Weekly nUUs

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. Oct. 22 through Wed. Oct. 28

All Face-to-Face events are Cancelled until further notice. 

Please practice safety and physical distance during this pandemic. 

Sunday Schedule
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 App
iPhone/iPad Users – App Store to download Zoom Meetings App
Do 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

Sermons Online

Listen here.

Upcoming Worship Services

Change 4 Change for this Quarter – Oct thru Dec 2020

Las Colonias

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

Next Roundtable

Sun, Oct 25, 2020, 2:00 PM, Virtual Event Via Zoom

Roundtable – Capitalism and Socialism

Will discuss differences between Capitalism and Socialism—recognizing we have both ism’s in our Economy now. The main question is what the balance should be. Speaker will be announced later.



Change-4-Change – DAC Colonias Development Council – ISIF

It’s time for donating your “change” by way of check or In Fellowship online. Those amounts for the next three months of October, November and December, will go to the Dona Ana County Colonias Development Council. Their mission is to improve the quality of life through the promotion, development and cultivation of an equitable standard of living in colonia communities in Dona Ana County by creating spaces for transformative leadership through community and economic development.

The program is titled Integrated Services for Immigrant Families and will be referred to as ISIF. ISIF merges legal immigration services, citizenship preparation classes, and leadership development. The immigration office responds to over 4,600 walk-in inquiries every year. They provide citizenship preparation classes in seven communities including Las Cruces. The legal immigration office handles over 1,300 applications per year for legal permanent residency, renewals of work permits and naturalization applications.

The funds will help defray the costs of the materials for the citizenship classes.


The Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce the money raised by our church for this Community of Hope fundraiser is $ 2,020.01!  We are so grateful for your generosity during this pandemic when we can’t even talk to each other except through zoom.  And, of course, the tent residents don’t have zoom but it will be a relief for some of them to find comfort in an apartment. The amount includes donations given through the church and directly to Tents-2-Rents mentioning the church on the byline. Thanks again!

Trick-or-Treat Tour

Fall is upon us, we have had our summer nights, now for October eves!

In order to celebrate a safe and exciting Halloween this year, the Religious Education program is currently looking to recruit volunteers for our October 30, Trick or Treat tour.

Our goal is to hopefully enlist several members and or friends of the church, who would then agree to place candy / goody bags outside of their  –possibly decorated–  homes in a designated area. Once a route is established the families of RE would then caravan from home to home. Allowing the youth to show off costumes, visit with hosts and grab their treats, all from a social distance.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the tour or have any questions, please reach out to DRE Kellie Ingram, kellie@uuchurchlc.org 

Thank you.  ~  the RE Committee of UUCLC

Thanksgiving Dinner is Cancelled

Another consequence of the pandemic:  There will be no Thanksgiving Day banquet at church this year.

Librarian’s Corner

Our Justice section would not be complete without a section on Feminism. We have four shelves dedicated to this all-important topic. Nearly half our collection came from the library of Jo Tice Bloom as a bequest after her passing. We have classics from Gloria Steinem’s Revolution from Within to Becoming by Michelle Obama. Whether you want to laugh or cry, learn or remember, our Feminism section has you covered.

The UU Church Library is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Masks and social distancing are required, of course. — Come on in and explore!

Contact Rabbitt Loring — the information can be found in the church directory — if you would like to volunteer and I will gladly get you on the roster so you can help us keep the library open for our members and friends to use and enjoy.

See you in the library!  ~  Rabbitt

Daily Singing Practice

How do we get through this?  With love and light.  Bring it in and send it out!  Each day before the election at 6:00 pm Mountain Time, join Catherine in a daily singing practice, with Melanie DeMore’s video of the spiritual “Shine on Me” — five minutes.  Be with others doing the same intentional work, and shine on!

Catherine Massey is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting, starting October 19 until November 4, 2020  —  17 occurrences

Book Club Meetings at the Library

Are you ready to do a little bit of UUCLC safe socializing with others regarding a book you’ve read and enjoyed?  On Thursdays, every week, beginning November 5, from 1:30 pm – 3:00pm, UUCLC members will be able to use the library chairs and sit outside to share highlights of an interesting book.

New member, Elena Espinosa, will be at the library every Thursday to host this unique group.  We will practice safe social distancing protocols including the use of masks.  It will also be a great time to peruse the library for different themes for our book discussions.  You can find some great books to check out at our library.  Questions?  Contact Elena from the UUCLC member directory.

RE Fall Update – Need Your Support!

UUCLC Religious Education program for youth is underway now for the fall. The Zoom sessions run an hour and are held every Sunday starting 11:30 am.

We ask your help recruiting more youth for the program. Please reach out to families you know with children and ask them to Zoom with us on a Sunday, to check out RE.

  • October sessions on Justice and Just-Us, Widening the Circle of Love, and Dia de los Muertos promise to be engaging with craft maker kits available for a Muertos-themed skeleton.

When you’re out running errands, be sure to see the artistic and colorful mural our RE Kids created for the Tombaugh Gallery window. It will be there while the window is repaired.

Thank you! Your support means a lot to us!  ~  Jean Gilbert, Kellie Ingram RE Director & RE Committee Members

UUCLC Leadership Candidates

The Leadership Development Committee has drafted a slate of candidates for the coming year, to be voted on at the next business meeting. Here are their biographies:


Robert Pipkins moved to Las Cruces from Staten Island, New York in February 2019 and joined the UUCLC later that year. He was pleased to know that the UUCLC had an active RE program as after having raised his children as UUs, he is enthusiastic for his granddaughter (the impetus for his moving here) to have the same opportunity that her mother did. Robert had been a member of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island for over 40 years where he was extremely active in all aspects of the church by serving in both volunteer and paid positions. Examples of leadership positions include chair of the Social Concerns Committee and chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. As president of the Board of Trustees, he led his former church through its purchase of adjoining property and the subsequent creation of a memorial garden as well as a space designed for outdoor church social activities. Robert welcomes the opportunity, as a  new member of the Board of Trustees of the UUCLC, to provide a fresh set of eyes in reviewing the current policies and procedures and to share his knowledge of various strategies and/or tactics that could be used to achieve goals deriving from the vision and mission statements of our church.

Skip Shelton: I’m a retired clinical psychologist.  I found the Unitarian Church when, getting married, I found that the only minister who would marry this atheist was a Unitarian in 1986.  I moved to Las Cruces four years ago and joined the UUCLC with my wife, Linda Peterson.  I’ve been the co-chair of the Committee on Ministry, and have participated in a variety of other activities, including being a Greeter.

Mark Sukontarak:  I am currently finishing out my final year of a 3-year term with the UUCLC Board of Trustees, where I am also serving as Treasurer.  I wish to serve an additional 1-Year Term to provide some continuity to Board membership.  I am also willing to extend my role as Treasurer.

Susan Hychka relocated from West Lafayette, IN to Las Cruces in July of 2019 and joined the UUCLC. She has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1972 when she joined the UU Church in Arlington VA. A few years later, she helped to start a new UU congregation in Springfield VA. Moving to upstate NY, she joined the UU Church in Canton NY, and served as Chair of the Committee on Committees, a group that helped other church committees to thrive and accomplish their goals. In other volunteer positions, she gained experience as board member and president of a local PTA, a garden club, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, and the Lafayette (IN) Rotary Club. Her long association with our faith and varied volunteer leadership experiences will help her to serve this church as a board member. In addition, her professional work in membership development, process management, strategic planning and career advising as well as her experience supervising staff and programs should be useful. Susan and Steve, her husband of 53 years, have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.

John A.Seeley:  I was raised an Episcopalian, but married a “born and raised” UU in my early 20s. As I began to understand what it was all about, especially the Principles, the Sources, the emphasis on social justice and on life-long spiritual development, I became increasingly committed. As a result, I became increasingly active in the UU Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I was asked to join the Board and became its president in my forties.  I was involved in both capital and pledge campaigns. I joined the Board again in my sixties largely because we had just called a new minister and were switching to a policy governance model. I went to a “Carver Policy Governance” training. Professionally, I helped found and develop a social program formative evaluation non-profit business over 40 plus years and became its president. It took me to many places both foreign and domestic always trying to improve performance via social science research methods. I retired from the University of Michigan where I earned my Ph.D. and where I taught “Program Evaluation” in the School of Social Work. When I came to the UUCLC with my partner Susan West, I felt right at home. So much so, that I jumped at the opportunity to be a Service Associate. I have valued that opportunity to contribute and work with other UUs and Reverend XK. I am flattered to be asked to serve on the UUCLC Board. Because of my prior church -experiences and efforts on other Boards, I think I can contribute to stewarding the UUCLC.

Sally Atkinson: I believe I joined Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces in 2007, after 30-plus years unchurched. The very first committee I served was the Leadership Development Committee, followed by a one-year stint on the Stewardship Committee. In 2013 the congregation elected me to serve as Vice President.  At that time, we still had a Ministry Council, and I chaired that group. Following my Vice -Presidency, I served as Congregational/Board President for the next three years (a total of five years on the Board of Trustees).

Early in my membership, I joined the choir. During my last year on the Board of Trustees I volunteered to teach Religious Education. I loved the years I was able to sing with the Choir, and now I love being a part of RE: the teaching and the committee work. Learning to teach RE on Zoom is an on-going learning experience! I look forward to continuing years of service to my church community.


Margaret “Rabbitt” Loring:  I joined the UUCLC two years ago because of the warmth I felt from the members of our spiritual community. I listen well and perceive needs. I volunteered to fill the job of librarian and have renewed and reorganized the wonderful library we have, which has become a bright spot of connection in these disconnected times. I am a retired English professor with time to devote to the LDC and I consider it an honor to be of service to our congregation.

Linda Peterson and her husband, Skip Shelton, have been members of UUCLC since 2016 when they relocated to NM for retirement.  They first discovered Unitarian Universalism in 1986 when, not being a member of any church, the only minister available to conduct their wedding was a UU minister!  They were members of a UU congregation for a brief period in Chicago, and regularly participated in the UU Fellowship during their time in North Carolina.  Since joining UUCLC, Linda has been involved with various church committees and activities:  Social Justice Committee 2016-2019 (Secretary and co-chair), Annual Auction 2018 and 2019 (co-chair), Stewardship Committee 2017-2019, Annual Pledge Drive 2019 (co-chair), Membership Committee 2020 and “occasional money counter”.   In her career as a senior hospital executive, she fostered physician leadership in a 25 member group practice and middle management for 20 years.   Linda will bring her experience as a leader as well as skills in leadership development to help identify future leaders at UUCLC.

James Caufield: I taught philosophy and worked in libraries for 23 years; my wife Katya Gonzalez and I have been members of this church for 15.  My church activities include singing in choir, playing music, leading and assisting with services, and serving on a few committees, including the Committee on Ministry, which I chaired for two years.  This past year I have served on the Leadership Development Committee.


Tom Dormody: I was introduced to Unitarian Universalism while going to graduate school in Ithaca, New York.  When the family (Joan, Sarah, Andrew, and I) moved to Las Cruces in 1989, we joined the UUCLC and our children participated in the RE program.  My involvement in the church includes serving the last six years on the Leadership Development Committee, sharing Co-Chair with Marie Sauter the last two years.  I served on the Master Site Plan Task Force and on the Board of Trustees for one year before work called me to Costa Rica.  I’ve presented a few Roundtables and served as a Greeter.  On the Committee on Ministry I look forward to helping the church achieve its mission through my service.

Social Justice Committee Looking for New Chair or Co-Chairs

The current co-chairs of the Social Justice Committee -SJC-, Carla Campbell and Carol Winkler, will be finishing our commitment for co-chairing in December 2020. Therefore, we need to identify either one person to chair or two to co-chair –which has worked out very well for us– the SJC by our December meeting on December 9. We’d be happy to discuss in detail the process of chairing. If you are interested, please contact Carla or Carol at socialjustice@uuchurchlc.org  Thanks for considering taking on this rewarding position!

Barking NUUS and the Cat’s Meow

The Social Justice Committee’s Animal Advocates ministry wants the congregation to know we are still actively participating in the city-wide Cans-4-Critters program.  This initiative turns discarded ALUMINIUM cans into cash to assist low income families and animal rescue organizations cover veterinary expenses.  We have even been able to assist members of this congregation!

Dave Steele will make COVID-19 safe home visits to pick up the aluminum cans you are unable to deposit at church during the shutdown.  We can only accept aluminum cans. Once you have bag full of aluminum cans ready for pick-up, go to your UUCLC directory, look up Dave’s phone number or email address, contact him and he’ll schedule a convenient time for the pickup.

  • Alternatively, you can drop cans off in the Cans-4-Critters bin located in the UUCLC Library during normal library hours—Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm and I will collect them there.

Questions?  Contact Dave Steele.

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.

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Friday T.G.I.F.

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.

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.

Zoom Services on Sunday Morning

We have had several complaints about the Chat feature being distracting during the Zoom Virtual Worship Service.  For this reason, it will be disabled during the worship service.  The chat will be on before and after service but not during the service.  We don’t encourage people to chat during a regular worship service because it would disturb others, for this reason we will have it disabled at this time.  Thank you for your understanding and consideration in this matter.  ~  Rev. Xolani Kacela

Joy, Sorrow or Milestone link on uuchurchlc.org

The UUCLC webpage has a new link expressly for submitting Joys, Sorrows or Milestones. The link is located in the top-right corner of the homepage and can be accessed by clicking on the text. It will take you directly to a form that can be completed confidentially. When you click “Submit” the “JSM” goes directly to Rev. Kacela, only.

If you would like your “JSM” shared with the Caring Team and/or congregation or kept confidential, please specify your wishes in the form. We respect your privacy and confidentiality and will not divulge any concerns deemed confidential. If you would like your “JSM” shared, we will do so at Joys & Sorrows during Sunday worship.

Reminder of 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 Continues

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.

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)

Non-Auction Fundraiser

Unfortunately, the postponement of the auction until next year will be a burden on the church’s annual budget. Everyone who was planning on spending money at the auction, please consider donating to the church. This will help offset the loss of auction proceeds. Below is the link to the Church InFellowship to donate with a credit card. Choose the “Contribution to Non-Auction Fundraiser”.  https://uuchurchlc.infellowship.com/onlinegiving/givenow/step1   If you haven’t created an account yet you may do so from this link also.  If you would rather send a check, please make a notation on the memo of the check “Non-Auction Fundraiser” and mail to the church: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88001

I hope everyone is doing well in these uncertain times. You are all on my mind and positive thoughts for everyone’s health and happiness. I look forward to seeing everyone in person on the other side of this pandemic.  ~  Kathy Willoughby, Auction Chair

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

Dated Activities

The Church has cancelled All Face-to-Face Events until May 2021

Every face-to-face event and gathering is cancelled at this time!

The Tombaugh Gallery

Virtual Tombaugh Gallery

The Tombaugh Gallery has launched a Virtual Gallery to showcase the artists who would have had their exhibits in the gallery this fall and into the spring.

The link to the virtual gallery is: https://www.instagram.com/tombaughgallery/

  • The Church has cancelled All Face-to-Face Events until May 2021

We will maintain 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, which had been previously painted a neutral color.

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 Oct 22, 2020 — Wed Oct 28, 2020


1:00 pm--3:00 pm – UUCLC Library Hours – Library

2:00 pm--3:30 pm – Snowbirds Covenant Group – Private Location


10:00 am--11:00 am – Religious Education Committee Meeting – Private Location

5:00 pm--7:00 pm – T.G.I.F. Zoom Get Together – Virtual Event Via Zoom


11:45 am--1:00 pm – Tombaugh Gallery Committee Meeting – Virtual Event Via Zoom

12:30 pm--1:30 pm – Multicultural Discussion – Private Location

2:00 pm – Roundtable - Capitalism and Socialism – Virtual Event Via Zoom

6:00 pm--8:00 pm – Social Action/Social Supper (SASS) ZOOM Meeting – Private Location


1:00 pm--3:00 pm – UUCLC Library Hours – Library

5:00 pm--6:30 pm – Membership Committee – Virtual Event Via Zoom

6:45 pm--8:00 pm – Rio Grande Insight Meditation Sangha – Edu. Bldg. Great Room


11:30 am--12:30 pm – Caring Conversations Check-In – Private Location

5:30 pm--7:00 pm – Committee on Ministry Meeting – Library