Meet our new minister, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hitt

Rev. Nancy can be reached either by email at ministeruuwc@gmail.com or at her home phone: 505-717-2899. If you call either the church (896-8192) or her home, please leave a message so she can return your call.

 

Pursuing the Vision…..

UU Westside resides in the City of Vision in the Land of Enchantment. What more could anyone ask for in accepting a call to ministry?

Having assumed the duties of your Consulting Minister on the first of the year, it’s been an exciting beginning in many different ways. As your Consulting Minister I am charged with being your “spiritual guide and partner” and to “direct your congregation in its unique growth process”. Consulting Minsters are always part time and, unlike Interim Ministers who are (usually) forbidden to accept a full time call at the church they are serving, the Consulting Minister may do so. The duties of the Consulting Minister are less comprehensive than a full time Called Minister and are decided by the people and the minister based on the needs of the congregation and the skills of the minister. Another primary difference is that a Called Minister is decided upon by majority vote of the membership as stipulated in its by-laws. The Consulting Minister is called on the basis of the governing board’s vote.

So here I am, working 20 hrs./week at UUWC. I am contracted to lead Sunday Services twice a month and to do whatever other clergy tasks arise in the life of the community. That pretty much covers the role of “spiritual guide and partner” as well as the task to “direct your congregation in its unique growth process”. I am thoroughly enjoying the Sunday Services and the opportunities for pastoral care that have arisen. I really love the opportunity to engage people at the levels of heart and mind in all sorts of circumstances. As I shared in a recent sermon, I am a process oriented person. That doesn’t mean that I don’t care about results; I surely do! What it means is that I will use my existing skills to support the processes of communication and growth at UU Westside.

I realize that this article doesn’t really tell you very much that’s specific about what I expect to happen at Westside. That’s because it’s more of a “getting to know me” article than a “here’s what’s going to happen article.” I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because that’s not up to me; it’s up to you. What I can tell you now is that whatever the congregation comes up with, I will do my best to provide spiritual guidance and to nurture our ethical growth into an ever larger and healthier community. I know you all have ideas about that, so please share them with me!

Shalom!

Rev. Nancy Hitt

 

Quoted material in this article is taken from the uua.org website in its description of consulting and interim minister.

Celebrate the Solstice Potluck Dec. 22 2pm

Moonspirit CUUPS(Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) Celebrates the Solstice with Crafting, Song and Dance.

The weather has finally turned cold and blustery. The nights are long and dark and the Holiday Season has begun! Time to hang up the lights and decorate our world, warming our homes with hearth fires and hot ovens full of fragrant seasonal goodies we can’t help but celebrate the Turning of the Wheel every chance we get! Please join us Saturday AFTERNOON at 2:00 pm for our YULE celebration! Priscilla will bring gingerbread dough so we can make and decorate dancing gingerbread Goddesses during the crafting hour beginning at 2pm. Other crafting ideas as well.

At 3:00 pm we will begin our YULE ritual with ceremony, decorating an evergreen tree and a special dance and Yule Carols led by our Carole! Wassail and Pfeffernusse too! Our potluck dinner will follow at 4. We know that it will be a busy day for many but please come for part or all of our celebration and have a merry time!

The festivities will not necessarily end at 5. For those who want to stick around, Mary Moseley and Donna Johnston will continue the merriment on accordion and drums! All are welcome to join in dancing and drumming with us!

New links from Brian Colón on NM Politics in the Age of Citizens’ United

For more about this topic, see the new links, below.

Dec. 15th,

How has Citizen’s United affected NM Politics?

Attorney and long time NM political insider Brian Colón discusses the ramifications of unprecedented funding sources on politics in New Mexico.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from an experienced politico how the Supreme Court’s “free speech” decision is influencing NM politics, how it affects you, and possible strategies for dealing with this new political age.

 

Active in NM Democratic politics since 1980, Mr. Colón has served the Democratic Party of NM as State Chair and 2008 DNC New Mexico Delegation Chair along the way being named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s Top 40 Under Forty Power Brokers.  He served as Finance Director to Hector Balderas’ recent US Senate bid, and was 2010 Lt. Governor nominee.

If you missed this discussion, or would like to learn more, follow these links from Mr. Colón:

YouTube Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5kHACjrdEY

 

A comprehensive and popular Supreme Court blog:

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission/

 

Interesting Esquire articles on point:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/tom-udall-citizens-united-amendment-14761989

 

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/citizens-united-report-14124272

 

Times article:

http://nyti.ms/TVGwb3

 

 

 

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Contact:  (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org

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