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February 8, 2019
This Sunday
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February 10, 2019 at 9:30 and 11:30 am

The Blessings of Trust - Rev. Donna Dolham

The complexity of trust is intertwined with our faith, histories, experiences, communities, hopes and dreams. Join us for this service as we explore how the seeds of trust help us engage our way into the future.

In our 9:30 and 11:30 am Explorer Classes

Nursery (Infant to Pre-K): Infants and young children are invited to our nursery for a time of play, discovery, nurture, and connection. If you are visiting for the first time, feel free to arrive early to meet our nursery staff and to spend time in the room (classroom number 4) with your child.


Grades Pre-K to 1st: The theme for this month is Trust. This Sunday we will be learning about how love involves trust. We will be reading a story on love and making valentines day crafts.


Grades 2nd to 5th: The theme for this month is Trust. This Sunday we will be learning about the important work of Fannie Barrier Williams, who was a black Unitarian Activist.  We will learn how the power of love can lift us into action and we will do a special valentine craft.

Between the Services

Inquirers Series: Q&A with Minister

10:40 am to 11:20 am in Room 2

Newcomers and long-time members (and everyone in between) are especially invited to attend. In this session Rev. Donna will answer any questions you bring! Think about what you’d like to know more about, or come and ask those deep existential questions that you’ve been tossing around!

A New Song for Sunday

Give a listen here...

Woyaya, by Hopedale Unitarian Choir

Words & Music: Loughty Amoa, Solomon Amarfio, Robert M. Bailey, Roy Bedeau, Francis T. Osei, Whendell K. Richardson, and Mac Tontoh

Transcribed from Ysaye M. Barnwell

About the Authors

The following authors are featured in the readings this Sunday.


20190210 Dyer

Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer was called in 2017 as the 24th lead minister of First Parish in Cambridge.  He is excited to bring a strong pastoral presence, creative worship style and dynamic management background to support the ministries of the community.  Adam loves collaboration and is thrilled to cultivate relationships on behalf of First Parish with local clergy of all backgrounds as well as community leaders in government and business.  However, his ministry also reaches beyond Cambridge primarily through his writing. He is the author of the 2016 In-Spirit Meditation Manual, Love Beyond God a collection of poetry and reflections that generates from his personal experience of black identity intersecting with liberal religion.  His writing has been featured in UU World Magazine, as well as other blogs including Believe Out Loud, The Equity Blog and The Good Men Project. His personal blog, explores the relationship between bodies, faith and politics and is rooted in his early background in fitness and wellness.  Prior to his installation, Adam most recently lived in Northern California where he worked with PolicyLink, the PICO Networks and the UU Justice Ministry of California advocating for racial, economic and health equity as well as LGBTQ inclusion.  Adam is a graduate of Princeton University and the Pacific School of Religion.


20190210 Wheatley

Marjorie Rebekah Bowens (1049 – 2006), the fourth of 10 children born to the former Bernice Loretta Wheatley and Daniel Lee Bowens. She spent most of her childhood in Philadelphia, the place of her birth; but was acculturated in the ways of the south and the Caribbean through the heritage of her parents.


Her work at the Service Committee and at the Veatch Program, accompanied by independent study on the theology and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Howard Thurman, ultimately led Marjorie to understand her own calling to ministry. In the fall of 1991, she entered Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC and in 1994, she was awarded a Master of Divinity degree (cum laude), and was ordained in Washington, DC, in December 1994 at her home congregation, All Souls Church Unitarian.


Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley's imprint on Unitarian Universalism is significant and has helped shape contemporary Unitarian Universalist Association programs and practices in major ways. Please see the fuller and more detailed story of Marjorie's life and contributions on the forthcoming story to be posted on the UUA website.


20190210 Brown

Adrienne Maree Brown prioritizes the work of black-led and focused groups oriented toward transformation and revolution. She prioritizes work with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, the Movement for Black Lives, Black Lives Matter Global Network, BYP100 and more. She facilitates work for groups that are not black-led helps subsidize this underfunded work.

She is a writer,  has a Podcast and takes Pleasure Activism! Adrienne is finishing an anthology on pleasure activism, and writing a column for Bitch magazine on pleasure. She is also finishing a novel on grief in Detroit, working on a sci fi and social justice reader on Ursula Le Guin, and writing this blog. Finally, adrienne is generating a podcast called How to Survive the End of the World, with Autumn Brown and Zack Rosen.

For more information

From the Welcome Team

Good Morning Friends,

I am so glad you are a part of our Fellowship. I’ve been an active member of DUUF for around 5 years now and over time the fellowship has become a second home to me and my family. My hope is that you feel at home here with us, too. Some of the things that really made me feel at home were getting the chance to visit with people at coffee hour.

Did you know that we have a Welcome Team here at DUUF? Our team is made up of Sunnie Palmer, Barb Rodman, and our interim minister, Reverend Donna Dolham, and myself. We would love to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in serving our fellowship through the spiritual practice of hospitality to join us on the Welcome Team.

We are planning a Welcome Breakfast in April to get to know our new friends who have recently joined the fellowship and those that are considering joining. Be on the lookout for more details to come.

If you have questions or want more information about what the Welcome Team is all about feel free to ask Sunnie, Barb, Rev. Donna, or myself. You can also contact us at

Love and Light,

Kelly Caster

Reverend Donna's Availability

Office hours this week:

Wednesday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

And by appointment

940 566-1286, ext. 12


Monday is my Sabbath & Friday is my writing day

available for pastoral emergencies only.

What's Happening?

New Fellowship Group Starting

Monday, February 18

7:30 - 8:30 pm

There is interest in starting a Fellowship Group for UUs who identify as men, parallel to the existing group for those who identify as women. Prior experience has shown that such a group is a good mechanism for fostering friendship and collaboration. If you are interested, we invite you to come to an organizational meeting to discuss what shape such a group should take, when it should meet and what its name should be (hint: it shouldn't be "the men's group", because we want to be broadly inclusive). For further information and to make suggestions, write to Bruce Sherwood at or Cliff Caster at

Sweetheart Dance

Friday, February 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Sweetheart Dance other 3

Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Sweetheart Dance! We will have dancing,  refreshments, a photo booth, and lots of fun! Families with children of all sizes, ages, and genders are welcome to attend. A donation is welcome, but not required for attendance. Donations of lighting, snacks, rainbow decor, DJ equipment, or other items welcome!  Questions? Contact Sponsored by Parents of Unitarian Universalists Preschoolers (PUUPs). We look forward to seeing you and your Sweethearts!

In the Interim Book Study

February 28, March 7, March 28 and April 18

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in Room 1

In the Interim

Please RSVP to Reverend Donna by January 18 at 940-566-1286 ext. 12 or Books will be made available through DUUF’s lending library. Contact Reverend Donna with any questions you may have.

Please join in this four part program where we will read and discuss the book In the Interim edited by Keith Kron and Barbara Child. Would you like to learn more about what DUUF’s interim ministry time is about? This is an exciting time in the life of the congregation and it holds so many possibilities.

Islamic Society of Denton Open House

Saturday, March 2

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This event is intended to be for non-Muslims of all ages to learn about Islam and to get answers for any questions they might have about Islam. For more information, visit

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Events

Fiber Arts Weekend - February 15-18

Astronomy Weekend - March 1-3

Men's retreat March 22-24

Women’s Retreat Weekend - March 29-31

Work Bee weekend May 17-19

Summer Family Camp May 25-28

Youth summer camps June 9-29 (based on age)

Sky & Earth youth science camp July 28-Aug 3 for more information and to register! Cabins for rent. Contact to arrange.

This Week

Sunday, 2/10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - OUTreach Denton LGBTQ+ Spectrum Youth Group - Teenage youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or straight ally are invited to participate each week. Questions? Contact


Monday, 2/11, 9:30  am - 11:30 am - Parents of Unitarian Universalist Preschoolers (PUUPs) Play Group - Preschoolers and parents are invited to join us  for a play date and fellowship in the nursery at DUUF on 2nd and 4th Mondays and 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Ages 0-6 and siblings welcome. Questions? Email


Wednesday, 2/13,:9:30 am - 10:30 am - Meditation/Reflection - Rev. Donna will facilitate a weekly meditation and reflection group. All are welcome.


Wednesday, 2/13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) - Advance registration required. Details below.


Wednesday, 2/13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Middle School Youth Group - All middle school youth, members of the church and community members, are invited to join our youth group held each Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 pm at DUUF. Just show up and have fun! Questions?


Thursday, 2/14, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Fellowship Group for all folks who identify as women - Our February Program is about Love and Relationship Books. Tell us about what you've learned from a book you'd recommend on the topic of love and relationships. All women-identified folks are welcomed to join in for some Valentine's day fun. 6:00 pm for set up & mingle, potluck at 6:30 pm with program around 7:00 pm. Childcare provided.


Friday, 2/15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Sweetheart Dance

Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Sweetheart Dance! We will have dancing, refreshments, a photo booth, and lots of fun! Families with children of all sizes, ages, and genders are welcome to attend. A donation is welcome, but not required for attendance. Donations of lighting, snacks, rainbow decor, DJ equipment, or other items welcome!  Questions? Contact Sponsored by Parents of Unitarian Universalists Preschoolers (PUUPs). We look forward to seeing you and your Sweethearts!

This Month

Monday, 2/18, 7:30 pm - Organizational meeting for new fellowship group - See details above.


Tuesday, 2/19, 7:00 pm - Board of Trustees meeting - All are invited to attend and observe this monthly meeting.  


Saturday, 2/23, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Chili Cook-Off - Join us for this delicious annual tradition. Contestants prepare entrées in any of the following categories: carnivore soup or chili; vegan soup or chili vegan; vegan dessert; non-vegan dessert. Make your best recipe because the competition is intense. Diners do the judging! Admission: $7 adults & $3 children under 16. Bring a drink to share. This is a fundraising event for our Fellowship.  Volunteers to set up and clean up are needed and welcome. Please contact the Cook-Off manager: Mark Davis at


Thursday, 2/28, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - In the Interim Book Study - RSVP required. Details above.

Inquirers Series

Inquirers is a series of conversations about both DUUF/Unitarian Universalist history and practices. Newcomers, longtime members, and everyone in between are welcome to attend this 8-part series that meets Sundays between the services at 10:40 a.m. in Room 2.


Upcoming sessions:

February 10 - Q&A with Minister
February 17 - Social Action & Community Service
February 24 - Membership 101

Parents of UU Preschoolers (PUUPs) Play Group

2nd and 4th Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (No meeting Monday, December 24.)

1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Parents and preschoolers are invited to join us for a play date and fellowship in the nursery at DUUF. Questions? Email

Youth Groups

OUTreach Denton LGBTQ+ Spectrum Youth Group

Sundays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Teenage youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or straight ally are invited to participate each week. Questions? Contact


Middle School Youth Group

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Middle school youth group meets every Wednesday through the 2018-19 school year. Students are invited to bring a friend, and all Denton youth--members and non-members--are invited to attend.


Middle schoolers build community as they learn about UU principles of social justice and explore their roles in the world in relationship to their abilities to be justice makers. The group will consider characteristics of justice makers as well as historical and current work being done by UUs, focusing on ways to bend the arc toward justice in their own lives. Questions? Email


High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) Class

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January 16 through April 24

Advance registration required.

Our Whole Lives (OWL), comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education for grades 9-12, helps high schoolers gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. In this class, led by trained facilitators, students will put sexuality into the context of values and personal responsibility, develop strategies to manage social pressure, and discover ways to advocate for equality.

Upcoming Services

  • February 24 - The Limits of Love - Rev. Shari Woodbury

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