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November 2018 Social Justice by Jane Webb

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Our shared offering for the month of November is Iris Domestic Violence Center. For more than 30 years, Iris Domestic Violence Center (formerly operating as Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center and The Battered Women's Program), the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Louisiana, has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to battered women and their children in the Capital Area. Their mission is to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities.  Please give generously for this timely cause.

The Kids' Cafe/Holy Grill Christmas gifts project is upon us. Nancy Kunen and Melonie Prior will chair the gift sign-up, which will be Sundays, November 11 and 18. The wrapped gifts will need to be brought in Sunday, November 25 or Sunday, December 2 so they can be delivered to the Holy Grill in preparation for the Christmas party. We will have 25 children this year. Those interested in preparing foods or participating in the Christmas party should contact Jane Webb or Tam Le. Donations toward the party foods, games, and fun will be accepted any of those Sundays. Last year's event was a wonderful experience and we hope to make it happen again.

Janet Moulder reports that the last two TBR Civic Academies have been postponed until the new year.

Judith Cormier and Mija Thompson have continued to attend the Walls Project/MLK Festival of Service planning meetings. Jude reports that there will be days of service available in addition to the long MLK weekend. Should any other UUs wish to get involved, the November meetings are Tuesdays, November 13 and November 27.  One of the most impressive aspects of the Walls Project is how it continues to pull in new people from within and outside the neighborhood. It is a worthy and highly valued project for our congregation.

Marcia Shannon reports that the Days for Girls Middle Youth and Teen Training workshop is Sunday, November 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The regular workday will be Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. The donation drive continues through the end of the year, focusing on 100% cotton serger thread. 

The next Social Justice meeting is Sunday November 11, at 12:45 p.m. in the office.