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Living the Welcoming Congregation Workshops – Next November 4

UUA_WC_logoWednesdays, Nov 4, 18, and Dec 2, 7-9 p.m.

It is time for UUCB to renew its commitment to being a place of radical welcome and affirmation for people across the spectrum of gender identity and sexual orientation! Join us for a workshop series about LGBTQIA — from what the letters mean, to understanding the experience of trans and queer people, to thinking about how we can each take responsibility for extending radical hospitality to everyone in our church community. Sessions ongoing on Wednesdays: Nov 4 & 18, and Dec 2. Come to one, some or all! Child care provided on request. To RSVP or learn more, contact Dianne Ewing at 303-776-0227.

Welcoming Congregation

Gay PrideConfused about what “LGBTQIA” means? Hoping to create a more open and welcoming community? Join us forLiving the Welcoming Congregation: Resources for Continuing the Welcoming Congregation Journey”. UUCB is a Welcoming Congregation and we need to continue deepening this meaningful work. These six sessions will help us become more informed allies, learn about ourselves and our identities, and send us down a path of creating a more welcoming community here at UUCB. Please try to attend all sessions as these build upon one another. At UUCB, Weds, 7-9 pm. Sep 30, Oct 7 (about children & youth), Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, & Dec 2.

Vigil for Charleston held at UUCB June 23, 2015

Charleston Vigil 6-23-15 On Tuesday evening, June 23, the Boulder chapter of Standing up for Racial Justice along with UUCB and other groups held an interfaith vigil at UUCB. Suzy Belmont was the moderator for the vigil. The Earth Room was filled to more than capacity that evening with people from many different faith communities. On the first page of the Local section, the Boulder Camera printed a very large color photo of people holding lit candles during the program. The large headline quoted the Reverend Alicia Forde, a member of the UUA staff, who was present. She said, there are “no safe places left to be black.” The event was covered by Denver’s ABC news (Channel 7) and Denver’s Fox News. Racial justice will continue to be an issue concerning us as UUs. This summer’s events have reminded us with white privilege that racism is still a real problem in the United States.

Welcoming Congregation

Gay PrideIt’s not too late to sign up for the workshop/class that introduce the Welcoming Congregation and present some materials from the Bisexuality and Transgender curriculums designed by Interweave, the UU GLBT organization. The class will be held at UUCB on Tuesday, May 12. The program begins at 7 p.m., but most of the group will come at 6:30 bringing their own brown-bag dinner to visit with class members before the program begins. Eddy Carroll, a member of the First Unitarian Society of Denver, will facilitate the workshop/class. He led the “Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop” at UUCB this winter and is very experienced training leaders for and teaching the Welcoming Congregation classes as well as the new curriculum, “Living the Welcoming Congregation.” We will offer the new curriculum in the fall at UUCB. At the May class we will decide if we want more classes before we begin the fall classes.

Interfaith Aids Coalition

As part of our Welcoming Congregation Committee, UUCB has two representatives on the IAC, which works to support the Boulder County AIDS Project in a number of ways. Judy Hunter and Dianne Ewing are our current reps. They and others are currently planning a candlelight memorial program to remember those lost to AIDS and to encourage the oncoming work to assist those living with HIV/AIDS in our community, and to support HIV/AIDS research. A candlelight memorial is held in hundreds, if not, thousands, of communities around the world in May each year.

This year the memorial will be held on Sunday, May 17. In Boulder, the entire community is invited to participate. The memorial program begins with a reception at the BCAP house at 6:45 p.m., followed by the introduction the walk and program at 7:30, then we walk to the courthouse for more brief words and music, and then we continue silently to the creekside memorial stone, which is on the south side of Boulder Creek, near the intersection of Arapahoe and Broadway.  We arrive there about 8 p.m. and complete the program by 8:30. The BCAAP house is located at 2118 14th Street, between Lucille’s Restaurant and the west side (back) of the First United Methodist Church. You may join the walk at any point. There is free parking in Boulder’s parking garages on Sundays.

In the photo of current members of the IAC, you will see Jack Hodges pasted on the photo. He was from First United Methodist Church (taught math at CU for many decades) and was one the founding members of IAC. He passed away some months ago, but had remained an active member of IAC for probably close to 30 years.


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Welcoming Congregation

Gay PrideMore than 10 years ago the UUA realized that we UUs needed to be more proactive in welcoming lesbians, gays, and bisexuals to our congregations. At that time, the organization had not thought about gender identity concerns, so the T and Q (and I and A) were not part of initial plans for the “Welcoming Congregation” program. The Welcoming Congregation program was designed then to educate our congregations and to generate action for inclusivity. A curriculum was designed and congregations were asked to review all areas of their organizations—by-laws, religious education, human resources materials, social justice, music, and so on embracing all committees and councils. There was a check list of activities required to receive official recognition as a Welcoming Congregation by the UUA. UUCB was one of the first congregations in the Front Range of Colorado to complete the requirements for official accreditation.

Churches and fellowships were encouraged to continue work in this area with worship services and other activities continuing the work of the Welcoming Congregation. We have had one or more worship service dealing with welcoming GLBTAIQ people to our congregation, but we have not offered a class since that initial time period. We offered a class three times that year with a series of weeknight classes, one time as several all-day Saturday classes, and a shortened class at the All-Church Retreat. We did lots of other things such as reviewing all RE materials to be sure that the people our children and youth studied and learned about were not just straight white men.

We’ve had a group, small at times, through the years that was concerned with the Welcoming Congregation and with working with other community organizations such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered and Queer (PFLAG) and the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP). The name of our UUCB group has had several changes over time—sometimes GLBT and Allies and other arrangements of letters. The letters are always a mouthful and new letters have been added over time. Now we’ve decided it is just easier to call ourselves the Welcoming Congregation group. We’ll be providing you with some definitions in future newsletters and news of what we are doing.

Join us for a meeting on Sunday, March 1, at about 11:45. We’ll bring snacks to share and talk about a possible workshop for the August UUCB retreat, as well as other items. Watch for the new rainbow flag which will soon hang beside UUCB’s front doors.


Dianne Ewing for the Welcoming Congregation group.

A Thank You from BCAP

Gay PrideIn August, the Boulder County AIDS Project sent us a lovely note thanking us for the food and the household and personal supplies that we sent them in July. We had a carload of items to deliver to them. Thank you so much for your donations! Judy Hunter and Dianne Ewing are our UUCB reps on the Interfaith AIDS Coalition which sponsors food and supplies drives. Each member congregation has one or two drives during the year, which helps keep the BCAP Pantry shelves well stocked for needy clients. BCAP provides counseling, referrals, educational program, and community outreach. The majority of the 200 local BCAP clients are low income. Free items from the pantry is much appreciated to help them stretch their budgets. Clients include men, women, and children of all ages.

Walk for Peace and Solidarity – September 11, 5-8 p.m

The UUCB Social Justice Council has joined as a sponsor for this event, with the Interfaith Community of Boulder, and the Lemon Tree Project.  Come join with other peace-lovers in our neighborhood, bring your family, show your support with a group of other UUs.

Please join us as we walk together in the spirit of peace.  Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all people of good will.
We will walk in solidarity to remember those who died on 9/11 and honor the spirit of ongoing friendship and support in our community.  Life is precious.  A fatal disaster can strike at any time, as we experienced last year at this time when the flood began.  This year we gather to acknowledge the value of our lives, to celebrate our multi-faceted community, and to demonstrate our interdependence.  All ages welcome – please join us at any point along the path.
4:30 – Meet in the Boulder Islamic Center parking lot – 5495 Baseline Rd
5:15 – We will walk together to Congregation Har Hashem – 3950 Baseline Rd
6:15 – Vehicles will depart from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church – 3700 Baseline Rd
6:45 – Meet in front of the Boulder Court House – 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall
7:15 – Ceremony of Commemoration with Faith and Civic Leaders, Musicians, and our Community.

Please contact Dianne Ewing at 303-776-0227 if you plan to go, she is coordinating our UUCB participation!

Stand (and sit and pray and sing and worship) on the Side of Love!

Gay Pride9th Annual Standing on the Side of Love Service

Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 10:30am

On the West Steps of the State Capital, 200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver 80203The Unitarian Universalist congregations of the Front Range will soon celebrate our 9th annual “Standing on the Side of Love” public worship service. Celebrate recent victories in the struggle for LGBTQ equality! Recommit to ongoing, faithful work for justice in Colorado! Practice being the Beloved Community! Folks of all ages are welcome to join us in worship and song, prayer and ritual, righteous witness and bountiful joy. Come, let us worship together!For more information, contact kierstin AT mdduua DOT org


BCAP Food Drive

BCAP FOOD COLLECTION  July is UUCB’s month to collect non-perishable food, household supplies, and personal-care items for the Boulder County AIDS Program’s pantry. Look for the collection basket near the front door on Sundays in July. The items donated will be available for low-income BCAP clients who are living with HIV/AIDS. Some clients have families to feed as well themselves. BCAP serves about 200 men, women, and children in Boulder, Broomfield, and Summit Counties who are HIV positive. Most are low income. UUCB is a member congregation of the Interfaith AIDS Alliance, which supports BCAP as volunteers. Each member congregation has a food and supplies drive one or two months each year.

Particularly needed are items with protein, such as canned stews, tuna, and peanut butter. Also wanted are canned and dried fruits, canned beans, chili, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese and other packaged dinners (not frozen), soups, juices, cereals, tissues, hand soap, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, hand dishwashing soap, paper towels and the like. DO NOT DONATE ANYTHING WITH GRAPEFRUIT OR ITS JUICE—grapefruit interferes with some medications that clients take.

BCAP has a garden plot where clients and volunteers grow fresh vegetables. Some grocery stores also provide fresh foods. BCAP also purchases meats and dairy products for clients. However, BCAP depends on the faith communities to supplement the nonperishable items. If you have questions, please contact Dianne Ewing.

Detention Center Visitation Training

Vigil SpanMany detainees at the GEO Immigrant Detention Center in Aurora never receive a single visitor during the time they are detained (days, weeks, months, years.) If you are interested in forming deeper relationships with those in our community experiencing detention or looking for a way to do justice work that is deeply grounded in personal relationships, JOIN US..

This training will prepare you to engage in regular visits with detainees, grounded in spiritual practices and aimed to help us all to be better companions to those experiencing oppression. By the end of the training, you will be ready to sign up for your first visit, either alone or with someone who has been on one before!**

The training is offered in conjunction with Casa De Paz Colorado, which offers free lodging and meals to guests visiting their loved ones held inside the immigrant detention center in Colorado and organizes the visitation program.

This training is offered quarterly. You must attend a training in order to engage in visitation at the detention center. Join us now to begin visiting ASAP and to be a part of this important effort towards creating the beloved community!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014


Casa de Paz

12170 East 30th Avenue #206 (in Abrigo Apartments) Aurora, CO 80011


RSVP to by May 1st.


UUCB’s Letter and Lunch Brigade for the Climate

Concerned about climate change and don’t know what to do about it?letter

Changing your light bulbs, riding your bike and driving a hybrid are important but not enough to slow the heating up of the planet. The current thinking in the science world is that if we continue the status quo, by the end of the century temperatures will rise

8-10 degrees F. (International Energy Agency, Nov 2013 report)

What can YOU do?

Let our national leaders know that they need to address climate change now.  And the communication that carries the most weight is a personal handwritten letter.

    •  Sign-up to “lunch and write” for any/all of the following Sundays this spring:
    • March 30th
    •  April 27th
    • June 1st


  • We will supply lunch, ideas of what to write about, paper, pens, envelopes, and stamps.
  • Please remember to register so we know how much food to prepare for our lunch.  Send an e-mail to Susan Riederer to register for one or all of these Sundays.



UUCB BorderLinks Trip

BoarderlinksOur  BorderLinks trip, April 24-27, 2014, will be a learning/reflecting journey for UUCB members and friends (age 18 and over) to engage in the issues of human rights and immigration at the Arizona/Sonara, Mexico border. There will be time for worship, theological reflection and fellowship while we travel the borderlands of Arizona. Amy Rowland, our assistant minister will join our group and lead worship, reflection and provide chaplaincy.

During this trip, we will learn directly about the situations that push people to immigrate to the U.S, and the extreme difficulties and dangers of that journey. We will visit with activists, academics and community members that work to meet the needs of their communities and advocate for just policies.

In Mexico, we will visit the border city of Nogales, Sonora. There we will meet with community organizations, such as Home of Peace and Hope (HEPAC), that are engaged in meal programs, education and economic development; and groups that provide basic assistance to migrants who are traveling to the U.S. or have recently been deported. We will also meet with workers from the “maquiladoras” (assembly plants) and their families. We will have the opportunity to eat meals in the home of families living in Nogales.

In the U.S., activities may include visits with humanitarian organizations, day labor centers, ranchers, academics, U.S. governmental agencies such as the Border Patrol or Immigration & Customs Enforcement, detention centers, and federal public defenders. In addition on Sunday we will join with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson  (UUCT) in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of No More Deaths. UUCT adopted No More Deaths as a ministry of their church in the summer of 2008. No More Deaths provides humanitarian aid to end the death and suffering of migrants crossing the US/Mexico border in southern Arizona.

Prior to the trip we will provide educational and spiritual reflection for 3-4 sessions in a small group ministry for personal transformation and to prepare for our journey.  Once the trip has been concluded we will continue our small group ministry for integration of our experiences and to plan a Sunday Worship Service to share our experiences with our entire congregation.

The details;

When: UUCB members and friends will go on a BorderLinks trip April 24-27.

Where: The trip will begin in Tucson, AZ and include Nogales, Mexico

Cost: We estimate the cost to be approximately $600 person including airfare from Denver to Tucson (The sooner you book your airfare the easier it is to get a low price. Southwest and United fly direct Denver to Tucson). Financial aid is available.

Details: To participate in our trip you must have Medical Insurance and a passport.

For more information contact: Amy Rowland:, 303-815-5181 or Mary Dineen


All Church Social Change Event: TransGender Identities

The UUCB Young Adult Social Change Ministry invites YOU
 to the 
All-Church Social Change Event: Gay PrideTransGender Identities
. Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 12:30-2:30pm
. Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

– Enjoy lunch and fellowship with others committed to social change.

– Review Transgender basics with Jean Hodges, national VP of PFLAG.

– View a screening of “Faces and Facets of TransGender Experience,” produced by PFLAG Boulder.
- Learn from a panel of LGBTQIA folks and get your questions answered!

To confirm that we’ll have enough food for you, please quickly register here by Jan 15th! (

For more information, contact Justin Butterworth (
or view our Facebook event (

Metro Area UU Haiti Trip

Hello Metro Denver Boulder Area Unitarian Universalists,

We have set our date for our service trip to Haiti.  It is March 15th to March 23 of 2014.  Our Journey is sponsored by the new UU College of Social Justice.  The UUSCJ is a group co-created by the Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.  UUSCJ leads groups like ours on various Journeys.  The 8 day trip to Haiti in March is focused specifically on working on the building Eco-Villages that are being built by a Haitian Organization, MPP or Papaye Peasant Movement.  Our time there will be focused on some digging, planting, painting but mainly to learn about the amazing work the MPP is doing for Haiti.  The Eco-Villages are built for sustainability.  After the earth quake of 2010 most Haitians are without suitable shelter, food and employment.  The MPP believes the Eco-Villages are a way to help former Port-au-Prince residents build new lives in rural Haiti. Click on link for YOUTUBE VIDEO /

Some people have already signed up for the Trip but we still have openings for those interested in putting their principles into action.  At this time, we are opening up this trip to all UU’s from the Denver/Boulder area.

Here are the financials on the program.  The cost is $1350 plus air fare which is probably about another $550.  There are ways to reduce these costs. Scholarships are available through UUCSJ.  The Social Justice Council at First Universalist will offer some assistance; if you are a member of another church, perhaps your Social Justice Group will help.  Financial support can also come from fundraising such as bake sales etc.  Similar help could be available through your congregation.

If you have questions or concerns please contact me by email or phone -evening times are better.   We have been in touch with Evan Seitz from the UU College of Social Justice and he is willing to be available by Skype.

We have opened this trip up beyond First Universalist to our brothers and sisters in the Metro Area.   The trip could only be made richer by making this not just a Congregational Trip but a METRO DENVER-Boulder Trip.

Please consider joining us for our Trip to Haiti

Dan Moen CO-UUSC Rep at First Universalist

World Aids Day is December 1

Gay PrideWorld AIDS Day on December 1st brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. This World AIDS Day, congregations of the Boulder County AIDS Project’s Interfaith AIDS Coalition will be holding a moment of silence to remember the 35 million people who have died of AIDS since the onset of the epidemic 31 years ago, and the 34 million people who battle with HIV every day.

In addition, the Boulder County AIDS Project in partnership with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus will present a holiday concert commemorating World AIDS Day on Wednesday, December 4, at First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $30 at the door or may be purchased at This is a fundraiser for the Boulder County AiDS Project.

·      Approximately 34 million people are living with HIV in the world.

·      Approximately 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States.

·      Approximately 14,000 people are living with HIV in Colorado.

·      And approximately 600 people are living with HIV in our community.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (2013), of the more than 14,000 Coloradoans who are living with HIV and/or AIDS, only 49% are linked to care, only 42% are retained in care and just 32% are virally suppressed because they have access to medications. Maintaining and increasing these numbers depends on the community’s ability to provide seamless systems of care that identify needs easily, confidentially and without stigma. The Boulder County AIDS Project assists clients in navigating all of these systems to help maintain viral suppression and reduce the transmission of HIV.  

This World AIDS Day we join with people from around the world to remember the 35 million individuals who have died of AIDS since the onset of the epidemic 31 years ago, and the 34 million people who battle with HIV every day, many of whom live right here in our community.

10th Annual Boulder Pridefest – “Out and Proud, Ten Years Strong!”

PridefestLogoRESCHEDULED DATE: Saturday, November 23rd 2013, @ The Boulder Theater

Featuring God-Des & She, The Tah Tahs, Vendors, AFTER PARTY and much more!

Out Boulder is honored to still be hosting its 10th Anniversary of Boulder Pridefest after being postponed due to the extraordinary flood that affected much of Boulder County and other areas across the state. Pridefest will now take place at The Boulder Theater, Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. There will be vendors, entertainment and more from 3:00-8:00pm, with a special After Party to follow featuring DJ Tatiana.

This year’s passing of Civil Unions in Colorado has given us many reasons to celebrate the progress for the LGBTQ community in Colorado as a culmination of its 19-year history of fighting for equality in the Boulder community. We anticipate a record level of participation in this year’s Pridefest for our 10-year anniversary, for our Civil Union victory this year, and for our new and exciting venue for our community to convene after the devastating flood.

Pridefest Coordinator and Events Manager, Aubree Peckham says: “This is going to be a brand new Pridefest for the Boulder County LGBTQ and allied community. Our pride in the park may have been rained out, but our rainbow will shine on and bring our community together for day of healing, camaraderie and celebration.”

The legendary Boulder Theater will host our revamped 10th Annual Boulder Pridefest. This historic venue opened in 1906 as an opera house, and over the years the theater has undergone major state of the art renovations leaving our community with the Boulder Theater we know and love. Our entertainers will share the same stage that has hosted thousands of respected national, international and local artists performing today.

Out Boulder is especially proud to announce God-Des & She as the headliner of our entertainment stage. God-Des & She were first seen on the Showtime television series “The L Word” and had a number one video on MTV LOGO for 15 weeks with their song “Love You Better”. Since then they have toured worldwide, sharing the stage with artists including; Lady Gaga, Salt n’ Pepa, and SIA, and have released three albums to critical acclaim. They just released their 4th album, “United States of God Des and She” in February 2013. More information about the band is available at:

Also performing is The Tah Tahs. The Tah Tahs are a fun high energy all female band who has played with Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses, Taylor Dayne, Hell’s Belles and many other talented musicians. They play covers as well as original rock songs and have toured the U.S. Their first EP is in the works. More information about the Tah Tahs is available at:

The entire weekend is tagged as “Pridefest Days,” with the following activities:

*Thursday, 11.21

Pridefest Kick Off – 3rd Thursday – Late Happy Hour! @ Proto’s Pizza- Boulder, 7:30-9:30 pm

*Friday, 11.22
God-Des & She Concert: Denver Kick-Off to Boulder Pridefest @ Exdo Annex Event Center, 7 pm
*Saturday, 11.23  

PRIDEFEST! 3 pm-8 pm @ Boulder Theater – vendors, entertainment and more!

After Party @ Boulder Theater and George’s Bar & Grill- Featuring DJ Tatiana and exclusive Meet and Greet with God-Des & She; Cover charge, 18 and up. Dancing, DJ’s, Go-Go dancers and more.

In addition to hosting a decade of Boulder Pridefest, we also staff a year-round community center. We aid members of the community through social gatherings, educational programs, and support groups. All proceeds of Boulder Pridefest will return to Out Boulder to fund its extraordinary programs supporting the LGBTQ community of Boulder County.

For more information, visit:

For event information, contact Aubree Peckham at 303.499.5777 or

Annual Food and Supplies Drive for BCAP

IAC March 2013The entire month of July UUCB we will be collecting non-perishable food and household and personal supplies for the Boulder County AIDS Project’s Pantry. The drive is sponsored by the Interfaith AIDS Coalition (IAC) (see picture). Each member congregation has a drive for the pantry at least one month a year. Judy Hunter and Dianne Ewing are UUCB’s reps to the IAC.

Low-income clients of BCAP receive items from the pantry to supplement their needs at no cost. Look for the collection basket near the front doors on Sundays and in the RE wing on other days during the entire month of July. Twice during July several UUCBers will pack groceries to be delivered to some of the clients who are unable to come to BCAP’s pantry. Let Dianne Ewing know, if you could help with the bagging.

If you would like to donate fresh food, please discuss with Dianne Ewing, so that we can get it to BCAP’s refrigerator in a timely manner. They do appreciate fresh donations, but only when there is refrigerator space. BCAP has a garden plot to grow fresh produce for the pantry. They also purchase fresh dairy, meat, and bread products for the pantry, but fresh donations help them stretch their budget.  Do not bring any fresh food without prior discussion.

All Church Social Change Event May 6

A Vigil — an occasion for devotional watching, an observance

Vigil Span

Did you know… Close to here, thousands of hard working immigrant mothers, fathers, students and community members are detained every year?

Change Ahead







On the first Monday of each month (since 2008) a Vigil is held in Aurora outside the ICE Processing Center.  Each Vigil is sponsored and organized by allied organizations in the Denver-Metro Area.

On May 6th , our UUCB Immigration Ministry is sponsoring the Vigil for all ages.  We invite you to come on the bus with us! We will meet in our church parking lot at 4:45pm and ride a big motorcoach (with a bathroom) to Aurora.  Dinner served on the bus as we sing songs and say prayers.  We return to UUCB by 8:30. We need to know if you will attend.  Sign up at office before Monday April 29th to reserve bus seat(s) with dinner (no cost).

We need # ___ of seats on the bus.    Names of people who will attend from our family:

We will eat on the bus:  #__ meat burrito dinners,  #__ vegetarian burrito dinners, #__ gluten free burrito dinners. – – – – – – -% – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ( keep the top part of this as a reminder )


We need to know if you will attend.  Sign up at office before Monday April 29th to reserve bus seat(s) with dinner (no cost). A Vigil — an occasion for devotional watching, an observanceAll Church Social Change Event, Monday, May 6th.

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