Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We are splashin' in the new (school) year!


Splash Day on Saturday, August 19 (starting at 5pm)

Welcome back old friends and say hello to new ones! There will be a giant splash slide and smaller wading pools for the little ones. Potluck. Bring beverages and/or dish to share. Don’t forget your towels, chairs/blanket to sit on, and sunscreen.

Ingathering & Water Communion Service on Sunday, August 20 (at 9:30am and 11:30am)

You are invited to bring a small amount of water that represents something of you and/or your experiences this year. Some people bring water from their home, from a vacation they took this year, from a loved one’s home, from time in nature, a rainfall, or some other meaningful experience. All are welcome to share in this truly meaningful experience.

Coming of Age for Youth STARTING NOW

Parent and Youth Orientation
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Do you know a high school student who is ready to explore their beliefs/values and to deepen their understanding/awareness of self? We welcome all high-school-aged youth and their parents/guardians to join us for this session to learn more about the Coming of Age series. Coming of Age helps youth in grades 9-12 (or equivalent) to be their best selves through exploring beliefs, promoting justice, building relationships, being a leader, finding spiritual grounding, and articulating what is important to them. Classes will meet Wednesday evenings beginning in mid-August and continue through May 2018 (with an optional trip in June 2018).

For more information (and to RSVP) email hs@dentonuuf.org. This series is open to all youth regardless of their membership or participation at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The program is non-dogmatic and open to a diversity of beliefs and backgrounds.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 Award Ceremony and Flower Communion Services

June 4, 2017 was a special time at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship! During each service, we presented and dedicated our beautiful, new banner that was created by Hope Edwards. We recognized youth and adults for their leadership and for living out exemplary values. We recognized high school and college graduates. We recognized rising 2nd graders, rising 6th graders, and rising 9th graders who bridged to the next DUUF class. We thanked our volunteer teachers. We installed our 2017/2018 Board of Trustees. We celebrated flower communion (on the 95th anniversary of flower communion). And we sang, danced, and shared stories. It was a full day! Following is a list of some of the folks we recognized and photos from the day.


Pre-K through 1st Grade:
Special recognition went to Teddy, Willis, Airle, Evey, Ava, Edyn, Leo, Serena, Rowan, Aubrey, Phoebe, Jeremiah, Jerry, Alida.
Recognition to assistant teachers: Nicholas Morgan, Danna Getske, Stacy Efthymiou.

2nd-5th Grade:

Top 5 Attendance: Penelope Sullivan, Wyatt Morin, Joshua Swift, Gus Gamblin, Rakan Aouadi
Rising Star Award (5 Leadership Stars): Rakan Aouadi, Matae Aouadi, Robin Palmer-Stanley, Zoey Tait, Gus Gamblin, Max Briggle, Rowan Brown, Corbin Allred
Shining Star Award (10 Leadership Stars): Wyatt Morin, Joshua Swift Super Star Award (15+ Leadership Stars): Penelope Sullivan DUUF Leadership Award: Penelope Sullivan 2nd-5th Grade Bridging Certificate: Xander Kimbro, Johan Hotz Middle School: DUUF Leadership Award: Gabriel Morgan Middle School Bridging Certificate: Riley Briggs, Gabriel Morgan, Bella Sagaribay Recognition to Nancy Fire for her strong commitment to assistant teaching each and every week. Youth and Adults:
Danielle Jacobson Leadership Award: First annual award went to Danielle Jacobson!
The Unsung Hero Award: Elizabeth Yeary
Golden Award: Henry Gibbons
Chalice Award: Mark Davis
Chalice Award: Gerry Veeder

This side of our new banner features a tree with our principles as part of our roots, and the world as the tree.

This side of our new banner features a our name, chalice, and our principles.
Children with Rev. Pam dedicating the new banner.


Installation of the 2017/18 Board of Trustees 
First graders bridging up to the next class! 



Rachel recognizing student leaders in the 2nd-5th grade class.

Xander bridging up to Middle School!


Danielle receiving our first annual Danielle Jacobson Leadership Award! 


Rachel recognizing Gabriel Morgan for his leadership in the middle school youth group. 
Gerry Veeder receiving a Chalice Award.





Rev. Pam recognizing Jessica O'Connell's graduation from UNT.


Rev. Pam recognizing Leah Cadwallader-Daniel's graduation from Denton High School.


Barb Rodman and Sunnie Palmer presenting Liz Year with the first annual Unsung Hero Award.


Barb Rodman presenting Mark Davis with the 2017 Chalice Award.


Flowers from the 9:30am Flower Communion Service


Flowers from the 11:30am Flower Communion Service

Monday, May 22, 2017

A World of Treasure


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Kids are invited to explore A World of Treasure! This unforgettable journey begins with a scavenger hunt, a secret map, and clues to a summer-long adventure of exploring world religions...with a final reveal in August!

The series is on Sundays, June 11 through August 13, 2017 (9:30am or 11:30am), with a scavenger hunt kick-off on June 11th.

Throughout the summer, three classes (pre-k through 1st grade, 2nd through 5th grade, and 6th through 12th grade) will explore treasures hidden in different religions.

It all takes place at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton, Texas.


No cost to participate and all youth are welcome.



For more information contact: youth@dentonuuf.org or call (940) 566-1286.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

4th Annual Interfaith National Day of Prayer Service in Denton

Thursday, May 4, 2017 with a Community Meal at 6pm and Service at 7pm 
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Street, Denton 

 All are invited for a community meal provided by members of Trinity Presbyterian Church at 6:00pm. The prayer service is at 7:00pm. Leaders and members from diverse faith traditions will join us for an evening of inspiration and solidarity. 


 Children (grades 1 or older--including middle school/high school) are invited to sing in the choir for this event. An mp3 file is available for download and practice and a short rehearsal will be the day of the event at 6pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The children's choir is led by Jett Cheek, Children's Choir Director of First United Methodist Church. The song is "Let There Be Peace on Earth". Files (for audio and words) can be downloaded here: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/tinw425pc11va/Denton_Interfaith_Children's_Choir Questions can be directed to faithallianceofdenton@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Dharma Series starting Sunday, April 23rd at 6pm

On Sunday, April 23, our Meditation and Dharma Study Group will begin a new series, "The Thirty-seven Practices of the Bodhisattva". This is a foundational text of Mahayana Buddhism, but an extremely practical one aimed at applying the practices to our daily life. If you haven't been attending Meditation and Dharma Study, this is a great place to jump in. The group meets every Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00, led by Palden Lhamo, an ordained teacher in the Jonang lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. There is no charge for the teachings. The group meets in the sanctuary at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton, Texas. The event is open to the public. All are welcome.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Covenant Groups at DUUF (starting April 2017)



What is a covenant group?
Groups of 6-10 people who gather twice a month to connect with each other and discuss the themes for that month. The sharing and deep listening that take place foster intimate connections and a sense of shared community.  
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. Groups are also guided by our larger Unitarian Universalist covenant (also referred to as our seven principles).
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. Groups will begin meeting the second week in April 2017 (and continue until the summer 2018) at DUUF.
What happens at the meetings?
After the chalice lighting, members check-in with a brief update on how they are doing. Then the majority of the time is spent on reflection and discussion of the 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 themes for the month.

How do I sign up for a covenant group?
Forms are available through April 5th both online and in paper form in Fellowship Hall. Look for printed forms in Fellowship Hall (where we have coffee hour) or sign-up online: https://goo.gl/forms/EuBYC6QQseOXzCtP2


SIGN UP TODAY! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Standing/Marching/Singing/Being on the Side of the Love!








Yoga at DUUF



(for all levels and abilities)

Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:15pm (through May 2017)
at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 

We need this right now! Integrate the mind and body, care for the self, bring your body along while deepening the commitments, large and small, to make the world a better place.

A reading and short meditation build into a gently enlivening yoga-based class inspired by a variety of somatic perspectives. This class is designed to connect individual spiritual practices to movement images. 

Suggested donation to benefit DUUF: $10

Bring a yoga mat for floor work. All are encouraged to adapt their participation to correspond to their needs.

Classes are led by Sarah Gamblin, an avid practitioner of yoga, Body Mind Centering, Barteneiff Fundamentals, Contemplative Dance Practice and Contact Improvisation. Recently relishing the reward of moving in relationship to aging and process. She is a professor of dance at TWU.