister on Sunday, January 14

Join us between the services on Sunday, January 14 for a Q&A with the Minister.

All are welcome to attend the first in an eight-session series to learn more about our congregation and to meet others. In this session Rev. Pam will answer any questions you bring! Think about what you’d like to know more about, or come and ask those deep existential questions that you’ve been wanting to explore!

We meet in room 2 at 10:40am and finish by 11:20am.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend 2018

This weekend we listen for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s urgent call to love and justice and we honor his legacy by responding with our own gifts. We have three opportunities to respond and you are invited. 

1. In preparation for the Martin Luther King, Jr. march (1/15) and the Women’s March Reunion (1/20), come to DUUF on Saturday (1/13) from 1:30pm to 3:30pm to make signs! We'll provide the supplies and some sample quotes, so just come ready to decorate. 

2. On Sunday (1/14) our service will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership and we will have a second offering to support the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation. In 2017 the top award winner was Jacqueline Willis (Ryan High School graduate now attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia). Last year they also awarded 13 scholarships and provided funds to freshman, sophomore, and juniors to help them excel. If DUUF pulls together $1,500, we will provide a year of tuition and fees for a community college student! $1,000 will help a student pay for books, meals and lab fees. $500 covers what a typical student pays for books and supplies. $250 will help a student pay for meals. $100 buys graphing calculators for two students. $50 will cover school supplies for a year. Let’s see what we can do DUUF!

3. On Monday (1/15) march with other members of DUUF by meeting up at the parking lot at South Welch Street and Union Circle/West Chestnut Street by 4:30pm or meet up with folks later at the program at MLK Jr. Recreation Center. Please support Denton’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

No matter how you spend this weekend, may our shared efforts bend the arc of the moral universe ever toward justice. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Welcoming Guest at Your Table

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC’s work to advance human rights around the globe. Donation boxes are available at DUUF throughout December. Place one prominently at your home to remember the figurative guest at your table and to cultivate a generous heart in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve (or other times before the end of 2017) please bring your donation to DUUF so that we can send our collective contribution to the UUSC.

UUSC works in over 25 countries with over 75 grassroots partner organizations. This year, we are highlighting the following “guests” and partners: 

Tulele Peisa supports Carteret Islanders being displaced by severe climate change impacts in the South Pacific.

RAICES provides legal aid and support for families held in Karnes family detention center in Texas. 

The Center for Social Integrity advances human rights in Burma through youth leadership development.

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project supports LGBTQI+ immigrants in and outside of detention in New York.

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a 77-year-old human rights organization grounded in Unitarian Universalist values and founded to support refugees and political dissidents feeing Nazi Germany. Through research, advocacy, and grassroots partnerships, UUSC advances human rights in the United States and around the globe.

Contributions of any amount qualify for membership. Contributions of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Make DUUF part of your winter holiday experience!

On Christmas Eve (Sunday, 12/24) you have three opportunities to find new meaning and mystery in old Christmas traditions:
  • 10:30am "Christmas on Stage" - Rev. Pamela Wat and musical guest Paul Slavens take us on a journey through an interactive, staged version of the Christmas story. Connect to the joy and wonder of this holiday. Children and adults are invited. Please note that there will be one service on this Sunday morning with two later services in the afternoon/early evening. 
  • 4:30pm "Reindeer Games" - This year we are going to play our way to the meaning of Christmas! Be part of the fun and the magic on Christmas Eve. Rev. Pamela Wat leads our celebration and Santa Claus joins us for cookies and fellowship.
  • 6:00pm "Peace on Earth" - We gather to hear the story, to wonder about the circumstances, and to cultivate peace in our lives and in the world. Rev. Pamela Wat leads this traditional, candlelight Christmas Eve service on this most holy night.
On New Year's Eve (Sunday, 12/31) join us at 10:30am to burn the old and set intentions for the new. Start 2018 off with wisdom and clarity by participating in this annual burning bowl ritual.