World Water Day, March 22: Commit2Respond begins first major collective campaign.

Are you ready? On World Water Day, March 22, Commit2Respond will begin its first major collective campaign. Climate Justice Month will launch us into a fully-fledged movement, but only if we all join together.

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Be a Climate Justice Month leader! Here are 5 ways you can get ready for Climate Justice Month:
  1. Sign up to receive the Climate Justice Month daily messages in your inbox, full of faith-filled resources, powerful practices to engage in, and tools to understand how shifting to a low carbon future, advancing human rights, and growing the movement are our moral charge.
  2. Follow and share the daily messages by liking/following Commit2Respond on Facebook or Twitter.
  3. Gather a group of friends, family, or people from your faith community if you have one and set aside time once or twice a week during Climate Justice Month to reflect together on the daily messages and discern how to support each other in committing to long term actions.
  4. If you are part of a congregation, plan to celebrate World Water Day and Earth Day. Climate Justice Month will kick off with Climate Justice Sunday, and new worship resources for the entire month are now available.
  5. Spread the word! It will take all of us to grow into a movement. Forward this email to your friends and community members, and check out our media page for cool shareable materials.

Get ready to revel in connection with the natural world, reckon with the impacts and injustices of climate change, reconnect with hope through relationship, and commit to long-term actions that will help save our world.

In anticipation and excitement,
Your fellow Commit2Respond leaders


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

Rev. Nancy can be reached either by email at 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!


Rev. Nancy Hitt


Quoted material in this article is taken from the 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.

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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 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.