Sunday, March 1, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I cannot express how lucky we are here at DUUF to have the amazing team of dedicated women and men teaching our youth. This week, it is our privilege to introduce Carol Higbee Iannuzzi, and let her tell you a bit about her role with our Explorers!
What class do you teach?
How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching with this past summer UU Evolution classes.
What does an average Sunday look like in your classroom?
We usually have on average 5-7 teen youths, however we had as many as 10 show up on a Sunday. We start out with donuts and go around the class with brief introductions and any shared joys and/or sorrows. We have interesting discussions over a world religion and usually try to have an artistic activity incorporated into the time together.
What is your favorite part of teaching that class?
The interesting questions and exciting participation that the teens bring to the discussions.
Was there anything that surprised you when you started teaching?
Yes, I was surprised how much enjoyment I would get from the interaction and enthusiasm that the youth bring to the discussions in class.
How has teaching helped your own spiritual journey?
I feel I have more meaning in my life with teaching and the classroom interaction with the youth versus having previously worked in a corporate career that I did not feel fulfilled in at all.
What is one thing you’d like the congregation to know about your students and about being an RE teacher?
The students are always eager to learn, insightful, and bring so much fun energy to the classroom. As an RE teacher, you not only learn from the preparation for the class activities but also from the thought provoking questions and insightfulness that the students bring to the class discussions.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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.
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:
How do I sign up for a covenant group?
- 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!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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:
Put together a monthly spending plan that really works
Set financial goals and communicate about money
Eliminate the stress that comes from financial problems
Save and invest for your future
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to register.
DUUF Splash Day 2013 was our BIGGEST splash experience EVER...
Friday, April 11, 2014
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.