UUWC & Dia de los Muertos

The Dali Lama was once asked how to bring peace and understanding to people in places with intractable problems like hate and war. He said
that directed peace talks would not succeed because these would be too hard; he said that first there must be festivals and picnics. For the last 17
years, the South Valley of Albuquerque has used the Dali Lama’s advice to help counteract the effects of racism in our community by celebrating
the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday with a parade and other cultural events.  

UUWC members and friends follow Dalai Lama’s advice – and party the weekend through!

Fri, Nov 1st, 6pm   beginning with a Celtic / Goddess / Mexoamerican twist on Samhain & Dia de los Muertos, join CUUPS, our Earth Based Spirituality Small Group, in

singing, dancing and feasting (potluck)

we continue on with

Dialogo2009

Sun, Nov 3, following our HOMECOMING SERVICE, dress up – or not – to join us at the South Valley’s 17th annual Muertos y Marigold Parade

face painting at UUWC before we leave – some supplies available, more welcome

carpool from UUWC or meet us there!   Shuttle Schedule  – traffic’s abominable

email us to connect up

also:

visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St. SW) on Friday, November 1, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the NHCC will also host their annual despedida – an evening celebration consisting of music, poetry, Mexican chocolate, and pan de muerto. This free, family-oriented event provides an intimate opportunity to “tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus, enjoy music, traditional foods, and sharing of special and heartfelt memories.”  from unm.edu/LatinAm&Iberian Institute

 

Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013
Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013

Sat Aug 3rd, 10am – Rally at the Rio! to put Climate Change back in the Spotlight

In the spirit of UU Principles 5 – 7:

  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Will you join us on August 3rd to put climate change back in the spotlight? In the heat of the summer, more than a dozen local environmental groups are coming together to send the message that we have a moral obligation to deal with this issue NOW.

WHAT: Rally at the Rio!
WHEN: Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00AM
WHERE: 2700 Central Ave SW, Abq, NM (near the BioPark)

Please click here to RSVP.

Our rally is just one of many actions happening this summer as part of the national Summer Heat mobilization. From tar-sands-free flotillas to civil disobedience, folks across the country are braving the summer heat to call for climate action. August 3rd is our chance to be part of the uprising.

Let’s make our Rally at the Rio huge. Bring a friend, and help spread the word on Facebook too. For more information and a printable event flyer, visit www.abqclimateaction.us.

See you there,

Bill Balassi & 350NM

Westside Forum April, 2013

WESTSIDE FORUM™

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH 2013, 3PM
at Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation
1650 Abrazo Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM

Viki Harrison of Common Cause NM CommonCauseNM_logo

provides a wrap up of the 2013 NM Legislative Session
With discussion on what’s next.

Viki Harrison is Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director, where she manages the state office in Albuquerque, organizes and coordinates legislative programs, conducts research, directs fundraising initiatives and serves as a lobbyist. Before joining Common Cause, Viki was the Executive Director of NM Repeal, where she led the winning campaign in New Mexico to abolish the death penalty. Earlier in her career she was the Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, and part of the team that successfully banned cockfighting in NM.

Ms. Harrison has extensive knowledge of the legislative process in New Mexico, having successfully lobbied in NM since 1997 on the local and state level. Viki graduated summa cum laude from the UNM with BA’s in Women’s Studies and African American Studies.

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee.

The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.

 

All are welcome.  FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice

 

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

Westside Forum – James Lewis, NM State Treasurer

NEW! POTLUCK & MOVIE FOLLOWING FORUM

Saturday, Feb 16TH – 3PM
at UU Westside

1650 Abrazo Rd, Rio Rancho, NM

WESTSIDE FORUM™ presents

NM State Treasurer James B. Lewis

GET UPDATED ON, AND BRING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT, NM FINANCE.

The longest serving treasurer in NM State history, Treasurer Lewis serves as the state’s banker and is a member of all State financial and investment boards, with a combined fiduciary responsibility of $40 billion.

Treasurer Lewis has served in government management and finance positions, both elected and appointed, with federal, state, county and city agencies including Chief Administrative Officer for the City of ABQ, Rio Rancho City Administrator, Dir/Asst Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Director of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Division of the NM Commission of Public Lands, Chief of Staff to Gov. Bruce King, and Bernalillo County Treasurer. Army veteran Lewis holds undergraduate degrees in education and business administration and a Masters degree in Public Administration.

Among his accomplishments as Treasurer, Mr. Lewis has initiated evaluating every position in the agency and reorganized the office to enhance proficiency, efficiency, effectiveness and productivity; addressed labor/management, independent assessment, and Native investment issues.

NEW! POTLUCK & MOVIE FOLLOWING FORUM
Playing in February, Genetic Roulette

produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology
Learn the background of SB-18 GMO Labeling bill, recently killed in NM and other states.
Vegetarian food requested, but nothing will be turned away!

                                                                                                                                                           

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee. The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.
All are welcome. FREE, donations gratefully accepted.
UU is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice
Contact: Priscilla at (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org