Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guest at Your Table has started!

Guest at Your Table is an annual program to raise support for and awareness of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). UUSC  is a nonsectarian human rights organization powered by grassroots collaboration, working anywhere rights are threatened – by natural disasters, armed conflicts, genocide, forced migration, and systematic injustice. For examples of past and present work in the United States and around the globe, visit uusc.org/guest. 

On Nov. 20th, each household received a box to keep on their kitchen table as a reminder of those whose rights are still threatened (if you did not get a box, pick one up this Sunday during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall). Throughout the week you have an opportunity to share a portion of your wealth into the box. On or near Christmas Eve, we invite you to bring your total donation to DUUF so that we can send a check to the UUSC to further their important work. 


Spend your winter holidays in community!


Hanging of the Greens - Saturday evening December 3


Hanging of the Greens is an all-ages event to decorate the church for the season, enjoy one another's company, and share a meal together. Rev. Pam is leading a craft for the young (and young-at-heart). Linda is making pancakes for everyone. And Tesa is leading up the decoration efforts.

Join us whether you are bringing the holiday cheer, or in need of some holiday cheer, or just available to lend a hand. 

Participate in our potluck (if you like) by bringing a side dish or dessert.



FAIR TRADE POP-UP SHOP


Sunday, December 11 at DUUF 

during coffee hour

from 10:30am to 11:30am

and  12:30pm to 1:30pm



Hosted by DUUF children and youth as they learn about Fair Trade practices and raise money for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Movie Night - Showing "Marisol"

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"Marisol"
screening on Saturday, November 12 at 7:00pm
Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St., Denton


Marisol Flores, age 19, lives with her father, a manual laborer, in Lake Dallas, a small town in North Texas. As Marisol goes to register for her first college class, she is informed that she has been identified by the state of Texas as undocumented. From that moment forward, everything changes for Marisol, most importantly the knowledge that her father and deceased mother had kept this fact a secret from her. Marisol uncovers deep memories of her past to piece together why her parents brought her to the US without telling her she was born in Mexico. Through dream imagery, flashbacks, and non-fiction elements, Marisol discovers true notions about her own identity as a Mexican woman now living as an outsider in the place she grew up in. 

Don't miss this beautiful film by local filmmaker and DUUF member, Eugene Martin.

Fall Planting Party and Work Day




Saturday, November 12, 2016
starting at 9:00am
at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


Thanks to a generous grant from Keep Denton Beautiful, we have the funds to complete the last part of the (post-creek) landscaping project.
Please lend a hand inside the building or outside the building on 11/12.

Refreshments will be available.

You are welcome to bring shovels/rakes or use DUUF tools.




Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Celebration at DUUF!

Join the fun on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6pm at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street. 

You may find a bubbling cauldron, hear ghoulish tunes and just maybe a ghostly figure will appear to share a tragic tale…You have to be there to find out… 

This is an event with activities for young, old and in between. So put your costume on, make a scary (looking) dish and join us for the celebration!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Screening of "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" - free admission



"Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" is an account of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to multiple life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

Defying the Nazis is cinematically told through the letters and journals of the Sharps, with Tom Hanks as the voice of Waitstill and Marina Goldman as the voice of Martha. It features firsthand interviews with the now adult children whom the Sharps saved, as well as leading historians, authors and Holocaust scholars, including William Schulz, Deborah Dwork, Modecai Paldiel, Ghanda DiFiglia and Yehuda Bauer.


Doors open at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7:00pm. Refreshments available for purchase.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Kick-Off - Sunday, October 2, 2016


* SURPRISE GIFTS FOR EACH REGISTERED STUDENT *

9:30 AM

Wave Runners, 4 years-1st grade, explore Spirit Play, a Montessori based program that shares stories from our six sources which include Unitarian Universalism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, science, and history.

Wind Gliders, 2-3rd graders explore The Signs of Our Faith and the Unitarian Universalist quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another, and public witness.

Mountain Climbers, 4-5th graders explore Toolbox of Faith, reflecting on “tools” such as integrity, courage, and love as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith.

Fire Breathers, 6-12th graders explore Riddle and Mystery, where they will process the “Big Questions”: Does God Exist? What happens when we die? Can we ever solve these mysteries? And ultimately, what does being a UU mean to me?


11:30 AM

Children’s Chapel, children and youth of all ages gather in worship, just like our adults, through storytelling and community sharing. Following their worship, they will break into age based groups to participate in faith based activities, to deepen their experience.

Our Whole Lives (OWL), grades 4-6 and 7-9, explore honest, accurate information about sexuality and changes in life. OWL dismantles stereotypes/assumptions, builds self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.




PLEASE NOTE:  Starting in October, a Middle School Youth Group and a High School Youth Group each meet on Wednesday evenings to build community.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tibetan Buddhist Sangha at DUUF

Buddhist meditation and dharma study group meets every Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 in the sanctuary at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (1111 Cordell Street, Denton). Beginners are always welcome. You’re invited to use either a cushion or a chair, and there is no fee for the teachings.

The sessions will be led by Palden Lhamo, who has served in UU churches as a Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the past 10 years.  Now she is an authorized lay teacher in the Tibetan Jonang lineage.  She studies under her lama and root teacher, Ven. Tashi Nyima, who is one of only four ordained Jonang monks currently teaching in English. He is the spiritual director of Jonang Buddhist Communities in Dallas, Plano, Hurst, and Mexico City. Tashi-la has studied and completed extensive retreats under eminent teachers of various Dharma lineages, including Lama Tsering Ngodup (Kagyu), HH the XIV Dalai Lama (Geluk), Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Kagyu), Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche (Nyingma), HH Sakya Trizin (Sakya), and HH Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche (Jonang). Tashi-la is the heart-son of Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, from whom he received the full transmission of the Great Middle Way (Skt. maha madhyamaka; Tib. dbUma chenpo).  From time to time Tashi-la will come to DUUF to teach or to perform ceremonies such as taking refuge or making precept vows.
The sangha will begin with an introductory class on aspects of our meditation practice and an explanation of the aspiration and dedication prayers.  Beginning September 18 we will take up a study of the Noble Eightfold Path, following the format of:

6:00 – 7:00 sitting meditation
6:30 – 7:30 Dharma teachings

7:30 – 8:00 Buddha Bar – We’ll share coffee and vegan snacks as we discuss the teachings, ask questions, and share our experiences on the path.

Meditation is for children too! Also on Sunday evenings starting at 6:00pm, children ages 5 and up are invited to join Rev. Pam Wat for a children’s meditation experience. Rev. Pam will lead the children in exercises, stories, and a practice of stillness and calm. Children under 4 years old and younger are invited into our nursery care (be sure to RSVP for childcare by emailing meditation@dentonuuf.org or calling 940-566-1286).