July 14, 2021:

We plan to resume in-person worship on September 5. There will be two services: 9am and 10:30am. Our plan is to conduct services in our UUCLC sanctuary and continue streaming on Zoom for members and friends who prefer the virtual format.

Our Safe Opening Task Force is working on a set of protocols to insure safety remains our highest priority. As soon as the protocols and guidelines are finalized, we’ll publish them widely on all of our platforms.

Until then, we strongly encourage all persons accessing the UUCLC campus to get vaccinated immediately. When visiting campus, please wear a mask if inside the buildings. If you are not vaccinated, please continue observing social distancing measures, also.

Feb. 10:

Department of Health county map update :

More than half the state in Yellow and Green

All counties improve; all but four counties see positivity rate below 10%

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning Feb. 10, with 15 New Mexico counties at the Yellow Level and four at the Green Level, reflecting an improving overall COVID-19 outlook for the state.

Every county saw improvements in their average daily per-capita rate of new cases over the last two weeks, and 30 counties saw improvements in their test positivity rate.

The state’s county-by-county system uses key health metrics – the per-capita daily incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average COVID-19 test positivity within county borders – to determine the level of public health risk and requirement for each county. A county that meets one criterion may operate at the Yellow Level; a county that meets both may operate at the Green Level.

Counties that met one of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Yellow Level beginning Feb. 10 are: BernalilloCibolaColfaxCurryDona AnaGrantGuadalupeLos AlamosMoraQuaySandovalSan MiguelSanta FeTaos and Valencia.

Counties that met both of the health metric thresholds and may operate at the Green Level beginning Feb. 10 are: CatronHardingSierra and Union.

Twenty-nine counties reported a positivity rate below 10 percent, close to the state threshold of 5 percent, a dramatic increase from 11 counties below 10 percent one month.

“New Mexicans have been working hard to get this virus back under control,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “The state’s efforts to continue our aggressive testing while efficiently distributing vaccines have contributed to the improving outlook for New Mexico. We’re not out of the woods yet, and vigilance is the only way to make sure we keep making progress. I ask all New Mexicans to please continue the hard work and continue making the right, and safe, choices each and every day, so we can see more of our state get into the Yellow and Green, and so we can keep ourselves, our families and our state safe.”

Jan 7, 2021 –

Cathy CarverTue, Jan 5, 4:58 PM (3 days ago)
to Xolani, me, Susan

If when you first preregistered for the vaccine, you weren’t able to list chronic conditions, you can now. If you don’t have a number, click on “View My Profile.” You will be taken to a page called “Lookup my Registration.” At the bottom, in small blue print, click on “Do Not Know Your Confirmation Code.” The code will be sent to you (mine came via text on my phone). Enter the confirmation code along with your date of birth in the boxes provided, and you will be taken to a page that allows you to complete the missing information. The only two sections I could not yet complete were “Schedule Your Appointment” and “Medical Questionnaire” which apparently will only be available and will be sent to you via email when you qualify for the vaccine.

Sept 4 – Guidelines for hosting “in-person” gatherings at the UUCLC. Click here.

July 11 – Please visit the NM Dept of Health for the latest information on the pandemic.

May 31 – UUA guidance for congregations when the pandemic subsides. Read here.

May 19 – Uplifting video short by Spike Lee – New York New York


May 3 – State extends modified stay-home order to May 15; New Mexico enters “Preparation Phase” for safe re-opening. Read more here.

April 25 – The City of Las Cruces and State of New Mexico remain under stay-at-home orders until May 15. Read more here.

April 12 – Listen to this audio from Radio KTAL-FM of Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel interviewing Rev. Kacela about the UUCLC response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Click the link below.

Speak Up Las Cruces 4/8/2020

April 11 – Easter 2020 a chance for reverence, action – Read Rev. Kacela’s op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal here.

April 7 – A Message About COVID-19 from the Meharry Medical College President and CEO, Dr. James Hildreth.

April 7 – Here’s a great article from the Wall Street Journal columnist, Glenn Ruffenach, that might help better frame the stock market and curb anxiety.

Read it here.

April 2 – The Light has be updated since it’s initial release. Please read the latest here.

March 31 – Please take a moment to watch the video from UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find it here:

March 27 – A Kid’s Guide to the Coronavirus. Read and listen to it here.

March 27 – Help is on the way for Zoom!

If you are encountering technical difficulties trying to logon to our Sunday virtual worship services on the Zoom app, we have a tutorial just for you. Please check out this link.

March 25 – Coronavirus: Facts*

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies. Read more.

March 24 – Rev. Kacela and the Caring Team are hosting a community Pastoral Care Check-In on Wednesday (3/25) at 11:30 am – noon via Zoom. The intent is to allow our community to gather for a short time of care and reflection, then to (very) briefly check-in. Find the link here.

March 23 – Gov. Lujan-Grisham issued a new order today instructing New Mexicans to remain at home, except for essential needs. We urge all church members and friends to abide, accordingly.

March 20 -The UUCLC campus will remain closed during the Coronavirus pandemic or until the Governor of NM lifts the state of emergency. All staff will continue to work remotely.

We urge members and friends to continue with prescribed safety protocols issued by the medical community.