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.”

During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Socorro Unitarian Universalists (SUU) are engaged primarily via Zoom in Albuquerque and Socorro in the following ways:

  • Joining the weekly Sunday morning Worship Service and the Wednesday evening Vespers in Albuquerque.  For info on how to connect to these virtual services, visit First Unitarian of Albuquerque’s homepage.
  • Joining the weekly SUU post-service chat in Socorro.
  • Contributing to Change for Change via check or credit card.  (Sorry, no coins!)
  • Joining SUU’s daily Joys and Concerns email thread.
  • Joining the monthly Theology on Tap in Socorro.
  • Joining structured book discussions (Adult Religious Education) in Socorro.  Meetings are weekly and a new session/book begins every couple of months.

For more information on how to connect with Socorro branch members and contribute to our programs, please complete the “Contact Us” at the bottom of this page.

 

When it is safe to meet in person again, we hope you will join us!

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.)

The Rev. Bob LaVallee delivering a sermon in person in Socorro.

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 4:00 pm via Zoom for a round-table discussion of spiritual, philosophical, and ethical issues in a structured (but not too structured) way. 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 (2019) and Building Your Own Theology (2020), occur periodically.
-Through “Change for Change,” the coins collected in the offertory are contributed to community organizations such as Puerto Seguro (2013, 2016, 2019, & 2020) and rotate based on the interests of the congregation and community needs.  Previous recipients include Magdalena Samaritan Center (2014 & 2020) Magdalena Kids’ Science Cafe (2019), Animal Protective Association of Socorro (2018), La Vida Felicidad (2018), and Socorro Storehouse (2015 & 2017).

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

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