December 2020
Remembering, Reaching Out and Remaining
Kay E Huggins
Dear Ecumenical friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we received the news of the death of the Reverend Dr. Wallace Ford on November 28, 2020.  Our sympathies are with his wife, Valerie and the family circle now grieving. May God give comfort and peace to their souls and healing with hope to their hearts

The Rev. Dr. Wallace Ford, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was the second Executive of the New Mexico Conference of Churches following the organizing of the ecumenical endeavor by judicatory heads and the calling of an Executive, the Rev. Harry Summers, a Presbyterian who served from 1964 - 1981. Wally’s tenure at the Conference covered the years from 1982 to 2000, a period for growth as an ecumenical witness with various innovative ministries. 

Among the efforts of the Conference, under Wally’s leadership, are the development of effective legislative advocacy work, research and theological reflection on poverty in New Mexico, approval of numerous ecumenical protocols to guide public witness on issues such as Capital Punishment, Responsible Citizenship, Affordable Housing and about a dozen other topics (all agreed to by the member denominations); as well as, new emphases on AIDS ministries, Caring and Inclusive Congregations, Marriage and Family Life, Religious Pluralism and Public Education, Eco-Justice, Solidarity with Women, and Ecumenical Theological Education. Many of these emphases developed into programs independent from, but in long standing partnership with, the Conference of Churches. 

Wallace Ford was known throughout the state and nation as a strong ecumenical voice speaking and reflecting on theological issues present in contemporary society. He not only thought and taught from a theological perspective, he moved theology into the world through the creation of ministries that integrated faith, stewardship and community. He was a leader, a faithful disciple and a friend in Christ to many.

There will be many times in the coming years when Wally will be remembered – and you may be one whose life was touched by his strong, yet kindly spirit.  I am seeking information in order to establish an “En Memoriam” page in Wally’s honor.  I request your remembrances and will carefully curate the material on the page. For now, let us give thanks and praise that we were his companions. Then, let us continue to reach out and to remain faithful to our commitments.

Grace and Peace,  Kay Huggins, Interim Executive Director
Passing the Pilgrim's Staff to Mike Pitchford
Preparing Pilgrims
at one of the Ghost Ranch
Holy Week Journeys
Wally looking
the future...
and imagining
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Reaching Out
NM Prioritizes CARES Act Resource to Address Hunger
In the Special Session, the House and Senate supported critical resources for New Mexicans. “This $300 million relief package will help families, communities, and businesses across the state—and the inclusion of $5 million in funding for food banks will help to provide meals to thousands of families struggling to put food on the table,” said Representative Melanie Stansbury.
NM Conference of UMC invites you to..
Join Rev. Tweedy Navarrete & Rev. Shirley Montoya on Wednesday, December 16th at 10:00 - 11:30 am MT as they host a discussion on how COVID is impacting the mental health of those in the Four Corners Region. The discussion will be conducted via a ZOOM webinar.

Speakers:Mr. Anthony Begay, who is a family therapist with the Navajo Treatment Center for Children and their Families (NTCCF) and Mr. Wilfred Moses also works for the Navajo Treatment Center for Children and Families. Mr. Moses is the Prevention Specialist, Traditional Practitioner, Counselor and Motivational Speaker. 
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Remaining into the new year!

A Zoom Forum!
January 8th at 9:30 a.m.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25