Dave, a relative newcomer to UU Santa Fe, was appointed by our Board of Trustees as one of two delegates to this regional UU meeting.
Pacific Western Region and Mountain Desert District Meetings Notes
The Pacific Western Region (PWR) and the Mountain Desert District (MDD) both held their virtual annual meetings on February 13, 2021. Both gatherings featured inspiring music and encouraging readings in addition to business reports and informational workshops. Plus, a recorded message from the UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray.
The delegates at the morning MDD meeting approved the minutes from the previous meeting, the Treasurer’s Report, and the 2020-21 Budget. The Chalice Lighters’ Directors informed the meeting that all future grants would be at a minimum of $5,000. There were no nominees to fill the three vacant positions on the District Board.
During the PWR afternoon meeting, Denver-based ‘The Mountain Top’ was announced as the winner of the first Widening the Circle of Concern Award. Started in May of 2020 and funded by 11 UU congregations, the program meets twice a month to worship, offer support and fellowship for Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color. More information is available at https://themountaintopuu.org.
The UU Santa Fe delegates attended two Workshops - Future of Regionalization/Regional Assembly, and Protect Juristac: Supporting Indigenous Rights & Activism. The first session discussed the process already underway to study a move to a Regional organization. The PWR Interim Lead, Rev. Carlton E. Smith has a contract with the UUA to stabilize the Region, including creating bylaws and administrative structures. The delegates were reminded that future bylaws and administrative structures could look different than the way long-time UUs are used to conducting business. In the other Workshops, efforts were highlighted that the UU Church of Santa Jose, CA was doing as an ally with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to stop an open pit sand and gravel mine on their ancestral and sacred land. More information is available at
Steven provides Program Ministry services to UU Santa Fe―learning, small group ministry, connecting, and justice-making support. He has served congregations large and small in the East, Midwest, and now here at UU Santa Fe.
“Community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives…That person is always in your community somewhere; in the eyes of others, you might be that person.”― Henri Nouwen
Our shared journey is expressed at UU Santa Fe by four core experiences: becoming, belonging, engaging, and being. We tell ourselves that we create the conditions here that develop these four experiences. We promise to do these four things very well to benefit everyone who touches our community. Our theme this month is Beloved Community. Belonging is Beloved Community in action. So, are we good at True Belonging?
I think True Belonging is 'living with the person you least want to live with' and avoiding being that person in the 'eyes of others.' In our polarized and hostile culture, how difficult True Belonging has become! I don't know about you, but I have had to pay increasing attention to my language and how I label others to make sure that I am not guilty of 'othering.' Not easy, I can tell you. I fail often. I hope the resources below become as helpful to you as they are to me.
A curated list of challenging resources on Belonging. It's much harder than you think.