It is an exciting time to serve among the faith leaders in the state of New Mexico. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside people who care deeply about social justice issues and seek to find ways to integrate their faith into all parts of their lives. Presently, the Conference is working on prison reform initiatives including a sign-on letter about the Prison Rape Elimination Act, seeking to enforce this act not just in federal facilities but in all prison facilities and detention centers across the state and in local counties. We are working with NM Interfaith Power and Light to reduce methane pollution in our state and advocating in other areas of climate change. We work with our partners Interfaith Hunger Coalition and FaithWorks in areas of poverty and hunger and in Albuquerque with asylum seekers and the unsheltered in the city. And we are partnering with Bread for the World for their regional gathering this fall.
We continue to work on offering a Winter Talk in 2023 and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January, 2022 and are seeking ways to improve relationships with faith communities and the Indigenous People of New Mexico. We are also working on providing ecumenical worship opportunities and service projects for young adults.
The Conference will also host two retreat days for faith leaders, one for Advent and one for Lent, providing the opportunities for rest and building ecumenical relationships.
The state of New Mexico offers so many opportunities for the sharing of beauty, both in our natural resources of the high desert country and in the natural resources of our members of faith communities seeking to bring God's reign here and now. It is such an honor to serve with the Conference.
We welcome Janet Lynn Taylor as our part time Administrative Assistant.
When it comes to Janet Lynn’s work and life experiences, there is one prevailing theme – community. Her professional and volunteer service as well as her personal interests; all center around helping others and making her community stronger.
It is more than just a desire. It is her calling. Janet Lynn has been building community throughout her extensive and varied career that includes jobs as an assistant in the dental and mental fields; an environmental health technician; and service positions in the financial and several retail industries. With each opportunity, Janet Lynn’s focus was connecting with people in a personal way and advocating on behalf of her organization or business to make a significant impact.
But it was her position as a Community Relations Specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) Ames Research Center in California that helped Janet Lynn realize her passion. She represented NASA at special events like air shows and conducted educational tours; often in partnership with translators for foreign national visitors from many countries around the world. For a science lover like Janet Lynn, this was a dream come true!
After leaving NASA and relocating to Albuquerque, Janet Lynn furthered her education – completing her Bachelor’s degree in Training and Technology and Master’s degree in Workforce Education and Development. She enjoyed a successful career as a Learning Consultant and Project Manager. Little did she know then, that her experiences would be crucial for her endeavor as an entrepreneur.
Janet Lynn’s volunteer service has benefited more than forty organizations. Among them, as a founding board member of the ALSA-NM, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association) chapter after her father was diagnosed with the terminal disease. She served as the program committee chair on the board of directors at PB&J Family Services; and as a Loaned Executive at United Way of Central New Mexico. Her most fulfilling volunteer opportunity was her one-year tenure as an AmeriCorps VISTA, (Volunteers In Service To America). She was assigned to support adults with developmental disabilities advocate for and thrive in their independence.
Janet Lynn says, “My life’s purpose is to be the best ‘ME’ that I can be and answer my Spirit’s call to enhance someone else’s life”, she says. “I truly believe that when you take care of others, the ‘Light’ takes care of you!”
We are excited to have Janet Lynn serving with us at NMCC! Welcome!
Graphic Artist: Mapping our Churches Project
Data Clerk: Mapping our Churches Project
English/Spanish Translators: brochures and bulletins
Office Assistant w/ Internet Skills: building our ecumenical calendar
Heeding Jesus’ call to strive for
unity, justice, peace, and the integrity of creation,
we are people of faith ministering to bring healing and hope to New Mexico.
Two commandments guide our corporate lives as Christians: to love God and neighbor, especially our neighbors in need. The member churches of the New Mexico Conference of Churches firmly believe love casts out all fear; we are dedicated to heeding Christ’s call to strive for unity, justice, peace and the integrity of creation as people of faith ministering to bring healing and hope to New Mexico.
As we consider the implications of the medical crisis, we face difficult questions and choices. These are our guiding questions: How will our response be remembered by the next generation of faithful ones responding to the pandemic of their day? Will we be remembered for our love and ministry? Will the fruits of our compassionate service inspire gracious responses in the future?
Regardless what the future brings, this moment is a life-shaping experience for all of us: we may be victims, we may be helpers, we may be both. Because of the presence of COVID-19 in our state, we will be changed. With a common voice, the leadership of the New Mexico Conference of Churches commends the witness of our member congregations, respects their decisions to adjust corporate life, and prays for our state, our government leaders, all medical professionals, and the vulnerable -- the medically fragile, their caregivers, the fearful, those without homes or family support, the isolated and the forgotten. We are committed to loving God and serving neighbors.
Grace and peace accompanied by hope and love,
The Rt. Rev. David Bailey, Bishop Episcopal Church in Navajoland
The Rev. Earl Bledsoe, Bishop New Mexico Conference United Methodist Church
The Rev. Dr. Kim Fields-Haley, Regional Connection Minister, New Mexico/El Paso, Christian Church
Mr. Ken Gingerich, Moderator Mountain States Mennonite Conference
The Rev. Jim Gonia, Bishop Rocky Mountain Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rt. Rev. Michael Hunn, Bishop Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande
The Rev. Dr. William M. Lyons, Conference Minister Southwest Conference United Church of Christ
Elder Conrad Rocha, Stated Clerk/Executive Synod of the Southwest Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop, Archdiocese of Santa Fe - Roman Catholic
The Rev. John Williams, President Rio Grande Mission Center, Community of Christ
The Rev. Dr. Kay E. Huggins, Interim Executive Director New Mexico Conference of Churches
Bottom Row L to R:
Archbishop John Wester, Santa Fe Diocese, Roman Catholic, The Rev. John Williams, Deputy, Rio Grande Mission Center, Community of Christ, Mr. Kurt Rager, Director of NM Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, The Rev. Gail Joralemon, Member of the Executive Committee, United Church of Christ Deputy, Southwest Conference, The Reverend Kim Fields-Haley, Regional Minister for NM and EL Paso, Christian Church (DoC) in the Southwest, The Reverend Margaret McFaddin, Senior Pastor, Grant Chapel AME Zion Church, The Reverend Doctor Bert Scott, Liason Member, Ecumenical Institute for Ministry, Ms. Carolyn Good, Liaison for NM Church Women United, Elder Conrad Rocha, Treasurer of the Board, Executive of the Synod of the Southwest of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Top Row L to R:
Mr. Joseph Sandoval, MTS, President of the Board, Bishop Jim Gonia, Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Reverend Adam Berndt, Deputy for the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA , The Reverend Randall Partin, Secretary of the Board and Deputy for the New Mexico Conference United Methodist Church, The Reverend Robin Dodge, Vice President of the Board, Episcopal Deputy for the Rio Grande Diocese of the Episcopal Church, Monsignor J Bennett Voorhies, Deputy for the Archdiocese of the Rio Grande, Roman Catholic, The Reverend Lynne Hinton, Conference Director