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UU Fellowship: Singing, laughing and dancing our way to peace

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On July 20, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) will present a talk by Jennifer Friedman entitled “Singing, Laughing and Dancing our Way to Peace.”

Jennifer will lead PUFF in a unique church service designed to uplift our souls so that we may be nurtured, inspired and grounded in our daily actions for love, compassion and peace.

Following the service, there will be a potluck luncheon for those participating in the Dances of Universal Peace; the dance will commence at 1 p.m. The two-hour Dances of Universal Peace event will embody a commitment to justice and peace in our world by renewing a spiritual passion, desire and ability to work for positive social change by incorporating simple, meditative and joyous melodies and movements, honoring the wisdom of all the world’s spiritual traditions.

Jennifer Friedman is a Dances of Universal Peace leader and is a master of divinity student at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is from Longmont, Colo.

She was called “Joan Baez of the spiritually progressive movement” by Peter Gabel of Tikkun Magazine for her original folk music. She has traveled the country for seven years, leading church services, workshops and retreats. She is a certified dance leader and mentor-in-training in the dance tradition and has led dances at festivals, retreats and conferences, including the UU General Assembly. She is known for her warm and welcoming style and deep passion for authenticity and community building.

It is the mission of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to “grow as a diverse community with differing beliefs and shared values. We seek to encourage spiritual growth and strive for compassion, justice and responsible action in our society and on our planet.”

On Sunday, we will examine two of our seven principles: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;” and “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.”

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on July 17, 2014.