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June 2015 Worship Schedule

Kelly Dignan Reception Members Greet Rev. Kelly Dignan at April Reception

06/07       “Love Is the Why”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern

Howell Lind, Worship Leader


06/14       “Reflections On the Journey” – Full Church Worship

Howell Lind, Developmental Minister

Diana McLean, Worship Leader


06/21       “A Faith For All”

Ashley Johnson, Area Religious Education Consultant

Ted Burnham, Worship Leader


06/28       “Spirit of Life”

               Alan Davis

               Briana Robustelli, Worship Leader

UUCB Annual Congregational Meeting

stained glassThe Annual Meeting for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder will be held Sunday, June 7 at Noon in the Earth Room. Members are invited to attend for information and to vote on candidates for various positions, as well as on the church budget for the 2015-16 church year.

Budget Forums, to discuss the proposed budget, are scheduled:

  • Sun, May 31, 9 am – Sky Room
  • Mon, June 1, 7 pm – Sky Room

A Final Thank You from the Search Committee

Kelly_and_MSCIt’s official: On Sunday, May 3, the members of UUCB voted to call Rev. Kelly Groves Dignan as our Settled Minister…and she accepted our call! Her ministry with us will begin on Sunday, August 16, several weeks after she finishes her current contract with the UU Church of Greeley.

This was the hoped-for and joyous end to our Candidate Week, in which Rev. Dignan attended 30 (thirty!) events including an all-church potluck and a dessert open house, small social gatherings, and many, many meetings with the affinity groups, councils and committees of our congregation. As she said on Sunday morning, the positive energy of our match was palpable in every room!

All seven of us on the Search Committee would like to thank you, the members and friends of UUCB, for your constant support over this past year.

Last spring you gave us your unanimous endorsement by electing us to act on your behalf in seeking out a new minister to serve our church. In the fall, 104 of you attended Searchlight Gatherings and 159 of you completed our Search Survey to help us understand what to look for in our candidates. Numerous staff and committee members gave input as we created our Search website (“packet”) to tell the story of our church to prospective ministers. And so, so many of you participated in Candidate Week by hosting meetings, planning potlucks and showing up to meet Rev. Dignan and her husband Pete.

Above all, we are grateful for the patient understanding and encouragement you showed us as friends, family, and especially spouses and partners, when we kept saying: “I can’t…I have Search Committee!”

We could not have done it without you.

Although the Search Process is now complete, there is plenty of work ahead for all of us as we prepare for the transition to Rev. Dignan’s ministry and our shared future at UUCB. You can learn more about Rev. Dignan and the process that got us here at our Search website:

Thank you for joining the Search Committee on this journey. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Yours in faith,

The UUCB 2014-2015 Ministerial Search Committee

Jim Rowe (chair), Sharon Belew, Ted Burnham, Jason English, Jenny Fitt-Peaster, Diana Maiden, Barb Richards

Reflections on the Journey – Rev. Howell K. Lind

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOver the span of these past few years that this Boulder Church has been involved in the UUA Developmental Ministry Program, this congregation has grown, changed, and evolved into a very healthy and formidable religious and spiritual community.  Calling the Reverend Kelly Dignan as the church’s next settled minister really becomes a continuation of this progressive reclaiming of the heart of what this congregation is about.  Congratulations on calling Kelly as your next minister – together, with Kelly’s leadership, this Boulder Church can only will move ever forward!  What you can achieve together, in your next level of growth and success, can only serve as inspiration for other Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Over the past seven years, this partnership between the church leadership and the professional staff has accomplished a rebirth of sorts – a rebirth of that same spirit that originally brought Unitarianism to the Boulder, Colorado area back in the late nineteenth century.

Personally I feel extremely fortunate to have played a part in this growth and change.  It has been so rewarding to be UUCB’s Developmental Minister and to be a part of this rebirth of congregational hope and strength.  I have been privileged to get to know so many fantastic members and share in your joys and celebrations.  I have been with many of you as sorrow and tragedy invaded your lives, and that is also a privilege – to be able to share in your life stories.

Over the many years that I have been a Unitarian Universalist minister, I have served in a variety of ministerial roles – parish minister, denominational official, congregational consultant, interim minister, and as a UUA Developmental Minister.  It has been a long ministerial career (it is often joked about that I tried to retire once back in the early 2000’s, but it didn’t take!) and I would like to think that I still have a few more years of service to our faith in me yet!

To that end, I have been offered the opportunity to serve this next year as the interim senior minister of the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.  I am looking forward to working with the church’s leadership, its excellent staff team, as well as getting the opportunity to meet and get to know the members of this wonderful congregation.

Each new experience and episode that I encounter in my life-long ministerial journey only serves to emphasize just what an invigorating, hopeful, and vital faith Unitarian Universalism really is!  The folks who gravitate to our churches and find a “religious home” among this faith are truly remarkable people.

And to the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder – I truly do consider my time as the UUA Developmental Minister among you these past several years as a wonderful experience . . . a wonderful experience for me with some very remarkable people.

Blessings always on this special Boulder congregation.


Faith Formation Focus – Janen Wright

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I love about being a Unitarian Universalist

Starting this fall our Sunday Religious Education program is going to focus on giving our children a strong Unitarian Universalist identity.  There is not much that I love more than this UU faith so I am looking forward to sharing these things, alongside my teachers, with our kids.  Let me share with you now some of the things that I love about being a UU.

I love that as a Unitarian Universalists we try to give people, “not hell but hope and courage,” as John Murray instructed long ago. There is too much hell on this earth and organized religion is responsible for a shamefully large part of it.  In the UU Handbook it says, “Too often in this world religion has been the agent of division and fear.  UUism seeks to heal a fractured world and the broken lines with in it. (How does it do that?)  By calling every one of us to the best that is in us.”  How exciting it is to be part of such a great cause –trying to better our selves in order to be a healing force in the world.

I love that UUism is a religion with a distinct history and culture and with very distinct beliefs that you won’t find in any other religion; such as the belief that the individual is the ultimate source of religious authority.  Again in the handbook it says, “We respect the answers offered by Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and the world’s other great traditions.  We even draw our inspiration and some of our forms of worship from those traditions—but we respect the mystery more.”

I love that we respect the mystery more because my own spiritual journey has given me incredible respect for the mysteries of life -starting with the miracle of existence itself.  I think the only thing that I’m sure of anymore is that we don’t have all the answers.  I used to think I needed the answers but now I honor the mystery.  It is Karen Armstrong who said, “A question is a fine traveling companion, it sharpens your eye for the road.” I have found that to be true.  I like to contemplate the mysteries and complexities of life.  To belong to a faith that does not require that everyone think and feel the same way about the purpose of life and beyond is a huge blessing.

Ever since I found my home in this faith I have loved the opportunity to share the depth dimension of life with other people who have similar values.  I have made so many close relationships in this church and I have been given so many opportunities to try new things and to grow.  These things add so much to the quality of my life.

 I love our faith.  It inspires me. It challenges me.  It brings me great joy and it has freed my soul.  I love the opportunity to work in this congregation as a Director of Religious Education.  For me it’s all about forging new relationships, trying to make a better world and sharing the journey as we learn and grow together.  What a gift it is we have to give our children!

Janen Wright – Director of Lifespan Faith Development

On the Path: Interns Insights – Diana K. McLean


Diana MIn April I traveled to California to participate in a short retreat with a leadership group I belong to. The theme of our retreat this time was transition, using William Bridges’ model in which transitions flow from an ending through a neutral zone to a new beginning.

I’m in the midst of many transitions now, but the one that kept coming up for me as I thought about this model was the end of my internship at UUCB.

I’m very pleased to announce that it’s not time for final good-byes yet. The Board has hired me to be your Summer Minister until your new minister, my friend and colleague Rev. Kelly Dignan, arrives on August 16th.

As I transition from the internship and to my new role, it is time for me to share with you some of the gifts of learning you have given me over the last ten months.

There have been explicit learnings—learning the details of what it is to be a minister in a congregational setting, working with a worship schedule, a budget, a Board, committees, pastoral care, and so on. Those are an important part of any internship.

More important than those fact-based, intellectual learnings, however, is the learning of what it feels like to be your minister, and how it feels to step into that role from a place of heart and spirit as well as intellectually.

One of the ways you’ve taught me this is to be a mirror to me, as any teaching church is for its interns: to show me the minister you see in me. It’s a gradual process, much like Bridges’ model of transition.

I am so grateful to you for your commitment to being a teaching church to those of us who are in the process of ministerial formation, and for being that “mirror” to me. I am confident that you will continue to help nurture and teach many more Unitarian Universalist ministers in the years to come, and I’m honored to have been one of them.

I’ll preach my last sermon as your intern on June 7th, and will co-lead the Flower Communion on the 14th with Howell. I’ll march with you in PrideFest on the 21st, and then leave the next day to represent you at General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. When I return, it will be in my new role at UUCB as your Summer Minister.

As we move together from an ending and towards multiple new beginnings—first ours together this summer, and ultimately yours with Kelly and mine elsewhere—I look forward to walking with you in joy and excitement about the future.

Membership Matters – Barbara Richards

Richards Barb
We honor members, friends, visitors
Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  Former member, now living in Salt Lake City, Paula Baase who is recovering from ankle surgery after a recent motorcycle spill.  After three hours in surgery she says her Harley riding days are over. Jean & Henry Kroll as Jean is settling into her new residence in the Long Term Care community of Manor Care Nursing Home in Boulder where she is enjoying many activities and welcoming visitors.  It is best to call Henry to arrange the best time for visiting or sharing a table at lunch or dinner time.  Henry’s number is 720-987-3288.  Henry says; “…all in all this is a very intense undertaking for me and Jean as well.  All in all…it’s like retail sales…you just put in the time!  She moved in on May 13, and thus far as we enter Day 5 at Manor Care, Jean seems to be adjusting and some of my apprehension, worry and concern seems to be more managed by my intellect and emotions.”  Now our love, hugs, care, and support needs to go to Henry.  We also remember Marge Maggoe who is recuperating from a fall and would appreciate cards and visitors.
Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Joan Scott’s daughter, Hannah, has returned home after two years service in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.  Caitlin Moore, Will Kropp and Rev. Gretchen Haley  participated in a race in Fort Collins on May 5th.  Caitlin and Gretchen did the half Marathon, running 13.1 miles.  Will did the 10K run, logging 6.2 miles!!  After all that, Caitlin and Will came back to Boulder, just in time to vote for our next minister, Rev. Kelly Dignan.  A personal thanks to Ted Burnham, Sam Fenzel-Alexander, Luisa Rodriguez, Suzy Belmont, and Laura Upham who stepped in to clean up the coffee service for Fred & moi, on Mothers Day. This allowed us to have a very special luncheon with two of our grandchildren, who we had not seen in almost three years.  Sharon Laroque and Karen Morgan went to NYC … just got back. Karen says: “We loved the service at All Souls in Manhattan!”
Random Thoughts:  Saturday, May 16th Fred and I attended the memorial service for John Williamson.  Our relationship with the Williamson’s started in the 70’s because Valerie was the DRE here at UUCB, and I was DRE at First Universalist Church in Denver. We also collaborated on the UU Ninth Grade Trip together.  In 1980 Fred and I had our first date at their home, which was the also night that son David, was hit on his bicycle, and lives were changed. The service was beautifully led by Beckett Coppola who opened and closed it.  In between, it was commanded by the many talents of the family, with a grandson playing bagpipes, singing with a daughter-in-law and granddaughter, accompanied by son Craig on his guitar.  Remembrances from their five grandchildren, and ending with thoughts from their three children. Judith King was on sound and did a great job as well. Because John was left blind at the age of seven — the highlight of the service was a composite recording of fifteen sounds that he loved — a train, a telephone ringing, birds in flight, rippling waters, birthday messages from grandchildren, etc.  Amazing Grace on the bagpipes led us out!  Answers for the sounds were printed and placed on the reception tables; where we enjoyed two of his favorite foods — fudge and ice cream!  He would have loved to have been there for the celebration of his life.
Somewhere around the Church, I have misplaced a set of keys on a metal ring, with a plastic key tag.  Has anybody seen them?

With Love & Care,

Circle Supper Picnics

circle supperOn Saturday, June 6, Dianne Ewing and Sharon Larocque will host a picnic pot luck dinner at 6 pm. Those who sign up can help choose the location—it could be Heil Valley Ranch again, or near Artist’s Point on Flagstaff Mountain, or we could choose another park in Boulder or nearby. Sign up at UUCB or call Dianne at 303-776-0227 to reserve your spot and get the details.
We will also have a circle supper picnic at the home of Shirley Bulla on Saturday, July 4. It will be a traditional Fourth of July picnic at 6 pm. She lives on 55th Street, not far from UUCB, and she has a huge back yard! When it starts to get dark people can move on to their favorite fireworks viewing locations. Sign up at UUCB on the last two June Sundays.

Inquiring Minds Book Group

Book GroupThe spring book discussion on BUDDHA’S BRAIN, facilitated by Tessa Davis, stimulated lively interaction on how the neural pathways of the brain can be “re-grooved” by practices such as meditation.
This summer, for the first time, we will be covering a book, and it will also be special as a multi-generational discussion.  The book will be ISHMAEL, by Daniel Quinn.  Many people have considered this book to be truly life-changing; whole movements have grown up around it.
A novel built on a Socratic dialogue between a man with a desire to save the world and his very unusual teacher, it reveals a holistic view of humans on earth, “how things came to be this way”, and what that means for the planet.  This is an opportunity to share in a deep growth experience with our high schoolers.  All are welcome to join us.
The dates are still To Be Determined, but will likely be two sessions in late July to early August.  If you are interested, please email

Welcoming Congregation

Gay PrideOn Sunday, May 17, Judy Hunter and Dianne Ewing, our UUCB reps on the Interfaith AIDS Alliance, participated in the Boulder candlelight memorial program remembering those lost to AIDS . Judy read several pieces, including this poem that she wrote for her brother’s memorial service.
I thought we’d have tomorrow.
Another day to see.
Together with our memories.
Back then and yet to be.
I thought we’d have tomorrow.
To laugh and touch and cry.
I barely got to be with you.
Before I said goodbye.


Grow Young Adult Climate Justice Training

sunflowerAttend a Grounded and Resilient Organizer’s Workshop (GROW)

GROW Climate Justice, the Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ Workshop for young adults organized by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, is 5 days of training, exercises, and dialogue about what young Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience can bring to the climate justice movement.

  • GROW is August 7-11, 2015, in Chicago, IL. Click here to get the full scoop from organizer Tim DeChristopher and register for the training. Attendees will develop their skills as community organizers and change-makers at an event grounded in Unitarian Universalist theology and community. Presenters include Elandria Williams, Joshua Kahn Russell, Terry Tempest Williams, Lauren Wood, David Solnit, and others.
  • Unitarian Universalist young adult climate justice leaders are also encouraged to join UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, a network of young adult activists grounded in faith, supported by each other and the UU community at large, and working together for climate justice. To join the network, click here.

Joni Mitchell Tribute Concert 

 Issa Forrest & Sweet Bird
Friday June 12th at 7:00 pm
Greetings, UUCB community! My name is Lia Davis, I serve as the Worship Musician at First Unitarian Denver, and know some of you from past choir concerts (such as Jason Shelton’s Sources: A Unitarian Universalist Cantata). I am delighted to be performing a concert of Joni Mitchell’s music with my band Sweet Bird at UUCB on Friday, June 12th at 7 pm. The amazing Issa Forrest sings Joni’s songs with authority, honesty and beauty. Our band is full of exceptional musicians. I hope you will join us for this special evening of great music! (If you aren’t available on Friday, we will also be playing on Saturday evening in Denver.)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder
5001 Pennsylvania Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303

$12.50 advanced tickets
$15 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
$8 ages 12 & under


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