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     The Reproductive Justice curriculum, led by Holley Galland Haymaker and Clyde Johnson, will begin April 26th and continue on May 3, 10, 17, and 24th, 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. The Reproductive Justice movement has expanded the pro-choice movement from a focus on abortion issues that marginalizes poor women and women of color to encompass a much broader scope of women's reproductive rights.

     Together Baton Rouge has begun a partition drive to establish Health service district #2. This is to partition The Metro Council to create a Health services district under La. Revised statute 46.1051 for the underserviced area of North Baton Rouge, Mid City, Downtown, and Historic South Baton Rouge. This has become an imperative with the closing of Earl K. Long Hospital, the shutting down of the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City and the relocation of Woman's Hospital. The Social Justice team will have the petitions at the SJ table.

     There will be a Social Justice meeting on Sunday, April 10th after the second service in the church office. We plan to have a speaker from TBR health care committee give a presentation on the condition of health services in these areas and how the Health service district will work for these areas.

      The Shared Offering for April will go to: Planned Parenthood BR/Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast - is a leading non-profit provider of reproductive health care, sexuality education and advocacy for reproductive rights. Headquarters: 4600 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX 77023 713.522.6363 (main) 713.522.9047 (fax)                   Bobby Thompson, Social Justice Director, April 1, 2016


     The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will present the 26th Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert on Sunday, April 10, at 4:00 pm at Greater New Guide Baptist Church, 3445 Fairfields Avenue. The concert will feature HERITAGE performing spirituals based on reflections by Howard Thurman. Choral groups from diverse faith communities will also perform.  A freewill offering will be taken to support the programs of the Federation, including the Holy Grill.  As a follow-up of the concert, the Interfaith Federation will host a 3-week series of "Sounds of CommUNITY conversations" inspired by the words of  Howard Thurman at  various locations throughout the city.  Themes for the sessions will be Week 1: Growing Edge of Hope: Where is hope for the Dead Sea Places of Life?; Week 2: Absorbing Pain Without Destroying Joy:  How does the answer come in the cry itself? Week 3: Flowing Like A Stream: What does it mean to live in community?  Sessions will be held at the following times and locations:


 Wednesdays, April 13, 20, and 27, 5:30 7pm: University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive


 Wednesdays, April 13, 20, 27, 6:30 8pm: East Baton Rouge Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.


 Wednesdays, April 13, 20, and 27, 6:30 8pm, Beth Shalom Synagogue, 9111 Jefferson Highway


 Wednesdays, April 13, 20, 27, 6:30 – 8pm: St. Mary Baptist Church, 1252 N. Acadian Thruway East


 Thursday, April 14, 21, 28, 11am– 12:30pm: Camphor United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway


       This is an opportunity to meet and engage in stimulating conversation and discussion with individuals from diverse faith communities throughout the city.  Discussions will be co-led by members of the Federation's Board of Directors who also represent diverse faith communities (including our church, by member Becky Cureau). To register for your location of choice, go to the Federation's website at or call the Federation office at 267-5600.                 Becky Cureau, Outreach Director, April 1, 2016