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, 803 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: Children of all ages are absolutely welcome and can 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 Tuesday, 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 periodic cleanup. Members also work around the community at places like Puerto Seguro (homeless shelter).
Through a program called “Change for Change,” the coins collected in the morning offertory are contributed to community organizations such as the Socorro Storehouse (2015 & 2017), and rotate annually based on the interests of the congregation and community needs. Previous recipients include Magdalena’s Food Bank (2014) and Puerto Seguro (2013 & 2016).
Contact: For more information, Richard Sonnenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-838-7113.