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      I would like to thank everyone who took part in the activities around the week of remembering Victor White III. A special thanks to those that made the trip to New Iberia to participate in the march. There is more information of an ongoing effort to get full disclosure aboutwhat happened to Victor White III. Also thanks to everyone that came out to the Together Baton Rouge City wide assembly. It was the kick off and a re-energizing to continue the work of making our community better. A special thanks to Tara Hebert for her effort to collect coats for those in need with the winter months approaching. 

     November, 1st. is the Hunger Walk sponsored by the Interfaith Federation. Sylvia Martinez has been putting together a team. If this is something you would like to do or contribute to see Sylvia.

      Reproductive Justice is a study area of the Unitarian Universalist Association and a more inclusive way of speaking about reproductive rights. The Albert D'Orlando Lectureship on Social Justice Welcomes Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSc; Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., 5212 S. Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate, ob/gyn and trained in preventive medicine and epidemiology. Dr. Parker currently provides abortion care for women in AL, MS, PA, GA, and IL, and is the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, DC.

All who come in peace are welcome. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Childcare will be provided. Contributions to help offset the costs of this event will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact: uuv4rf@firstuuno.org.

      The shared offering for November will go to – The Interfaith Federation - 3112 Convention Street Baton Rouge, LA 70806 The mission of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is to pursue unity, justice, and peace through interfaith cooperation.

      Our next Social Justice meeting will be November 8th, after the second service in the church office. Everyone is welcome.

      Sunday, November 8: Whitney Plantation Tour. Departing from our church at 1PM. Lunch & Discussion after 11:15 AM worship service, before departure.  Lunch Box choices available. Purchase ticket and lunch at the Book Table in the breezeway, October 25 and November 1.  Total $25.                     Bobby Thompson, Director of Social Justice, November 1, 2015

 

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Bobby Thompson spoke at the Together Baton Rouge Annual Assembly on 10/22/15, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

 

            We will collect suitcases for women residents of the IRIS Domestic Violence Center the first two weeks of November.  The suitcases will be useful for storing residents' belongings while at the Center, and for transporting belongings when safe housing is found, often in distant locales. This all-church volunteer activity is a good opportunity to rid closets, attics, and other storage areas of suitcases no longer in use, while helping a segment of our community who need and will appreciate your donations. Please bring suitcases to church on Sunday, November 1 or Sunday, November 8 or on weekdays by November 8 and place under tables in the back of Fellowship Hall.  Children's suitcases also welcome. Speak to Becky Cureau or email rcureau@cox.net if you have questions.

     Take a look around, and you will see that there are lots of activities taking place in Fellowship Hall, reflecting our church's active engagement in the community. One that will benefit one of our community partners is the book sale that will take place during the month of November. Browse the bookcase along the sidewall that will have books on sale for the very nominal cost of $1. You are sure to find a few good reads in a variety of subject areas as well as fiction and non-fiction among books donated by members of our church.

     Speaking of our church's engagement with the community:  A team of 15 UU volunteers helped to sort commodities in our annual fall Food Bank Volunteer project on Saturday, October 24. Our team worked along with a group of energetic international exchange high school students from countries including Brazil, Germany, Austria, Venezuela, and Bosnia.  The students, who are in schools in several nearby parishes for the current school year, enjoyed chatting with our volunteers. Volunteers who served on behalf of our church are shown below in snapshots taken during a break with a backdrop of boxes like those they helped to fill with donated staple items. Thanks, Volunteers, for putting in a busy and productive morning. 

Becky Cureau, Director of Outreach, November 1, 2015

 

 

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 Angela Richard, Gail Ott, Melanie Borek, Carolyn Stutts, Kathryn Stutts, Jane Webb, John Howe

(photo taken by Rick Webb)

 

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                                            Barbara Carlson, Rachel Vernon, Lee Hawkins (photo taken by Jane Webb)

 

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                      Rick Webb, Gail Johnson, Eileen McShane, Gwendolyn Pine, Becky Cureau

(photo taken by Jane Webb)