News, Events and Opportunities
Witness At the Border   August  *

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 Thank you to all who participated, volunteered & donated to  Aid Immigrant Family Reunification

 A message from Lutheran Family Services: HERE

Oscar Romero

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Oración por Nuestros Temores  
(Prayer for our Fears) 
is offered for these times  by Father Vincent Chavez, Saint Therese Parish, Albuquerque
Bishop Michael Hunn
Rev. Cannon Michael Hunn
 
BishopHunn11am, Sat., November 3, 2018
First Presbyterian Church
215 Locust St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

The ordination and consecration of the Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn as the next Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. 
  
It's certain to be a magnificent occasion you won't want to miss!   The Transition Team will keep you informed as details are finalized. In the meantime, if you have questions you may use the Contact the Transition Team HERE

DACA
NMCC joins second Religious Organizations Amicus Brief to defend DACA

The New Mexico Conference of Churches has signed on to a second amicus brief to defend DACA, this one filed in Texas. It is described below by Zachary Kolodin of PATTERSON BELKNAP WEBB & TYLER LLP.
A group of states led by the Texas Attorney General recently filed litigation in the Southern District of Texas requesting that the court permanently enjoin the DACA program based on the theory that President Obama did not have the authority to enact it.  The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has intervened to defend DACA from this attack, as have a group of DACA grantees represented by MALDEF. Together, they are opposing Texas's request that the court block DHS from adjudicating any further DACA applications.  We have been asked by the New Jersey defendants to submit a revised version of the Religious Organizations amicus brief we filed in New York and California earlier this year.   (FULL BRIEF HERE) 

SummerEventsAugust Opportunities
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FIRST TUESDAYS Aug. 7  to Sept. 4
ABQ Theology on Tap 
O'Neills Pub, 4310 Central Ave NE, ABQ

ABQ Theology on Tap, a safe space for all generations to come together to interact with and listen to engaging speakers while enjoying some grub & a pint. What better way to spend a Tuesday night after work or school? Topics vary but are sure to generate enthusiastic discussions!    More Information

 

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Sunday, August 12
Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

The World Council of Churches invites all the member churches to observe a Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on 12 August.

aluna Columbia
Aug. 12 @ 7pm &   Aug 13 @ 6:30pm
Wisdom Sharing by Guardians of the World

Albuquerque is honored to host the Teyuna mamos and zagas, spiritual leaders of the Arhuaco, Kankuamo, Kogii and Wiwi people of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of Colombia.  FLYER.

All are welcome to these public events.   Free will offerings to cover expenses.

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AUGUST IS NAVAJO  AWARENESS MONTH 

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
invites you to join them for three events.  FLYER

Monday, 13 August, 7:00pm
Jim Kristofic reads from his books, Navajos Wear Nikes and The Good Oasis 
Location: Rectory, 1501 Avenida Cristo Rey, NW, ABQ 
 
Saturday, 18 August, 8:30am
Field Trip to Indian Market    Meet at Montaño Train Station
Travel to SF by Train.  Visit Indian Market, Lunch in SF, Return 3:39 p.m.

Wednesday, 22 August, 7:00pm
Presentation by William Doelle, " Pursuing a Better Future for Bears Ears National Monument,"    Location: Sanctuary, St. Michael's Church, 601 Montaño Rd NW, ABQ .

  
August 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

Taize in the Desert
Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey 
5825 Coors Blvd. SW, ABQ

All are welcome. This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer. Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe. Following the service we will have refreshments in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons! 

Save the date: Every Third Friday: Aug 17, Sept 21...

More information: EMAIL or call 505-873-4399.


EIM philosophy seminar 2018
Aug. 18, 9am-3pm
Philosophy for Understanding Theology, Part II 

This one-day seminar, led by the Rev. Dr. Frank Yates, does not require you to have attended part one and will cover philosophies of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries and their mutually influential relationship with contemporary theologies.  
Location: Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey, 5825 Coors Blvd SW). 
Registration $20 (to be received at the door), bring your own lunch to make the most efficient use of our day.    FLYER.  


   AUGUST 18, 2018, 7:00 am 


Hike of the Month: East Fork  Jemez River

River Wading Adventure:  East Fork River in the Jemez
Meet at St. John's United Methodist Church (2626 Arizona St NE)

Info  HERE  & RSVP:  mmadara@stjohns-abq.org
Next Hike: September 15th.

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Aug 19 in Santa Fe and Aug. 20 in ABQ
From Standing Rock to Colombia: Christian Solidarity, Nonviolence and Accompaniment

Rev. Emily Brewer, Executive Director, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) will be speaking on, PPF's nonviolent accompaniment work. FLYER


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AUGUST 25, 11AM-2PM
 SUMMER FUNDRAISER

The New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice is having its summer fundraiser at the Hotel Andaluz! Please mark August 25 on your calendar. The event will include lunch, music, a silent auction, immigrant stories and important updates. Help us continue to serve immigrant, refugee, and asylee communities in New Mexico by supporting our major fundraiser of the year.  
 
Rafael  faithcoalitionteam@gmail.com or 505-226-1642.

border witness Aug 2018
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witnessattheborderWeek of Faithful Witness AT/FOR the Border
August 26-30, 2018

The Southwest Conference United Church of Christ is calling for a week of Faithful Witness at the Border that will include:
  • A humanitarian mission to the Mexican side of the border 
  • Solidarity actions at the detention facilities 
  • Training and strategy sessions around 'Being an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation' and 'Acting as an Advocate and Ally' 
  • And more!
We also call congregations and conferences to host their own
local Faithful Witness for the Border events: here's how.

Sunday, August 26 @ 12 noon
African American Catholic Community
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Please join the 
ASF African American Catholic Community  for mass at 
St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church
5901 St. Joseph Dr. NW, ABQ     Information: 505-836-3627
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Fridays, Aug. 31; Sept. 14, 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Sept. 1, 15, 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Santa Maria de la Vid Abby, Library Conference Room
5825 Coors Blvd, SW, ABQ
 
This course explores the dynamic relationships between Christianity and contemporary culture and societies. It focuses on the development of contextual theologies and the unique challenges and opportunities of postmodern society for shaping a distinct Christian identity. Theories and methods of evangelization and of "New Evangelization" will be examined in light of these new cultural and global realities.    Instructors:  DCN Keith Davis & Joseph Sandoval.     FLYER

Upcoming Course: THEO 501: Systematic Theology & Theological Method FLYER
October 26, 27 November 2, 3, 30; December 1, 14,15

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2018 pilgrimage link
2pm to 3 pm,   September 16th
New Mexico 
Pilgrimage for Unity 
 Concluding Worship Service - All are Welcome
 El Santuario de Chimayó
15 Santuario Dr, Chimayo, NM 87522

Welcome and worship with the pilgrims as they conclude a 3-Day Ecumenical Pilgrimage t hrough northern New Mexico to b uild up the Body of Chris t. 

Monthly Forums - First Fridays
9:30 am

Sept. 7 - Grace UMC, 420 San Lorenzo Ave, NW, ABQ
Oct. 5  -  Shepherd of the Valley PCUSA, 1801 Montano Rd. NW, ABQ
Nov. 2  -  First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St NE, ABQ
Dec. 7  -  St Paul Lutheran, 1100 Indian School Rd. NE, ABQ

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Save the Date!
Saturday, November 17

2018  Advocacy Conference

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Albuquerque

RESOURCES RESOURCES
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Webinar Series: 

Getting the Vote Out


Every other Tuesday beginning on August 21 and concluding the Tuesday prior to Election Day, October 30. 
A webinar series to provide resources and tools to develop a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign that can make a measurable difference in YOUR community. Topics will include organizing non-partisan candidate forums, understanding what congregations can and cannot do during elections, and strategies to improve local voter turnout. Attendees will be able to participate in the live webinars as well as have access to the playback following each recording. Provided by the National Council of Churches.


Support the Conference of Churches
2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
   
  We are seeking volunteers to help with:
        • Events
        • GIS: Mapping our Churches Project 
        • English/Spanish Translators: brochures and bulletins
        • Social Media: building an online ecumenical calendar 

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