Dear UU Santa Fe Community,
Some say a change is as good as a rest, and that turned out to be true for me last week as I spent the week working with the Quaker children attending Intermountain Yearly Meeting at Ghost Ranch! We did stargazing, hikes, contra dance, campfires, swimming, and more! It was refreshing to leave technology behind and enjoy life’s simplest pleasures in community for a whole week! I’m grateful for the opportunity and glad to return to the UU Santa Fe community! I hope you had a lovely Father’s Day!
But as you know, my contract ends in July, and you will have Steven Mead serving as consulting director of lifespan faith development starting in August! He was in Santa Fe for a short time before a trip to see family and explore in Canada, and we met twice and have been in correspondence since mid-May. I could not be more impressed with Steven, or happier for UU Santa Fe to be in such good hands. His systematic approach to this position is genius, and his technology skills and eye to the future of Unitarian Universalism make me sorry to miss all that the faith development program at UU Santa Fe has in store for the coming years! It has been a delight to help Steven get on board and meet his wife Kathleen who will be joining him in the fall. She likes to knit and quilt, so I trust the sewers in our community will reach out warmly to her as well! His first Sunday is August 6th! Here we are enjoying Greek food at Pyramid Café!
As my year at UU Santa Fe comes to a close, there is much going on in the faith development program. I hope you find something here that nurtures you and opens your heart to becoming the loving person we all long to be!
- Environmental justice class called “Our Place in the Web of Life.” We are looking at our congregation’s footprint when it comes to matters of food and waste. You can join us for our last two classes June 28 and July 12 from 1-3pm in the committee room or stay tuned to our findings and ideas! We are working to build the world we dream about all the time!
- Tai Chi Chih classes with Jim Eagle start again Monday June 26th 4-5pm through August 14. T’ai Chi Chih consists of 19 gentle movements and 1 pose. It’s requires no special equipment or clothing. It could be described as a mindful, moving, healing meditation.
- Our summer curriculum for the children and youth is on culture and diversity! We are celebrating the similarities and differences within the human family, showing how we are more alike than unalike, teaching them the difference between an immigrant and a refugee, and so much more! If you can prepare a dish to share with the children that comes from a particular place around the world and share about it, we’d love to have you join us this summer! Please contact me as soon as possible!
- Finally, the women’s circle which meets monthly on new moons is a sacred time of sharing and connection. We start with a check-in, do a guided heart meditation, break into small groups for sharing from the heart, and end with a group reflection. It’s a women-only space where we can transform and heal our lives and hearts to spread a wave of love across the world!
There is so much more going on, so please check the faith development section of our website or contact me to learn more about what might speak to you!
I will miss the sky in Santa Fe, the beautiful plaza, the walking paths around my house that had me in the wilderness in a few steps, and the amazing people and places I experienced every day! The call of family and a position at the UU Church in Ventura is also exciting! Here is my sister and our niece! Aren’t they adorable?
Special thanks to Rev. Gail, the board of trustees, UU Santa Fe staff, the faith development co- chairs, the children, youth, family ministry committee, parents, children, and every participant in this congregation for the blessings and love you have shared with me. May you continue you love and bless each other in Beloved Community!
With overflowing love & gratitude,
Consulting Director of Lifespan Faith Development