Our theme for July into August is “Creativity.” What with Pride week, the folk art market, the opera season, and all the other exuberant creative offerings in Santa Fe in the summer time, it’s an easy fit. You know me and creative experiments! I love em. Surprises, not so much, but propose an experiment and I’m in! So in the interest of creative engagement with as few unexpected surprises as possible let me highlight a handful of creative opportunities in the works for this month:
- After a hiatus of several years, UU Santa Fe will be walking in the Pride Parade on June 30 and we will have a booth in the festival on the plaza as well! Please check elsewhere in the order of service and on the website for details on gathering places and times. I am delighted that Pride and GA do not overlap this year! I look forward to seeing you there.
- If all goes well, July will see the construction of a new structure at the back of Fogelson Hall. Not only will this combination platform and cabinet store tables and hymnals, it will provide a “treehouse” space for youngsters during worship to support the new twice monthly “Refresh” Sunday afternoon/evening gatherings that we will be offering as part of our Family Ministry program beginning this August. With a brief family chapel service, a potluck supper for everyone, music with the Acoustic Musicians on Barcelona, family arts activities, and a Beacon Press book group – there will be something for everyone between 4-7pm the second and fourth Sunday of each month!
- The world café conversations our social justice folks are hosting on the last Sunday of each month about whether or not UU Santa Fe should become a Sanctuary Congregation are important. Whatever the outcome to those conversations might be, our faithful and creative process will be incomplete without your presence and participation as we grapple with the possibilities and implications of this undertaking.
- On August 8 at Temple Beth Shalom, the Interfaith Leadership Alliance will host Rabbi Neil, Imam Imbrahim and Archbishop Wester in a panel discussion on the topic of “Religion and Modernity.” I have been asked to moderate!
- Watch for a new date for the Star Party with the botanical garden
And that’s just July! Other creative experiments in the works include a Monday-holiday interfaith social justice workshop for youth, an ila entrada project in collaboration with our new mayor, the formation of a faith community wing of New Mexicans Against Gun Violence, an interfaith adult education collaboration with Thubten Norbu Ling and a Green Fusion Eco-theology lecture series.
Process theology suggests that the Holy shows up where ever groups of people engage together in creative activities. Lets get creative friends!