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 guided or silent with facilitator: Marla Loturco - for more information, please contact him at .

Month of Sundays

Sunday, October 7th. 11:15 A.M.

Whitney Redding -- "Transforming the Revolving Door"
     One in four Americans will experience a mental health disorder in their life time. It is a human issue that affects us all. So, too, the myths about those with mental health issues who are no more likely to be violent than anyone else, but they are much more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system. Nearly half the inmates in county jails have mental health issues
      On Sunday, our guest will talk about some collaborative programs that have reduced recidivism among those with mental health issues from 67% to 11%. These programs are transforming the revolving door.
     Whitney Redden, a graduate of Austin College, earned a MA in Counseling Psychology at TWU, and is a licensed professional counselor. She has worked with the Battering Intervention program, Children’s Advocacy Center and now is at the Texoma Community Center. She currently is the president of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter and is an adjunct professor at SOSU.
     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, October 14th. 11:15 A.M. -

Rebekah LaGrone -- "Holding it Together While You Ride Out the Storm"
      Those storms are never in the forecast. They pop up and knock you off course in an instant. My storm began like a flash of lightening - a quick misstep off a curb - but it blew up into a full cyclone, pulling my whole life into its whirling spin.
      Share The Plate Sunday: Cash donations will be contributed to the Texoma Earth Day Festival
     Morning Refreshments provided by: Team 2

Sunday, October 21st. 11:15 A.M. - Fall Congregational Meeting Following

Six among us will share their Credo Statements -- "This I Believe – Credo Sunday"
     We all have a foundation upon which we build our religious philosophy. It is nestled deep in our soul rather than printed in any brochure and hungers to be shared. It comes from the depth of our own thought and heart. It is the core of our individual spiritual path. Credo literally means, "I give my heart and loyalty to…" Astute credos marry the gifts of both intellect and spirit. Credos spur presenters to select highlights from their religious odyssey, highlighting those affirmations that sustain them during the happy and hard days and nights of life.
     The worship team invited a few members once or twice a year to offer their credo statement. They are asked several months in advance because writing out what you give your heart and loyalty to takes some thought. Following the morning assembly, everyone is invited to tarry for lunch, catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and remain for the Fall Congregational Meeting which starts at 1 pm.

Sunday, October 23rd. 11:15 A.M. -

The Rev. Doug Strong -- "Study. Learn. Question. Die."
     We trace the origins of our Unitarian heritage to the mid sixteenth century to one man. After years of study he concluded the theological basis for the Holy Trinity was mistaken and said so in his book On the Errors of the Trinity. Pretty ballsy given the ironclad hold religion had on the world. Both Catholics and Protestants branded his anti-trinitarian writing heretical. He was burned to death 465 years ago yesterday, Oct. 27,1553. Fortunately for us, one copy of his book did not go up in flames. If it had, Unitarianism might never have been permitted to exist.
     Morning Refreshments provided by: Team 4

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.

Without Emerson and Thoreau (both were Unitarians) the United States would not have developed into the nation it has become. We would not believe in the power of the individual to the extent that we do, nor would we see nature at the center of one view of the American psyche.

If Emerson gave us a new view of America and American thinking, Thoreau gave us a new way of living and a new vision of each individual.

      October 14, 2018 to March 31, 2019 - Emerson, Thoreau & the Transcendentalist Movement A Great Courses Series

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. We have an assortment of age appropriate activities and kids tell us they think the 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: 11-October-2018