April 15, 2019

All ministries welcome the involvement of the congregation!

1. Animal Advocates

Animal Advocates is dedicated to addressing the welfare of all animals and the people who love them, through social action and social justice activities.

Meetings: Fourth Sunday of the month in the UUCLC library from noon -1.  All meetings are open to all members and friends of the UUCLC.

Contact: Jean Gilbert, Dave Steele, and Ilene Steele at animals@uuchurchlc.org

2. Asylum Seekers

The Border Servant Corps operates a hospitality center at Peace Lutheran Church to provide food, clothing, and shelter for refugee families who are seeking asylum in the U.S. and who have been cleared by Immigration & Customs Enforcement to join their sponsors elsewhere in the country.  Our church collaborates with BSC and Peace Lutheran to provide several meals each month and a steady supply of new underwear.
Contact: Susan Bagby at refugee@uuchurchlc.org

3. Casa De Peregrinos Food Program (CDP)

The CDP Food Security Program is the flagship program in the Las Cruces pantry.  It has been providing food to families in Dona Ana County since 1979.  Families are eligible to receive on distribution of food per month.  In the past several years, it has improved the nutritional value of its food box distributions by adding fresh vegetables and fruit. Our church members have supported this project and been involved in a variety of ways since 2006.
Contact: Diane Lee at casa@uuchurchlc.org

4. Conlee Mentoring Program

Monthly artistic, scientific, and cultural projects are provided to enrich fifth graders’ education at Conlee Elementary School and make them aware of future educational opportunities.  On an annual basis, a daylong field trip to NMSU exposes students to museums, theater, the athletic department and the overall college experience.
Contact: Shirley Davis and Peggy Devlin at conlee@uuchurchlc.org

5. J. Paul Taylor Detention Center

Cooking Classes are conducted monthly to teach practical life skills to the young men and reduce recidivism and provide alternatives to professional criminality and incarceration. The program also does a fine dining event quarterly.
Contact: Elwin Nunn and Gillian Leng at JPTCenter@uuchurchlc.org

6. Southern NM Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Collaborative

The church’s Social Justice Committee has assumed a leadership role in convening and coordinating collaborative efforts among the three southern New Mexico Unitarian Universalist congregations (Silver City, Alamogordo, and Las Cruces) in advocating for social justice initiatives affecting the state of New Mexico and particularly southern New Mexico.  This collaboration has identified three broad areas for focused action: Immigrant rights, anti-white privilege and anti-white supremacy, and environmental justice and animal welfare. Representatives of the social justice committees of these three congregations meet for half day workshops in Las Cruces two or three times a year (or more as needed).
Contact:  Dave Steele and Elisa Sanchez at SJcollaborative@uuchurchlc.org