District Office: Phone: 407-894-2119
P.O. Box 560246 Phone: 877-216-2986
Orlando, FL 32856-0246 Fax: 877-663-9566
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DBLE 2013 ~ Dwight Brown Leadership Experience
The Dwight Brown Leadership Experience will offer a chance for turbocharged training for leaders – lay and clergy alike. DBLE is an intense and deeply spiritual experience that focuses on
the presence and functioning of individual leaders to help form them into a team, serving Unitarian Universalism as leaders to their congregations and elders of the faith. Through small
group experiences, case studies, lectures, worship, and theological dialogue, participants will gain practical understanding of healthy congregation concepts and tools, the value of
intentional leadership process, and the vital connections between religious leadership, faith development, and the realization of beloved community.
Our goal is to translate the DBLE experience into tangible congregational health and vitality. Factors that appear to make a difference in how DBLE affects congregational health include
having participants who come well grounded in Unitarian Universalism, participants who serve significant leadership roles in their congregation, participants who come in teams of two to
four from a congregation, congregations who send teams of leaders to DBLE for several years in a row, and congregations that have an intentional process for selecting their DBLE registrants
and for integrating knowledge and skills from the experience into the life of the congregation.
The 2013 DBLE will be held from 04-09 August at Texas Women's University in Denton, TX.
Regionalization of Southern Districts
The Florida, Mid-South, Southeast and Southwest Districts’ staff team including Congregational Life Consultants (known as the “Halleluujah” staff), District Administrative Staff, and Congregational Leaders who are Consultants have been combined to provide deeper and better resources for all of our 219+ congregations in 13 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Republic of Mexico. The UUA is committed to to providing equitable and effective allocation of resources between congregations by better distributing existing personnel. Learn more about this change and the Southern Region by downloading the brochure below.
SWUUC Spring Conference and Annual Meeting
The annual Spring conference will be held 19-21 April, 2013, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio. The theme will be "Journey to Justice." Dr. William F. Schulz, the president and CEO of the UUSC, will be our keynote speaker. Peter Mayer will be our special musical guest. For more information, including registration details, please click here.
Read the SWUUC 2013 Annual Report
Mountain Desert District Emergency Relief Fund
Standing in solidarity with all who have experienced the devastation of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, the High Park fire in Ft. Collins, the Flagstaff fire in Boulder, the Pine Ridge fire in Grand Junction, the Lightner Creek/Weber fire in Durango and other fires burning in Montana at this time, we are establishing The Mountain Desert District Emergency Relief Fund.
This Fund will allow us to offer timely financial assistance to our Unitarian Universalist community as they begin to recover and rebuild following the fires. Informed by other districts where fires have raged we know there can be serious secondary impact from a fire - smoke damage, health problems, loss of employment, etc. Even with good insurance many families will incur unexpected costs due to the fires.
As we pray for containment of these wild fires we recognize the continued vulnerability of these communities to flash flooding and other natural disasters heightened by the fires. This fund will become a continuing source of assistance across the mountain west. Perhaps your congregation will consider an annual contribution to the Fund so that we are always ready to help.
The District Board will appoint a small task force to make awards from the fund. Procedures for applying for help will be available on the MDD website very soon.
Please make checks payable to MDD Emergency Relief and mail to:
Mountain Desert District
Attn: Relief Fund
2242 South Albion St.
Denver, CO 80222
Contributions may also be made via PayPal on the MDD website, http://mdduua.org/ . Thank you for your generosity
SWUUC Annual Report 2011-2012 is available here.
...the First Unitarian
Universalist Church of Houston (Texas)! They have requested the grant
for the purpose of: Creating a Multi-site Church – joining the
congregations of First UU Houston, Northwest Community UU Church, and
Thoreau UU Congregation, into one church, three campuses.
NW and Thoreau UU have experienced significant shrinkage in the last few years due to various difficulties. First Church will help ensure that they have (respectively) quarter-time and half-time minister, programming, support, and reliable, quality worship services, as well as administrative support. The funds received would be used towards the cost of additional minister, and publicity for the kickoff of this new venture in growing UUism.
Nominate yourself or your best and brightest youth leaders to be the Youth Observer onthe UUA Board by April 23!