Socorro Branch of the First Unitarian Church
“We are Unitarian Universalists. We are people of faith with open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands.”
Meetings: Epiphany Episcopal Church, 908 Leroy Place, Socorro. We gather in the Parish Hall (in the building opposite the main sanctuary).
Time: Sundays, 4:00 pm
What to expect: Music, Readings, “Story for All Ages,” Joys & Concerns (time for sharing), Sermon and discussion. (The sermon is the same as the morning service in Albuquerque, video download.)
Children: We welcome children of all ages and encourage them to participate in the service. If children and youth are interested in a separate program, our group includes educators, one of whom is designated to work with them.
Events: Our “big event” is an annual Holiday Concert in mid-December. During the summer, we have one regular service per month and one potluck at a home or picnic area per month. In addition to the Holiday Concert, in 2017 we started “Theology on Tap.” We meet once a month, on the second Thursday at 6:00 pm at a local restaurant for a round-table discussion of spiritual, philosophical, and ethical issues in a structured (but not too structured) way. Beer, wine, and spirits are “on tap” for the discussion, but not mandatory. Contact us for more info on Theology on Tap.
Social Connections: Coffee hour after every service, with fair trade coffee and refreshments. Members know one another well enough to readily offer support when a member is sick or needs some help. Yet we are not invasive and respect each other’s privacy. We are family who behave better than some blood relatives!
Community/Justice work: We “own” a mile of Highway 60 near Box Canyon for a twice yearly clean up. Weekly, SUU commits to a two-hour shift on Fridays at Puerto Seguro, which provides services for Socorro’s homeless.
Through a program called “Change for Change,” the coins collected in the morning offertory are contributed to community organizations such as the Animal Protective Association of Socorro (2018) and La Vida Felicidad (2018), and rotate annually based on the interests of the congregation and community needs. Previous recipients include Magdalena’s Food Bank (2014), Puerto Seguro (2013 & 2016), and Socorro Storehouse (2015 & 2017)
Contact: For more information, Richard Sonnenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-838-7113.