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.



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


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


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 Institute


Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013
Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013

Valentine’s Day the Fair-trade Way

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UUWC wishes you a Valentines Day filled with love and laughter.  We also hope you will consider a few things when choosing gifts for those you love.

For flower farmers, fair trade certification means more than just a fair wage.  It requires that farms provide employee benefits including 12 weeks maternity leave and child care. Read more  about the growers.  Each fair-trade flower sold by the Hoja Verde flower farm in Ecuador, enables the cooperative to send one more child to school.  from Bread for the World blog

We are all looking for the best value for our money.  But the least expensive often comes with hidden costs.

  • Harvesting cocoa is dangerous work with long hours. Children laboring on cocoa farms must cut cacao pods down from high branches with machetes, split them open, and scoop out the beans, while they are also exposed to harmful pesticides without the necessary protective equipment. What’s more, the children who labor under these conditions are unable to attend school or to pursue other avenues for safe and sustainable work that could bring them and their families out of extreme poverty.
  • A similar picture emerges when it comes to flowers. Many of the roses and carnations grown in South America are exported to be sold in American florist shops. In many of the flower plantations in countries with big cut-flower industries, such as Colombia and Ecuador, pervasive problems include poor health and safety conditions (especially pesticide exposure), the use of child labor, sexual harassment, and targeting of union organizers.

from UU Service Committee

If you choose to put your dollars to work creating a world that protects workers and the earth, here are some links:

Buy Fair Trade and support a local business at

Flowers & Chocolate

to learn more about the issues, see >>

Tainted love: The dirty truth behind America’s traditional valentines

Child Labor: The Hidden Ingredient to the Billion-Dollar Chocolate Industry?

many more products