And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
– Paul’s letter to the Corinthians –
The United Church of Santa Fe strives to “Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation.” There are several opportunities to move beyond the physical walls of United by being God’s hands and heart in this world.
United’s Shelter Dinners Feed Persons Who Are Homeless and Support Santa Fe Businesses! You Can Help!
This fall, United Church is continuing to provide two weekly lunches and a weekly supper to the guests of the Interfaith Shelter and our monthly suppers for St. Elizabeth Shelter and Casa Familia and also helping keep Felipe’s Tacos and Mucho Gourmet Sandwich Shop in business! Join in this effort by contributing financially to United’s “Shelter Meals” outreach ministry. Our commitment to the guests of the Interfaith Shelter costs approx. $650/week. The monthly commitment to St. E’s and Casa Familia costs $500/month. To donate, please send a check to The United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (memo: “Shelter Dinners) or online, at unitedchurchofsantafe.org. (Click the “give now” button and enter your amount of donation in the “Shelter Dinners” box.)
Thanks to the generosity of United members and friends and members of the Santa Fe community, since March, we have raised over $8,000 to help feed the homeless in this “Corona-time.”
Supporting Our Diné/Navajo Brothers and Sisters
The Diné/Navajo Nation has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Systemic issues of poverty, lack of clean water, and inadequate health care impact the rising number of cases and death. The United Church of Santa Fe has a decades-long relationship with the people of the Diné/Navajo Nation. Members of the congregation and staff are Diné and still have family in Round Rock, Ft. Defiance, and elsewhere. Through the years, United has had youth and adult service trips to the Good Shepherd Mission, part of the Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland. Because of this connection, United’s Outreach Team invites your donations to help support Good Shepherd’s relief work with families and elders throughout the area. All financial donations to United for “Diné Support” are sent directly to Good Shepherd to provide food and cleaning supplies. Thank you!
Information and Advocacy from United’s Immigration Task Force
Immigrant families and children are among those suffering the most during the pandemic. Not only are they dealing with the coronavirus, but US immigration policies continue to put their lives at risk—whether due to deporting parents or keeping kids in detention centers. United’s Immigration Task Force, chaired by Bonney Hughes and Faith Yoman, provides regular updates on how to speak out on such policies and advocate for our immigrant neighbors. If you’d like to be on the email list for updates, please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When the pandemic is over and we can meet again in person,
United’s Communities of Ministry include:
- St. Elizabeth Shelter Dinners: Volunteers prepare, serve, and share a meal at St. Elizabeth Shelter on the third Tuesday of the month. (Joanne Rhodes: email@example.com)
- Casa Familia Dinners: Please join the Outreach Team in welcoming Pam Homer as the new coordinator of the Casa Familia monthly dinners. On the first Wednesday of the month, volunteers provide entrees, salads, vegetable dishes, and drinks for dinner at Casa Familia. (Pam Homer: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Interfaith Shelter: In mid-March United volunteers are present at the shelter and serve and/or provide food. (Marc Black: email@example.com; or Jennifer Kilbourn: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Communities in Schools: Volunteers commit to at least one hour per week at a local partner school. Over the course of the academic year volunteers build meaningful relationships which empower children to stay in school and achieve their potential. (email@example.com)
- United Advocacy Day at the State Capital: Once a year, members and friends of United meet with New Mexico State Legislators to talk about legislation pertaining to poverty, housing, and the environment. (Hank Hughes: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Intergenerational Service/Mission Trips to the Borderlands and Navajo Nation: The trips are usually in January (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend) and March/April (public schools’ spring break). They include service, education, relationship building and outdoor recreation. (email@example.com)
- Equal Exchange Sale: Our sale of coffee, tea, almonds, and chocolate supports co-op farmers around the world. Takes place on the third Sunday of each month; proceeds to Outreach. (Karen Dailey, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Immigration Task Force
Contact Bonney Hughes (email@example.com) for more info.
United’s Carbon Offset Program
Want to join with other United friends to help mitigate climate change? You can help “offset” your travel carbon footprints through the United Church. When you travel or even just drive to work, keep track of your mileage and then make a donation to United that will be passed on to two New Mexico groups that address climate change: NM Interfaith Power and Light, and Tree New Mexico.
United volunteers with and has developed a relationship with the following organizations:
- St. Elizabeth Shelter
- Casa Familia
- Santa Fe Watershed Association
- Communities in Schools of New Mexico
- Interfaith Community Shelter
- Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families
- New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
- Youth Shelters
- Solace Crisis Treatment Center
- Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe
- New Mexico State Penitentiary Volunteer Services
- Santa Fe Dreamers Project
About Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, William Sloane Coffin said, “I doubt if in any other scriptures of the world there is a more radical statement of ethics.”