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. Mar. 11 through Wed. Mar. 17
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 – 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
Good Friday Service
Please join us for a meditative service celebrating the Last Supper that features readings and music.
April 4 – Easter
We explore the meaning of Easter as Unitarian Universalists living in turbulent period of world history. Yes, the Easter story still has wisdom for we postmodern Americans.
April 11 – Earth Day
This service will honor our home called Earth. Stay tuned for more details.
April 18 – It’s All About Jazz
Jazz music lives as one of America’s greatest cultural achievements. We exported it to the world community.
Apr 25 – Day of Silence (Honoring the LGBTQ Community)
The Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.
Sun, Apr 4, 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.
Thank you to each of you for your kind thoughts, words and deeds. The surgeon held up his part of the bargain and I shall proceed cautiously! We definitely have a Beloved Community.
Roundtable – Sunday, March 14
Paul O’Connell, former World Bank Economist, will discuss highlights and conclusions of the book by Phillip Gordan titled “Losing the Long Game”, the definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decades — and why it always seems to go wrong.
- Please join our Virtual Zoom Meeting at 2:00 pm
Religious Education – March – Join Us!
Engaging sessions for our RE youth this past month included a Valentine “Val-Pal” reveal party with guessing game for tunes-songs played and a scavenger hunt challenge. We heard some excellent bios presented by our kids on famous black Americans with more to be offered in March. Our intro on world religions continues with Cassie Calway attending recently as a guest presenter giving an interesting overview on CUUPs, Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.
There’s a lot in store for March with Women’s History Month as part of RE sessions’ content and emphasis on UU unifying principles to include the 5th principle on right of conscience and use of the democratic process. The March maker kit offers relevant activities and things for RE youth to create during sessions, in addition to suggested crafts provided weekly tying with lessons. We’re busy… and looking forward to our first litter clean-up this month with members of the Social Justice Committee.
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.
Jean Gilbert, Kellie Ingram RE Director & RE Committee Members
Building Your Own Theology
On January 27th the Religious Education Committee began the Building Your Own Theology discussion group facilitated by Jeff Harris and organized by Chris Thomas.
The Building Your Own Theology discussion group is based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian – explorer of religious truth. It is a classic UU adult education program that invites participants to expand their personal credos. Every Wednesday the group meets to discuss their thoughts and share personal stories about their spiritual – or not so spiritual – paths.
So far the group has created a working covenant, constructed their spiritual timelines, started writing their spiritual autobiographies, and shared stories of a significant spiritual moment in their life. The group consists mainly of UUCLC members and friends, but does include people new to the church from Texas and Minnesota. We have completed four weeks and have eight more to go!
So far this is the only Session of Building Your Own Theology planned, but If you are interested in joining a potential future Building Your Own Theology discussion group please contact Kellie Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is enough interest, the Religious Education may hold another Session later in the year.
Chris Thomas, Member UUCLC & RE Committee
Auction Item Intake
UU Spring Auction items will be accepted on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Library.
- These are items that have previously been accepted by email@example.com
- Please make sure your items have been approved, photographed and a written description sent to the coordinator before bringing items to the library.
- If you need assistance to have large items picked up, please indicate this in your e-mail to the auction coordinator.
- Because of a difficulty with our e-mail server, if you do not receive a prompt response from the auction coordinator, please send the information by e-mail to Cheri Coffelt at firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 UUCLC Virtual Spring Auction
The 2021 UUCLC Virtual Auction is coming to a device near you. Please save the date: May 15, 2021. Actual bidding will begin 7 days before the auction.
New Mexico Estate Sales will host our auction online on their platform at no charge. This is a great opportunity for us and NMES.
We invite you to begin making donations immediately because we need to begin cataloging for the website. All donations must have a minimum value of $30. We hope you will donate items that have significant life left and high auction potential. – You can donate in-person events and services. For in-person events, such as parties and dinners, just include the Covid-friendly protocols in the description.
- Please note that there will be bidders from beyond the congregation since we are marketing to the community.
For now, we only need you to select your donations and send in the photos.
Please email a photo of your donations to the auction team at: email@example.com They will get back to you on the next steps.
Grief Recovery Classes Coming in March
A new Adult RE online class is coming and it will be a collaboration between our congregation and the Amarillo UU Fellowship.
Rev. Xolani Kacela and Rev. Nell Newton will lead a series of classes called Navigating Grief. The classes will examine our historical and cultural expectations of grief, how researchers have studied grief, and then how each of us can honor our personal grieving processes.
The classes will begin on Thursday, March 18, at 6:00 – 8:00 pm MT / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CT. It runs for six weeks and concludes on April 22, 2021. The classes will take place on Zoom, with breakout rooms for small group conversations.
- Please register for the class, in advance, because the course is limited to ten persons per congregation. Please use the following link to sign up for the course: https://forms.gle/7rqf9Mipf6N3HJqD6
Coronavirus Tax Relief
If you did not get any Economic Impact Payments or received less than the full amounts, you may qualify for the Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return to claim the credit even if you do not normally file.
Being ineligible for a second stimulus check does not necessarily mean you are also ineligible for the recovery rebate credit when you file your 2020 tax return. That is because second-round stimulus checks are based on your 2019 tax return, while the tax credit is based on your 2020 tax return. There can be significant differences between the two.
Even if you do not qualify for a second stimulus check, or a first-round payment, make sure you check the recovery rebate credit when you file your 2020 return – it is on Line 30 of the Form 1040. If you are not required to file a 2020 return, file anyway if you can claim the recovery rebate credit.
- Do not leave money on the table! . . . If you don’t need it – Donate It!
At 9:45 am MT the moderator will open the worship service “waiting room”, where all visitors can mingle and chat with one another. Those unable to make it to church early, are encouraged you to stay for the virtual coffee hour.
At 9:55 am, the moderator will mute everyone’s audio and video to begin a time for silent reflection. Only the worship team will have a live video stream.
Promptly, at 10:00 am, the moderator will start worship by welcoming everyone into the worship space.
Our Tech Gurus, Sara Reyes and Knut Brekke, will mix up the breakout rooms, allowing people to mingle with more individuals during the coffee hour (about 10 minutes per group before Zoom moves you to another group).
Consider the UU Library when you are thinning your own libraries. Sections that could use the most help are Ethics, Earth-Centered Traditions, LGBTQ, World Religions, Inspirational and Self Help.
The library is open Tuesday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm! COVID-safe rules apply. Wear a mask. No more than five in the library at a time. Extra masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are available for visitors. Library volunteers started again and you are welcome to add your name to the list.
See you in the library! ~ Rabbitt
Barking NUUS & the Cat’s Meow
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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. http://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
The next virtual exhibit at Tombaugh Gallery will feature two artists, John Rawlings and Souheir Rawlings from the T or C area.
The exhibit will begin in early March and will continue through May.
John Rawlings – Shield paintings
As a young man John was the Artist-in-Residence at Red Cloud Indian School. This shield series that he began in 2015 draws upon his experiences and a body of sketches/drawings that he made at that time. John traveled back to South Dakota to ask how this work would be received if he produced it and was told that as long as the images and symbols are accurate and respectful, the work will be accepted.
Souheir Rawlings – Covid Portraits: Isolation
Souheir’s drawings and paintings reflect her desire to “see” the inner expressive nature of people, using color and line in a way that shows emotion and character. She is influenced by symbolism in art and tries “to convey a connection between myself and the images I chose to represent in my art”. – She created the Portraits during 12 months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Each portrait represents a particular month, expressing the changing emotions.
The exhibit can be seen on the Tombaugh Gallery page on Facebook and on Instagram, – Search for Tombaugh Gallery or use the following links:
- Contact Judy Licht email@example.com if you are interested in the art.
Thank you for visiting our virtual gallery!
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 in 2020 and into the spring 2021.
- 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 completed a wonderful mural on the plywood.
Gallery contact person: Judy Licht firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Mar 11, 2021 — Wed Mar 17, 2021
2:00 pm--4:00 pm – Snowbirds Covenant Group – Virtual Event Via Zoom
7:00 pm--9:00 pm – 8th Principle Meeting – 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
3:00 pm--5:00 pm – Multicultural Discussion Group – Virtual Event Via Zoom
7:00 pm--9:00 pm – Leadership Development Committee Meeting – Virtual Event Via Zoom
11:30 am--12:30 pm – Caring Conversations – Virtual Event Via Zoom
6:30 pm--8:30 pm – Weekly Chess Club Meeting – Edu. Bldg. Red Room