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So, you came to the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge a few Sundays or more. Sooner or later, something in you said I want to be part of this vital group of people. Perhaps, it was a combination of many factors answering your intellectual or spiritual yearnings which induced you to sign a membership card. But, what does it mean to become a UU?
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I can remember the first General Assembly I went to in Brunswick, Maine. Everybody knew everybody. Folks threw their arms around each other, meeting the first time since last year or, you never could tell, since last week. Being new to the whole scene, I felt a bit of an outsider. I rarely feel like an outsider around UUs any more. After over 20 years of being here and there for different meetings and gatherings, I always meet someone I knew back when or who knows, someone who knows me from somewhere. Being part of a smallish but mighty religious movement is fun (if not risky).
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I can remember the first General Assembly I went to in Brunswick, Maine. Everybody knew everybody. Folks threw their arms around each other, meeting the first time since last year or, you never could tell, since last week. Being new to the whole scene, I felt a bit of an outsider. I rarely feel like an outsider around UUs any more. After over 20 years of being here and there for different meetings and gatherings, I always meet someone I knew back when or who knows, someone who knows me from somewhere. Being part of a smallish but mighty religious movement is fun (if not risky).
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As you know, our Sabbatical Ministers are in town. It was gracious of them to arrive early in Baton Rouge and in our congregation. As they are getting acquainted with the layout of Baton Rouge, they are also meeting members of the congregation, church leaders and staff. The Reverends Carol Hilton and Dwight Smith will be participating with me in our festive services on Sunday, December 14. Please say hello to them and continue to extend your UU hospitality.
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The Ten Points on Taking it Easy for the Holidays ~from 11/30 sermon~ "1) The Eastern Orthodox church resisted the Roman church on naming 12/25 the birth of Jesus and we can too. 2) Establish some simple rules about gift giving. 3) Add and look for humor. Harvey Fierstein became Mrs.
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Do we celebrate Christmas here? The General Court of Massachusetts in the 17th century passed a law that stated: ". . .
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Teach me to pray? Anyone can recite or memorize a prayer, but teaching gratitude is something different. The attitude of gratitude is very different from the attitude of entitlement. Life, you owe me. You owe me happiness. You owe me justice. You owe me attention and vindication.
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That Newsweek cover story (11/10) on religion and science is fascinating. The National Institute of Health threw out many studies purporting benefits of religion, citing faulty methodologies etc. but one solid study revealed a correlation of church attendance and longevity.
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As of press time we are still lacking $90,000 to make our budget for 2004. The officers of your church continue to be hopeful that those who have not yet pledged will do so this Sunday. See a member of the Canvass Team (who will be in the church office after services) and sign your pledge card.
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I hope you can attend the book discussion that Rabbi Zamek and I are leading, first here at church, then at Beth Shalom, on Nov. 5 and 12, respectively. The author of Reverence: A Forgotten Virtue, will be keynoter at the Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 31, 7AM at the First United Methodist Church. Stay after church services to see the short film El dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) scheduled for showing after each worship service this Sunday, November 2nd.

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