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