Monday, October 5, 2015

Join a Covenant Group!

Covenant Groups Starting October 2015 – SIGN UP TODAY!
What is a covenant group?
Groups of 6-10 people who gather twice a month to connect with each other and discuss a predetermined topic. The sharing and deep listening that take place foster intimate connections and a sense of shared community that are often difficult to achieve in a congregation of our size.
Why are they called covenant groups?
Each group creates its own covenant (or agreement) which outlines the guidelines they choose to abide by in their meetings. Covenants usually list communal expectations such as listening respectfully, speaking one at a time, practicing kindness, and maintaining confidentiality.
When do they meet?
Groups meet twice a month on a regular day, such as the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Some meet in the evening, while others meet in the morning or afternoon. Starting in late October 2015 (and continuing until the summer 2016) groups will meet at DUUF on:
2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
2nd and 4th Sundays from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
What happens at the meetings?
First, opening words are read and a chalice is lit. Then members check-in with a brief update on how they are doing. The majority of the time is spent on reflection and discussion of the predetermined topic. To conclude, closing words are read and the chalice is extinguished. Some groups take turns providing refreshments; others do not. Topics vary and will center around the theme of contrasts and connections.
How do I sign up for a covenant group?
and in paper form in Fellowship Hall. You may also email with questions or for more information. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Say YES to Youth!

Thirty-three people have already said YES to youth! Throughout September we held our Yes to Youth challenge in which an anonymous donor agreed to donate a much-needed gift of $1,000 to our youth religious education program IF we could fill the 35 volunteer slots we need to manage our classes through the year. We are so close, but we still have TWO MORE SLOTS with an extension deadline of THIS Sunday, October 4.

Thanks to the amazing volunteers who have said yes to our youth, we have had 33 heroes step forward to teach in the Religious Education classes during this school year. We are only 2 volunteers away from reaching our goal of 35, and more importantly helping our program be everything we know it can be! Please consider being one of those 2 additional volunteers.

Please email Cindy Jacobson ( today and tell her that you will be a “Yes to Youth Hero”. Cindy or Meredyth will then contact you and help you get connected.

(P.S.) If we exceed our minimum number of 35 volunteers, we can explore adding religious education to our 11:30am service as well! Thanks for saying YES to our youth!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reaching Out and Reaching In: Three Pastoral Care Workshops for UU's

See Paris. Swim with a dolphin. Skydive.
They're on almost every list of things you should do before you die.
But what about those things you really should do? Get peace of mind and provide guidance to the friends and family members you leave behind by attending this free workshop…
Authoring Life’s Final Chapter: Preparing for End of Life Transitions
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00am-3:30pm
Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton
Topics addressed during workshop
·   Family issues and dynamics
·   Emotional and practical support for caregivers
·   End of life care
·   Legal documentation and issues
·   Traditional and alternative ceremonies to memorialize the deceased

Register by Wednesday, October 8th by clicking on this link or copying it into your browser:


Caregiving Workshop: Learning to Navigate Difficult Times

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton

One of the ways we build community is through connecting with one another. How do we truly connect with one another when life is busy, when circumstances are stressful, or when we don’t really know one another? Rev. Pam will lead a workshop preparing participants to listen deeply and to make lasting connections. Join us for this workshop of personal growth and relationship-building. All are welcome. For more information contact Rev. Pam (


First Unitarian Church of Dallas, in partnership with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas invites you to:
Pastoral Care for Reproductive Decisions and Loss:
A Training for Religious Leaders and Lay Caregivers of All Faiths

Monday, October 19, 2015 from 9:00am-4:00pm
First Unitarian Church, Dallas

Miscarriage. Infertility. Abortion. Adoption.
Where is God in these difficult moments?
Where are we?

Register today at:

Anti-racism Day in Denton

Last June many of us attended the prayer vigil at St. James AME Church in Denton and felt the strong impulse toward anti-racism work here in Denton. Please join us in that work by attending a community-wide “Anti-Racism Day” on Saturday, October 3rd from 9am to 4pm at First United Methodist Church. Rev. Pam and others from DUUF will be attending and hoping to carry that learning and experience into some on-going work together. The event is free (with an option to purchase an $8 lunch), but please register in advance (

Event organizers shared that “the goal is to begin an in-depth conversation on race, systemic racism, and racial justice, ideally to be continued in our individual churches and communities. The day’s discussion will address specifically how the individual race of each of us has impacted each life…and review the key racial justice issues in our communities. Consider these topics as you prepare for a day of candid introspection and evaluation and ensuing positive actions.”

Please join us at that workshop on Saturday, October 3rd at First United Methodist Church in Denton and in our work to heal our communities.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Refugee Crisis Fund

On Sunday, September 20 we will have a special collection to receive funds to support the refugee crisis that has so moved us by the sheer depth and breadth of horror. Please consider giving generously to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee who is partnering with organizations in countries that are receiving refugees. Your donations will help these organizations to ensure safe passage of refugees and help refugees access their rights in host countries. Please support that second collection on Sept. 20 (at both the 9:30am and 11:30am services) and/or make a donation online:

UUSC and UUA Respond to the Global Refugee CrisisOn that link is also a petition to increase the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. Please consider adding your support to the petition as well.


It has never been so easy to say YES to our youth! If 25 people sign up to teach (for the 2015/16 church year) by September 30th, not only will our Explorers program be fully supported and sustainable for the program year, but the RE Council will receive a $1,000 anonymous donation to enrich our program.

In order to help us reach this goal, all you have to do is commit to teaching 2 consecutive weeks out of every eight week period—that equals fewer than 10 times this entire year. All lesson plans and materials will be provided, and you’ll be helping DUUF be everything we can be—it really couldn’t be easier. For more information or to sign up to teach, please email Meredyth at

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Splash Day!

DUUF Splash Day 2014 was our BIGGEST splash experience EVER
…but that was before


be part of the fun

on Saturday, August 22nd

from 5:30pm to 8:00pm


How to participate (choose one or more):

·        Dive in! We will have an inflatable water structure (and kiddie pools) for children and the young-at-heart.

·        Bring a dish/beverage to share for the potluck.

·        Eat.

·        Bring chairs/blankets for sitting on the lawn, or borrow one from inside (or c'mon inside if you prefer air-conditioned seating).

·        Bring a friend.

·        Bring two friends.

·        Have fun!

·        Meet someone new.

·        Reconnect with old friends.

·        Eat.

·        Start a jam session.

·        Start a chicken dance.

·        Take pictures for next year’s flyer.

·        Tweet about your experience.

·        Check-in on Facebook.

·        Eat.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Politics and Religion?


As we listen to the debates and prepare for the upcoming presidential election, we hear (perhaps more strongly than ever) the presence of conservative religious voices. Why is the liberal religious voice missing? What would it even sound like? How are politics and religion connected in America? How should they be connected?
Rev. Pam will lead a two-part book discussion on a timely and important book, “Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square” by Paul Rasor. Join us as we explore the answers to some pressing questions of our time.
Book Discussion "Reclaiming the Prophetic Witness"

Wednesdays, August 19 and 26 at 7:00pm

at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St.

A limited number of books are available for purchase for $15 by seeing Diana Forson at the church office Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10am and 3pm. Books will also be available after services on Sunday, August 16th. Books are also available at major booksellers.

Hear the author talk about the book:


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 11th Wedding Chapel and Party a Success!

Here are some of the many photographs that helped to capture the love and joy we experienced at our July 11th Wedding Chapel and Party celebrating the June 26th Supreme Court decision for marriage rights. The photographs from the ceremonies were generously taken by Wesley Kirk ( Wesley shared his beautiful photographs with each of the six couples who were married as a keepsake of their special day. In addition to six couples (along with friends and family) joining us to get married, many people came to celebrate the weddings and the Supreme Court decision. Together we teared-up at weddings, blew bubbles, ate cupcakes, took pictures in the photo booth, and enjoyed the day!
Read more about the event from the Denton Record Chronicle's coverage:
and also from People of Denton:
Thanks to all who made the event memorable for DUUF and for Denton.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wedding Chapel and Party!

Saturday,  July 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street in Denton

We are celebrating the historic 6/26/15 Supreme Court decision with a party and YOU are invited!

Ready to tie the knot? Three wedding officiants will be available for a ceremony of your choice (secular, Unitarian Universalist, Christian, or Druid). No religious affiliation necessary. All services are completely free to any couple who has previously been denied the right to marry. We will have a photographer, cupcakes, refreshments, and a beautiful space to make your moment special.

If couples would like to plan a more extensive service at a later date, please come to the party and speak with our minister, Rev. Pamela Wat, who will conduct FREE weddings throughout 2015 and 2016 for same-sex couples who sign up that day.

Even if you aren’t tying the knot, join us to celebrate this historic vote for freedom and for love.