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Reproductive Justice series continues, led by Holley Haymaker and Clyde Johnson, Tuesday nights, May 10, 17, and 24th, 7pm, in the Fellowship Hall.

 We will begin the Dialogue on Race original series Tuesdays, May 24th through June 28th.

 Together Baton Rouge along with Together Louisiana will be holding a Statewide Assembly Monday, May 2 at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 11am – 2pm Registration at 10:30am or register online at www.togetherbr.org. Governor John Bel Edwards will be our guest. Everyone is welcome.

 We are continuing our petition drive to establish Health service district #2. This is to petition the Metro Council to create a Health services district under La. Revised statute 46.1051 for the under serviced 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 partitions at the SJ table.

 Our Shared Offering this month will go to The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, a UU based organization serving as a catalyst in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast region for nurturing a sustainable, equitable and inclusive community by promoting social, racial and economic justice. 2903 Jefferson Ave New Orleans, LA 70115.

Bobby Thompson, Director of Social Justice, May 1, 2016

 

       As Unitarian Universalists we respond to needs in our community in many different ways, both individually and collectively, and our RE youth are no exception.  As a guest in a recent RE Coming of Age class, I was inspired to hear how its members serve the community as individuals and in school projects. At the same time, co-guest Holley Haymaker and I shared with them our church's long history of outreach and involvements in social justice.  Examples of service abound.   Some examples:  Since its inception in 1987 as an Interfaith Federation program, teams have served at the Holy Grill, and through the years have also served in group service projects at  the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank,  the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, in Habitat for Humanity building projects, at the Habitat ReStore, the St. Vincent de Paul "Sweet Dreams' Women's shelter, and in other  venues.  Members donate to our ever-present Food Cart, and participate as individuals in community clean-ups, at animal shelters, serve as volunteers in hospitals and schools, and in ways known only to those who donate their time and services.  We give to the monthly shared offerings that go to agencies and causes in our community.  

      Extending our service beyond our "walls" we fill the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's "Guest at Our Table" boxes during the holidays season, and contribute to UUSC, which funds projects in our country and across the world.  In these and unknown and unnamed ways we fulfill our hope to make this a better world.   Becky Cureau, Director of Outreach, May 1, 2016