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Category: Desert Notes

Love is our Doctrine. Service is our prayer. Justice is our calling.

Desert Notes March 7, 2024

As I prepare for some time off with my family followed by some retreat time with colleagues, I am also in the midst of many busy preparations.  I am officiating a wedding and a baby blessing this month, blessing a house, participating in an ordination, and hopefully publishing an opinion editorial with two Valley Interfaith…
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Desert Notes February 29, 2024

Intergenerational Sunday: Stone Soup! Join us This Sunday for a special service that celebrates the gifts we each bring to this community, providing nourishing relationships and experiences that help us grow, connect and transform! On Sunday we invite you to: This service will also be the kickoff of our Stewardship Campaign, and we’ll invite you to look…
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Desert Notes February 22, 2024

Housing Press Conference VIP/Capitol:Last week I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a press conference at the state capital with Valley Interfaith Project as we advocated for a bill called “Yes in God’s Backyard” or YIGBY, which is an opportunity for faith communities to use land they own to create deed restricted and publicly available…
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Desert Notes February 15, 2024

Coming March 3 Intergenerational Sunday: Stone Soup! Join us March 3 for a special Sunday service that celebrates the gifts we each bring to this community, providing nourishing relationships and experiences that help us grow, connect and transform! In addition to bringing ingredients to make soup or eat with our soup, we invite you to bring one or more…
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Desert Notes February 8, 2024

UU Black History and Leadership  I wanted to share with you material from and about some of my contemporary colleagues in Unitarian Universalist ministry. If you’re new to UU, or have been focused very locally, you may not know about these amazing women and the work they’ve been doing. I am inspired regularly by their work. Hopefully, you…
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Desert Notes January 25, 2024

It’s been a whirlwind since our construction began right after Christmas (again) and I am relieved to be back in our Sanctuary for Sunday services, even though we are still putting the finishing touches on it.  We had a New Participant class this last weekend, and I expect to be celebrating at least a couple…
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Desert Notes January 18, 2024

This a link to a podcast from Heather McGhee’s work. It highlights some of the work around abortion and in particular the work of our one of sister congregations, First Unitarian in Dallas and their senior minister Rev. Daniel Kanter, in helping women in Texas get to New Mexico for abortion care. I recommend listening to it before our…
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Desert Notes January 11, 2024

It’s been busy here at VUU since we’ve come back from the holidays! In addition to renovations which are looking great and moving along, we have a lot going on! Saturday I attended a Worship Associates mid-year retreat in which we reviewed our work since the retreat in July and did some administrative training needed to keep…
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Desert Notes January 4, 2024

Ministerial Discretionary Fund: On Christmas Eve, I invited you to donate directly to our newly created ministerial discretionary fund, which provides a vessel for me to care for members of our community in need in various ways, while holding their struggles with compassion and dignity. Sometimes in our times of need we find ourselves knocking at doors…
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Desert Notes December 28, 2023

From December 25-January 1 the VUU office will be closed and staff will be away.  We look forward to catching up with all of you after that week. Rest and renewal are an important aspect of our work–we need time to attend to our own relationships and needs so that we have the capacity to return to this community. So much…
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