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Come and be made whole.


pasted imageAction without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.  Kwame Nkrumah





A Life of Sacred Purpose

What We Offer

We commit to lifelong learning and spiritual practice that enriches our lives and those around us. We offer balanced content and spiritual practices from the world's great religions and wisdom traditions, informed by our distinct Unitarian Universalist perspective. Throughout the year, we may offer this content in various formats such as workshop, retreat, forum, discussion group, etc.

UU Wellspring | Spiritual Deepening for the UU Soul

Our Major 2017-2018 Adult Faith Development Offering!

Registration for UU Wellspring is full—we are no longer taking enrollees. Try one of our other offerings or consider joining a Soul Fire Covenant Group.

  • Dates Beginning in November | Specific dates will be provided by email
  • Facilitated by Rev. Gail Marriner, Sherry Kraemer, Cynthia Kelley, and Steven Mead
  • Primary Theme UU Theology & Spirituality
  • Required Books—Please purchase yourself
    1. Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, edited by Scott Alexander
    2. A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer
    3. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by Thich Nhat Hanh
    4. Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer

Description | Content below from UU Wellspring

“What will you do with this one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver.

UU Wellspring™ is an intense 10-month program of distinctly Unitarian Universalist spiritual development designed to help participants answer that provocative question. The program celebrates the depth and breadth of our rich religious tradition.

The Five Spokes

UU Wellspring incorporates five elements designed to balance a knowledge of UU history/theology with personal spiritual practice and engagement with the world:

  • A commitment to daily spiritual practice
  • Participation in a small-group community
  • Individual work with a spiritual director
  • Readings and resources for knowledge and reflection
  • Reflection and commitment to live out our values in the world

Dates and Times

We are facilitating three groups

  • UUSF 2nd & 4th Wed beginning Nov 15 | 6-8 PM 
  • UUSF 2nd & 4th Thur beginning Nov 9 | 2-4 PM
  • Eldorado 1st & 3rd Sun beginning Nov 19 | 6-8 PM

The Fire This Time

  • Dates 3 Sessions Saturdays, Jan 20 - Feb 3, 10:00 - 10 AM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Sherry Kraemer and Cynthia Kelley
  • Primary Theme Race Relations
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here


We will use selected readings from Jesmyn Ward’s new book, The Fire This Time, as well as other readings to include the experiences of Indigenous peoples, Latinix people, and other people of color as they speak about race. What is the future of race relations in America?

We will look at the themes Marked, Unmarked and Remembered. Please sign up now, we will send the readings before each class.

Inviting U In: Come, Come Whoever You Are…

  • Dates 3 Sessions Sundays, February 11, 18 and 25, 12:00 to 1:30 in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Sherry Kraemer and Cynthia Kelley
  • Primary Theme UU Principles and UUSF Membership
  • Online Registration link

“We nurture hearts and minds, we practice beloved community and we work for justice.”


We will explore each part of the UU Santa Fe mission statement. We encourage participants to watch Rev. Gail's sermons on each part of the mission (links provided below). There will also be short readings from The Seven Principles in Word and Worship followed by discussion, with opportunity for questions and answers. Leaders from our lifelong learning program, our community connections program, and our justice program will be available for these conversations.

This is an opportunity to learn more about our congregation and how we live out our UU principles in our community. We invite you to join us.

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives

  • Dates 3 Sessions Wednesdays, April 4, 11 and 18, 1:15 – 2:45 PM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Maryann Lane Porter & Irina Sels
  • Primary Theme Self Care
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here; Sabbath by Wayne Muller [It is not necessary to order the book.]

This three-session workshop is designed to explore the book Sabbath by Wayne Muller and spark a discussion of the concepts and practices of creating Sabbath time as a means to enrich our lives. In today’s world, there is an emphasis on productivity, success, overextension, and consumption.  In the past, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of creating a time of rest and renewal. 

This workshop will explore ways to create a needed respite whether it be for a day, an hour or Sabbath moments. Let’s explore ways to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness. Please join us in what promises to be a fruitful discussion.

UUSF Nuclear Waste Study Group

  • Dates 4 Sessions Saturdays, Feb 10 - Mar 3, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 PM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Maj-Britt and Jim Eagle
  • Primary Themes Environmental Justice; Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • Online Registration link
  • The book is available here


What are our responsibilities as Unitarian Universalists as we discover the realities and the perceived realities of storing the spent fuel generated by nuclear reactors? We will look at the sources of nuclear waste, consider relevant facts as best as we can identify them, and then superimpose these realities onto our Unitarian Universalist Principles and our Sources. Primary data sources include the League of Women Voters’ Nuclear Waste Primer, and the Nuclear Regulatory Committee and U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Feb 10 - nuclear power fundamentals and radiation safety
  • Feb 17 - two, current spent nuclear fuel storage, wet (in pools) and dry (including cask designs)
  • Feb 24 - transportation of spent nuclear fuel ~ its liabilities and risks
  • Mar 3 - Yucca Mountain as a permanent geologic repository and New Mexico, (near the Carlsbad, ELEA, and WIPP areas) as a second permanent repository

Can We Do the Impossible, Eliminate Plastic?

  • Dates 2 Sessions Mar 2018, dates/location forthcoming; 1 hr/session
  • Facilitated by Maj-Britt Eagle, Joyce Budai, and Sally Marquis
  • Primary Themes Environmental Justice; Pollution
  • Online Registration link


We will use the documentary film BAG IT to explore and discuss our relationship with the safe and wise use of plastic, as well as discuss plastic’s regulatory, environmental, human health, and global impacts. 

Earth-Honoring Faith

  • Dates 5 Sessions Saturdays, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2, 10:00 - 11:45 AM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Maj-Britt Eagle
  • Primary Theme Earth-based spirituality
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here; Earth-Honoring Faith:Religious Ethics in a New Key, by Union Seminary professor, Larry Rasmussen


What if sustaining the life of the ecosystem became our ultimate value?

What if such a shift were to dismantle civilization as we know it?

Would such a “turning” be a good thing?

As Niebuhr asks, “Who is the neighbor I am to love as I love myself?”

“In Earth-Honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight.” -- Goodreads

We will explore Rasmussen's work with “beginners mind” to displace our ego with the care of our ecosystems. What acts will be required of us? How can we become that anticipatory community so as to live in a way that does not destroy our world?


We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin; gender or gender identification, affectional preference or sexual orientation; age, physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status. Come, there is a place for you here.

Come, open to be moved. Come, be held in mutual embrace.

Come, engage the world. Come and be made whole.

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