2013

Hey you, over there, even you are welcome here!

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“Whatever the faiths you have known or the flags of your heritage, you are welcome here.  Whoever you are and whomever you love, you are welcome here.  Whether you ran in here today on little feet, or walked briskly, or ambled in, or rolled in, you are welcome here.” 

(UUCEP Worship Associate Script)

Above are some of the first words you will hear when attending a Sunday Service at the UU Community of El Paso.  They are truly heartfelt by those among us.

Ours is a faith of acceptance and each one of these words can be taken in the most literal sense.  Whomever you are, no matter your background,  you are welcome without regard to race, class, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

UUCEP
Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso

Unfortunately, many are in search of our faith without realizing it even exists!  If you would like a more liberal, educational, and accepting faith environment, visit a UU community this Sunday.  If you’re unsure where your beliefs lie, a great way to get help is to take the “Belief-O-Matic” quiz at Belief Net: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Quizzes/BeliefOMatic.aspx  It is a truly fun and enlightening quiz that can both affirm your chosen faith, or show you a new path to spiritual exploration.

As a creedless faith, UU’s rely on the support and acceptance by our members of our 7 Principles:

Our 7 Principles

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person

2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part of

As I go on my 2013 pilgrimage, I hope to bring the meanings of these words to heart and to share.  It’s simple to list words as they come–simple to list the principles.  But what I hope to convey is the emotion behind the words and more importantly, the belonging to the words that come with our faith.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, or to find a community near you, please visit: www.uua.org or click on the chalice in the right-hand column of my blog.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a physical location, you can explore UU’ism through the Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/

For more information on the UU Community of El Paso, visit: www.uuelpaso.org

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Our full schedule, let us know when we’ll be near you!

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*** PLEASE NOTE: This schedule has been updated as a living document.

Click on “Schedule” above for our most current listing!

traveling tUUsome 2013 schedule

January 1: Leave from UUCEP

January 6: Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 13: Dallas, Texas

January 20: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

January 27: Oxford, Mississippi

February 3: Birmingham, Alabama

February 10: Lawrenceville, Georgia

February 17: Sarasota, Florida

February 24: Greenville, South Carolina

March 3: Fayetteville, North Carolina

March 10: Williamsburg, Virginia

March 17: Washington, D.C.

March 24: Frederick, Maryland

March 31: Wilmington, Delaware

April 7: Devon, Pennsylvania

April 14: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

April 21: New York, New York

April 28: West Hartford, Connecticut

May 5: Providence, Rhode Island

May 12: Concord, Massachusetts

*Insert visit to CLF and UUA this week!

May 19: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

May 26: Portland, Maine

June 2: Burlington, Vermont

June 9: Ottawa, Canada

June 16: Ann Arbor, Michigan

June 23: Columbus, Ohio

June 30: Charleston, West Virginia

July 7: Lexington, Kentucky

July 14: Knoxville, Tennessee

July 21: Little Rock, Arkansas

July 28: Tulsa, Oklahoma

August 4: Overland Park, Kansas

August 11: Kirkwood, Missouri

August 18: Bloomington, Indiana

August 25: Oak Park, Illinois

September 1: Madison, Wisconsin

September 8: Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 15: Des Moines, Iowa

September 22: Lincoln, Nebraska

September 29: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

October 6: Bismarck, North Dakota

October 13: Laramie, Wyoming

October 20: Golden, Colorado

October 27: Salt Lake City, Utah

November 3: Bozeman, Montana

November 10: Moscow, Idaho

November 17: Seattle, Washington

November 24: Anchorage, Alaska (by air!)

December 1: Portland, Oregon

December 8: Reno, Nevada

December 15: Berkley, California

December 22: Honolulu, Hawaii (flying again!)

December 29: Paradise Valley, Arizona

December 31: Back home to El Paso!