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


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 or calling 940-566-1286).

Our Whole Lives 2016/2017 for Kindergarten through High School

Are you a parent who is interested in an alternative to abstinence-only sex education in Texas? Do you have a child who is in grade 4 through 9?

Come to our OWL Parent Orientation on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. This orientation will introduce parents to a comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education class for students in grades four through nine. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a secular program developed by the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist Association. It teaches children about healthy relationship-building, body changes throughout development, sexuality, and sexual health. The program helps youth make healthy, safe, and informed choices about their bodies and their well-being. All children in grades 4 through 9 are invited to participate this multi-week series. Parents or guardians must attend this orientation to ensure a child's participation. For more information contact our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Jeremy Ritzmann at 940.566.1286 or

OWL classes starting on October 2, 2016:
  • Grades 4-6th grade will learn about and discuss the physical and emotional changes of puberty while exploring values, communication, and decision making. Sunday mornings - 11:30am to 12:30pm from October 2 - December 11, 2016 (Fee: $25 members, $50 non-members)
  • Grades 7-9th grade will learn about sexuality in the context of values and personal responsibility while developing healthy decision making and strengthening social skills. Sunday mornings - 11:30am to 1:00pm from October 2, 2016 - May 28, 2017 (Fee: $50 members, $100 non-members)

 OWL classes coming in Spring 2017:
  • Kindergarten through 1st Grade
  • Grades 10-12

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Construction Updates: June 2016

Things are moving along at DUUF!  The building now has more new windows, sheetrock, new concrete stain in the sanctuary, and new doors.  We are working on resuming services in the building sometime in August.

Thanks again to all who have helped us move forward.  We are so grateful!

Matthew and Erik added a coppery brown stain to the sanctuary floors to even out the color.

The sanctuary after the floors were completed.

floor stain closeup

These will be our updated chairs in matching fabric.  The chair on the left will be for the Fellowship Hall.  On the right, the new fabric for our sanctuary chairs on a similar frame.  

Classroom 5 was damaged the most.  Now it has fresh sheetrock.

Classroom 5 looking toward the playground.

The nursery looks fresh and bright.

New windows, a wooden bench, and refreshed ceiling.

Beautiful new nursery bathroom walls.

Some windows are still awaiting replacement.  Concrete block walls have been primed.

New doors for each classroom with windows.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Construction Updates: April 2016

We are so happy that after a long pause we have been granted our permits and construction has begun again!  Here are some photos of the progress this month:

The Fellowship Hall will have a new bench with the air vents on the side instead of the top.  This gives people more room to sit.  Insulation is going in and the walls have been primed.

This is a view from the most damaged classroom into the hallway to the Fellowship Hall.  This room had to be taken down to the studs.

The bench and air duct space in this classroom will be shorter, which allows more room for children and chairs.  Again, air ducts are on the side now.

Thank you to all who have contributed energy to our rebuilding efforts!  We couldn't have done it without you!  Stay tuned for more updates.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Sunday Services at DUUF

We have two distinct Easter Sunday services on March 27:

Our 9:30am service will be a child-friendly service of stories and songs. Rev. Pam leads the service with a special visit from the Easter Bunny! We will dedicate and welcome our newest addition to DUUF, Kathryn Ara Taylor. Following the service children are invited to participate in our annual Easter egg hunt! We welcome all children, family, and the young-at-heart for this celebration!

Our 11:30am service is created more for adults and older youth. The Easter story is one of miracle and magic, but it is built on stories of betrayal and grief. Rev. Pam shares the fuller story and invites us to explore new truths in this old story—revealing by whom or what we might be saved. The choir will join us for this traditional service and coloring books will be available for children.

Invite your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and complete strangers to this year's Easter celebration...DUUF style.

Easter Sunday services will be held in the DUUF sanctuary! Although post-fire construction is not yet completed on our religious education wing, we will gather in our sanctuary to celebrate Easter Sunday.

Please note that there will be no nursery or religious education classes this Sunday. We encourage infants and children to stay with us in the service.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2016 DUUF Sabbatical Schedule

We have an amazing line-up of speakers coming up! Don't miss a single Sunday at DUUF!

March 6 - "A Fine Frenzy" - Rev. Annie Foerster

March 13 - "All are Saved?" - Rev. Pam Wat

March 20 - "Slave Narratives" - Ian Finseth

March 27 - Easter Sunday! - Rev. Pam Wat (For one Sunday only we return to 1111 Cordell Street for two services, 9:30am and 11:30am. The first service is a service for all ages with a special visit from the Easter Bunny and egg hunt following. The second service is a traditional service.)

April 3 -  Rev. Tamara Lebak, Tulsa

April 10 - Rev. Aaron White, First Unitarian Church of Dallas

April 17 - "Science and Religion" – Samir Aouadi

April 24 - Rev. Mark Walz, Oak Cliff UU Church

May 1 -  Rev. Barbara Jarrell, All Soul’s Church, Shreveport

                       (with Congregational Meeting scheduled)

May 8 - Honoring Mother’s Day – Worship Committee

May 15 - Rev. Meg Barnhouse, First UU Church of Austin

May 22 - TBA

May 29 - Rev. Eric Posa, The Church of the River, Memphis

June 5 - Flower Communion Celebration – Worship Committee

June 12 - Natalie Briscoe, UUA Regional Staff

June 19 - Honoring Father’s Day – Worship Committee

June 26 - "It's Not My Victory" –Ellen Depee and Angelia Ford (who got married in Denton on this day in 2015 as soon as it was legal)

July 3 -  "The Separation of Church and State"

July 10 - "I'm as Mad as Hell!" – Rev. Bruce Beisner, Bay Area UU Church, Houston

July 17 - "The Two Obligations of Good Religion" – John Beckett

July 24 - Scottie McIntyre Johnson, San Marcos UU Fellowship

July 31 - "A Noble Harvest for Organized Justice in Texas" - Rev. Chuck Freeman, TX UU Justice Ministry, Austin
August 7 - "Unitarian Universalism with a Texas Accent" - Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford, Live Oak UU Church, Austin

August 14 - "Power and Energy: Denton after the Fracking Ban" - Adam Briggle

August 21 - Water Communion and Ingathering Services - Rev. Pam Wat

August 28 - "On the First Day" - Rev. Pam Wat

Friday, February 12, 2016

Celebrate the LOVE!

JOIN US for Valentine's Day at Oak Street Drafthouse and Flatlanders Taco Company where 10% of sales go to OUTreach Denton!

Come to Oak St. and/or Flatlanders from noon until close on the day of love where 10% of all proceeds will be donated to help us continue offering our amazing LGBT youth program, an annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and other events and advocacy work in our Denton community. Come by, have a drink, mingle, mark the day in the photo booth, and show OUTreach Denton the LOVE!