December 23, 2018
The Best Christmas Gift
Rev. Xolani Kacela with SA Jan Thompson
We’ll sing a lot of Christmas carols and have a joyous service that explores the Unitarian Universalist meaning of Christmas.
December 16, 2018
Home for the Holidays
Rev. Xolani Kacela
We all have memories of coming home for the holidays. It can be an especially joyful time, but not always. Let’s look at a few ideas.
November 25, 2018
Gratitude in Poetry
Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA James Caufield
Mary Oliver’s poetry is familiar and inspiring for many, especially UUs. Let’s take a look at Wild Geese as window for understanding why and how she helps us navigate the human condition.
November 18, 2018
Xolani Kacela with Susan Freudenthal and SA Jerry Nachison
We’ll explore the meaning of Thanksgiving through the lenses of gratitude, generosity, and covenant. The sermon will arise from the history of Massasoit Sachem or Ousamequin (c. 1581 – 1661), who was the sachem or leader of the Wampanoag tribe. Preaching duties will be shared by our minister and RE Director at both services.
November 4, 2018
This Is No Time For a Casual Faith
Elisa Sanchez and Jane Asche
Unitarian Universalists have a history of standing on the side of justice. What are we doing now when our principles are under attack? Rev. Xolani is away fulfilling his military service.
October 14, 2018
Dreaming Fast and Big
Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA David Steele
As we kick off our annual stewardship campaign and canvass, let us explore a few ideas about giving and benevolence.
October 7, 2018
May We Convey Love In All We Do
Rev. Xolani Kacela & SA Haney Pearson
What does it mean when we Unitarian Universalists say we “side with love”? How do we make love a transformative force in the world? How do we make it real? We’ll explore a few ideas. This sermon also begins a series on “How to Love.”
September 30, 2018
Where There is No Vision, The People Will
The Rev. Warren Robinson & SA Katya Gonzalez
Rev. Xolani is away attending a Unitarian Universalist Association meeting in Dallas, Tx. Please come and listen to our dynamic guest minister, the Rev. Warren Robinson, Pastor of Owen Chapel A.M.E. Church of Alamogordo, who also happens to be a great singer! Rev. Robinson’s sermon will take a close look at the importance of having a vision and the consequences of not having a vision. Music by David (English horn) and Nancy Carlson (piano).
September 23, 2018
Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement
Rev. Xolani Kacela & SA Jerry Nachison
Why is atonement important? What does it mean for our spiritual lives and human development?
September 16, 2018
Will the Real Xolani Kacela Please Stand Up?
Rev. Xolani Kacela & SA Chris Ramsey
The sermon will offer a glimpse of our newly settled minister. He will tell some stories from his life and invite you to guess which ones are true or not.
September 9, 2018
Why is Hispanic Heritage Month Important?
Elisa Sanchez with SA Haney Pearson
Who are Hispanics and what do they bring to the table? Our second principle calls us to “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” How are we as Unitarian Universalists stepping up to achieve our 2nd principle.
September 2, 2018
From Me to We
Rev. Xolani Kacela & SA David Steele
This sermon explores how our individual pursuits form our collective identity. It also lays out Rev. Xolani’s vision for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces and how we all can participate in shared ministry.