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UUA Southern Region Fall Conference 2016
Glen Rose, Texas

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From Friday, November 11, 2016 - 04:00pm To Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 12:00pm

 From Principles to Partnerships: Incarnating Unitarian Universalism Through Relationship We must do the work, but we don’t have to do it alone! Come to Fall Conference to learn about working for justice and building the beloved community! You might discover that you have more partners than you ever dreamed!

There are several tracks to choose from:

  Interfaith Work
  Justice and Black Lives Matter
  Conflict & Relationship
  Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
  Spiritual Development for Young Adults
  EvolUUtion Camp for Children

Download the program flyer from the UUA website:

Program Flyer

 The early bird registration deadline has been extended until November 7th, 2016 at midnight.

 

Registration Assistance

NTUUC is again offering Registration Assistance – with half the $225 cost.
Please use our online request form:

Registration Assistance

 

Please don't register if you're planning on applying for assistance – once your request has been approved,
we'll send you a promotional code to allow you to register for the discounted fee.
Please apply for assistance by November 4th so we can notify recipients in time for the registration deadline.

 

For complete event details and additional registration information visit the:

Everbrite website

 

 


 

2020 Recognition Awards

February 1, 2020
First Unitarian Chuch of Dallas

 

Susannah Garza
Jim Holmes

 
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the
2020 Robinson Award:

         Susannah Garza, First Unitarian Church of Dallas

       Jim Holmes, Red River Unitarian Universalist Church

The awards will be presented at our annual luncheon on February 1st, at First Unitarian Church of Dallas.  Tickets are $20, or $12 for Students and Seniors and can be purchased online below.

We will also present the NTUUC grants to the congregations.

We offer our congratulations, and hope to see you at the luncheon.

 

Our Luncheon Speaker:

Rev. Dr. Rodney Lemery
Minister of Worthy Now Prison Network


 "An Ever Expansive Faith"

The Prison Ministry of the Church of the Larger Fellowship provides us a unique look into our Unitarian Universalist faith movement. The stories and experiences of our incarcerated members demonstrate the power of an expansive theology that covers many of the faith traditions of the world. Please join us as we explore how these stories and experiences could and arguably should shape our own traditional brick and mortar spaces.

Rev. Dr. Rodney Lemery currently serves as the Minister of the Worthy Now Prison Network at the Church of the Larger Fellowship as well as a volunteer chaplain at the Solano County Jail.

He lives in Hercules, CA with his husband, a human-resources professional, and their fur-baby Basil. Rodney and his husband are members of the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, CA where Rodney also holds a part-time assistant ministry job as the Justice Minister for the congregation.

Like lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Rodney believes that "Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done." Rodney's theological foundation is rooted in process and relational thought and can be summarized it in the following terms: "The great mystery of life...the divine...or what some call G*d, is that aspect of the metaphysical that permeates all of the nooks and crannies of the universe creating a fabric of interconnections among all things. This deep connection calls us all to care, love, teach and learn from one another.  Through this profound relationship between all of creation, we have the capacity to recognize a more whole, just and perfect world."

 

 Reservations for Awards Luncheon

 
Channing Hall
First Unitarian Church of Dallas

 

The 2019 NTUUC Awards Committee

Carol Cappa  - Westside UU Church

Elbert Hill - Red River UUChurch

Celeste Kennedy, Chair - Community UU Church

Elec Winner - Pathways UU Church

Daniel Polk ex officio - NTUUC Executive Director

 

 

 

 


2019 Recognition Awards

January 26. 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff
3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75233

 

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Our luncheon speaker will be Rev. Shari Woodbury - Westside UUC

"The Beating Heart of Liberation"

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Robinson Award:
Kelly Cofield-Dyer, Red River Unitarian Universalist Church
Elizabeth Gustwick, Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church
Conrad Hamric, First Unitarian Church of Dallas
Dianne Nixon, Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
Beth Wasson, Pathways Church, a UU Congregation

The 2019 Clark Award goes to:
Lauren Daniell, Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church

The 2019 Raible Award goes to:
Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas


Tickets are $20 or $12 for Students & Seniors
You can use the registration form (button below) to purchase your event tickets or contact your congregation's NTUUC representative for additional details.

Recognition Awards Tickets

 

2019 NTUUC Awards Committee:
Nancy Foreman, Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church
Elbert Hill, Red River Unitarian Universalist Church
Celeste Kennedy, Chair, Community Unitarian Universalist Church
Elec Winner, Pathways Unitarian Universalist Church
Daniel Polk, ex officio, NTUUC Executive Directory

 

What are the NTUUC Recognition Awards?

Award Details

 

 

Past Award Recipients and Ceremonies

 

 2018 Award Recipients

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Photos by Kathy Grey  (l-r): Sharon Thompson, Gwen Lummus, Carol Franzen, Marilyn Alexander, Linda Frank, Sherri Randall, Wally Eakins

 

The Awards Luncheon for 2018 was held on February 3, 2018 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

2018 Awards Details

 

 

2017 Award Recipients

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Photos by C Wicker  (l-r): Gene McKeon, Kathy Smith, Rev. Mark Walz, Barb Rodman, Bill Daffinee, Camilla Norder, Carole Harner, Ruby Hill

The Awards Luncheon for 2017 was held on January 28, 2017 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

2017 Awards Details

 

 

2016 Award Recipients

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Photos by Pat McAfee  (l-r): Daniel Althoff, Cindy Fountain, Judy Hembree, Marge Stockton, Bunny Summerlin

 

The Awards Luncheon for 2016 was held on January 23, 2016 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

 

2016 Awards Details

 

 

2015 Award Recipients

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Photos by Walter Wm. Hofheinz  (l-r): Lillian Drab-Braddick, Karl Thibodeaux, Deb Bliss & the Community Gardeners, Elbert Hill, Linda Ice, Sarah Reiling

 

The Awards Luncheon for 2015 was held on January 31st, 2015 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

2015 Awards Details

 

 

 2014 Award Recipients

NTUUC Recognition Award Recipients for 2014

(l-r): Anne Smith, Nelah McComsey, Gene Dailey, Marion Hill,
Jeff Bullock, Cherri Mayberry

 The Awards Luncheon for 2014 was held on January 25th, 2014 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

2014 Awards Details

 

 

 2013 Award Recipients

NTAUUS Recognition Award Recipients for 2013

NTAUUS Recognition Award Recipients for 2013

(l-r): Marianna Seaton, Rev. Russell Elleven, Carolyn Cameron, Lauren Daniell,
Patsy Roe, Chet Smith, Ed Westmeyer

 

The Awards Luncheon for 2013 was held on January 12th, 2013 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

2013 Awards Details

 

 

 2012 Award Recipients

NTAUUS Recognition Award Recipients for 2012

(l-r): Scott Grey, Bruce Cameron, Nancy Foreman, Ray Enstam,
Natalie Briscoe, Ian Rule, Pam Wat


The Awards Luncheon for 2012 was held on January 21th, 2012 at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

2012 Awards Details

 

 2011 Award Recipients

NTAUUS Recognition Award Recipients for 2010

(l-r): Daniel Polk, Karen Lewis, James (Ron) Suiter, Marla Loturco, John Myers, Gil Guerrero, Judy Gutierrez, Dick Hildenbrand, Missing:Rev. Laurel Hallman, Cindy Treece

 

The Awards Luncheon for 2011 was held on January 29th, 2011 at the
First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

2011 Awards Details

 

 

 2010 Award Recipients

The awards for 2010 were on March 27th, 2010. 

Visit the events page for presentation details
and more information on our award recipients:

 

2010 Awards Details

 

 

Grants to Our Congregations

NTUUC Presents our annual grants to our congregations as part of the Award Luncheons. Complete details on the awards can be found on our:

Grants Page  

NTAUUS Recognition Award

NTUUC
Recognition Awards


 

 

2019
The Ruth Clark Award:

Lauren Daniell

The Robert Raible Award:

Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter

Marty Robinson Award:

Kelly Cofield-Dyer
Elizabeth Gustwick
Conrad Hamric
Dianne Nixon
Beth Wasson

 

 

2018
The Ruth Clark Award:

Sharon Thompson

The Robert Raible Award:

none

Marty Robinson Award:

Alan & Gwen Lummus
Carol Franzen
Marilyn Alexander
Linda Frank
Sherri Randall
Wally Eakins

 

 

2017
The Ruth Clark Award:

Gene McKeon
Kathy Smith

The Robert Raible Award:

Rev. Mark Walz

Marty Robinson Award:

Barb Rodman
Bill Daffinee
Camilla Norder
Carole Harner
Ruby Hill

 

2016
The Ruth Clark Award:

none

The Robert Raible Award:

none

Marty Robinson Award:

Daniel Althoff
Cindy Fountain
Judy Hembree
Marge Stockton
Bunny Summerlin

 

2015
The Ruth Clark Award:

Lillian Drab-Braddick
Karl Thibodeaux

The Robert Raible Award:

none

Marty Robinson Award:

Deb Bliss & the Community Gardeners
Elbert Hill

Linda Ice

Sarah Reiling

 

 

2014
The Ruth Clark Award:

Cherri Mayberry

The Robert Raible Award:

none

Marty Robinson Award:

Jeff Bullock
Gene Dailey
Marion Hill
Nelah McComsey
Anne Smith

2013
The Ruth Clark Award:

Marianna Seaton

The Robert Raible Award:

Rev. Russell Elleven

Marty Robinson Award:

Carolyn Cameron
Lauren Daniell
Patsy Roe
Chet Smith
Ed Westmeyer

2012
The Ruth Clark Award:

Natalie Briscoe

The Robert Raible Award:

Rev. Pam Wat

Marty Robinson Award:

Bruce Cameron
Ray Enstam
Nancy Foreman
Scott Grey
Ian Rule

2011
The Robert Raible Award:

Rev. Laurel Hallman

The Ruth Clark Award:

Gil Guerrero
Judy Gutierrez
Karen Lewis

Marty Robinson Award:

Dick Hildenbrand
Marla Loturco
John Myers
James Ron Suiter
Cindy Treece

2010

Marty Robinson Award:

Mike Ellsberry
Howard McMahan
Myrtle McMahan
Amy Hoffman-Shehan

The Robert Raible Award:

Rev. Dennis Hamilton

The Ruth Clark Award:

Don Krehbiel

 

 

What are the NTUUC Recognition Awards?

We have named our recognition awards for service by ministers, lay staff members, and volunteers after three pioneers from our North Texas UU history. The Robert Raible Award honors the twenty-two year ministry at First Unitarian by the beloved ‘Daddy Bob,’ the Ruth Clark Award recognizes the many years of dedicated service by the first paid DRE in the Southwest Conference, and the Marty Robinson Award commemorates the decades of wide-ranging contributions of this treasured volunteer and member.



Ruth Reinhardt Clark

Ruth Reinhardt Clark

 

Ruth Rienhardt Clark was instrumental in building the Unitarian Universalist presence in North Texas. The first person to be a paid Director of Religious Education in the Southwest Conference, she was on staff at First Unitarian of Dallas, as well as a leader in the Women’s Alliance. In 1987, she and Harold retired to Denton where they joined the Denton UU Fellowship, and were active until Harold’s death in 2002, after sixty-five years of marriage. Ruth remained part of the congregation until her death in 2009, shortly after giving her blessing to naming our award in her honor.

With a warm smile and sparking blue eyes, she welcomed an ever-increasing number of children and parents to RE classes. Ruth found time for each and every child, and helped them all to feel special; it was that leadership that helped build the RE program into one nurturing two hundred children a year.

Ruth also helped build the programs at other NTAUUS congregations, mentoring numerous other Directors of RE and helping them ‘learn the ropes’ of implementing curriculums as well as recruiting and training teachers. We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for laying the foundation of our Religious Education programs.

Her boundless curiosity ranged from theology and the nature of the universe to science, poetry, art, mythology, literature and Texas birds and flowers; creative as well, she blessed many friends with her ceramics, drawings, and paintings. She had a rarely matched enthusiasm for life and great patience and affection for those around her, and this award is our attempt to pass on that zest for life.



Marty Robinson

Marty Robinson

 

Having first joined a Florida congregation, Marty Robinson became part of Jefferson Unitarian Church in the early 1970s, and headed up the RE program before moving to Germany. When she returned a few months later, she had to settle in Dallas - she said "she couldn't go back to Ft. Worth after they had given her such a big send-off!"

Marty went on to serve as President of First Unitarian in Dallas, and in 1986 helped found Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Farmers Branch/Carrollton. She has been instrumental in its continued growth and success, serving in many capacities, including President and chair of Pastoral Caregivers.

Marty has also served as President of SWUUC, (the SW District of the UUA) and Chair of Volunteers for the 1994 General Assembly in Ft. Worth.



Rev. Robert Jules "Daddy Bob" Raible

Rev. Robert Jules Raible

 

The Rev. Robert Jules Raible was minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas from 1942 until 1964. When he arrived in Dallas, the congregation had 175 members and was meeting in rented space; five years later, they had purchased land on Preston Road and moved into their current home. By the end of his tenure, three building phases had been completed, with the new sanctuary completed in time for his retirement.

"Daddy Bob," as he was affectionately known, had "a twinkle in his eyes and a warm tone in his voice that made everyone he met feel special," according to Elaine Wildman, whose wedding ceremony he performed in 1955. He was especially good at persuading all to be involved, but did not hesitate to send someone to another church if our theology was not a good fit. When a person would announce their desire to join, he would first ask, "Have you been to XYZ Church?" He also worked for social justice in conjunction with Temple Emmanu-el at a time when there were few liberal voices in the area, and publicly pressured the Dallas school board to move ahead with desegregation.

Though he was not large physically, his legacy is not minor: he helped build First Unitarian into a strong and viable institution as well as starting the congregations in Oak Cliff, Denton, and Fort Worth. He even maneuvered to have new congregations accepted chronologically instead of alphabetically so that Oak Cliff, after the 1961 merger, would be the first chartered by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Raible Place is appropriately named in his honor, as it was the first integrated apartment complex in the North Texas area and the national ideal for the HUD program that helped us build this affordable housing project. Its sale in 2001 provided the endowment which continues to today help build our congregations.

It is with this history that we named the NTAUUS(now NTUUC) ministry award for Daddy Bob, who did so much to establish our faith institution in North Texas.

 

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Social Action & Justice Film Festivals


Several member congregations are hosting free Film Festivals to promote Social Action and Social Justice.
You can check out their offerings at their websites:

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First Tuesday Social Action
Film Festival

The First Tuesday films are presented on a variety of socially relevant topics and are followed by a (usually intense) discussion of actions we can take. To sign up for advance notice of the films, please click

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Journey Toward Wholeness
Movie Nights

JTW Movie Nights are second Friday films on issues of race, ethnicity and class (including sexism) presented to broaden our perspective and consciousness, help us to understand and combat institutional/personal racism and to value diversity and inclusiveness.

To be on the JTW Movie email list, send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We Want To Marry You!

Thirteen congregations in North Texas:

  • We've been performing same-gender services of union for decades.
  • The first same-gender wedding in this country was performed by our president at our headquarters in Boston.
  • We have more out LGBT ministers than almost all mainline denominations.
  • We have a non-creedal faith with room for your beliefs.
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Justice is here!
Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker, famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Texas, it has been a long road toward the legal recognition of LGBT marriages, but justice is finally here. With the affirmative vote of the United States Supreme Court justices, we can finally celebrate the full, legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

 

 
 

Your local Unitarian Universalist congregations have been conducting LGBT wedding ceremonies for decades and we will continue to do so now with the legal paperwork behind it. Now that justice is here and marriage is recognized for all loving couples, we will make it legal.

If you and your partner have been denied marriage rights because of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, we want to marry you! Below are area Unitarian Universalist congregations with ministers ready to officiate your wedding. Please contact them directly. Congratulations!

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Special Events Around the Cluster

Please click the event for details


We have compiled a listing of our available Ministers as well as the listing below of our congregations available for wedding ceremonies:

  Weddings & Ministers for All

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Please click on the photos for information on each church.

 

 

Good Music, Good Causes and Good Coffee


Several member congregations are hosting Coffee Houses to raise funds to support their charity efforts. You can check out their offerings at these websites:


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Community Cafe CoffeeHouse
Hosted by Community Unitarian Universalist Church

 




Jefferson Freedom Cafe Logo
Jefferson Freedom Cafe CoffeeHouse
Hosted by First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church




LabyrinthWalk CoffeeHouse Logo
LabyrinthWalk CoffeeHouse
Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff




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Evenings at Westside
Hosted by Westside Unitarian Universalist Church


A monthly music and performing arts café in the heart of Fort Worth.

Westside UU Church 901 Page Ave., Fort Worth, Tx 76110
Performance begins at 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15.00 at the door
Check out the website at www.eveningsatwestside.org





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Pathways CoffeeHouse Presents:

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Michael Lee with Bass Player Chris Gipson

Friday, November 20th 7:00pm

Suggested Donation $15.00
BYOB - Snacks will be provided

A born and bred Texas Blues singer and guitarist, Michael is primed and ready to take the world by storm. In April of 2014 Michael released his debut self-titled album "Michael Lee." This album is a "Record" as he likes to put it. "It's a record and it's exactly that!  A record in time of everything I have ever done up until this point. It sums me up in 11 songs." This album is all orginal music written by Michael, and it is a peak in the man's soul. While Michael can rock your socks off, he has a soulful voice full of tenderness.  He is an electric performer.  Do not miss this live show.

Pathways UU Church is located in Village Plaza
481 W. Harwood, Hurst, TX 76054
(817) 803-5941

Come One, Come All



Please watch (and bookmark) this page for updates on workshops, training opportunities, meetings,
and other special events around the cluster and the region.

Please be sure to check our events calendar as well.
And don't forget our CoffeeHouse & Film Festival pages.

NTUUC Events Calendar

 

Please click on any event title(s) for details.

 
Featured Upcoming Events From Around the Cluster