Church Member Appointed Interim Director
Church member Billy G. Garrett, a former Doña Ana County commissioner in District 1, has been appointed interim director of the New Mexico Museum of History and Palace of the Governors by Debra Garcia Griego, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Congratulations to Billy on his appointment.
Church Community Yard Sale Thank You
The Unitarian Universalist community Yard Sale on May 11th earned nearly $900 which was split evenly between WomenSpirit and Hospitality for Refugees. Two charities picked up our leftovers, Habitat for Humanity Restore and Savers. A huge thank you to all our hardworking volunteers: Susan Bagby, Linda Peterson, Rabbitt Loring, Rene Adams, Joy Goldbaum, Mary Whittemore, Rebecca and Stephanie Richins, Nancy Anderson, Charlie Scholz, and Judy Holmes. An All Star Crew! Thanks also to our many donors of items to be sold.
We Are an AIM Congregation!
Did you know that our congregation is AIM certified? In fact, we were the second congregation in the entire Unitarian Universalist Association to become certified as having met the requirements for being an Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) congregation. We spent a little over 2 years with a Task Force of 6 to 8 people plus the minister and the religious education director presenting a series of workshops, Roundtables, and Sunday services that focused on learning about ableism and how to welcome and include people with physical, mental and cognitive disabilities in the fullness of congregational life. We made some improvements to the building and grounds, bought some equipment (PocketTalkers, sound equipment, TV monitors, large-print hymnals), re-designed seating in the sanctuary, added a few more parking spaces reserved for people with mobility limitations, and then took a congregational vote to seek final certification.
Being accessible and inclusive is an ongoing ministry. There are always new things to learn and more improvements needed.
I invite you to join our AIM Team to evaluate our progress, seek input regarding current needs, and ensure that our church will be re-certified for AIM at the end of this year. Please contact me if you are interested. People with disabilities (visible or unseen) are especially urged to join the Team, but those of us temporarily able but keenly interested in the subject are also very welcome. Jan Thompson