Red River Unitarian Universalist Church

515 N. Burnett Ave. | P.O. Box 1806 | Denison,  Texas  75021  |   (903) 231-3232  |
Meditation: 9:00 a.m.
Adult Forum: 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service and Children's Religious Education Class: 11:15 a.m. (directions)

Red River Unitarian Universalist Church is a lay-led liberal religious organization. Lay-led means we don't have a minister. Our services are planned and lead by members of our Worship Team and Worship Associates with speakers from both within our church and from the wider community. The Worship Team meets once a month to prepare the Sunday morning schedule and discuss possible speakers. The Team arranges for speakers and coordinates reflections, readings and music to add spiritual depth to the subject presented. Most Sundays follow a basic order of things, giving a framework of familiarity and ritual to the diversity of topics. If you have suggestions for a Sunday morning topic, please contact any member of the Worship Team at . Come and join us in our "celebration of life and love."

Start Your Sunday Morning with Meditation

Meditation will meet each Sunday morning in the Chapel at 9:00 - 9:50. The Meditation style is Grassroots Zen with facilitator: Todd Ellis - for more information, please contact him at .

Month of Sundays

Sunday, April 1st. 11:15 A.M.

Renowned flutist Cornell Kinderknecht -- "The 6th Annual Easter Morning Concert"
     Some probably find it strange, peculiar or even heretical to have a concert on Easter, especially in a community of multiple Christian faiths. But, not for us. Easter, for many UUs, celebrates a renewal and rebirth more than a resurrection. Come hear an uplifting message, not so much of words, but music. Creative, unique, soothing and special. You can watch a video clip of Cornell, and read his BIO here.

     Morning Refreshments provided by: Team 1

     On the first Sunday of the month, those who wish to learn a bit more about our community and the larger Unitarian Universalist Association are encouraged to grab a snack and come back to the chapel for an informal conversation. We touch on a bit of history, answer you questions, (sometimes by asking a question!) or watching a brief video. Open to everyone from 12:45 to 1:30.

Sunday, April 8th. 11:15 A.M. -

The Rev. Gail Lindsay-Marriner -- "Turn the Principles Upside Down"
     Usually we think of our UU Beliefs as beginning with the worth and dignity of persons (#1) and wending their way down to “Respect for the Interdependent Web of Existence of which we are a part.” Gail thinks of it the other way around and starts her remarks with the Welsh tale Why Deunant Has the Front Door in the Back.
      I have been serving as a UU minister for twenty years. I served UU congregations in Weymouth, Swampscott and Cambridge, MA immediately following my graduation from Harvard Divinity school in 1995. I was called to the First UU Church in Houston TX in the spring of 1998 and I served there happily for almost ten years. I also served for three years as the interim at the UU congregation of Duluth, Minnesota at the tip of Lake Superior.
      I grew up in southern Minnesota, the oldest child of a physician and an artist, graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in art and English, added a teaching certification from the University of Minnesota, and taught elementary school art for a couple of years. Craving a job where I could talk about art as a tool for making meaning I started a master’s degree in Aesthetics and Critical Theory at the University of Texas at Dallas. I ended up transferring to Harvard Divinity School when I realized that ministry was a better setting for me to help people of all ages reflect on how we might live meaningful and rewarding lives.
      Share The Plate Sunday: Cash donations will be contributed to the Texoma Earth Day Festival

     Morning Refreshments provided by: Team 2

Sunday, April 15th. 11:15 A.M. -

The Rev. Larry Blumfield -- "The Purpose Behind the Pain"
     Some of us are struggling with pain. Sadly the misinterpretation of our varying faiths makes it difficult to talk about pain.
     Morning Refreshments provided by: Team 3

Sunday, April 22nd. 11:15 A.M.

Dr. Pete Schulze -- "There is no planet B"
     An astronomer detects a planet that potentially may harbor life and the news makes world-wide headlines. Why? Do people imagine our descendants will fly away if we finish wrecking this planet? Even space enthusiasts imagine only a tiny fraction of 1% of people going anywhere. That means billions of our progenies will be stuck here. Most people care about saving the planet but it is hard to care for Mother Earth when powerful forces want environmental exploitation rather than environmental protection. Since they can’t argue that ruining the earth is a good idea, they get their way by using disingenuous information to trick us. On Sunday, a lesson in their deceptive arguments.
     See Dr. Schulze TEDX talk here

     Morning Refreshments provided by: Team 4

Sunday, January 29th. 11:15 A.M.

The Rev. Mark Davies -- "Religion and Empire"
     That Christianity became an imperial religion is antithetical to everything Jesus lived and taught. The Empire was never a friend to Jesus, and Jesus was never a friend to the Empire. The Empire executed Jesus with its most public and brutal method in order to display its power and eliminate a threat, and when the Jesus movement would not die, the Empire eventually co-opted the movement for its own purposes. That is what empires do.
     Rev. Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics; Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility; and Executive Director of the Leadership. Education, and Development Hub North America for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry at Oklahoma City University where he has worked in both teaching and administration for 22 years. He is a United Methodist minister and holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics, from Boston University.
     Mark engages in advocacy and activism in the areas of peace, social justice, and ecological sustainability. Locally this is expressed through his work with the Human Community Network, which works to create non-violent systemic change for a just and flourishing human and ecological community through collaboration, education, innovation, and action.
     He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two teenage daughters.

     After Things: This being the 5th Sunday, we'll end the morning with a "Staying IN for Lunch". Bring a dish to share, some fun, frivolous, fancy or funny food to feed our hearts and souls.

Adult Forum

Adult Forum meets each Sunday in the parlor at 10 am. We gather informally to discuss topics of interest - religious, spiritual, ethical or current.

For two weeks a video "Letting Go of God" with Julia Sweeney will be watched and discussed. "Letting Go of God" is a humorous monologue chronicling Julia's search for God. She begins in the Catholic church, then takes a Bible study class. What she learns there leads her to new questions and in search for answers she explores meditation, Buddhism and New Age gurus. She then describes what she learned from the sciences and from sharpening her critical thinking skills.

April 1st

April 8st – Part one - "Letting Go of God"

April 15st – Part two - "Letting Go of God"

April 22nd

April 29th

Facilitator: Various - please contact them at for suggestions for future Adult Forums

Children's Religious Education

Activities for Youngsters ~ Every Sunday Morning

Sometimes kids don’t want to sit through the service on Sunday. Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, young families can feel confident that their children won’t have to sit uncomfortably through a service that appeals mostly to grown-ups. Our volunteers are parents themselves who understand the “squirm” factor that comes as standard equipment with many youngsters! We have an assortment of age appropriate activities and kids tell us they think the adult leaders are ‘cool’. The morning greeter can guide you to the volunteer on duty for the morning.
Current DRE: Position is open - please contact them at

Red River Unitarian Universalist Church | | P.O. Box 1806, Denison, TX  75021
Meeting at Red River Unitarian Universalist Church, 515 N. Burnett Ave., Denison,  Texas 

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Last updated: 6-April-2018