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Welcome to PrairieUU!

Summer Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Notes from Pastor AJ

Dear Beluvs ...

I am happy to announce that we have hired a LifeSpan Coordinator, Jennifer Simon. Jen is a candidate for UU ministry. Jen has recently successfully completed a ministerial internship at First Unitarian Society of Denver and attained a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology.

Jen comes to us with formal education and experience in teaching and learning in an online environment, as well as best practices for technology and adapting curricula to suit an online format. As ministerial intern at First Unitarian, Jen was involved with the initial stages of adapting worship and religious education to online spaces in response to COVID-19 and has experience with collaboration using Google Suite, as well as extensive experience with various online platforms.

Jen identifies as biracial and uses the pronouns they/them being addressed. Their passion is for educating about and addressing white supremacy and other forms of oppression in our UU congregations and the wider world, as Jen says, “so that we can truly live into our theologies of unity and interconnection.” At First Unitarian, Jen worked to encourage the amplification of historically marginalized voices and began the work with the racial justice team in examining aspects of culture and operations to become an anti-racist congregation. Jen is also a teacher of classes on Black UU theology.

We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with Jen to further the work of the LifeSpan Team at PrairieUU. As a final note you will be seeing Jen “around” over the next few weeks but most of the next month will be getting oriented, introduced and focused specifically on approaching September. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Please remember that I continue to be available for pastoral care, conversations, and connections. I am available to chat, catch up etc. Please continue to schedule appointments, and calls with me. You can schedule a time via my Google Calendar or call/text me at 720-549-0531.

In Service,

From the Committee on Shared Ministry …

Please give a hearty welcome to our new LifeSpan leader, Jen Simon!
The COSM has been hard at work behind the scenes collecting data and information with a vision of looking forward to an even more welcoming and diverse PrairieUU. We are  continuing to develop a plan to integrate the Widening the Circle report to the UUA with an eye on the specific recommendations that have come from the Justice League and others in developing the vision and mission of the congregation. 
We have begun to look at our PrairieUU processes and in doing so requested information for the development of a plan for analyzing the music program regarding diversity, and the policy and procedure documents used by the Nominating committee so they can be delivered in a more transparent manner. 
I would like to remind you and welcome you! Each Sunday, after service, there is a breakout session for the whole congregation to ask questions and provide feedback to the Board and COSM. Please consider joining this discussion or at our monthly meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month. We WANT to hear your voice and receive your feedback!

In Faith, 

From the Board ...

Greetings!  I hope you are keeping cool and are safe and well.  The Board, COSM and the MUUve to Action group of the Justice League have begun monthly meetings to discuss the specific recommendations for Prairie UU based on Widening the Circle of Concern , a UUA document documenting and challenging our practices/actions that are not welcoming to people of color.  On July 28, 2020 we focused on Hospitality and Inclusion.  We will continue this discussion and expand it to other areas such as Living Our Values in the World, Restorations and Reparations and Theology. I invite all members, friends and visitors to join us, next on August 25, at 6:30 pm.  Watch for information in the newsletter and on the Prairie UU Calendar. 

Please let me know if there are issues you would like to bring to the Board's attention.  Our next meeting is on August 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Members and Friends are invited to attend.  A special time 7:15 pm to 7:30 pm will be open for members to share their ideas and concerns.  If you have a specific agenda item please let me know.

In Covenant,

Vivian LittlefieldPresident
Rhonda’s Ribbons

If you have questions regarding Breeze and the Google Suite I am available both Sunday morning and at Tech Talk on Tuesday afternoon.
My office hours for other general church business are Monday through Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We can make an appointment outside of those hours as needed.

Ministry Opportunities
Committees Forming
Contact: Pastor AJ

Over the next few weeks, in response to requests from several members we will be reforming and shaping our Communications Committee and developing a Music Committee. If you are interested in participating in either of these committees, please let me know as soon as possible. 
Bringing PrairieUU Home

Members who would like to have a "Gray Hymnal" or a "Teal Hymnal" so that they can easily sing along during the Sunday morning services should send a message to Home We will arrange to "check out" the hymnals to you.
Coming Soon
Sunday - Storytelling
Sunday, August 9, 10:00 am
Led by: Susan E

Storytelling is a way of entertaining, educating, preserving cultures, and instilling values. It can be a way to inspire and clarify one’s mission. We will look at storytelling with humor and emotion. There will be a time for reflection just before Candles of Community.

Preparation for Sunday!
Contact: Susan E.

Hi Prairie Family and Friends.  I need your help with the service I am doing for Aug. 9th.  I want to build on our story at Prairie in a fun way.  Please record (video) yourself with your family lip synching to WE ARE FAMILY by Sister Sledge.  The song is saved in the Google drive here.

 Playing the song from your phone and recording yourself:

1. Get your phone app ready for video
2. Pull up song from google drive or where you might have it saved; hit play (there is a 4 bar lead in to give you time to get back to video mode)
3. Go back to video mode and hit play 

Playing the song from another device such as tablet or computer and recording yourself on your phone:

1. Get your phone app ready for video
2. Start recording on video while you start to play the song from other device

Once complete, please save your video to your personal Google Drive and then share it to Paul E.

You can sing it out loud as well and we will remove the sound when we compile the video.  Sing, dance, have fun!  Love you all!!!

If you have questions about any of this, please text me:   303.619.8536

Thank you!
Youth and Young Adult Movie Night 
Wednesday,August 5, 6:30 pm  
601-688-3493‬ PIN: ‪132 951 935‬#
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W

This is space for Middle/Senior High Youth and 20something Young Adults from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.

Join us for a Watch Party of the following movies: 

On August 5
Description: In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.

Watch with us in Google Meet!
Step 1: Join us on your computer, tablet or phone.
Step 2: Join in the fun!

This is space for Middle/Senior High Youth and 20something Young Adults from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.
MUUved to Action
Tuesdays, August 11, 6:30 PM
Contact: Melissa B
Join us for our next MUUved to Action meeting. MUUved to Action group is a sub-group of our Justice League that meets weekly as a result of being called by our members to "not sleep through the revolution". We meet to address the urgent and immediate calls for justice action in our community. We are also joined by other Denver Metro UUs and community members.
Life-Transitions Support Group - NEW
Wednesdays, August 12, 6:30
Contact: Dave L or Fran L.

Do you need someone to talk with, who's gone through a similar life transition? Would you like someone to help guide you to find your own path through a difficult time? Are you going through a divorce? Have you been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or disease? Are you living in an abusive relationship? Have you lost one or more loved ones?

Any of these situations, and many others, can be very difficult to navigate alone. Many have found that getting together with others in the same 'boat,' and telling your stories, can be very healing and helpful. My wife and I have facilitated such support groups in the past. Our own personal histories include having gone through many of these issues. We have been through divorces, survived life-threatening illnesses and diseases, lost loved ones, both young and old, and experienced abusive relationship situations. Our facilitation style is primarily based on listening to people's stories, telling our own stories in similar situations, and using open questions to help you discover your own path through these life transitions. 

We will be meeting on the second Wednesday of every month.
Justice League Annual Retreat/Workshop
Saturday, August 22, 11:00 AM
Contact: Melissa B

This is the annual PrairieUU Justice League retreat/workshop. Please "bring" a sack lunch. This will be in place of the Justice League Meeting that would have been held on Sunday, August 9th.
Save the Date
Elijah’s Walk
August 23, 2020, 7:00 pm
Aurora, CO
We will be walking with our fellow UU congregations in solidarity with the McClain family to honor the one year anniversary of Elijah McClain’s murder. Please watch for more information to be coming soon.
PrairieUU Community Garden 
Contact: Calisse W

Prairie gardeners would love your help! In need of watering, and soon-to-be harvest time pickers.... it’s exciting times down at the PrairieUU Garden in Parker.

Clark H, aka Head Gardener, will be out for a few weeks, as his wife just had hip replacement this week. Please contact Calisse if you’re interested in helping out!  
Community Resources
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We will gladly share here and on PrairieUU.
Activity Ideas for kids - from the Lifespan Team

Employment Resources:
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Phone/Text - 720-549-0531
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 PrairieUU Board of Trustees:
Vivian Littlefield, President
Brenda Peterson, Vice President
TBD, Secretary
Clark Huff, Treasurer
Marjorie Bezdek, Ministerial Support
Fran Lukaszewski, Ministerial Support
Jan Cruz, Mission & Vision
Susan Ermisch, Mission & Vision
Samera Baird, Right Relations
Allyson Gunn, Right Relations
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P.O. Box 1684
Parker, CO 80134