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.

Sunday, October 5, 11am HOLY WATER & WHISKEY music service

Holy Water and Whiskey Music Service – that All May Be Well.

HWW photo
Holy Water & Whiskey

Join us for Spirit lifting harmonies and humor. Holy Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque vocal trio that plays acoustic traditional, folk, cowboy, bluegrass, gospel, etc and some select “whiskey” tunes. The group bases it’s arrangements on solid and straightforward instrumental playing with a special focus on the vocal harmonies found in the songs that they play. They also enjoy having fun interacting with their audience in the genuine belief that music and laughter are universally healing.

 

FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

MABAN/EQUINOX Weds Sept 24, 5-7pm

Join mabon22UUWC CUUPS as we celebrate the fall equinox (Mabon in Celtic cultures) with crafting, ceremony, and feasting on Weds Sept 24th, 5-7pm

This is the time of year we gather in the harvest of the past year, while simultaneously beginning prepare for that of the coming year.

5-6pm  Craft an amulet representing your acknowledgement and gratitude for lessons of the closing bountiful season; your intentions for this coming season of darkness (sub/inconscious work), while also representing potential maifestations of their spring rebirth.  Bring representative small treasures that can be woven into your amulet.

6pm  Ceremony, usually including song and dance.

Potluck of seasonal foods and fellowship follows.

 

Fall Equinox has been a time of gratitude and honoring our Mother, from whom all things come, around the world since pre-history:

The Southward equinox marks the first day of Mehr or Libra in the Iranian calendar. It is one of the Iranian festivals called Jashne Mihragan, or the festival of sharing or love in Zoroastrianism.

 

  • The Roman celebration of the Fall Equinox was dedicated to Pomona, goddess of fruits and growing things.[3]
  • The traditional harvest festival in the United Kingdom was celebrated on the Sunday of the full moon closest to the September equinox.

For a tale of how one Native American family celebrates the fall equinox, read here.

… The axis of Mother Earth is straight rather than tilted in relation to the sun’s rays. In other words, it’s fall.

Night [dark] and day[light] are almost the same length on this day, though not quite, as Space.com explains.

In the northern hemnispere, [T]his day also signifies the beginning of the harvest season, when gourds, apples and other ripe nuggets that have been nourished by Mother Earth’s soil all summer are ready to eat.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/09/22/autumnal-equinox-first-day-fall-sacred-sites-and-quarter-moon-135356

 

ABQ Pagan Pride Fest

UUWC CUUPS invites you to

 

 

Pagan Pride 2011 from crowningelements.blogspot.com
Pagan Pride 2011 from crowningelements.blogspot.com

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox and help your community at Albuquerque’s Pagan Pride Day festival on September 28, 2014 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, at Bataan Park at Lomas and Carlisle. All ages are welcome at the free event, which will feature a Pagan ritual, information on Pagan spiritual practices, vendors, an artisan’s and performing arts area, games, a belly dancing area, workshops, a kid’s corner and more. Attendees are asked to share the harvest by bringing a non-perishable item to benefit The Unitarian Food Pantry.