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   For the next few months the Social Justice Council will set up a Justice Action Table.

   In the spirit of our principles that call for Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; as well as the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.

 The table will be there to hear justice issues relevant to these principles and for which you would like to increase congregational support. You can also sign-up to receive up-dates. The table will be a place for making us aware of upcoming events that pertain to social justice and our principles that we can place on our calendar. For more information please contact the SJC chairs, Bobby Thompson numbernine@cox.net or Holley Haymaker hgalland@aol.com. You can also friend us on Facebook -UCBR Social Justice Council.

 A video is available of Rev. Jim Atwood’s talk at the Stop Gun Violence conference from October 20, 2012. If you would like to view this talk, please contact Holley Haymaker.   Anyone wanting to have an ongoing discussion of this book for about 3 sessions please contact Holley.

 We continue to be very involved in social actions through Together Baton Rouge on the local level and Together Louisiana on the state level. There are on going actions in in the area healthcare, education, crime and mass incarceration. You can follow them on line or on Facebook.

   Planned Parenthood is having an event at the Shaw Center, May 8, at 5:30pm contact Holley Haymaker for more information.

 Look for more information on volunteering for the UCBR table at Pridefest on June 15.

 Sign up will begin on Sunday, May 5 for our service at the Holy Grill from Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6. Please sign up for the day or days you can serve. The Holy Grill is in its twenty-seventh year serving residents in the depressed community of Zion City in North Baton Rouge. Consider joining the long list of volunteers who have faithfully maintained a tradition of service to the Holy Grill on behalf of our church since its beginning in 1987.

Be sure to save the date for the World Premiere of "Waging Peace," the featured work at the 23rd Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert on Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:00 pm at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Blvd. Commissioned composer Dr. Robert Kyr has woven words from local dialogues on peace into the lyrics of his profound and powerful choral work. Members of our choir will be part of an estimated 100-member interfaith community choir. The March Shared Offering provided a generous contribution in support of the commissioned work and concert.

Another time-honored tradition is attendance of our members at significant events of our denomination, both national and regional. First on the calendar of summer events is the annual General Assembly, which will convene in Louisville, Kentucky from June 19th to June 23. In addition to the plenary sessions during which the Association's business is conducted, the GA program offers many workshops, lectures, and opportunities for worship and witness with UUs from around the country. Log on to www.uua.org for more information if interested in attending and joining the delegates who will represent our church at this year’s GA. Reimbursements for a portion of the registration fee are available. The list of delegates will be published in the June newsletter. Another event attended each year by our members is SWUUSI, a multi-generational family camp of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Conference, to be held in Tahlequah, Oklahoma from July 21 to July 26. By account of previous attendees, SWUUSI is a fun option for family vacations. A final annual event attended by our members each year is the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience, an intensive week-long school geared to training individuals in leadership roles in their respective churches. A total of sixteen members of our church have attended DBLE since 2001. Continuing that tradition will be Christy Howard, who will be one of this year’s attendees when "DBLE 2013" convenes at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas on August 4th.

School will soon be out, and the Baton Rouge Food Bank will step in to fill the food needs of children who through the school year are served morning and noontime meals by their schools. Please be generous in donating to our Food Cart as we assist the Food Bank in its mission of providing staple food items to families in need in our community.