Movie night Thursday December 12 "Joyeux Noël"

Our second Thursday movie night meets again this month to view the 2005 film Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas). This film is a fictionalized retelling the Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish, and German soldiers. Roger Ebert wrote:
Joyeux Noël has its share of bloodshed, but the movie is about a respite from carnage. Its sentimentality is muted by the thought that this moment of peace actually did take place, among men who were punished for it, and who mostly died soon enough afterward. But on one Christmas, they were able to express what has been called, perhaps too optimistically, the brotherhood of man.
Meet for snacks and fellowship on Thursday at 7:00; movie starts at 7:30. We gather at the home of Ann and Mike, 110 Seville Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503. If you have questions call Mike at 337-852-3668, Please do feel free to invite your friends.
--ann and mike

Mom Dec 9 River Correctional Facility

Scott drove Nell Hahn to prepare her client for a court appearance.

Immigrant Detention Organization Meeting

Nell Hahn will host this meeting for those interested in supporting or advocating for immigrants in detention in Louisiana. We will meet at the church on Thursday, December 12th at 6 pm.

We will discuss forming local organization to do concrete things such as visiting detainees, organizing stakeholder tours, driving detainees and just getting the word out through education.

Here is the email I received from Nell regarding this:

"Hi, folks. This is Nell Hahn. I've set up a meeting for people in the Lafayette area who've expressed interest in getting involved in supporting and/or advocating for immigrants in detention in Louisiana. 

The meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist meeting space:
1119 Johnston, Suite 12, Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 pm. 
This is behind Domino's, and across from First Presbyterian on Johnston and University. Don't park in the Domino's lot. 
I'm afraid that mass incarceration of immigrants will be going on in Louisiana for a long ti…

Beat Plastic Pollution Campaign

UULALA is beginning a campaign to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. Pollution by singe-use plastics is a big problem worldwide. It is found in the deepest parts of the oceans, sickens and kills birds and sea creatures and litters our beaches. If you use a reusable water bottle, you will soon be able to refill your bottle with filtered water at church. Alternatives to plastic cups and straws are also available.

Soil Collection Ceremony memorializing two Lafayette victims of terror lynching, December 14

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is part of a campaign to bring recognition to the 4000+ victims of terror lynching in the United States. By collecting soil from lynching sites, erecting historical markers, and creating the national memorial in Montgomery Alabama, EJI presents graphic acknowledgement of the horrors of racial injustice.
Lafayette’s Move The Mindset coalition is honored to be a chosen participant in this ongoing work.
Our first Lafayette Parish Soil Collection Ceremony, memorializing victims Rosemond and Rosalie Cormier, father and daughter, will be accompanied by the prayerful commentary of Pastor John Milton and the gospel voice of Ms. Deannie Steven.
Fredrick Prejean, President of MTM, and Trey Walk from EJI in Montgomery will introduce the overall Community Remembrance Project. The event features a historical discussion of the fate of Rosemond and Rosalie Cormier, provided by MTM affiliated scholars and EJI researchers.  _______________________…

Thanks to neighbor Ryan Hebert

After picking up a load of mulch on Thursday for the Reviving Resilient Landscapes workshop, Scott Ferguson's trailer tire had a blowout in front of neighbor Ryan Hebert's home. Ryan brought out his tools and Jack and installed the new wheel. Thank you, Ryan who was caught being awesome!

Reviving Resilient Landscapes Workshop (UPDATE!)


Orders of Service

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DSA-SWLA ‘Gimme A Brake (Light)! Event

(copy of Facebook event page shown. Links do not work.) Schedule · Sunday, December 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Training/Breakfast 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Free Brake Light Changes
This December, DSA SWLA will be replacing brake lights for free for anyone who needs them in an attempt to reduce unnecessary police interactions. We also teach anyone who'd like to learn how to change brake lights, so stop by even if you don't have a car!
This month's clinic will start with some food to get us fueled up and a volunteer training from 9am-10:30pm. We'll be changing brake lights at the parking lot in front of Cupid's Daquiris in Lafayette, between the Evangeline Thruway where it intersects with Louisiana Ave. from 11am-3pm. No experience necessary!

If you’d like to volunteer, fill out this form:
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Winter Solstice Party - Weekly Newsletter

Celebrate the Winter Solstice!

Minutes of the December 2019 Executive Committee Regular Meeting

Draft minutes of the Executive Committee Regular Meeting held on December 3, 2019, are now available through this URL:

Draft minutes are usually corrected and approved at the following regular meeting. Executive Committee meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday each month at 6 pm. All members are welcome to attend and participate in discussions.

Bigger, Better Fridge

Our recently-purchased refrigerator-freezer was defective. It was returned for refund and Tanya Falgout generously donated a bigger, better one. Thanks, Tanya!

SLCC Brochure - Transgender Day of Rememberance

The Umbrella Club at our South Louisiana Community College is a campus organization for members or supporters of the local are LGBTQ community. They have a written and distributed an informative tri-fold brochure about the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Movie night Thursday November 21 "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Our week-delayed 2nd Thursday Movie Night is this Thursday, November 21. We will be viewing the 2018 documentary film about Mister Rogers, "Won't you be my neighbor?" The film tells about the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers, For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer, was beamed into homes across America in his beloved show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This documentary received acclaim from both critics and audiences. It grossed over $22 million, becoming the top-grossing biographical documentary ever produced and the 12th largest-grossing documentary ever produced. Read more at the film's Wikipedia page
Note that there is a new dramatic film titled "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" starring Tom Hanks that is being release to theaters this Friday. An article in The Atlantic, My Friend Mister Rogers, gives a very personal perspective on both the new dramatic film as well as the 2018 documentar…

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. As a Welcoming Congregation, we recognize this and other important days in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) calendar. The poem O Infinite Love: Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance and other transgender awareness resources are available through this UU World link.

The UL campus organization GLASS (Giving Love, Acceptance, Safety, and Support) will be hosting a TDOR memorial at the Dupré Library, 400 E Saint Mary Blvd, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. GLASS is an LGBTQIA and straight ally organization on campus whose goal is to connect the bridges of communication between different sexual identities, communities, and genders.



We will be having our garage sale on Saturday, November 23rd at Bill Edwards Home. You can bring labelled boxes containing donated items to Church. Scott Ferguson will be storing them at his home and bringing them to Bill's on Friday, November 22nd. We will be setting up the tables and pricing items Friday evening. The sale begins Saturday morning at 7 am. Please consider donating items to support our Fellowship. We also need folks to help price and stage items and to man the tables on Saturday. Thank you!

Thanksgiviung dinner at Morris and Linda Hoagland's


If you don't have family to have a Thanksgiving meal with, then go by the Hoagland's on Thanksgiving Day.

Please RSVP no later than the weekend of the 23-24thTurkey, dressing and mashed potatoes will be providedYou may bring a dish to pass around Thanks, Morris and Linda! --- sf

Move The Mindset Holiday Hobnob - We are invited

Move The Mindset (MTM) Presents... 

A Christmas Holiday HOBNOB!

Please join us for a celebration
to honor our MTM Collaboratorswith Food & Fun!
Monday, December 2, 2019,       6:00 pm to 9:00 pmRiver Ranch @ Mainstreet Clubhouse
201 Settler’s Trace Blvd,
Lafayette, LA 70508
Eat drink & be merry with family friends and food as we party to 
live music byJeremy Benoit “JB SAAX” Band!

Move The Mindset...a grassroots 501(C-3) non-profit civil rights organization committed to promoting racial and social justice through education, dialog, the arts and direct action!

November 14 Movie-Symphony of the Soil

Trees Acadiana is showing a FREE movie at the LITE Center on November 14 at 6:00 pm. On the Trees Acadiana Facebook Event Page it says
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

RESCHEDULED-Thursday Movie Night at Ann and Mike's - Nov 21

We must reschedule movie night this month to November 21. Ann and I regret the confusion, but we needed to do it because our son Grayson has been diagnosed with the flu, and it is really not prudent to have guests in the house right now.

But - The good news about this rescheduling is that it also solves the scheduling conflict with the Trees Acadiana movie Symphony of the Soils showing on Thursday, November 14. I urge all our regular movie night viewers to attend this alternative event. Here is a link to that film announcement

I will send out an  invitation and announcement message early next week about the rescheduled movie night film.