Weekly nUUs

Thursday August 16 through Wednesday August 22

Events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For more details, please visit our home page and scroll down to the calendar on the bottom left of the screen.

Sunday Schedule

Worship: 10:30 AM (unless otherwise noted in the service schedule below)
Roundtable: 9:00 AM in the Library
Childcare: 8:45 AM until 12:30 AM —  free-play, snacks and art
Mindful Sundays for kids: 8:45 AM
Sunday school: 10:30 AM
Fellowship: before and after Worship

Upcoming Worship Services

Change-4-Change in Jul, Aug, and Sep goes to the Holy Cross Retreat Center

Shape Note Service

Join us for a service in which we share and celebrate Shape Note, or Sacred Harp, singing, with Eric Morgan, the Hand Family, and our UU Shape Note singers.  This style of singing, and the Sacred Harp Hymnal, have been part of our American democracy for … read more.

Next Roundtable

Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 9:00 AM, Library

Roundtable: The Foundation of Cryptocurrencies

Presenter Paul O’Connell

Economist, Dr. Paul O’Connell, will discuss the foundation of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin–“Blockchain Technologies”–and other potential uses. The talk will consider recent developments in this new currency and where it might go in the future.



Social Justice

*Tents to Rents* initiative kicks off on the 17th of this month. This special fundraiser happens once a year. You can support moving homeless veterans into a home! We have a special fund to which people can donate online at https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com. Please log into InFellowship, go to Giving, and select *Tents to Rents*. On Sundays, cash or check donations (inside envelopes indicating *Tents for Rents*) may be placed in the collections. Last year we raised $3,000! Thank you for your generosity.


An Invitation from Your Ministerial Search Committee

Please join us for CAKE, coffee, and conversation following the 10:30 am service on Sunday, September 2, to celebrate the arrival of Rev. Xolani and Tamara Kacela and to mark Rev. Xolani’s debut sermon as our settled minister!

And, once again, our thanks to you, the members of the congregation, for your support and friendship during our search.

Susan Bagby, Renee Beltran, Nora Brown, Peg Brown, Rachel Courtney, Elisa Sanchez, and Dave Steele


Barking NUUS and the Cat’s Meow

Have you completed and mailed in your GO-Bond ballots yet?  If not, the Animal Advocates group in the Social Justice Committee urges you to do so!  We particularly encourage you to give every consideration to voting “yes” for the construction of a much needed new animal shelter, among the many fine proposed projects that will make Las Cruces a better and more inviting place to live!


Barking NUUS and the Cat’s Meow

The Animal Advocates group of the UUCLC Social Justice Committee will be hosting a community-wide Animal Fostering Forum on Saturday, August 18, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Featured speakers include Clint Thacker, Director of the Animal Service Center, Michel Meunier, Director of the Action Program for Animals, and Frank Bryce, President of the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico.  In addition there will be a panel discussion by individuals with experience in fostering animals in need to shelter, care, and love while awaiting placement in permanent homes.  Not able to do fostering yourself?  Come anyway to learn how you can support those who are able to foster!

Highlighted Activities

Expanding Love – Building Identity – Exploring Beliefs

Sunday, August 19

Parent Support: 8:45 am – 12:30 pm, Child care available in the Blue Room

Meditation for All Ages: begins next Sunday, August 26, 9:15 am, in the Purple Room

Worship: 10:30 am, we gather for a brief time to worship in the sanctuary together

Spirit Play Session: these sessions are intended for children ages 4 – 9 years.  Today’s focus will be on building our religious identity by learning the origin story of our Flaming Chalice.

Riddle and Mystery: for middle school ages. — These sessions begin on September 9.

Senior Seminar: for high school ages.  Join us for conversations about Life’s Big Questions and topical issues.

STEM Project: all ages are welcome to visit our STEM Room and join in the week’s project.

What is it?  STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

These projects support our principle as lifelong learners, our Sources that counsel us to heed the guidance of logic and reason and to fully embrace the beauty, creativity  and wonder that is life.


A Hogwarts Summer continues…


Registration and the Fall Session begins on Sunday, August 29.

Registration forms are available in the Great Room and classrooms.


This year’s program will focus on Exploring Beliefs.


Small Groups 1 & 2 — this includes ages 4 – 9 years of age.

The groups begin together with a walking meditation followed by the day’s Spirit Play Story.

As the story ends, a time for wondering begins before breaking into two groups for immersive exploration of the day’s themes.

The stories this year will focus on major world religions including Unitarian Universalism.


Junior Youth — is for our middle school aged youth.

Their program includes the following: an introduction to major world religions, Our Whole Lives (a comprehensive sexuality program) and their choice of games/activities/art every third week.


Senior Seminar — for high school aged youth.

Exploring contemporary issues through the lens of Unitarian Universalism.  We plan to sponsor a group to attend the Spring 2019 UU UNO conference in New York.

*Attendance on Sundays is required to be eligible for this opportunity.



Dining Out

is at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 17, at “La Nueva Casita Cafe”, 195 N. Mesquite St.


Desert Spirit CUUPs Planning and Revisioning Session

August 18, from  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, RE Great Room

Desert Spirit CUUPs has been around for over five years now and has enjoyed essentially the same leadership for that time. This month we will gather to discuss our group’s future. Please join us for this vital meeting as we open the topic up for a frank conversation of who would like to lead, what duties exist, and what new visions can come forth to guide this group.

We always begin our monthly gatherings with a potluck. Join us at 6:00 pm in the RE Great Room. Bring a dish to share and your own plates/utensils/cups. We will share fellowship and a meal and then spend the next hour planning and creating a vision for the Desert Spirit CUUPs.

Everyone is welcome! We need your help and ideas AND we are excited for what you can bring! It’s going to be great!

Questions? Contact Renée Beltran at 575-635-6683 or reneebeltran94@gmail.com


Choir Ingathering

First Rehearsal

Our Ingathering Choir Rehearsal will be on Tuesday, August 21, from 6:45 until 8:30 PM.  Anyone who wants to sing and who is willing to attend rehearsals and sing with us in worship may join.  Questions?  Contact Catherine Massey, Director of Music.


WomenSpirit 2018

WomenSpirit will be held September 14 – 16 at the Sacramento Camp and Conference Center in the mountains near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The retreat is open to all women 18 years of age or older from Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces and also to those from the community at large. This year there is an option to arrive one day early.

Registration is open until August 31. Download the registration form from the UUCLC website at http://www.uuchurchlc.org/lifespan-learning/adult-programs/womenspirit-registration/ or pick up a hard copy in the RE Great Room.  Contact Sara Thomas with any questions.

Like “WomenSpirit UUCLC” on Facebook.


Teacher Recruitment

Have you considered how you might be the change in a young person’s life? Just open the door and join us on Sunday mornings.

We need adults to work with our K – 1st grades, 2nd – 4th grades and Youth. Sign-ups are posted in the Great Room!  Questions?  Speak with Susan Freudenthal or email susan@freudenthal.net

— Expanding Love — Building Identity — Exploring Beliefs —


Adult Exploration Program

First Wednesdays: a facilitated conversation with anyone wishing to join us in the Library at 12:00 NOON on the first Wednesday of each month. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal.

Art Show

The Tombaugh Gallery


Oceans and Deserts photography exhibit

The exhibit will be showing through August 31.

Storm Sermay’s newest photographic exhibition, Oceans and Deserts, is meant to make the viewer focus on the similarities of these two environments, which at first appear to be so different. Her photographs are of California, where the two ecosystems are closely aligned. She says that although both look barren on the surface, they teem with hidden life. These are both environments of extremes, with limited drinkable water for human life.

Sermay started this project in 2010, photographing in the deserts of Death Valley National Park and Anza-Borrego State Park. In 2011, she made her first trip to the Pacific coast and began to think about putting oceans and deserts together as a project. Her photographs since then have concentrated on the connections between these ecosystems.

In the exhibit, she has paired many of the photographs to show how much alike the areas are. Sermay says “Photographed in black and white, the outward appearances become even more similar with relatively even planes, bordering mountains, comparable edging vegetation, and an abstract nature”.


The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive, and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call the church office at 575-522-7281.

Thu Aug 16 — Wed Aug 22, 2018


9:00 am--9:00 pm – Chess Tournament – Edu. Bldg. (entire)


10:00 am--11:15 am – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

4:40 pm--5:40 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

5:30 pm--9:00 pm – Chess Club – Edu. Bldg. Blue Room

5:40 pm--6:30 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


10:00 am--2:00 pm – AUCTION EVENT #21: It's Chile Time Again! – Private Location

12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Closed – Admin. Offices

4:30 pm--7:00 pm – Rainbow Playgroup – Edu. Bldg. (entire)

5:00 pm--7:00 pm – Dining Out – Admin. Offices

5:30 pm--9:00 pm – Chess Club – Edu. Bldg. Blue Room


2:00 pm--4:00 pm – Animal Advocates: Fostering Forum – Library

6:00 pm--9:00 pm – Desert Spirit CUUPS – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

7:00 pm--10:00 pm – AUCTION EVENT #22: Movie Under the Stars – Private Location


9:00 am--2:00 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

9:00 am--10:00 am – Roundtable: The Foundation of Cryptocurrencies – Library

10:30 am--11:30 am – Sunday Service – Sanctuary

3:00 pm--6:00 pm – AUCTION EVENT #23: Gala Games – Private Location


12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Closed – Admin. Offices

6:30 pm--7:30 pm – Leadership Development Committee – Admin. Offices

7:00 pm--8:30 pm – NAMI Connection Support Group – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


10:00 am--11:15 am – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

4:00 pm--5:00 pm – Stewardship Committe – Library

4:40 pm--5:40 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room

5:40 pm--6:30 pm – T'ai Chi – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


10:00 am--4:00 pm – UU Bee Quilters – Lobby

12:00 pm--1:00 pm – Lunch Bunch – Library

12:00 pm--4:00 pm – Office Hours – Admin. Offices

6:00 pm--8:30 pm – CIVIC Potluck – Edu. Bldg. (entire)