Let’s Get Free – Combined Congregational Service

This week commemorated the 244th birthday of this great nation. Given the many tragic events of recent times – the Covid-19 pandemic, the protests and demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s death, and who knows what else by the time this sermon is preached – do we need a new definition of freedom and liberation?

This Sunday’s worship was a collaboration between the UUCLC and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder (CO). Their minister, the Rev. Dana Lightsey, and Rev. Kacela planned a beautiful service together. Rev. Kacela is preaching. Reflection by John Seeley.


June 28, 2020
It’s Your World: Think freely and express yourself

Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA John Seeley

The service was a celebration of Rev. Kacela’s new book, It’s Your World, which he self-published in April 2020. He read excerpts from the memoir, which he wrote back in 1996. The book is available on smashwords.com and amazon.com. We celebrated the life of Dr. Leonard Gambrell with a flower communion.

June 21, 2020
What If You Were George Floyd’s Father

Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA Cassie Calway

We will examined Father’s Day through an unusual lens in this unusual season of American history by fixing our attention to the #1 issue facing America: race and the disparities between whites and people of color and what might be a proper response. We celebrated the life of Warren DeBoer with a flower communion.


June 14, 2020
Shake Hands With the Unknown

Rev. John Cullinan and SA Haney Pearson

The pictures of long-term virtual gatherings and a post-COVID world are fuzzy at best. We are creating new ways of being and doing on the fly, and that process can be frightening. In order to forge ahead, we’ll need to change our relationship with the unknown. The principles and practices of improvisation can help us with that change.

June 7, 2020
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May 31, 2020
Resilence In These Days

Rev. Christine Robinson and SA John Seeley

We welcomed Rev. Christine Robinson, Minister Emerita, First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.

Resilience is that quality of humanity which gives us the grit to recover from the worst of times. During dreary times, it helps us make good decisions and find enough pleasure and meaning in life to keep on keeping on. It seems is short supply in our populace these days.  Or perhaps, it always is!  During this pandemic season, I have set myself to my first college-level course since I graduated from seminary 40 years ago. It’s an on-line Yale course titled “Pandemics from The Black Plague.”  That is, all three of them, including AIDS.   It seems that resilience is always a quality which is present in astounding measure in many people and lacking in others.  We’ll take a look at resilience–how to notice it, protect it, and promote it in our society.


May 24, 2020
Memorials & Gifts From The Heart Kickoff

Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA Dick Bagby

We launched Gifts From The Heart, our planned giving campaign and invite you to become a Heart Beat, a member who includes the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces in their estate planning. The silver lining to this initiative is that you make no financial expenditures during your lifetime! Peggy Brown and Dick Bagby are the campaign co-leaders. You’ll hear from one of our new Heart Beats.




May 17, 2020
Crossing Thresholds

Maggie Locatelli and SA Gillian Leng
We explore the importance of crossing thresholds; breaking old ways of being. Sometimes, we cross thresholds voluntarily. Sometimes, as Manish Mishra-Marzetti writes, “The ground shifts sometimes slowly / sometimes like an earthquake / reminding us that the solidity / we often love and seek / is an illusion.” At this time while we are learning to live with new and challenging limits, we consider the meaning of external and internal thresholds.



May 10, 2020
A Tale of Mothers

Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA Katie Fitzgerald
The sermon explores why mothers deserve to be on the highest of pedestals and receive the greatest fidelity.

May 3, 2020
Coping Through the Pandemic

Maggie Locatelli and SA Robert Floyd
Worship leader, Maggie Locatelli, invites members of the congregation to share what has inspired and sustained them through the Covid-19 pandemic.

April 26, 2020
Earth Day – 50th Anniversary Service

Rev. Xolani Kacela, Paul O’Connell, James Caufield and Joel Brown
Each speaker addressed an aspect of climate change and how we might respond to this global threat in the here and now.

Rev. Xolani Kacela – Managing Expectations

Dr. Paul O’Connell – The Economic Impact of Climate Change

Dr. James Caufield – Piloting Our Ship, the Earth

Dr. Joel Brown – Climate Change is Here. Deal with it.

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April 19, 2020
Building Humility and Empathy

Elisa Sanchez & SA Brooks Lewis
Sermon by Rihanna Thomas; Reflection by Carla Campbell
Empathy and humility help us understand others while also acknowledging our biases. Building empathy and humility is critical for self awareness and reflection, both of which take time and trust.

April 12, 2020
Easter Sunday – What Does Easter Mean in Today’s World?

Rev. Xolani Kacela and SA John Seeley
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.

March 29, 2020
The Wacky World of Community

Rev. Xolani Kacela with SA Janet Martinique
We celebrate the gift of new members this Sunday and the many ways that being in a spiritual community fortifies our lives. And what is this wacky thing called community anyway?

March 8, 2020
Women’s Wisdom

Maggie Locatelli with SA John Seeley
Women have historically been honored and feared for what is perceived to be their special wisdom. In the context of Women’s History Month, we’ll explore the richness of women’s wisdom.

March 1, 2020
Applied Wisdom

Rev. Canon Dr. Thomas Lowe with SA Brooks Lewis
The true value of any philosophy is determined when that philosophy is applied in how one lives.

February 23, 2020
Resilience and Bounce

Rev. Xolani Kacela with SA Elisa Sanchez
We as a people must keep bouncing back. This date frames two significant deaths in American history: Malcom X and Trayvon Martin. Both symbolize tragedies and turning points in our culture and society and frame how we understand ourselves. What does it take to maintain resilience?

February 16, 2020
Protecting Your Love

Rev. Xolani Kacela with SA Robert Floyd
In this Valentine’s Day service, we’ll examine what it means to live in a “couple bubble,” a term popularized by the noted relationships expert, Stan Tatkin. How do you survive as a couple and as an individual in this cruel world? We’ll also hear from two beloved church couples who will talk about what makes their relationship endure and grow over time.

February 9, 2020
Exploring the Reality of Resilience

Maggie Locatelli with SA Katya Gonzalez
Eric Greitens writes: “Life’s reality is that we cannot bounce back. We cannot bounce back because we cannot go back in time to the people we used to be……There is only moving through..” This service will present alternative notions we may have of resilience being defined by strength, forbearance and the ability to “bounce back.”

February 2, 2020
Death and Dying: Our Response to End of Life Issues

Brooks Lewis with SA Maggie Locatelli

January 26, 2020
Integrity: Our Word is More Than Our Bond

Rev. Xolani Kacela
Our values and principles are the guiding lights in our lives. Are you practicing what you preach? Also, a brief look ahead at our search for a Director of Religious Education and our hopes and dreams for a new religious education program.

January 19, 2020
Social Justice Sunday – Is Your Personal Dream Alive?

Rev. Xolani Kacela
Social justice is not just a society-wide phenomena. It should begin in your own relationships and family. Let’s examine how to make your own personal lives reflect Unitarian Universalist Principles that you declare for the world. Also, we’ll begin a new tradition by taking the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday as an opportunity to recognize the church’s sterling lay leadership.

January 12, 2020
Death and Immortality, Reflections of a Poet

Rev. Charles Harper with SA Haney Pearson
Based on Reverend Harper’s August 2019 book of poetry and the poem Conversations with Pat, Her Death and Afterlife with Me.

January 5, 2020
Promises Deferred but Not Forgotten

Rev. Xolani Kacela with SA John Seeley
The New Year is typically a time for looking ahead and making resolutions. This sermon will look back on last year’s unfulfilled goals and objectives, examine the causes and effects, and forge a path forward into 2020.