From the Conference Director for 2022

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2022 archives

Excellence in Leadership

Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA has created a leadership initiative called Excellence in Leadership. It is an 18-month investment, with classes and small groups meeting 1-2 times per month, which will provide tools and resources to last a lifetime. This initiative is grounded in authentically claiming our identities as individuals and as church. By engaging deeply in the studies of adaptive leadership, vulnerability, emotional intelligence, family systems, Theory U, and spiritual practices, we will be stepping forward to meet the future boldly. The Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is inviting participants from all regions and walks of life – lay or rostered, young or old. That includes you! For more information, see flier.

Interested in a Clergy Corhort or Clergy Coaching?

Interested in a Clergy Corhort or Clergy Coaching? Check out these offerings from Pinnacle Leadership Associates:

- Transformational Pastor Cohort - provides the support of a clergy cohort while providing training and education on adaptive ministry in changing times
- Clergy coaching - A coach can help in a variety of ways, from communication issues, dealing with stress or navigating transitions

Asylum Seekers Need Donations

Albuquerque is a stopping place for those seeking asylum in our country, coming from El Paso, Texas. Here is a list of donations needed and contact information. Thank you for your assistance!

template for a Service of Prayer and Lament

As we continue in difficult times here is a template for a Service of Prayer and Lament that can be used alone or in community.

a multi-issue Faithful Voter Reflection Guide

Interfaith Power & Light recently released a multi-issue Faithful Voter Reflection Guide to help educate and inform people of faith and conscience about issues that are at stake in the 2022 elections. Printed guides are now available for purchase for you and your faith community. As people of faith and conscience, we believe elections are a referendum on the values that will shape our future. We need elected leaders who share our values. We know that we have to participate thoughtfully in our elections if we want a country that reflects our highest values.

We hope this guide will stimulate the kinds of conversations that we need to have in order to renew our democracy. Some of the ways you and your faith community can use the printed guide include: making copies available to your congregation, discussing the guide and its reflection questions (adult education, committee, youth group, etc.), offering copies when you register voters or deliver social services, or asking political candidates a question from it.
Purchase your voter guides in English or Spanish now. You can also download a free digital version of the guide and watch IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot discuss the guide and this election season with some of our partners.

Our Indigenous neighbors are fighting to protect their holy ground

Our Indigenous neighbors are fighting to protect their holy ground. You can help by asking Congress to #SaveOakFlat. Don't let a mining company destroy this sacred space and natural wonder! Sign the letter here

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST ASYLUM SEEKERS IN TRANSIT THROUGH ALBUQUERQUE

More asylum seekers are being admitted to the United States at El Paso, and are in transit to sponsors throughout the United States. ABQ Asylum Seekers Welcome has established a hospitality site near the Albuquerque Sunport, and has been serving busloads of immigrants, but is stretched to its capacity. Members of ABQ faith communities are coming together as the Immigration Interfaith Team, to provide services to additional busloads of migrants, also at the same site. We have an urgent need for volunteers to lead and to staff the Intake, Travel, Food Service, Clothing, Medical, Travel Packages, Transportation, and Overnight Teams. ABQ Asylum Seekers Welcome will provide on-site training. Members of the Travel team should be fluent Spanish speakers. Members of the Intake Team should have some conversational Spanish. Hours vary by team. Buses arrive between 4pm and 7pm, and the greatest need for volunteers is during the several hours after a bus arrives. FEMA, through CABQ, covers the costs of lodging and catering. But donations of selected clothing items and of money to cover other costs of these services are also needed. If you would consider helping this effort, and/or would like further information, please contact John Maddaus, by email at john.maddaus@maine.edu  Thank you!

Read the article from World Council of Churches from the acting general secretary regarding the war in Ukraine

We celebrate St. John's UMC and Camino de Vida Faith Community as Cool Congregations Challenge Winners!

St. John’s United Methodist Church, Camino de Vida Faith Community Receive National Recognition
Interfaith Power and Light Announces ‘Cool Congregations Challenge’ Winners as Faith Communities Prioritize Energy Efficiency, Renewables, and Sustainability

Albuquerque, February, 2022 — St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque is one of the six top national Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) 2022 Cool Congregations Challenge winners. The annual contest accepts applications from religious congregations around the United States who are working to address global warming by reducing their carbon footprint as they create models of sustainability within their communities.

St. John’s United Methodist Church won the Sacred Grounds Steward award for $1,500 for their newly constructed food gardens that feed over 500 food-insecure adults and children each month, and their educational outreach to their neighborhood. Inspired by the belief that gardening is “tending the soil, and tending the soul,” volunteers at St. John’s transformed the church property into a huge food garden with hoop houses and raised beds to feed the hungry through various food programs in their community. They also are reaching out to teach about gardening and healthy eating to their members and neighbors, including an elementary school across the street through projects in the garden.

“St. John’s is so honored to receive this award for our garden. What started as a dusty, underutilized corner of our property has blossomed into a beautiful witness of how God’s creation works to support and sustain life and community if it’s paid just a little bit of attention. We hope that others will see this and pay attention to the land and its potential in their communities as well,” said Rev. Dr. Randall W. Partin, Senior Pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.

 “I accept this award on behalf of all the people at St. John’s on Garden Ministry Team and the Food Ministry Team who have all put in so much time, labor and money to help us build our garden that feeds the food-insecure, educates the community and reduces our carbon footprint,” said Tim Nuzum, director of the Food and Garden Ministry’s at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Additionally, Camino de Vida in Albuquerque received one of the twelve national Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) runner up awards of $500. The congregation was recognized in the Cool Planners category. The youth and adults have begun on their ambitious plan to restore the 3 acre property that was gifted to them by another congregation with a community garden that will provide fresh produce for neighbors in need, a food orchard, a space for outdoor bilingual worship, gatherings, and experiencing God in nature. The congregation is committed to making this green space a reality. “

Estamos agradecidos - we are grateful. Thank you to Interfaith Power and Light for recognizing and supporting our efforts to increase the green space and create sacred natural space in the South Valley. Thank you for helping us begin to grow food for our neighbors, working and worshiping in God’s abundant and beautiful creation,” said Rev. Carmen Retzlaff, Pastor of Nature Ministry at Camino de Vida, a joint ministry of the PCUSA and the ELCA.

“We at New Mexico & El Paso Region Interfaith Power and Light are so proud of the work of these communities and so many others who are doing amazing and inspirational work in our region. Love for communities and Sacred Creation are made visible in community and creation care projects for grounds, food, solar, energy efficiency, tree planting and more,” said Sister Joan Brown, osf, executive director of New Mexico El Paso Region Interfaith Power & Light.

Project ECHO

Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is partnering with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD) to distribute a survey to families of children ages 0-5 to assess the availability and utilization of programs and services throughout the state. The New Mexico Early Childhood Support Survey will be ready for distribution very soon, and we would appreciate your help with the distribution.  The aim of this survey is to engage with families throughout New Mexico to understand their experiences and needs of early childhood services. The survey will provide information to guide ECECD policies and programs to best serve the needs of all young New Mexicans and their families.   Our goal is to reach 3,000 or more families of children ages 0-5 throughout the state to assess the availability and utilization of early childhood programs and services as well as their future needs. We are offering a $5 e-gift certificate to the first 3,000 families that answer the survey.  

To connect with families representing our diverse population and communities, the survey will be available in the four main languages spoken in New Mexico:
English, Spanish, Navajo, and Vietnamese.  

We ask your assistance to join us in our outreach and distribution efforts to members of your community. Our ECHO Education Team has developed flyers and messages for social media posts, newsletters, and direct email.  We will provide you will all materials necessary for outreach in electronic form, hard copy, or both depending on your needs, including posters that can be displayed on your Community Board.  

Please fill out the interest form via this link:https://bit.ly/ECHOSurveyDistribution This will enable us to assist you and your team in distributing the survey, either online, flyers for community board or with paper surveys.   After we compile the results of the survey, we will share our finding with a summary report that could inform your organization and possibly share insights into the community you serve.  

Thank you for time and consideration of working with Project ECHO and ECECD to allow all families in New Mexico to voice their experiences, needs and concerns about early childhood programs and services. The responses collected will inform programs and access to early childhood services in New Mexico, and help shape policies that reduce disparities in our state.  

Please email Carolina Romero at anaaromero@salud.unm.edu  / echoNMECSurvey@salud.unm.edu  or call (505) 600-1029 if you have any questions.

Read the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter on Nuclear Disarmament

Archbishop John Wester writes Living in the Light of Christ's Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament. This Pastoral Letter shares insight into the special role The Archdiocese of Santa Fe plays in advocating for nuclear disarmament given the presence of the Los Alamos and Sandia nuclear weapons laboratories and the nation's largest repository of nuclear weapons at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM.

City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Indian School Cemetery Healing Reflection and Memorial Event

Click on the link below to see the City of Albuquerque and the  Albuquerque Indian School Cemetery Healing Reflection and Memorial Event video.  It was held on September 25, 2021, at the Native American Community Academy campus.                                                                                                                                        

Path to Citizenship

Find information below regarding a budget resolution passed by congress that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants across the country.  

This recent development means that we are another step closer to delivering a path to citizenship. The We Are Home Campaign and its partners are building on the momentum to get this done via reconciliation in the weeks to come.

PLEASE USE THE SOCIAL TOOLKIT BELOW TO TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW.
CONTENT IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH is available in the toolkit.

video from
the Interfaith Hunger Coalition
A NMCC partner

Midweek Musings Archives 2022

Midweek Musings Archives 2021

On Oct. 5th the NMCC Board authorized a new job description for the next NMCC Executive, established a Search Committee and timeline, as well as crafted the Budget for 2017! The future is approaching.