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December 20, 2020
We Made It To Christmas: Joy amid grief and pain
There have been times during the year that we wondered whether we’d make it to the end. Not even a pandemic can steal our Christmas spirit and hopes for the New Year. Let’s sing some Christmas carols and ring in the holiday UU style.
September 27, 2020
Widening the Circle of Concern
After years of struggle and advocacy, why does Unitarian Universalism remain a largely white faith tradition? What might be done to recognize the diversity that is already within our midst and to share Unitarian Universalism with a more diverse community?
September 20, 2020
Ubuntu – Putting UU in ubuntu
The word ‘Ubuntu’ originates from one of the Bantu dialects of Africa, and is pronounced as uu-Boon-too. Ubuntu asserts that society, not a transcendent being, gives human beings their humanity. Are we as a UU community living up to the principles of Ubuntu.
September 13, 2020
Restoring Our 2020 Vision
It’s hard to see things clearly—we are tired, stressed, and too busy; we take things for granted and just try to get by. When our immediate worries threaten to overwhelm us, we become more shortsighted. Maybe looking into our possible futures will serve as a corrective lens? We might also look at where we’ve been, and extrapolate from there. Hopefully these exercises will help restore our 2020 vision!
September 6, 2020
How We Work Today
On this Labor Day Sunday, let’s explore the concept of work as it relates to labor. Over the last few years, “this work” has become a thing. What is that all about and how does it relate to Unitarian Universalism?
August 30, 2020
We return to our beloved community following a difficult summer of strife, pandemic, and many personal struggles and adjustments. Being together as a faith family is what we do. In light of continued civil unrest and another shooting involving a white police officer and black man, we will consider the question: Is there a difference between white lives and black and brown lives?
This Sunday, we gather for our first virtual in-gathering service. Begin now collecting your special water and memories from this summer.
August 23, 2020
Believe it or not, the words “pinky swear” still have meaning to many of us. We ask each other to make a pinky swear in jest AND when want someone to pay attention to a promise we’ve made with them. Good things happen when we honor our pinky swears. At the heart of UU identity is another pinky swear called covenant. This sermon is a follow-up from the previous week on the power of covenant.
August 16, 2020
The Promises We Make, the Promises We Break
Unitarian Universalists distinguish themselves by promises to one another and to the communities they serve. Our promises, known as covenants, stand in place of doctrines, commandments, disciplines, and other authoritative documents that govern many religious traditions. The world calls us to keep the promises we make…even when we don’t want to. Let’s examine a few ideas.
August 9, 2020
Combined Worship with UU Church of Richmond, VA
August 2, 2020
In Consideration of the 8th Principle
Many Unitarian Universalist congregations are considering the adoption of an 8th principle which would recognize the need to accountably and actively dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions while working to build Beloved Community. Our own congregation has a team learning about the 8th principle and what adoption might entail here at UUCLC. This Sunday members of the team will share information about the 8th principle and why this work is important to them.
July 26, 2020
Direct Experience of Transcending Mystery
This week’s sermon was led by Maggie Locatelli and Haney Pearson.
July 19, 2020
Divine Feminine as Source
The service explores the role of the Divine Feminine as Source, with a focus on Earth and Big Mama. Cassie Calway and Brooks Lewis share knowledge and personal experience with the feminine (and masculine) in our lives.
July 12, 2020
Our Chosen Faith
As Unitarian Universalists, we are people who’ve freely chosen to be members of this faith. Just as we choose our friends and family as we come of age and transition from one phase of life to another, UUs transition from the faith of their youth or young adulthood to this tradition, which speaks to their most authentic self of the present life stage. But, what have we chosen when we become Unitarian Universalists? Let’s be curious about this together.
The service features a Time For All Ages by our new DRE Kellie Ingram.
July 5, 2020
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
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
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
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.