The Secret Way Seniors Can Keep Deducting Gifts to Charity.Millions of Americans will no longer get tax deductions for their charitable donations this year. But givers age 70½ or older often have a great way to get around this change. Read article.

Rev. Xolani KacelaYour UUCLC staff is working hard behind the scenes to keep our ministry strong and connected. You’re receiving more communications from us than usual, we know. We want you to know that we’re holding you in care and trying to keep you abreast of everything we know related to the church, public health updates, and your spiritual practice. Read the article.

The Gadfly PapersThis is a 30 page response to a book book entitled The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister by Todd Eklof, which has stirred up significant controversy in the Unitarian Universalist Association over the last two years. Todd Eklof is a Unitarian Universalist minister in Spokane, WA. His book deals with many issues regarding UU leadership, hiring policies, and identity politics. People of color, their allies, and many others have spoken out against this publication because the author betrays UU values and our Principles.
Read the response.

Church Property and Buildings
This article highlights the importance of congregations being deliberate about how they manage their real estate assets. Read the article.

Who Doesn’t Read Books In America?About a quarter of American adults say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year. Who are these non-book readers? Read the article.

Hello everyone,

Our pledge drive is up and running. Please respond to the materials you receive as soon as possible. That helps us finalize your church budget early in the process. We appreciate your awesome generosity that keeps our ministry rockin!

That’s all, folks,

Rev. xk

Sharpening Your Communication SkillsMany of our church leaders have told me that they want to improve the communications process at the church. One way is to listen to the podcast on this page.

What I Learned from Having Steve Jobs Swear at MeThis article shows the power of feedback. Read the article.

My friends,

Just a brief reminder that we, at the UUCLC, will continue to maintain full staffing.
Please see this post for more details from the UUA on best practices.
I pray that you are continuing to take good care of yourselves and your family during this time.

In faith and love,
Rev. Xolani “xk” Kacela

Your Money and Our ChurchRev. Xolani explains the journey of your money at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces. Read the article.

14 Traits of Effective Church LeadersThe term leadership is defined as “the ability to lead; an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction.” Church leadership is about how we behave, communicate and manage others. This article lays out 14 desirable traits for church leaders. Read the article.

Why a Black Pastor Feels Called to a White ChurchThe Reverend Christopher Lee is the first black clergy member Avondale has ever hired. He believes that being the only black person in the room is part of his calling. Read article.