Kellie Ingram, Director of Religious Education
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!Thomas Hood
Like many of you, as the new month approaches, I cannot believe how time flies! Religious Education will be spending the next few weeks getting all our end of the year activities and events tied up. We will also be planning ahead with new goals & ideas for the new year and next semester. October was an eventful month for RE, we welcomed members of the Albuquerque UU Youth Group and their director, who joined us at the Las Cruces Pride Parade. Almost 20 youth participated in the walk around the plaza. And even more joined in for dinner and a sleepover that evening at the church! Thank You to everyone who helped!
Another wonderful event to happen in October was the opportunity I had to participate in the LREDA (liberal religious educators) Conference. This year’s conference was focused on the 8th Principle and held in Birmingham Alabama. I have spent the last couple of years attending conferences online and meeting and making new friends in little boxes on Zoom screens. I was thrilled to meet so many admirable, influential, folks in person. I was even happier to hug some of them! I was proud and humbled to be recognized as a DRE serving at a congregation that has voted in the 8th Principle! So many churches are still working towards that significant move.
As a group, conference attendees rode in buses to Montgomery Al, where we visited the Legacy Museum. Room after room filled with art and information on the history of slavery, civil rights, and into present days mass incarcerations. This museum is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. Birmingham also holds a special place to me personally. My mother and her family are rooted there. However, my mama left at 15 years old. She met my Dad at 16 years old and lost the majority of her family over their interracial family and marriage. While she hasn’t looked back, I have always wanted to see where she came from. We managed to find her high school and home she grew up in. As well as visit the renowned- Kelly Ingram Park, which sits across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Museum. The park itself is the site of many historical events that took place during the Children’s Crusade and protests for Civil Rights. I’m left thankful for the experience, which is a wonderful way to begin November!