Building and Grounds Work Day – 12 November 2011

This announcement comes from Patrick Early (Building and Grounds Co-Chair)

We will have a building and grounds work day this Saturday (12 November 2011) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

We have many routine tasks to be done, such as changing A/C filters, insuring the restrooms are clean and stocked, burnt out bulbs and fluorescent tubes are replaced, the sidewalks and patios are cleaned of leaves, etc.

In addition, we are planning to clean the playground in preparation for equipment repairs, we need to clean the church roof and the guttering of fall leaves and pine straw, we want to repair and maintain the nature trail and the pathway to the meditation deck.  The deck itself is in need of substantial maintenance work.

It is my intention to be there, but frankly right now I cannot do much, as my Doctor has ordered me to “Stay off your feet!” What I can do, I will.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Patrick Early,
Building and Grounds Co-Chair

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Welcoming Congregation Report

Welcoming CongregationThe Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.

The program consists of a series of workshops developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The goal of the workshops is to reduce prejudice by increasing understanding and acceptance among people of different sexual orientations.

On 22 May 2011 — after completing the required actions to become a Welcoming Congregation — we affirmed our desire to be a Welcoming Congregation through an overwhelming congregational vote.

Our report describing our Welcoming Congregation efforts and results can be found in an Adobe Acrobat PDF document here.

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2011 General Assembly News Online

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) holds its 50th General Assembly this week in Charlotte NC.

General Assembly (GA) is the way that our faith does business – bringing together the distinctive character of our individual congregations through an open and democratic process.

UU World will provide extensive daily coverage of the UUA’s annual convention and business assembly 22-26 June 2011 as well as meetings of the UUA Board of Trustees on 21, 22, and 27 June 2011.

Visit the UUA GA Blog for the latest reports and daily news summaries, or subscribe to our General Assembly feed.

Live video of business plenaries and major events will be available on UUA’s General Assembly 2011 page and on a dedicated channel at Livestream.

Starting on Thursday, 23 June 2011, UU World will also publish a comprehensive guide to our GA coverage, which will be updated daily.  Highlights of UU World’s coverage will be publicized on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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“City Calls on Ministers” (Shreveport Times)

From the 21 December 2007 Shreveport Times:

“Area ministers and law enforcement officials gathered at Independence Stadium on Thursday for Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover’s latest crime-fighting initiative – ‘End the Silence, End the Violence.'” (Photo by Greg Pearson/The Shreveport Times) — [Rev. Dr. Lyn Oglesby of Shreveport is in the center of this photo.]

“Ministers are the key to Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover’s latest crime-fighting initiative.

Over lunch Thursday, Glover and Police Chief Henry Whitehorn presented ‘End the Silence, End the Violence,’ a campaign to get ministers involved in changing attitudes and mobilizing volunteers in their communities.

‘With your unique position, you have influence you can exert,’ Whitehorn said. ‘Even though a person may not be a Christian, they look to you as leaders.’

More than 60 pastors from various denominations and neighborhoods listened as the chief and mayor outlined the problems of crime and some possible solutions.”

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