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October 2018 Social Justice by Jane Webb

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Our shared offering for the month of October is Diversity House, a service provider and an advocate for LGBT homeless youth.  The mission of Diversity House is to provide transitional housing, intensive case management, and supportive services in order to enhance the health, wellness and cultural competency of LGBT youth through education and youth development.  Please give generously.

Marcia Shannon reports that the schedule for Days for Girls until the end of the year is as follows:

  • October 5th and 6th.

  • October 26th and 27th.

  • November 9th and 10th.

  • December 7th and 8th. 

A Youth Training Workshop and Days for Girl’s Workdays originally scheduled for October had to be rescheduled. The DFG Team and Youth/Team leaders have identified Sunday, November 4th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, as the new date for the Middle-Youth & Teen Days For Girls Training Workshop.

The October DFG Donation Drive will focus on collecting 100% Cotton Serger Thread. Colors: All variations of vibrant dark green, blue, red, orange, pink, purple and gold. Preferred Brands: Mettler's Silk Finish 100% Mercerized Cotton, Coats And Clark 100% Cotton Thread, Gautermann Natural Cotton & Madeira Aerolock.

The Together Baton Rouge October Civic Academy on Criminal Justice and Police Reform for the central cluster is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. On a separate issue but somewhat related, anyone interested in the One BTR/Better Together effort can find information at https://www.facebook.com/RATBBatonRouge/.

For those of you interested in this fall's Women Build of Habitat for Humanity, Sylvia Martinez reports that construction will run from October 13 through December 15 with a few exception days. You can access the construction volunteer registration form and liability waiver online at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. The available days are:

  • Saturdays - October 13, 20, November 3,17, December 1, 8, 15

  • Wednesdays - October 17, 31, November 7, 14, 21,28, December 4, 12. 

Plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m.; work begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 3:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and water bottle. The address is 744 N. 28th Street, Lot #6, Baton Rouge, 70802.  Sylvia will be present to lead the UCBR team Wednesday, October 17 and Wednesday, November 14.  Please RSVP to Sylvia if you want to join in either or both of those days.  slmartinez@bellsouth.net

Judith Cormier, Mija Thompson, Betty Powers and Jane Webb have begun attending the fall planning meetings for the Walls Project/MLK Festival of Service.  The 2019 MLK Festival goal is to improve Winbourne Ave. from Acadian Thruway to Ardenwood Dr. including Howell Park which is being transformed from a golf course to a community park. 

There are plans to plant trees along Winbourne and develop an urban farm or garden in Howell Park.  Another idea is to determine if there is interest in bringing fresh foods to this area. This year's plan is three different parking locations and multiple supply kiosks so that access to supplies and volunteers throughout the length of the designated area is improved. 

Artists, potential artists and painting enthusiasts in our congregation are encouraged to get involved, particularly with a youth team.  The resource fair is another potential area for our involvement.  The entire event depends upon volunteers and we have much to offer as a congregation. Contact someone on our Walls Project team or begin attending these planning sessions to find your spot. The October meeting dates are October 9th and 23rd at the Istrouma High School Cafeteria on N. 38th St. 

Many thanks to the UUs who contributed so generously to the September 22 Hunger Walk sponsored by the Interfaith Federation and for the support of the Baton Rouge Food Bank and Interfaith Federation's Holy Grill.  We turned in $210.00 of sponsoring money for UCBR's walkers thanks to you!


Pictured left – right; Back row: Sylvia Martinez, Becky Cureau, Melonie Pryer; Front row: Rachel Stahl, Zoe Stahl, Liz Jahnke, Heather Jahnke, Jane Webb, Rick Webb)

Many thanks to those in our congregation who assisted with the Postcard Voter Registration Project and the follow up phone bank.  This is a critical fall effort to get as many people as possible voting this November and our presence was solid in the effort.

The next meeting of the Social Justice team is Sunday, October 14 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 1 of the Fellowship Hall. 

~ Jane Webb, Director of Social Justice