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Volunteers for our service project at St Vincent de Paul dining room on Saturday, May 12 will be 10 children from the RE program and their parents.  Our team of 17 volunteers will join a community team to prepare "Bags of Hope," an evening meal distributed to homeless and low-income families who eat the lunch-time meal in the St. Vincent de Paul dining room. This service project was especially arranged to provide younger children in the RE program the experience of doing volunteer service.

Sign up will begin on Sunday, May 6 for our second service of the year at the Holy Grill from May 29 to June 1. The Holy Grill is a daily lunch served to low income residents in Zion City in North Baton Rouge and is a program of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. Look for the sign-up sheet on the table next to the window in the coffee room.

April 30th is the last day for regular registration for those planning to attend this year's Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA), which will convene in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-24, 2018. GA is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) when attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Information about registration and schedules can be found at www.uua.org/ga.

~Becky Cureau, Director of Outreach

Our shared offering for May is the Odell S. Williams Now and Then Museum of African American History, located at 538 South Blvd.  It has five permanent exhibits.  The art work of local black artists is featured across the way from an exhibit of African artworks including carvings, paintings and textiles.  There is a collection of rural artifacts from the early 20th century domestic life and a smaller collection of inventions to complement the historic poster collection donated by former Baton Rouge school teacher, Odell S. Williams.  Take time as the school year winds down to visit this museum and appreciate the heritage of our city preserved in this museum.

The "Next Step Chronology Committee" completed its work on the UCBR Timeline of Social Justice initiatives.  Final presentations are presently being considered, both in a digital format on the church website and as a series of visual documents posted on our walls for the general public and our own congregation to see and appreciate.  This effort by Janet Moulder, Dave Comeaux, MaryEllyn Hale, MiJa and Bobby Thompson and Jane Webb has been a rewarding under taking.  Each of the group has experienced the generous assistance and guidance of members of the congregation in our research for dates, details and full information.  We are deeply grateful to all of those who helped.

The April 29 meeting featured presentations on a Puerto Rico project and a mentoring project for young people in Youth Oasis.  Also, plans are underway for the June 16 Baton Rouge Pride Fest 2018, 11am-7pm.  We will have a table and will be putting together a team to develop our table handouts and signs, as well as a team to man the table.  Consider joining the Pride Fest Team.  We are the church that shows up, remember?

Since there will be no further meetings of Social Justice Team until the end of the summer, committees able to work on these projects and other things will be working over the summer.  Please let us know if you want to join any of these summer projects.

The Executive Committee of Together Baton Rouge met at UCBR in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday, May 1.  Many thanks to all who helped set up and clean up for the event.

On April 15, 2018, we conducted the House Meetings which Together Baton Rouge has requested of all of its member organizations. See our Together Baton Rouge page to see the UCBR House Meeting Reports.

~Bobby Thompson, Director of Social Justice with Jane Webb, Co-chair