Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Jan 2, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Jan 9, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Jan 16, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Jan 23, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Jan 30, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Feb 6, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: Shannon Reynolds – Sun, Feb 13, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Shannon Reynolds, Dona Ana County Commissioner, District 3, who will discuss issues facing the County commission, like disagreements between County Manager Marcias and Sheriff Kim Stewart.

Roundtable: Joanne Ferrary – Sun, Feb 20, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Joanne Ferrary, New Mexico Representative, District 37, to discuss what was accomplished (or not) at the current 2022 Legislative session being held in Santa Fe. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Scott McLaughlin, Spaceport America – Sun, Feb 27, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Scott McLaughlin, Executive Director of Spaceport America. He will present a summary of current and possible future activity at Spaceport America and then open up for discussion of activities and issues with the Spaceport.  They have a very nice web site at spaceportamerica.com that you may want to look at ahead of time. Fortunately for us, Scott has returned to Las Cruces after an illustrious career designing and installing wind radar systems around the world and is now Executive Director of Spaceport America.  He is also an Aggie and a member of UUCLC!. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Resilience – Sun, Mar 6, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join David J. Steele, PhD in a discussion. Four years of a rogue presidential administration; global pandemic, insurrection and homegrown terrorism, new laws passed in half of the states in the “union (?)” to suppress the vote and nullify outcomes that state legislative majorities don’t approve of, war in Europe, uncertainty about our own church…These are times to try our souls.  In this Round Table session Dave Steele will review the concept of “resilience” and the traits and behaviors associated with it.  Please come prepared to participate.

 

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Roundtable: Public School Education in Las Cruces, 2022 – Sun, Mar 13, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Pamela Cort, Recently elected member of the Las Cruces Public School Board. Pam Cort is a retired high school French teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience.  In 2013 she was honored as the State Teacher of the Year.  In July 2021 she was selected from a panel of 5 candidates to serve out the remaining months of Terrie Dallman’s four year term on the Board.  In November, Ms. Cort was elected to a full four year term.  Ms. Cort will share her views on the state of public education in Las Cruces in 2022 and beyond.  Ms. Cort has ties to the UUCLC. Join us on Zoom.

 

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Roundtable: What Climate Change Policies are Most Effective? – Sun, Mar 20, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Doug Nichols, JD, will discuss what public policies to address climate change are most effective. Afforestation? Methane reduction? Electric vehicles? Improved energy efficiency in buildings and industry? Carbon pricing? More nuclear power? Technological breakthroughs?  What initiatives are needed to keep average global temperature from exceeding 2.0°C? Doug will demonstrate an interactive climate simulator which grew out of work at MIT Sloan.  Doug is a retired Vice President & General Counsel with Portland General Electric, Doug also volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and is an En-ROADS Climate Ambassador.  Join us on Zoom.

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Roundtable: Special Social Justice Committee Meeting – Sun, Mar 27, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Dave Rice will moderate a discussion about selecting a new round of Change 4 Change recipients. All members and friends of the church are invited to attend this meeting to hear brief descriptions and presentations of the nominees for the next Change 4 Change recipients.  Those in attendance will be asked to cast their votes for the nominated organizations they feel should be the beneficiaries of the generosity of our congregation.  Join us on Zoom.

 

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Roundtable: Security On Our Campus – Sun, Apr 3, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Officer Aaron Glymph from the Las Cruces Police Department will talk about general security issues for our premises including the possibility of a Neighborhood Watch program and will entertain questions and discussion. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Tipping From Hate To the Unthinkable – Sun, Apr 10, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable―And How We Can Stop It by Jonathan Greenblatt. In this urgent book, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the storied ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), sounds an alarm, warning that this age-old trend is gathering momentum in the United States — and that violence on a more catastrophic scale could be just around the corner.  But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ll listen to a PBS interview with Greenblatt and then discuss some of the suggestions he makes. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Toward Common Understandings Of Word Meanings – Sun, Apr 17, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

In response to a suggestion by Elisa Sanchez we’ll listen to a reading from an article in the New York Times on perceptions of word meanings and then Elisa will lead discussion of some commonly misused words. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: TBD – Sun, Apr 24, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: Las Cruces District 2 Strengths and Challenges – Sun, May 1, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Tessa Abeyta, city council member representing District 2, the district home of the church and a number of the members of our congregation. Councilor Abeyta will discuss the strengths and challenges facing the district and her priorities and hopes for its future. Councilor Abeyta is a native New Mexican raised in Los Alamos.  She received her bachelor’s degree in government from NMSU.  She has served as a lobbyist for the Child Advocacy Centers and secured funding for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.  In addition to her service of the City Council Ms. Abeyta is Co-Executive Director for the New Mexico Public Health Association. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Jose Artiga and SHARE – Sun, May 8, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Jose Artiga, Executive Director of the SHARE El Salvador Foundation, is a refugee from El Salvador — one of the first refugees to go into Sanctuary. He is also an environmentalist, a refugee advocate, and an internationally recognized community organizer. Jose will share a brief documentary about the Vamos a la Milpa movement in Honduras that addresses one of the root causes of migration by helping farmers to plant food crops and medicinal plants close to their homes following native Lenca tradition. He will then fill in the details. SHARE accompanies La Milpa with delegations to Honduras, advocacy, and financial support. In turn, La Milpa produces food to nourish the body and spirit to continue the struggle for justice respecting Mother Earth. Jan Thompson, a member of the church, was part of a delegation to Honduras in 2018 and will facilitate this Roundtable with her friend, Jose. Join us on Zoom.

 

 

Roundtable: Kevin Bixby and Wild Life for All – Sun, May 15, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Kevin Bixby is the founder and executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center, recently rebranded as Wild Life for All.  “The mission of Wildlife for All is to reform wildlife management in the U.S. to be more ecologically-driven, democratic, and compassionate:

  • Ecologically-driven, because that is what is needed to protect species and ecosystems in the face of a global extinction crisis,
  • Democratic, because wildlife is a public trust and everyone should have a voice in wildlife decisions,
  • Compassionate, because wild animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect.”

Mr. Bixby will discuss the work that Wild Life for All is promoting to bring about fundamental changes in the way wild life is managed and viewed. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: The State of Las Cruces Public Education – Sun, May 22, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Pamela Cort, Las Cruces Public Schools Board Member, is a retired high school French teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience.  In 2013 she was honored as the New Mexico State Teacher of the Year.  In July 2021 she was selected from a panel of 5 candidates to serve out the remaining months of Terrie Dallman’s four year term on the Board.  In November, Ms. Cort was elected to a full four-year term.  Ms. Cort will share her views on the state of public education in Las Cruces in 2022 and beyond.  Ms. Cort has previous ties to this church. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Diego Medina and the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe – Sun, May 29, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Diego Medina is an artist and educator from Las Cruces, New Mexico. His family is one of the original families from the historic Mesquite district, the old Pueblo for the Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe.  Mr. Medina is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for his tribe. Mr. Medina’s artwork focuses on the preservation of cultural history of his people against an ever-encroaching, burgeoning college town that has an inherent assimilation and erasure protocol and an increasing settler population unaware of the stories held within the land they inhabit.  He will discuss the concerns of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa community regarding NMSU’s plans for developing a large commercial and residential area near the base of Tortugas Mountain, sacred space for his people. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jun 5, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jun 12, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jun 19, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jun 26, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jul 3, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jul 10, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jul 17, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jul 24, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: On Summer Recess – Sun, Jul 31, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable will return in August.

Roundtable: Last day of our summer recess – Sun, Aug 7, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Roundtable: The Alpha Generation – Sun, Aug 14, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Jennifer Trantham, Instructional Specialist and Math Content Specialist, Las Cruces Public Schools

After having spent several years as an Instructional Specialist and Math Content Specialist out of the classroom, Jennifer returned to the classroom and immediately noticed the students were ‘different’ from the students she started teaching with 20 years ago. Following a year of remote learning, the differences were even more pronounced. In her research quest to understand these ‘new’ students, she learned that this is the Alpha Generation – and they are a different beast! While she doesn’t claim to be an expert, she’s happy to share the findings of her action research project. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Do the Work! – Sun, Aug 21, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

We’ll take a quick look at the contents of Do the Work! – An Antiracist Activity Book by W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz and then, as time permits, participate in some of the activities described. Kamau Bell is a black comedian, author, activist, and TV personality who has teamed with Kate Schatz to create an entertaining workbook with activities to help understand the many facets of racism. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Church Security – Sun, Aug 28, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Our church has had a Security Task Force since last September and Janet Pitt will explain how it was formed, how the group identified categories of security, what has been accomplished, and what areas will be addressed going forward. Please come to listen, ask questions, and express ideas. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Happy Labor Day – Sun, Sep 4, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Because of the holiday, there is no Roundtable today.

Roundtable: Wildlife For All – Sun, Sep 11, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Kevin Bixby, the founder and executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center, recently rebranded as Wildlife for All.  “The mission of Wildlife for All is to: reform wildlife
management in the U.S. to be more ecologically-driven, democratic, and compassionate:

  • Ecologically-driven, because that is what is needed to protect species and ecosystems in
    the face of a global extinction crisis.
  • Democratic, because wildlife is a public trust and everyone should have a voice in
    wildlife decisions.
  • Compassionate, because wild animals deserve to be treated humanely and with
    respect.”

Mr. Bixby will discuss the work that Wild Life for All is promoting to bring about fundamental changes in the way wild life is managed and viewed. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Tents to Rents – Sun, Sep 18, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Nicole Martinez, Executive Director, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope/Abode, Inc., to discuss current programs operated by the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, including the Mano y Mano Day Labor Program, housing to end homelessness, and the Camp Hope Tents to Rents fundraiser.  There will be a special focus on the Tents to Rents highlighting the importance of supporting the tent city shelter-to-housing program. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: The Story Behind NPR's "Storycorps" – Sun, Sep 25, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Dr. Dave Steele will talk about the story behind National Public Radio’s “Storycorps.”

Homo sapiens are story telling animals. Through stories we literally talk ourselves into existence. Through stories we make sense of who we are. Through stories we make sense of our lived experiences. Through stories we connect. Through stories we build community. In today’s Roundtable we will view a twenty minute TED Talk by Dave Isay, the man behind NPR’s Storycorps. Isay’s message is simple: “Everyone has a story the world needs to hear.” Please come prepared to be moved by the stories Dave Isay tells us. And please come prepared to participate in the discussion following the TED Talk video. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Moonwalkers – Sun, Oct 2, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

John Norberg, a writer from Indiana, will talk about the first and last moon walkers, Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan. Norberg knew both of them personally, as a journalist and author, having interviewed them for newspaper articles and a book. He also helped host them during visits to their alma mater, Purdue University. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Virtual Blessing of the Animals – Sun, Oct 9, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

See announcement in the October 3 “Week at a Glance”  for information about registration (free!) and instructions for logging on to the service. Questions?  Contact Dave Steele.

Roundtable: Dr. Bobbie Green – Sun, Oct 16, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Dr. Bobbie Greene, President of NAACP Dona Ana County and Professor of Music at NMSU. Dr. Greene along with other members of the Board will present an update on NAACP activities in Las Cruces and we’ll discuss ways in which we might assist in the pursuit of racial justice. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Our 8th Principle – Sun, Oct 23, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. Understanding the need for the Unitarian Universalist 8th principle and the need to revitalize the church’s support of this principle. How shall we proceed? Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: Housing Bond Project – Sun, Oct 30, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Join Natalie Green, City of Las Cruces’ Housing and Neighborhood Services Manager, and Beth Bardwell, Co-Chair of the Las Cruces Coalition for Attainable Housing.

On November 8th, city voters will be asked to approve four General Obligation bond capital projects to enhance our city and benefit our residents, quality of life and the economy. The four projects are $6M for affordable housing initiatives, $10M for a new fire station benefiting the Highway 70 corridor, $2M for park improvements, and $5M for Phase 2 of the East Mesa Recreation Complex. Natalie and Beth will focus the majority of their presentation on the GO Housing Bond sharing information about the purpose, need, and benefits of this General Obligation Bond project. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: No Wrong Door: Crisis Services in Dona Ana County – Sun, Nov 6, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Jess Spohn, LCSW, LADAC, Clinical Director of the Doña Ana Crisis Triage Center asks, “Do you know what to do if someone you know needs extra support with their mood, stressors, or with
an addiction?” The Crisis Triage Center (CTC) is the best place for most adults experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, as opposed to the emergency room or calling 911. This Roundtable
session will cover services the CTC provides, the developing mobile crisis team and what that means for our community, and the new national 988 crisis number. Join us on Zoom.

Roundtable: What's Your Carbon Footprint and What Can You Do About It? – Sun, Nov 13, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

James Caufield will speak on this subject. The Climate Crisis is approaching a tipping point.  Everyone should take responsibility for doing what they can to mitigate their contribution to the crisis.  We know that calculating our carbon footprints is not a complete solution. But knowing how much carbon you are putting into the atmosphere is a start. There are now government subsidies that can help with the switch to
climate friendly technologies like solar panels and electric vehicles. Upfront costs can be expensive but over time these costs can be recovered through the accumulation of money saved. In this presentation James will offer tips on how to approximate your household’s carbon footprint. He will show examples of online calculators as resources in learning more about yourcarbon foot print and what you can do to reduce it. Join us on Zoom.

 

Roundtable: Reframing Our Principles as Values and Covenant – Sun, Nov 20, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom

Dave Steele will offer a brief presentation on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s proposed modification of Article II, replacing our current “Seven (eight, for some congregations) Principles” with a comprehensive statement on core UU Values and Covenants. Modifications in Article II, which are still in draft form, will be taken up and voted on by congregational delegates at the 2023 General Assembly. Please come prepared to share your feelings and thoughts about the proposed modifications. Dave will summarize the proposal and facilitate a discussion by those present. We anticipate that there will be further opportunities for the congregation to discuss the UUA Article II Study Commission’s recommendations and to provide our delegates guidance on the will of UUCLC for their vote on our behalf at General Assembly. Please see the links below for further information:

Introduction to the UUA Article II Study Commission

Proposed Article II Purposes and Covenant

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Roundtable: Not today, enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend! – Sun, Nov 27, 2022 
2:00 pm--3:00 pm – Virtual Event Via Zoom