Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha
We are very happy to partner with the Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha, a “community of Buddhist practitioners seeking liberation through Insight Meditation and integration of the Buddha’s teachings into daily life.”
We had a beautiful blessing ceremony on November 7th, 2017 to inaugurate the partnership and to bless the space.
We joined in silent meditation together, the Fellowship Hall illuminated with warm light, adorned with vibrant flowers, colorful cloths, and paper screens. After the meditation, we formed a circle, and went around the room offering blessings. One Sangha member said poignantly that she feels our two communities were one family but we didn’t know it yet, and that she feels no sense of ‘us and them.’ It was a hopeful time of new energy and warmth in this space we are blessed to share.
The full schedule of Sangha events can be found here: Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha Calendar of Events
Staff attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants covering Santa Fe and northern New Mexico work from the church to support equal access to justice for immigrants. New Mexico Immigrant Law Center offers affordable and pro-bono access to legal services.
We as a church are proud to be able to support this work through offering office space.
We also collaborate with NMILC through the Santa Fe Faith Network for Immigrant Justice.
For more information on their work, visit:
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
The Tennyson Center, Colorado
We have a longstanding commitment, partnership, and support for the work of the Tennyson Center. The Center works with children, youth and their families to overcome a variety of life crises, including abuse and neglect. Tennyson Center is a community of people dedicated to serving children and youth and strengthening families. They provide competent and caring treatment, education and advocacy services that are community-based, family-focused and child-centered.
Week of Compassion
St. Elizabeth Shelters, Santa Fe
St. Elizabeth Shelters and Supportive Housing are dedicated to assisting homeless individuals and families by providing emergency shelter, food, case management, counseling, supportive housing and referrals to partnering human-service agencies. St. Elizabeth Shelter’s ultimate goal is to end the cycle of homelessness. The church supports this work with a special offering.
Feeding Santa Fe
Each Thursday morning Feeding Santa Fe provides grocery bags of food without cost, no questions asked, to anyone in need. A typical week sees the distribution of approximately 900 bags to families and individuals, including seniors on fixed income and veterans who may never have asked for help before.
There is no paid staff at Feeding Santa Fe; all work is accomplished by volunteers.
These include a number of wonderful people who:
purchase the food at bulk prices,
arrange for its delivery to Feeding Santa Fe’s location,
unpack the food from pallets,
put individual items in grocery bags, or
hand out the grocery bags to individuals on Thursday mornings between 6 and 9 am.
Feeding Santa Fe is located in the front building at the Coll-Greene Angel Depot at 1222 Siler Road, Santa Fe. Entry is through the door at the rear on the left side of the warehouse. The church supports this organization through donations and personal service by individual members.