Jim Holmes Da Pres
I moved to Denison in March of 2016 to be closer to family and to get away from big cities and to enjoy small town life. Shortly after moving here I started coming to Red River UU with my daughter and son-in-law. They were already members and thought I would enjoy the people and liberal friendliness that Red River provides.
I have been coming ever since. I enjoy the variety of topics presented at the Sunday Assembly as well as the variety of spiritualness and personalities that the members bring. I guess I must fit in because this year they voted me President of the Board of Trustees.
Ours is the only faith I’ve ever known, embraced or wanted. After my husband died Gerry Shehan offered to rent me a house he owned in Sherman. I’m glad I said yes. I co-founded our lay-led congregation 21 years ago and am happy to be living so close. While I grew up in one of the largest UU congregations, our tiny group of fiercely independent thinkers and doers is more personal and is a mainstay in my life. It nurtures my soul and reminds me that diversity, not hate, brings people together.
I moved here after my husband & son died, chose Helen Schulze, MD from the phone book & fell apart in her office. My former church was no longer a fit & she recommended Red River UU. I’d never heard of it but knew this was what I needed from the first day. I did a lot of research for Adult Forum & RE and the more I learned the better I liked it.
40 intellectually stimulating years as liberal educators in Montana, Gil and I retired and returned to our roots and found it difficult to find friends with common interests. The Hills invited us to Red River observing that we might be Unitarian and not know it. We fit. Red River had something to offer us and we had something to offer in return. We finally found community in this area.
As a newcomer to the area, this church provides me an opportunity to be part of the community. The church is a peaceful refuge that offers opportunity for intellectual and spiritual growth. Service to others is an integral part of this church; judgment is NOT. The people are friendly, and I enjoy spending time here.
I found Red River Unitarian Universalists after years of being “unchurched.” I could no longer believe the theology of the Baptist church I’d been raised in but missed the sense of community I’d found there. Happily, I again feel “community” here, plus no one tells me what to believe. Additionally, the church cares about social justice as much as I do. Win-win-win.