September Roundtable Schedule

September 2, 2017

September 2017 Roundtable Discussion Group Schedule

The Roundtable Discussion Group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday in the Library of the Unitarian Church located at 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces NM

Education never ends. Come join our discussions. Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and more about each other. Email comments or suggestions to


Sept 3 9AM to 10 in the Church Library

Paul O’Connell: “How Trump got elected”

J.D. Vance’s book “Hillbilly Elegy” discusses why Rural America and the Rust belt were so frustrated with politics in 2016. Using this book as a resource, Paul will explain how this frustration led in large part toTrump getting elected. .

Sept. 10   9AM t0 10 & 10:30AM t0 11:30

No Roundtable.

The Ministerial Search Committee has a “Beyond Categorical Thinking” Service and Workshop scheduled for both services.

Please attend one of these special services.

Sept. 17 10:30AM to 11:30 in the Church Library

Carol “Callie” Weston: “What is Going on in Israel/Palestine? Why Does it Matter to Us?”

In May 2017 Callie Weston travelled with an Interfaith Peace Builders delegation to Israel/Palestine, meeting with groups and individuals in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem as well as other areas. She will describe what is happening on the ground through stories and pictures and discuss how this relates to our lives on our border. Callie lives in El Paso and is an active member of CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) and the DMSC (Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee).


Sept. 24 10:30AM to 11:30 in the Church Library
Dr. Nancy Baker: “Homelessness in Las Cruces”
None of Camp Hope’s residents planned on being homeless and their experiences are a clear example that many of us are just steps away from losing our homes, jobs, and security. Nancy Baker, retired NMSU professor, will discuss “Homelessness in Las Cruces”.
During her years teaching in the NMSU Government Dept, Nancy and her students were very active in social justice issues in our community. Currently, Nancy is secretary of the Community of Hope’s Development Committee, and one of the co-organizers of the campaign to raise funds for their “Tents to Rents” project. She will provide information about this project which helps the homeless rise from tents to renting their own apartments and becoming self sufficient again.
The Community of Hope has invited our church to participate in their annual “Tents to Rents” campaign. As a participant, we have the opportunity to literally help change someone’s life. Our Social Justice Committee has accepted the challenge for us, and is spearheading our drive. We know you too care about this community. That’s why we’re asking you to be part of this popular, annual event and help change someone’s life.

We have committed to raising $1,000.

The fundraiser runs from Sept. 15 t0 Oct. 27. During this period, please donate on the Tents to Rents website by clicking on the button for the Unitarian Universalist Church.




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