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 unm.edu/LatinAm&Iberian Institute


Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013
Muertos y Marigolds Parade 2013

Why Immigration Matters to You Tu May 29, 2012, 7-9pm

The Social Justice Team of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe is sponsoring a panel discussion presenting various perspectives on the impact and complex challenges of current immigration policies on Santa Fe and New Mexico. The purpose of the program is to inform, clarify and possibly inspire the audience to take thoughtful action.


Panelists include:

  •  Marcela Díaz, Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido
  •  Juan Lopez, Representative from the United Workers’ Center
  •  Rebecca Kitson, Immigration attorney
  •  Miguel Angel Acosta, Organizer and educator


This program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s Fogelson Hall (107 W. Barcelona Road in Santa Fe) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The program is open to the public.  Admission is free; donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Trish Steindler at tsteindler@earthlink.net

Westside Forum May 2012 – Banning Multi-Cultural Education, Sofia Martinez

click photo to see The Librotraficante Manifesto and learn more about AZ’s ban on multi-cultural books in schools



Westside Forum™ presents

Sofia Martinez


Arizona’s Attack on Cultural Education;

Could It Happen Here?


Ms. Martinez worked as educator and administrator in New Mexico for 17 years. Currently, she is working with the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC). She is with the University of New Mexico in the Language Literacy and Socio-cultural Studies Program.

Ms. Martinez is co-founder of Los Jardines Institute an educational and agricultural non-profit in the Albuquerque’s South Valley. Helping to build support for rural and urban
agriculture, sustainability, healthy communities and cultural exchange: to reclaim knowledge, build community, and power that recognizes our geographic, resource, human and species interdependence.

3:00 PM – Saturday – May 19, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation
1650 Abrazo Road, Rio Rancho


to learn more about Librotraficante, the Underground Library Project, and how to contribute
click here and on photos below
click photo to go to UUA Immigration Faith and Action
Sandra Cisneros' House on Mango Street is one of the books AZ deems too seditious for Tucson youth. Click photo to see how to “Smuggle” a Banned Book to GA!