Main Theme Program- Fun, Facts, and Faith
Unitarian Universalism: Bringing our gifts into partnership with others – Nancy Bowen and Howell Lind- Tuesday
Many of us have understood diversity and pluralism to be synonyms -and the popular culture is similarly confused. Diversity is the recognition of the many ways in which we are individually and as groups distinct and different from one another across characteristics as benign as eye color and as important as gender expression, birth order, education, personality, class experiences, family dynamics and religious identity. Pluralism describes the community possible when we respect difference and create community in full awareness that we are not like minded. Diana Eck of the Harvard Pluralism Project asserts that a clear identity is critical to beginning the work of pluralism. Who are we as Unitarian Universalist? What do we stand for? Who do we stand with? What are the boundaries of our religious community? The Rev. Rebecca Parker once asked, “What is the core of Unitarian Universalism, if you removed it we would no longer be Unitarian Universalist? Let’s discover or explore our distinct identity so that we can partner to help heal the world.
Salsa Dancing and Chile Exploration- Thursday
A professional Salsa Instructor will lead us in the rudiments of salsa dancing to some hopping salsa music. Before after and/ or in between we will learn about the chilies of New Mexico – there are more than you think. We may even taste a bit of salsa. WUULF is mostly about having fun, so come prepared to Find Your Fiesta! Dress-up not required but don that sombrero and dancing zapatas and have an Ole time!
Yogis, Sikhs and Zen Masters Along the Rio Grande – Ned O’Malia- Saturday
In the late 1960s, new and non-traditional religious groups followed an influx of Flower Children, Hippies and spiritual commune builders to northern New Mexico. The Lama Foundation, Sikh Dharma in Espanola, Tibetan Stupas along the Rio Grande and other sites remain. This illustrated lecture examines these late arriving Eastern religions in New Mexico: their introduction, evolution and present status and the unusual tales of how they chose northern New Mexico.
Ned O’Malia is a PhD in Asian religions earned from Temple University. He has widely traveled the world studying religions; but his favorite spiritual space is northern New Mexico. He is also a chef, New Mexico Fair food judge, travel writer, photographer and tour director.