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January 11, 2019
This Sunday
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January 13, 2019 at 9:30 and 11:30 am

Leap of Faith - Rev. Donna Dolham

As the new year begins, possibilities abound. How does our faith engage us when change arrives?

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 Possibility. This Sunday we will be learning about impossible possibilities by watching a story, doing a meditation, and making prayer flags for the new year.


Grades 2nd to 5th: The theme for this month is Possibility. This Sunday we will explore impossible possibilities and how ideas that were once thought to be impossible are now part of our daily lives!  We will talk about dreaming big, and do a meditation, listen to a story, and do a craft to explore possibility in our lives.

Between the Services

Lifespan Faith Development Open House

10:40 am to 11:20 pm in Miller Hall

We hope you'll join in learning more about what our children and youth are doing. This will also be a time to register for our spring classes including Explorers classes, middle school youth group, and high school OWL.

Inquirers Series: Orientation to DUUF

10:40 am to 11:20 am in Room 2- What is the history of this particular Fellowship? Who were our early founders and leaders? What is the history of our building? What parts are uniquely “DUUF”? Newcomers are especially invited to attend this session on Denton’s only Unitarian Universalist congregation.

About the Authors

The following authors are featured in the readings this Sunday.


William Bridges (1933– 2013) was a preeminent authority on change and managing change in the workplace. A former American literature professor, he was educated at Harvard, Columbia, and Brown, where he received his Ph.D. in 1963 in American Civilization.


Susan Bridges, president of William Bridges Associates, consults with leaders and organizations facing significant challenges as a result of non-stop change. Her key focus is providing insight and tools to make change less disruptive, capitalizing on the opportunities for development and innovation that change and its resulting transition offer.


The Reverend Dr. Kristen L. Harper has been serving the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, MA, as senior minister since 1992. Of West Indian and Russian Lithuanian descent, Kristen was the second women of African descent to be called to a Unitarian Universalist Church through UUA settlement process. She was educated at Boston University and Meadville Lombard Theological School where she graduated in 1999 with a D. Min.


Danaan John Raymond Parry, born in Orange, New Jersey, spent his childhood on the Jersey shore. Later he became a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent a year at the North Pole, a year at the South Pole, then served as skipper of a search-and-rescue vessel in New York Harbor.


Distressed by the thought that his work could contribute to creating more destructive atomic weapons, Parry left his job as a research physicist with the United States Atomic Energy Commission to study psychology. He became a clinical psychologist and served on the faculty of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Sunday Service Bibliography

Bridges, William; Susan Bridges. Managing Transitions, Making the Most of Change, 25th anniversary edition, Hachette Books, Kindle Edition, 2016.


James, Jacqui; Mark Morrison-Reed editors, An Anthology of Meditations, Voices from the Margins, Skinner House Books, Kindle Edition, 2012.

From the Minister

It’s difficult to believe that we are arriving at 5 months of interim ministry together. Just this week, I had an opportunity to meet with a group of seasoned interim ministers bringing me back to the basics of our time together. Here is a reminder of some of the grounding tasks of interim ministry:

  • claiming and honoring the congregation’s past, and healing its griefs and conflicts

  • illuminating the congregation’s unique identity: its strengths, its needs, and its challenges

  • clarifying the multiple dimensions of leadership, both ordained and lay, and navigating the shifts in leadership that accompany times of transition

  • renewing connections with available resources within and beyond the UUA

  • enabling the congregation to renew its vision, strengthen its stewardship, prepare for new professional leadership, and engage its future with anticipation and zest. ~ From In the Interim

As we continue with our time together, I invite you to engage in opportunities to learn more about the interim process, this congregation and the wonderful possibilities that lay ahead. Some of the opportunities include: A book group using In the Interim, Upcoming Listening Circles, participation in developing a congregational time line together, quarterly workshops open to the congregation focusing on aspects of DUUF’s interim ministry and Unitarian Universalism and much more.

I look forward to continuing to engage in this ministry with you.

May your days and nights be blessed,

Reverend Donna


Kron, Keith. In the Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations, Second Edition (Kindle Locations 277-286). Skinner House Books. Kindle Edition.

Reverend Donna's Availability

Office hours this week:

Wednesday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

And by appointment.

If you would like to schedule a meeting electronically please feel free by using the link below. These are scheduled in 45 minute time spots. I will confirm by email all appointments made through calendly. Also please feel free to call or email to schedule an appointment.

940 566-1286, ext. 12


Thursday is my writing day & Friday is my sabbath

(available on Friday for pastoral emergencies only)

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Lifespan Faith Development Open House

Sunday, January 13, 10:40 am to 11:20 pm, between the services in Miller Hall

Please join us this Sunday between services for our Lifespan Faith Development open house! We hope you'll join in learning more about what our children and youth are doing.

This will also be a time to register for our spring classes including Nursery, Explorers classes, middle school youth group, and high school OWL. We will have registration forms available or you can register online at All students who complete a registration form will receive a free t-shirt.

Questions? Email


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the special offerings on Christmas Eve. We raised $852.71 for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund which is used to help people in the DUUF community who are experiencing hardship.

High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) Class

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High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) Class
Wednesdays, January 16 through April 24
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm  

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.

This class is open to all area high school students. $50 registration; $25 for DUUF members. Scholarships are available.

Visit for more information and to register.

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Parent Orientation

Sunday, January 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 pm - 7:30pm

Parents and guardians, please plan to attend one of the mandatory orientations to learn about the program and complete registration.

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Meet the Teachers

Rosemary Candelario:I am a dance professor at TWU whose foundational teaching experience was as a sex-ed teacher in Boston from 1999-2005 in middle and high schools and in juvenile detention and Department of Social Services facilities. During that time, I was also the Executive Director of the Massachusetts affiliate of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and in that capacity I worked closely with folks from the UUA and ministers and members of many UU congregations where Our Whole Lives was taught. I'm familiar with the 7-9th grade curriculum, though I have never been through the training before. I couldn't be more excited to get back to my sex-ed roots and work with Denton youth around developing healthy decision making skills and tools. When I'm not teaching, I love traveling, good food, hot springs, and sci-fi!

Cliff Caster:I am a graphic designer and father of five wonderful children. I am a native Texan, and have lived in Denton for ten years. I play the drums and have a somewhat healthy obsession with typewriters. I am excited to teach OWL because I believe positive, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education is important for everyone to learn.

In the Interim Book Discussion

January 21, February 28, March 7 and 28, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in room 1


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.

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.

Coffee with the Board

This event is rescheduled to occur monthly on the first Sunday instead of weekly.  February 3 is the date of the next Coffee With the Board session. Watch for more details.

Broken Lens Film Festival

Broken Lens

The 6th annual Israel/Palestine film festival will be held on January 25-26 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave. in Denton. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Events

Murder Mystery Weekend - January 25-27, 2019

Fiber Arts Weekend - February 15-18

Astronomy Weekend - March 1-3

Women’s Retreat Weekend - March 29-31, 2019

Youth summer camp registration is open! for more information and to register! Cabins for rent. Contact to arrange.

This Week

Sunday, January 13, 10:40 am to 11:20 pm - Lifespan Faith Development Open House - Please see article above for details.

Sunday, 1/13 & Tuesday, 1/15 - OWL Parent Meetings - Parents, is your high schooler participating in Our Whole Lives (OWL)? You must attend a mandatory orientation to learn about the program and complete registration.

Sunday, January 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Visit for more information.


Sunday, 1/13, 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, 1/14, 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

Tuesday, 1/15, 7:00 pm - Board of Trustees meeting - All are invited to attend and observe this monthly meeting.  

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Wednesday, 1/16,:9:30 am - 10:30 am - Meditation/Reflection - Rev. Donna will facilitate a weekly meditation and reflection group. All are welcome.


Wednesday, 1/16, 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?

This Month

Saturday, 1/19, 10:30 am - 12:00 am Parents of Unitarian Universalist Preschoolers (PUUPs) Play Group - This week, PUUPS will be meeting at the Denton Women's March at 10:30 am. We will meet on the courthouse lawn corner of Oak and Elm near Lil D bike racks.  

Tuesday, 1/29, 9:30 am - 11:30 am Parents of Unitarian Universalist Preschoolers (PUUPs) Play Group

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:

January 13 - Orientation to DUUF
January 20 - Faith Development
January 27 - Worship & Liturgical Year
February 3 - Pastoral Care & Covenant Groups
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 p.m - 8:00 p.m.

Meetings will resume January 6.

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 to 7:30 pm

Meetings will resume January 16.

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

Upcoming Services

  • January 20 - Where to From Here? - Rev. Donna Dolham

  • January 27 - Out of the Box - Rev. Donna, Carrie Burt, Jenn Rowe, & Maddie Deloach

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