We gather to inspire spiritual growth, to care for each other and our community, to seek truth and act for justice in the world.
Thur. Jan. 21 through Wed. Jan. 27
Thur. Jan. 21 through Wed. Jan. 27
All Face-to-Face events are Cancelled until further notice.
Please practice safety and physical distance during this pandemic.
Virtual Worship Service: 10:00 AM
ZOOM: Meeting #108-028-211
Given the precautionary measures being taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus and to promote congregational fellowship we recommend hosting Zoom Meetings, FaceTime, Skype or other face-to-face platforms to create community during this time of social distancing. Consider hosing a virtual dinner party, discussion group or catch up with your UU friends and family using one of theses platforms.
UUCLC is using the free Zoom Meetings platform to host weekly Sunday Services. If you’d like to participate please read the following frequently asked questions about Zoom Meetings:
What do I need to participate in Zoom Meetings?You can use your smartphone, Chromebook, iPad, laptop or desktop computer.How do I download the Zoom Meetings Application?Go to Zoom Support!Android Users- Google Play to download Zoom Meetings AppiPhone/iPad Users – App Store to download Zoom Meetings AppDo I need WiFI access for Zoom?When your mobile device is running in 3G or 4G/LTE mode, the zoom app will only send a maximum of 1MB/min of data in accordance with Apple’s guideline for bandwidth usage for a data plan. It’s our recommendation to use WiFi when possible for the best overall experience.In plain talk, no matter your device use WiFi otherwise you may use a lot of data.How many participants can join a free Zoom Meeting?If you have a Basic/Free you can have up to 100 video participants (including the host) in any of your meetings. These participants have two-way video, audio, and collaboration features.May 27, 2015
Note: If you have two people watching a Zoom Meeting on a single device that’s one “Zoom Meeting Participant.” Therefore in order to make a Zoom Meeting, like a Sunday morning service, available to the greatest number of people please consider participating on Zoom Meeting on a single device per household.
The Church has cancelled
all Face-to- Face Events
Until May 2021
Over the past several weeks, the UUA has consulted with multiple public health officials in order to update the guidance that was provided on March 12 recommending congregations stop gathering in person.
Based on advice from experts, the UUA recommends that congregations not gather in person. They also recommend that congregations begin planning for virtual operations for the next year (through May 2021). The UUCLC plans to adhere to this guidance until conditions change that permit re-gathering as a community in-person.
Rev. Xolani “xk” Kacela, Ph.D., Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces | (he/him/his) | Mobile: 919-949-2002
Upcoming Worship Services
Change 4 Change for this quarter – Oct thru Dec 2020
DONA ANA COUNTY COLONIAS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Change 4 Change for next quarter – Jan thru March 2021
CHERISHED K-9 ALL BREED RESCUE
Your check payable to “Unitarian Universalist Church” may be mailed to: 2000 S. Solano Dr, Las Cruces 88001, with “Change 4 Change” written in the memo line
You may pay by credit card by clicking on this Fellowship One link: https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/UserLogin/Index?ReturnUrl=%2fonlinegiving%2fgivenow%2fstep1
January 24 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Faith and politics have a long history together. In fact, America was born on the political theory. The Founders guaranteed freedom of religion in the U.S. Constitution. As we anticipate the changes, in American politics and society, with a new chief executive in office, let’s … read more.
January 31 – Time for a New Vision
This year, like no other, holds promise for a new vision. What is needed to do the work of Unitarian Universalism? Let’s see. First, many are waiting for things to go back to “normal.” However, as forward-thinking people, we how can we re-direct our attention? … read more.
Sun, Jan 24, 2021, 2:00 PM, Virtual Event Via Zoom
Roundtable discussions promote personal growth through group interaction. Everyone is free to join the discussion group and many members drop in when the topics are of interest to them. The Roundtable meets virtually on Sundays at 2:00 PM.
While we may reach a consensus about an issue under discussion, the real purpose of the Roundtable is to give everyone the information they need to make up their own minds about an issue. Members of the church or outside speakers lead discussions. In addition, a moderator makes sure that everyone who has something to say gets a chance to speak.
Roundtables cover a range of topics that interest the group. Topics may cover a scientific principle or theory, a religious subject, or social, economic, or political issues. You can find discussion topics in the newsletter, church orders of service, and on this website.
Roundtable – Sunday, January 24
Tom Dormody: “Backpacking in the Pecos Wilderness”. Tom did back packing trips into the Pecos Wilderness in Northern New Mexico in July and September 2020. Please join him for beautiful pictures and a little background on the Pecos Wilderness. This will be a chance to venture into nature from the safety and comfort of home!
- Please join our Virtual Zoom Meeting at 2:00 pm
Photo Directories & Pledge Statements
- Church Members may pick up their church photo directory and 2020 pledge statement on Thursday, January 21, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the Church Office.
Weather permitting a table will be set up outside for your safety and convenience. If it’s too cold to be outside, we’ll be set up in the church library. We will be practicing social distancing – masks and gloves for your safety.
If you are unable to come at this time, we will have other times available the following week.
Building Your Own Theology
Religious Education Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces is pleased to offer a discussion group facilitated by Jeff Harris and organized by Chris Thomas.
Based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian (explorer of religious truth), this classic UU adult education program invites participants to expand their personal credos over a twelve-session course. Unitarian Universalism, without its own creed, is often accused of not believing in anything. On the contrary, our members share in a wide variety of beliefs. If you’ve recently left a former religious tradition, or are considering doing so, or if you simply wish to grow in your faith, this class is for you.
- The discussion will be held via Zoom on 12 evenings, starting on January 27 and concluding in April.
During the twelve weeks, participants will explore their own religious journey, define what they believe and eventually develop and write their own “credo”. Credo comes from the Latin root that means literally “I believe”. Course designer, Richard Gilbert, reminds us it is also a compound of the word “cor/cordial” meaning heart. In Unitarian Universalism, the church exists as a spiritual space, rather than for communication of creeds. In this course we will build our own theology in a community context that will support your journey in discovering beliefs that are vital to you.
Jeff Harris has been a Unitarian-Universalist off-an-on for 30 years. He works at NMSU as the Director of Counseling. He has facilitated discussion groups for both adults and teens at UU and Episcopal churches over the years. Jeff enjoys reading books about world religions and seeing how different groups of people across time and geography have tried to understand the sacred. He practices passage meditation using scriptures from diverse religious sources.
- The class is limited to 12 participants, so please register soon.
For more information about or to register for the Building Your Own Theology group, please contact:
- If you would like to participate in this discussion group, you should purchase a copy of “Building Your Own Theology” Volume 1 (2nd edition) by Richard S. Gilbert. This book is available from the UUA bookstore https://www.uuabookstore.org/Building-Your-Own-Theology-Volume-1-P16645.aspx If you cannot afford this book, please let us know and the church will buy a copy for you.
Multicultural Awareness Group Welcomes New Members
Following our IDI Workshop last year, a dozen or so UUs got together to follow up on what we learned, particularly focusing on culture and race. It became clear to us at the outset that, since our group members were predominantly white, our focus should be on how we could break out of our white privilege and truly become anti-racist. Through our self-reflection, we hoped to grow and change. However, non-racist thoughts and ideals we knew were not enough. We had to act.
We viewed presentations by BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism) and decided to have several peaceful demonstrations in front of the church. We began exploring our local police practices on no-knock warrants and met with Sheriff Kim Stewart, Judge Lisa Schultz, and Micah Pearson from the board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for information on how the legal system regards race in its practices. We asked our presenters for guidance on what we could do that might make a difference.
We chose several books to read and discuss in depth, including How to Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi, Uprooting Racism by Paul Kivel, and Breathe by Imani Perry. Our goal is always to find information we can use to be more conscious of the function of white privilege in our society and ways we can change it in our personal decisions, including reaching out to others. As we change ourselves, we hope to attract more diversity in our church membership.
- Contact Shirley Davis if you would like to be on our mailing list. – We meet by Zoom every two weeks on Sunday afternoons.
Come join us! Be part of the change you want to see in the world.
Hey UU’s!! Whether you’re a part of our many UUCLC Committees or on your own, we’re inviting you to submit pictures, event information, etc. to be featured on the UUCLC Social Media pages! This is a nifty feature for spreading the awareness of what we do to make a greater change in society!
What does this look like? This can include:
- Photographs you take of any in-person – but socially distanced! – events you may assist with
- Information for a new Virtual event or campaign – i.e. Change for Change, RE Fundraising, etc.
- Updates from our committees
- Projects you and other members are working on
If you’re still unsure, please direct any questions to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to your submissions!
Barking NUUS & the Cat’s Meow
Please support banning indiscriminate use of lethal traps and poisons on public lands! – Animal Advocates urges everyone to check out the following link to Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico describing one of its top legislative priorities for this session: PASSING ROXY’S LAW. Don’t know what Roxy’s law is? Go to: APVNM.org/NoTraps and you can learn about this important legislative initiative and get easy access to the email of your state representative to urge him/her to support this legislation. If you have other questions about this or about Animal Protection New Mexico/Animal Protection Voters New Mexico, contact Dave or Ilene Steele.
Kudos for local legislators! – State Senator Bill Soules, who represents many members of UUCLC was honored by APVNM as a 2020 Animal Protection Champion. He has served in the State Senate since 2013 and he has a life time pro-animal welfare score of 99%. Kudos also to State Rep. Joanne Ferrary who was also recognized as a 2020 Animal Protection Champion. Her score dating back to 2017 is 96%. We urge members of the congregation who are represented by these two outstanding public servants to send them messages of thanks and congratulation!
- Remember to save your aluminum cans (only!) for the Cans-4-Critters fundraiser. You can contact Dave Steele directly by phone or email (see church directory) and he will pick them up at your home in a COVID-safe manner.
Social Justice Opportunity
We have a social justice opportunity to help a young pregnant woman, Ada, from Honduras, who is seeking asylum here in Las Cruces. She is a member of the LGBTQ community and is staying with Jan Thompson. Several UUs are setting up a drive-by baby shower to get necessary items for Ada who will be having a baby girl around mid February.
Ada has completed her baby registry at Target. The link to her wish list is https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver?registryId=9dd2e1e687914bf28a3aae351a6bac59&type=BABY.
- Items you purchase may either be mailed to 5243 Cochise Tr, Las Cruces 88012, OR you may purchase in store and bring to her “baby shower” scheduled for Saturday, January 30, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the UU Church parking lot at 2000 S. Solano. Even if you have your gift delivered by Target, you will want to attend the “baby shower” to pick up your treat — cupcakes by Tasty Celebrations or Sara Thomas’s healthy muffins — and wish Ada well in the final weeks of her pregnancy.
Decorations on booth to be provided by our RE kids. — Please stay in your car and wear a mask. — Thanks.
Religious Education – January Update – Join the Fun!
Interesting sessions for our RE youth this month include “Fun-day Sunday” with New Year’s Resolutions based on UU principles, “Imagine a New You” associated with our inherent goodness and possibilities, “World Religion Day” exploring many faith traditions, and “Justice – Just Us” related to MLK and Selma.
Fun crafts include Maker Kits with winter theme “Think Snow!!” for building a melting snowman from puddy, learning about symmetry creating snowflakes, writing and embellishing thank you letters in appreciation for holiday gifts.
- We invite you to drop in on a RE Zoom session any Sunday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and join the fun.
Thanks for your support!
Jean Gilbert, Kellie Ingram RE Director & RE Committee Members
Change-4-Change Recipient – First Quarter 2021
Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue founded in 2013 is a 501(c)-3 organization dedicated to rescuing lost, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. Cherished K-9 provides foster care through its network of volunteers, veterinary care for the sick and injured animals it takes in, and adoptions for dogs in need of loving permanent homes.
In 2019 this all volunteer group rescued 469 dogs. Given the hardships faced by many families during the COVID-19 pandemic, that number is likely to be larger in 2020. As an all-volunteer organization every penny it receives goes to fulfilling its mission.
If you have questions about Cherished K-9 contact Dave or Ilene Steele. They have adopted three wonderful dogs through this lifesaving organization.
In consideration of the Governor’s mandate and the COVID situation in our county, we have decided to keep the library closed until it is safer to open it. Stay well. ~ Rabbitt
Wednesday Community Conversations
The Caring Committee invites you to join us for a Community Conversation: a short reading, a mindfulness moment, check in, . . . and closing words
Our midweek quick Zoom meets every Wednesday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. We connect with other UU members and friends and share ways to maintain or regain a positive, caring focus as we face the second half of the week. All are welcome.
Our TGIF Zoom gathering every Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm is an opportunity to celebrate with UU members and friends the close of yet another week. Our sole purpose is to unwind. We chat about interesting developments in our lives and the news while enjoying our snacks, beverages and supper. As In-person gatherings are ill-advised, Zooming is our best opportunity to make and maintain friendships. All are welcome. Come as you are, when you can, and leave as you wish.
Widening the Circle of Concern
You are invited to read Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change, June 2020 The report deserves the widest dissemination throughout the UUA and its congregations. Currently, the UUCLC 8th Principle Team is engaging the content. Click here to access the report from the church website.
Connections for Disabled Unitarian Universalists
For years EqUUal Access has been involved in education and advocacy with UUs on disability issues, but have you heard that EqUUal Access now offers weekly online connections by and for Unitarian Universalists with disabilities?
If you are a person with a disability, you can go to the EA website to find the weekly theme and the active links to join all connections by Zoom: http://www.equualaccess.org/connect-online/.
Here’s what the weekly schedule looks like:
- Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm Eastern Time: Theme Chat (with an EqUUal Access facilitator)
- Thursdays @ 8:00 pm Eastern Time: Oasis (worship service / spiritual gathering by / for disabled UUs led by EqUUal Access volunteers, ministers, seminarians)
- Fridays @ 1:00 pm Eastern Time: Craft & Chat (bring your latest craft project / idea and join in relaxed conversation — with an EqUUal Access facilitator)
- Individual Pastoral Conversation with a UU minister (by appointment)
Thank you, Shelly & Helen (AIM Administrative Director Duo)
Minister’s Discretionary Fund
The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is established to help those in need. This year, we have received additional funds from members to boost this fund. If you or someone else you know has a financial hardship, please reach out to Rev. Kacela or Cheri Coffelt, our Office Administrator. We are here to help.
Gifts from the Heart Campaign
Please remember our planned giving effort, Gifts From the Heart, needs you. There is a link on our webpage under the Members menu for you to be a part of this vital ministry. You do not have to make any financial contributions now. We’re just asking that you include the congregation in your estate plans. Click here and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Use Credit Card or US Mail to Make Your Contributions
There are two ways to contribute to the church with your credit card: Use this FellowshipOne link OR enter into FellowshipOne through our uuchurchlc.org website. From the pulldown “Members” menu you will click on “Member Utilities”. From here you will click either “InFellowship Giving” or “InFellowship Scheduled Giving”. Your email (used to get your church email) is entered on the next screen. If you are setting up FellowshipOne Giving for the first time, you need to set up your password by following the instructions.
- For those who have no account with us Giving can be done on line at: https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/OnlineGiving/GiveNow/NoAccount/
OR you may use the Church Mailing Address: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88001 (Please do not use a PO Box – the church no longer has one)
Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the UUCLC is maintaining full staffing, although staff are working at their home base. We feel it is important to continue paying fair compensation to all staff during this period. To support our ongoing ministry, we encourage you to maintain your financial commitment to the congregation. Remain calm; do not panic over your finances. If you have been separated due to the pandemic, please let us know. We are here as your faith family and have resources. We invite you to read the memo below from the UUA on congregational finances and best practices. https://www.uuchurchlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid-19_staffing_and_finances_memo3.pdf
The Church has cancelled All Face-to-Face Events until September 2021
Every face-to-face event and gathering is cancelled at this time!
The Tombaugh Gallery
Virtual Tombaugh Gallery
Our Virtual Gallery is proud to present the artist Carol Wortner with her exhibit “Paper Work, Uniting and Celebrating Our World”.
Carol’s recent work is an exploration of cultures of the world through paper. She has collected paper of many varieties from around the globe, and friends have brought her gifts of paper from their travels, which are treasures to her. Carol has created handmade paper from many sources, including recycled junk mail and items gathered from nature. Some of her work is collage and some are paper weavings and quilts.
She sees the mixing and blending of cultures through these techniques, much like our multicultural community here in the Las Cruces area. “Beautiful traditions and artistry shine through when people create their art.”
Search for Tombaugh Gallery or use the link: https://www.instagram.com/tombaughgallery/
Also find the exhibit on Facebook at the Tombaugh Gallery page https://www.facebook.com/tombaughgallery
The exhibit will continue until February. — Thank you for visiting our virtual gallery!
Beginning in February the next virtual exhibit will be “Anything Goes” from the Las Cruces Art Association…
Tombaugh Gallery, named after the Discoverer of Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh, opened in 2000 and is a popular venue for artists in Las Cruces. We have launched a Virtual Gallery to showcase the artists who would have had their exhibits in the gallery this fall and into the spring.
- The Church has cancelled All Face-to-Face Events until September 2021
We will maintain a closed campus. All activities will be suspended, except via on-line platforms, to protect all persons’ health and well-being. We appreciate your continued support of our congregation and its ministries during this unusual and trying time.
Tombaugh Window Mural
The Tombaugh Window is now covered with plywood because of the damage from rocks thrown at it. Until we have a permanent way to protect the window, our youth have just completed a wonderful mural on the plywood.
Gallery contact person: Judy Licht — her email address can be found in the church directory.
or Gallery@uuchurchlc.org or call the church at 522-7281.
The Tombaugh Gallery is located inside the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 South Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM. Visit the gallery on Facebook.
Thu Jan 21, 2021 — Wed Jan 27, 2021
11:30 am--12:30 pm – Caring Conversations – Virtual Event Via Zoom
5:00 pm--6:00 pm – TGIF – Virtual Event Via Zoom
2:00 pm--3:15 pm – The Roundtable – Virtual Event Via Zoom