UU topic: ‘Ten Days in Another World’

By Mitch Pingel
Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship invites you to attend a program titled “Ten Days in Another World,” with visitor Mitch Pingel and Front Range Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth, this Sunday, April 30, for its regular service.

Join these ninth-graders as they share their experiences, joys and sorrows on their return from spending 10 days with the Navajo and Hopi in Arizona.

UU ninth-graders have traveled on this adventure annually for 53 years. The goal is to form a larger community among the Front Range UU youth and to learn from and about the Navajo and the Hopi through education and personal contact with their youth through pen-pal communications and time spent interacting in their communities.

This year, 24 ninth-graders and eight adults are participating in the trip, involving virtually every Front Range UU church from Cheyenne to Colorado Springs.

The trip was started by the Rev. Betty Pingel, UU minister (retired); Mitch Pingel, her son, is now coordinating it. He has been on 37 ninth-grade trips, including the one when he was a ninth-grader in 1966. Betty Pingel’s granddaughter is now one of the attending adults and it is hoped will be there to carry the trip into the future.

This program reflects the Unitarian Universalist principles of “The inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.”

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a caring, inclusive fellowship dedicated to spiritual growth, justice and serving the needs of our larger community. As a Welcoming Congregation, we invite everyone to share in our faith community. We cherish diversity and foster a safe environment for all.

Enjoy refreshments and conversation after services, which are held Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue, then turn into the Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Universalist sign, facing north.

For further information, see pagosauu.org or call 731-7900.

This story was posted on April 27, 2017.