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October 2019 by The Reverend Joel Miller

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Stewardship Campaign: I’m learning a lot about the community beyond this church at Together Baton Rouge meetings. And I’m learning a lot about this congregation – the first thing I’ve heard is that the people of the Unitarian Church are “the people that show up.” You show up in many ways for each other and for the larger community. Sundays with so many children, singing, music, and after-service conversations. You show up throughout the week in Branches groups, Together Baton Rouge meetings, reaching out to each other when you need friends. You are known by the many ways you show up for each other and for the larger community around you.  

And you show up in your generous commitments to financially support your church. Your financial support sustains this “showing up” for each other and for the world around us. You have built and grown a church with a vibrant, vital ministry. 

Your ministry is so important in these difficult times. As October begins the annual Stewardship Campaign for next year’s operating budget, we are scheduling Stewardship Kickoff meetings with me. I’m excited about these meetings with about 10 of you. There just isn’t enough opportunity on a Sunday to talk with you all, and so as part of this Stewardship Campaign, I want to meet more of you, learn about your church, and hear why you have supported it so generously.  

You can sign up after each service on Sunday mornings. And if you aren’t able to sign up on Sundays, email Allison at the church ( and we’ll get you signed up! Please come! I’d like to get to know you better. 

November 1 & 2 Startup Weekend: It’s important that every ministry begin well, and so the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge and I have a “startup weekend” this coming November 1, 2, and after each service on November 3. A startup is an important part of your interim work as a congregation. It deepens your relationship with me and begins our talking together about your dreams for your congregation’s future. Interim ministry goes by fast, and you and I have a lot to do in this short time together. This is an important part of doing this transitional work well.  

Connie Goodbread is Co-lead of the Congregational Life Staff of the UUA’s Southern Region. She will be leading our startup. You can find out more about Connie at 

Everyone: please put the evening of Friday, November 1 on your calendars. Members and friends on teams and committees: please mark your calendars and set aside the daytime of November 2 to meet with me and Connie. We’ll talk more about your interim work and how that prepares the church for many more years of powerfully showing up in your lives and for so many lives in the community around you.