Groups Starting in September
You're Welcome to Join in!

Q: Do you want to explore common interests with other loving, accepting individuals?

Women's Study Group- Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 17 at 10:00 am
The Women's Book Study starts the season with a chance to catch up from the summer and share some explorations. Jan McGough and Talitha Arnold take the lead for the first meeting, September 3. Then on September 17, we'll start exploring our first book. The study group generally meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month. All welcome! Please contact Jan for more info (505-577-8327).

United Artists Start Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:00
Regular weekly sessions of United Artists resume Thursday, September l8, at 1:00 pm in the Learning Center. We'll discuss upcoming activities, including a new calendar for 2015. The group meets weekly on Thursdays. All United members and friends who are artists or crafts-persons of any sort are welcome. Please join us as we share our talents, learn from each other, and enjoy fellowship among other artists. Regular attendance is not required. Questions? Call Dorothy Mendelson (424-0791).

Doubting Thomas - Wednesday September 24, 7 am
Join us for our Doubting Thomas Breakfast at the Pantry (1820 Cerrillos Road). All men are welcome to meet to discuss questions of faith and enjoy good food. Each month a different "Doubting Thomas" shares his understanding of faith and God. Please RSVP by contacting Brandon Johnson (988-3295).

Pretty Good Guys - Tuesday, September 23, 12 pm.
Our first gathering will be Tuesday, September 23rd at 12 pm. We will meet at United for our first lunch. The Pretty Good Guys is a group of men who meet monthly to discuss life, aging, and faith, while sharing a joke or two. If you are interested please contact Brandon (988-3295).

Young Adult Potluck - Friday, September 12, 6 pm
All young adults are invited to Brandon's house (776 Coyote Ridge Rd.) on Sept. 12 for a potluck and conversation about prayer. We will provide a main dish. Please bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage to share. RSVP by contacting Brandon and let us know if you need childcare (988-3295).

Membership Retreat
Tuesday, September 2, 5:30 pm

What does it mean to "join a church?" Where are you on your faith journey? Are there creeds I have to memorize (or agree to)? If you have these or other questions, come to a membership retreat on Tuesday evening, September 2, 5:30 to 7:30pm. We'll provide a light supper, childcare if needed and a chance to explore where you are on life's journey and how being a part of United can be a part of that journey. Please RSVP in the Community Room or call the church office (988-3295).

Book Dedicated to United Church of Santa Fe Wins Gold and Grand Prize

Larry Rasmussen's Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (Oxford University Press) has received the Nautilus Book Awards 2014 Gold Prize in the category Ecology/Environment as well as the Grand Prize for the best book across all twenty-seven categories. The book is dedicated to the United Church of Santa Fe, GreenFaith, and St. Olaf College for "exemplary leadership in creation awareness and care."

Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, joins recent awardees Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, David Korten, Hazel Henderson, Amy Goodman, and Desmond Tutu, among others.

Both academic and general interest books are considered, as are works in poetry and photography. A three-tier review process is used, with Silver, Gold and Grand Prizes selected from books that make it to the third round. Because a rating system is used, there may be multiple winners for Silver and Gold in each subject category. Only one Grand Prize is chosen, however.

Nautilus Book Awards, "Better Books for a Better World," have been given for fifteen years: "It is our purpose and intent to seek, review and acknowledge books we feel best support our goal to promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change - with the hope of offering life-affirming options with imagination and possibility to a world that longs for a new story." (

“How beautiful it is when God's people dwell together.”
Psalm 133