UUA News Alert

UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military: Yesterday’s announcement from President Trump that he is barring transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military is an act of blatant discrimination against transgender citizens. As Unitarian Universalists, we denounce President Trump’s claim that allowing transgender persons to serve in the United States military would be a burden and a disruption. We believe that transgender people should be accorded all the rights and responsibilities due every citizen, including the right to serve our country in the military. Today, more than 15,000 transgender Americans … Continued

Mancos United Methodist Church Offers Sanctuary

Rosa Sabido, a Mexican national who has lived and worked in Cortez for 30 years, has been ordered to leave the country or face deportation. The United Methodist Church in Mancos is providing sanctuary while she seeks permanent residency in the United States. Full story»  

Susan Frederick-Gray elected UUA president

Minister of Phoenix, Arizona, congregation wins three-way race to become UUA’s ninth elected president and the first woman elected to the office. Read more from UU World»

Summer Series Schedule…

It’s been a tradition at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango to focus the summer worship on a particular topic. This summer will focus on how we, as religious liberals, live out our faith. All services begin at 10 am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sanctuary (419 San Juan Drive, Durango) unless otherwise noted. Sundays June 4 – Aug. 27: 2017 Summer Series Schedule»

UUA Condemns Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Interim Co-Presidents, the Revs. Sofía Betancourt, William Sinkford and Dr. Leon Spencer, have issued a message in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change: UUA Press Release»

2017 Ware Lecturer – Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson addresses this year’s UUA General Assembly as Ware Lecturer. (Live stream Watch Party in the UUFD Sanctuary Saturday, June 24, 7:30 PM) The founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, Mr. Stevenson, has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014. Recently, he was named in Fortune’s 2016 … Continued

Deportation Reprieve For Vizguerra

Jeanette Vizguerra walked triumphantly out of the sanctuary of a downtown Denver church and joined Arturo Hernandez Garcia on the state Capitol grounds to celebrate the news that they won’t face deportation for at least two more years. Vizguerra took sanctuary first at the Unitarian church and then moved to First Baptist Church at East 13th Avenue and Grant Street after a stay of deportation was denied earlier this year. Vizguerra and Hernandez Garcia said they were among 33 lucky immigrants who have been living in the country illegally and were granted a stay of deportation just before the Trump administration changed the rules for others in similar situations. Full … Continued

Love Resists Campaign

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have launched a joint campaign to protect both the values of our democracy and the humanity and rights of individuals and communities most at risk. In the wake of the 2016 election and President Trump’s “law and order” agenda to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, Unitarian Universalists across the country came together in search of a meaningful way to respond. Based on conversations with communities and partners, including those most likely to be criminalized because of their identities, the UUA and the UUSC have launched a joint campaign to protect both the values of our democracy and the … Continued

First Unitarian Society of Denver offers sanctuary…

Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, is under a deportation order and was supposed to check in with authorities on February 15. Instead, the mother of four and immigration activist is seeking sanctuary in the basement of First Unitarian Society of Denver. Because the church has made a practice of publicly announcing to ICE its intentions to host an undocumented immigrant, Rev. Mike Morran said he was told by a consulting lawyer that the church is not acting against the law. Full story & video»

Common Read 2016 / 17

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. Each year’s Common Read is chosen by a committee including both headquarters and field staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Anyone may nominate a book. Copies of this years selection: The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Hate by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016), is available at the Social Justice Corner … Continued