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OUTREACH

Becky Cureau, Director of Outreach, February, 2017

     A recent letter to our congregation from The Reverend Robin McCullough-Bade, Executive Director of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, expresses the gratitude of the Federation for our members' generous contribution of toys, gifts, and cash to the Annual Kids Cafe Christmas Party held on December 16th.  She notes that our contributions helped to make it an especially joyous occasion for children through the sixth grade who participate in the Federation-sponsored Kids Cafe. She also expressed special gratitude for our church's long-standing and on-going support of the Holy Grill lunch-time program and Kids Cafe's after-school and summer enrichment program for children in the Zion City area of North Baton Rouge.

     At services on January 8th, The Reverend McCullough-Bade presented a certificate of appreciation for our church's  partnership with the Interfaith Federation in cultivating unity, justice, and peace in Greater Baton Rouge through interfaith cooperation.  She cited the role of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge in the founding of the Federation 30 years ago. The certificate is posted on the bulletin board in the Coffee Room.

Social Justice

Bobby Thompson, Director of Social Justice, February, 2017

     We began the new-year by dedicating our January shared offering to the African American Museum in Donaldsonville. 

     Our February shared offering will go to Dialogue on Race Louisiana.  Given the events of 2016 and the obvious determination of the new Mayor President to keep this work moving forward in our community, it is appropriate for us to support this work avidly. If you are interested in taking part in the dialogue series you may check online at, dialogueonracelouisiana.org

     We The People isthe grassroots citizen groupings formed by Together Baton Rouge in each of the 12 metro council districts.  Our church includes TBR members from most, if not all, of the metro council districts, and we encourage you to get involved with your district We The People group. Jane Webb is the main organizer and contact person for district 12 (WTP12). That group is moving ahead to organize their efforts to work with their new metro council member, Barbara Freiburg. The SJT (Social Justice Team) is working to pair up our members with the organizers of the other districts.

     Ed Allums attended the TBR 3 day training in community activism in Woodruff, LA January 19-21, 2017.  Any church members that would like to attend in the future contact me at numbernine@cox.net.

     Because we are the church closest to police headquarters, it is appropriate for our congregation to be interested in and informed about the progress on the issues of police reform.  I would encourage all of you who have a special interest in this area to consider how SJT can foster such interest and research, not to mention dialogue and involvement in the answers the community would like to see.  This is, after all, some of the most critical work of social justice in 2017.

Concert for Ecuadorian Earthquake Relief

Sunday, February 5, 5pm

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and welcomed to help Ecuadorians who are still without potable water and who need construction materials to rebuild from the damage early in 2016. Member Ginna Paredes, harpist, and eleven other amazing musicians will delight us with their talents. Refreshments will be served at the end of their concert.