Thursday, December 18, 2014

Something New is Starting!


What is a covenant group?

Covenant Groups or Small Group Ministry programs exist in many Unitarian Universalist congregations as a way for people to explore their deepest understanding of life in the midst of a community of faith.

Here at DUUF, they are groups of 6-10 people, DUUF members and friends, 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 large congregation such as ours. While they are not support groups, members do support each other by listening with empathy and caring for and helping each other when the need arises.

Why are they called covenant groups?

Because each group creates its own covenant or agreement which outlines the guidelines they choose to abide by in their meetings. Covenants usually specify when and 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 January 2015 groups will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10:00am to 11:30am, and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Groups will continue until the summer 2015. Childcare is available.

Where do they meet?

Groups meet at DUUF in one of the classrooms.

What happens at the meetings?

The way meetings go varies from one group to another, but they follow the same general pattern. 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. In some groups, members check-out with their final thoughts on the topic. To conclude, closing words are read and the chalice is extinguished. Some groups take turns providing refreshments; others do not.

Who leads the meetings?

Each group has a trained facilitator, and most have a co-facilitator as well.

Tell me more about the topics.

Topics are selected by Lifespan Faith Development staff and vary each week. Up to a week before each meeting, participants receive an email about the topic, any related readings and/or pertinent questions for discussion. A sampling of topics includes:

Prayer                       Pilgrimage 
Balance                     Science and Spirituality
Forgiveness               Aspects of Islam
Ethical Reasoning     Gratitude
Aging                         Home
Peacemaking            Money
Play                           Grace

How do I sign up for a covenant group?

Forms are available through the first week in January both online:  http://dentonuuf.webform.com/form/14661/ and in paper form in Fellowship Hall. You may also email covenantgroups@dentonuuf.org with questions or for more information. 
 
 

 

Help Grow Our Future!

It is a fact: we have WAY more children at DUUF than we have ever had before. We are so fortunate to have so many opportunities for young people to explore what they believe, what our different sources teach, relationship-building, cultivate ethics and promote justice, and to explore their best version of themselves. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers this year and over the past several years we have really blossomed! Now YOU can help grow our future!
 
If you believe in creating opportunities for children to explore their own free and responsible search for truth and meaning, please visit our fun, interactive flower-themed display on the wall in the Fellowship Hall where you’ll be able to see some of the many aspects of our weekly lifespan faith development. You will also see some of the people who do these various and sundry tasks. Most exciting of all, you’ll be able to sign up yourself and get involved with this truly remarkable group of people.
 
There are lots of ways everyone can contribute. You can help with things like:
  • learning and exploring with our youth in a class (choose one of four different age-ranges),
  • checking the playground to make sure it’s clean and safe before services,
  • making posters,
  • crafting Spirit Play story boxes
  • helping to clean and organize our supply closets,
  • bringing a snack for our teachers once in a while,
  • and so much more!
There’s guaranteed to be some way everyone can contribute to the program.
 
We’ve even got an opportunity for you to get involved in adult faith development if that’s more your style. We’ll be hosting an adult faith development planning meeting on Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm at the fellowship and we’d love to have your input as we move forward.
 
 
You are an important part of our DUUF community. Thank you for your presence. If you'd like to take the next step of supporting our community, please contact Meredyth Fleisher, Director of Lifespan Faith Development at dlfd@dentonuuf.org or 940-566-1286.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SHOP 4 DUUF!


ChaliceArt has generously donated ten stunning chalice necklaces for us to sell to raise funds for DUUF. Each is an artful, unique, one-of-a-kind treasure not found on their website or anywhere else. Prices range between $75 and $250. Pictured here are five of the pieces that will be for sale.
 
THIS WEEKEND ONLY during
 
Hanging of the Greens on Saturday 12/6 (5:00pm to 8:00pm)
 
and
 
Sunday 12/7 after services
 
Just in time for Christmas, you can purchase a special gift for yourself or someone special AND at the same time raise funds for DUUF. Wearing a chalice necklace is a great way to draw you back to our UU principles, show your UU spirit AND support DUUF.
 
100% of the money received goes straight to DUUF.
Any unsold pieces will be returned to ChaliceArt so that they can sell them elsewhere.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New to UU!

You are invited to our New to UU Orientation, Saturday, Nov. 8th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you're wondering what Unitarian Universalism is all about, if you'd like more information about the path to membership at DUUF, or if you are a new or longtime member who hasn't attended orientation before (or in a while), please join us for food and fellowship.
 
Please RSVP ASAP to membership@dentonuuf.org.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Financial Peace University at DUUF


 (a nine-week course beginning September 10, 2014

taught by DUUF member Nick Day)

 Most people struggle to make ends meet. They just have too much month left at the end of the money. If you have made mistakes and feel like your money vanishes each month, you are not alone. In fact, 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, regardless of income. Financial Peace University is designed to teach you and your family to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and build wealth. During the 9-week course the class will meet to watch the video lesson and participate in discussion groups that will change your whole attitude about money! This class will break through the common financial jargon and explain how money really works in a simple, easy-to-understand style. During this life-changing class, you will learn how to:

 
Get Control Of Your Money
Follow the step-by-step process for getting out of debt and staying out of debt
Put together a monthly spending plan that really works
Set financial goals and communicate about money

Stop Struggling To Make Ends Meet
Protect your family from life’s emergencies
Eliminate the stress that comes from financial problems
Save and invest for your future

Tell Your Money What To Do
Know what insurance to buy . . . and what to avoid
Get great deals on the things you buy
Buy or sell a home the right way
Plan for your retirement and make the right investment choices

Change Your Family’s Future
Utilize a good money plan to strengthen your marriage
Unlock the power of giving to change your community
 
Financial Peace University at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton, TX. Classes will be held Wednesday nights beginning September 10 (and finishing on November 5), from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Led by DUUF member Nick Day. The cost of supplies is just $99 per individual (or couple). Free childcare is provided for families who register in advance (please register by September 1). Please contact Nick at nick@gohlkepools.com for more info or to register. 

Splash Day


DUUF Splash Day 2013 was our BIGGEST splash experience EVER...
but that was before
 
 
 

 
be part of the fun
on Saturday, August 23rd
from 4:00pm 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.

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

Installed!

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