Socorro

Socorro Unitarian Universalists

Established 2007
A Branch of First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque

The Rev. Angela Herrera leading a service at the Socorro branch.

“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). During the summer, we have one regular service and one potluck per month.

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.
– In 2017 we started Theology on Tap, meeting 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. During the summer, the schedule may vary.

Social Connections:  After every service, we serve 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 a family who behaves better than some relatives!

Community/Justice work:
– We “own” a mile of Highway 60 near Box Canyon for a twice-yearly cleanup.
– Weekly, SUU commits to a two-hour shift on Fridays at Puerto Seguro, which provides services for Socorro’s homeless.
– We support the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s annual Christmas card program for the incarcerated.
– Structured book discussions on ethical or spiritual issues, such as White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism (discussion 2019), occur periodically.
– Through “Change for Change,” the coins collected in the offertory are contributed to community organizations such as Magdalena Kids’ Science Cafe (2019) and rotate based on the interests of the congregation and community needs.  Previous recipients include Animal Protective Association of Socorro (2018), La Vida Felicidad (2018), Socorro Storehouse (2015 & 2017), Puerto Seguro (2013 & 2016), and Magdalena Samaritan Center (2014).

Contact: For more information, please contact Richard Sonnenfeld at rsonnenfeld@gmail.com.

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