UCOT MARCHES IN THE TAOS PRIDE PARADE IN SUPPORT OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY ON AUGUST 11TH
Photos courtesy of Mary Gray.
UUA BOARD DEVELOPMENT DAY
On August 4th, the UCOT Board carpooled to Los Alamos to attend Board Development Day, presented by Sarah Millspaugh and Christine Robinson of the UUA Pacific Western Region. Hosted by the UU Church of Los Alamos, in attendance were Boards and members of several other area UU churches: the UU Westside Congregation in Rio Rancho, the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, the UU Congregation of Santa Fe, and even the UU Fellowship of Durango, CO! This was an interesting and thought-provoking day, with exercises in leadership, Board cohesiveness, communications, and goal-setting. We were proud to represent our church at this event!
The August meeting was held on Wednesday, August 1st at 6 pm at the Taos Bridge Club. Chris Westover lead the meeting, Emily Gillispie brought snacks, and Barbara Martinez provided an opening and a closing as we explored the concept of “Forgiveness”, including listening to a CD and meditation.
The Women’s Group September meeting is Wed., Sept. 5th, 6 p.m. at the Bridge Club. The focus of this session will be on the first half of David Whyte’s book Consolations. He describes his poetry and philosophy as based on “the conversational nature of reality.” His work is widely read, and there is much about him available on the internet. You are encouraged to read the first half of his book in order to have a context for this session.
Questions? Contact: Barbara M. at moc.k1534572828ooltu1534572828o@ztm1534572828htims1534572828b1534572828; Chris W. at moc.l1534572828iamg@15345728282102r1534572828evots1534572828ewc1534572828, Carol D. at moc.l1534572828iamg@1534572828ythgu1534572828odccl1534572828. or Marsha F. at moc.t1534572828ensoa1534572828t@sgn1534572828itaer1534572828c1534572828.
HIGHWAY 68 CLEAN-UP
On Saturday, June 9th, a fearless crew of eight set out to clean up the UCoT stretch of Highway 68, between mile markers 39 and 40 south of town. It was a fun morning outdoors, even though it was HOT, and we did our part to keep the area clean of litter. Many thanks to Wally, Mya, Mark, Chuck, Gael, Emily, Joe, and Michael!
GIRL SCOUTS REMINISCE
During a Dinners for Eight gathering, Sally, Madison and Marsha shared their Girl Scout histories and badges, discovering that while uniforms have changed, the adventures offered continue to be exciting. Photo courtesy of Marsha Fawns.
Jane Starks, Chris Westover, and Sally Savage met at El Vado Lake State Park for camping, camaraderie, and exploration. Photos courtesy of Sally Savage.
STUDENTS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
On Friday, April 20th, students across the country staged a school walkout in commemoration of the students who died 19 years ago in the Columbine High School shooting—and to make a statement about school safety. Despite the cold, wet, snowy morning, roughly 30 students from Taos-area high schools participated in a march north on Paseo to the Plaza. An equal number of adults attended to offer silent support. The Taos High School principal was there and spoke in support of student safety. At least eight people from the Unitarian Congregation of Taos were present. The students themselves, along with Jill Cline from St. James, organized the event, which included student statements and music. Photos courtesy of Cristy Holden and Chuck Fawns.
2018 ANNUAL MEETING
On Sunday, February 4th, the UCOT Board conducted our annual congregational business meeting. A delicious lunch was served afterwards! Photos courtesy of Mel James.
- Chuck Fawns delivered an inspiring homily and a report on the progress of the Shared Ministry Development Team
- Members were given the 2018 Service and Circle Schedule. You can download a copy by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Upcoming Services and Circles web page.
- Both of our ministers, the Rev. Munro Sickafoose and the Rev. Gary Kowalski, will be on our schedule once again for ten services each. The Rev. Doug Inhofe will speak at two services this year.
- We thanked outgoing Board Secretary Chuck Doughty for his service.
- Treasurer Bette Myerson discussed the budget for 2017 and 2018. We are well in the black now, thanks to the increases in pledge amounts and generous gifts in response to our budget shortall.
- Incoming Secretary Emily Gillispie proposed a bylaws change to increase the board size to six instead of limiting it to five, which was voted on and approved. You can download a copy of our amended bylaws by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Who We Are web page.
- The Board was pleased to nominate two new members at large: Virginia Saporta and Ray Taylor. Both were elected unanimously.
- Mimi Owensby delivered her report on the 2017 Community Outreach expenditures.
- We all enjoyed a terrific lunch – provided by the Taylor family.
WOMEN’S MARCH, TAOS PLAZA
In conjunction with women’s marches nationwide, Taos’s “Hear Our Vote” march on January 20th kicked off a national voter registration and mobilization drive to remind those in power of our numbers. UCOT was well represented as several of our women and men participated. Photo courtesy of Chuck Fawns.
WOMEN’S GROUP POTLUCK
On December 14th the UCOT Women’s Group enjoyed a wonderful potluck dinner and evening of fellowship and friendship. Many thanks to Margot Coleman for being a fabulous hostess. Photos courtesy of Marsha Fawns.
NEW MEMBER WELCOMING CEREMONY AND FALL HARVEST MEAL
On November 19th we welcomed twelve new members to our congregation, and afterwards enjoyed a Fall Harvest pot-luck. Thanks to Ray and Elaine Taylor (both new members themselves) for coordinating this event. Photos courtesy of Mel James.
Marsha and Chuck Fawns presented the special Day of the Dead Altar on November 5th. From Marsha, we learned some of the traditions behind the Day of the Dead celebration, and members shared stories and pictures of loved ones, whether human or animal. The wonderful Threshold Singers (middle photograph) provided the musical accompaniment.
MUSIC TO LIFT THE SPIRIT WITH JIMMY STADLER
On October 29th there was an all-music program with Taos’ singer-songwriter-band leader Jimmy Stadler. The song list was full of heart and energy with a balance of solo singing and congregational participation. Joe Mazza introduced Jimmy and was our MC, encouraging us to sing and move during the program in celebration of the gift of community.
JULY 4TH PICNIC
Everyone enjoyed the annual July 4th picnic, hosted by Jim and Nancy Schultz. Below are just a few of the pictures of this lovely event. Click on a photo to expand it.
HIKING GROUP EVENTS
To enjoy and appreciate the beautiful area we live in and it’s many hiking trails, we formed a hiking group. Below are pictures of our Slide Trail / Picuris Loop hike. This was a 6-7 mile, moderate-to-difficult hike, with breathtaking views. The photo at the bottom shows a large herd of mountain goats grazing on the side of the mountain. We ate lunch at the top, overlooking the gorge, then connected with the Rift Valley Trail which took us back to the parking lot. The hike took about 4.5 hours.
“WE GO HIGH” RALLY AT TAOS PLAZA
At least ten UCoT members attended the “We Go High” rally at Taos Plaza, despite the REALLY cold winds. Thank you, Barbara Scott, for getting the word out about this event!