Community Outreach & Creation Care

"Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation."

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 10 am

  We meet at United to knit or crochet items for Outreach (Esperanza, Hospice, etc.). New members and everyone welcome! Refreshments served. Contact Mary Noonan (986-8809).

Casa Familia Dinner
Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 pm

  The Outreach Ministry Team is continuing to support our new effort at Casa Familia (1604 Berry Ave.) on the first Wednesday of each month. We are in need of food (main dishes, side dishes, and desserts). Volunteers are invited to drop-off food at Casa Familia by 5:30 pm. Please sign up in the Community Room or contact Brandon (988-3295).

St. Elizabeth Shelter
Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 pm

  This month's dinner at St. Elizabeth Shelter is Tuesday, January 20 at 5:30 pm. We are always in need of extra hands (and food)! If you are interested in helping please sign-up in the Community Room or contact Brandon (988-3295).

Interfaith Shelter Save-the-Date
March 8-14

  United Church of Santa Fe's week at the Interfaith Shelter is Sunday, March 8 - Saturday, March 14. Beginning in February we will be asking volunteers to provide food and/or volunteer at the shelter. Questions? Contact Brandon (988-3295).

Intergenerational Service Trip
March 28 - April 1, 2015

  The 2014 Intergenerational Service Trip to the Navajo Nation is scheduled for (Santa Fe Public Schools Spring Break). The trip includes service, education, and outdoor recreation. It's a trip that is focused on building relationships across generations, while serving a community in the Southwest.
  We will stay at the Good Shepherd Mission sharing in worship, service, and reflection.
  • Cost: $325
  • Informational meeting following 11:00 worship on December 7.
  • Registration and deposit ($165) are due on Friday, January 10.
  If interested, please contact Brandon (988-3295).

(as of Dec. 12)

During 2014, the United Church has made these grants, donations, or programmatic commitments for various outreach ministries:

Wider United Church of Christ Ministries   $7,110
• SW Conference
• One Great Hour
• SWC Marriage Equality Advocacy
• National UCC environmental work

United's Community and World Ministries
• Faith and Environment: $4,670
• Santa Fe Watershed: $540
• Food Depot (summer food drive): $1,025
• Interfaith Shelter: $820
• Esperanza Shelter: $820
• St. Elizabeth Shelter & Casa Familia: $850
• Immigrant Aid: $3,145
• Pastor's Fund (for special needs): $300
• Southside Youth Summit: $280
• Saplings: $135
• Intergenerational Mission Trip: $3,170
• Ebola Response: $600

Total outreach allocation: $23,460

Desert Faith Team

  Assuming we have completed all requirements, the GreenFaith 2-year Certification Program draws to an official close at the end of June. That, however, is deceptive, since we have not completed work in our priority areas of Water in a Drier Southwest, Energy and a Cleaner Environment, and Food and Transportation issues (Southside Santa Fe). This means the Desert Faith Team, before it disbands itself, will organize this next phase of United's vital ministry, probably carried out with task forces or standing committees assigned specific issues.  Thus we finish the GreenFaith program with a call to all members and friends of United who want to be involved in the next phases of creation care in these priority areas. If you want to be included, please write or call Larry Rasmussen:; 505 231-0993.


United also advocates for human rights for GLBT persons and immigrants, the environment and other concerns.

Many members serve on nonprofit boards including our Senior Minister, Talitha Arnold, who currently serves on the Bioethics Committee for St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Alumni Board of Yale Divinity School, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. She was a founding member of the city Children’s and Youth Commission, President of Habitat for Humanity, and the Ministerial Alliance. Associate Minister Brandon Johnson serves on the Salazar Partnership Board and the Interfaith Leadership Alliance.

“... but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8