Showing posts from September, 2019

Global Climate Strike - Rally!

UULALA will be hosting the 'Clobal Climate Strike - Rally' in support of the student-led national campaign to deal with the climate crisis and other issues.
Our own Mike Waldon will be speaking on the future of severe storms and flooding. A representative of the local Sierra Club and others will speak as well.

WANT TO HELP? All you have to do is sign the UUA-endorsed 'sign on' letter! You can click the link below, read the letter, then sign if you agree. We think you  will!

I want to Sign On (give my endorsement to) this campaign!
-- Thanks to Jackie and the Social Concerns Committee for organizing this! Please attend to show your support! Thanks! --- Scott Ferguson

Sunday, September 15th Post-Services Report

Bill Edwards led the Ingathering and Water Ceremony on Sunday.
Members of the congregation who brought samples of water they had collected, told why the water was special to them, then poured their water into a shared bowl.
We also drank a sip of 'Lafayette' water in gratitude for clean water from the Chicot aquifer covering the southwest 'heel' of Louisiana's 'foot' (among the best tasting drinking water in the country.)
Philip Frey sang and played a 'Cool Water' sing-along accompanied by Chaz Frey on a thumb drum made by our own Bill Edwards.
That was followed by Creedence' 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' led by Philip and accompanied by Chaz with Scott Ferguson on Bass guitar. --- Scott Ferguson

Movie night Thursday September 12 "Green Book"

For our 2nd Thursday Movie Night this month we'll be watching Green Book, a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film set in 1962. The film is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travelers. It tells the story of a black classical pianist traveling through the segregated southern US accompanied by his white driver and bodyguard. The film was inspired by an actual southern concert tour by pianist Don Shirley and his driver, Italian American bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga. The story was based on interviews with both men, and on letters that were written by Vallelonga. 

Green Book won a number of awards, but also was a source of controversy. The film was called a "racial reconciliation fantasy" in the New York Times, and Salon said the film combines "the white savior trope with the story of a bigot's redemption." This certainly gives us lots to discuss after viewing. 

Meet for snacks and f…

Move The Mindset presents the first in a new series of Community Education Events

An Oral History Project of the Center for Louisiana Studies Created and Presented by Professor Barry Jean Ancelet (with series editing by Chris Segura of CLS) 
Tuesday September 17, 6pm Downtown Branch - Lafayette Public Library (2nd floor) Presented by Move the Mindset
Listen to the voices of Louisiana civil rights leaders and learn how K-12 school desegregation and voting rights battles were won. Join us for community dialogue on lessons learned and the current state of voter suppression and public education in Louisiana.

An introduction to the series:
Topic moderators, presenters, and special guests will be well-versed in southern Louisiana history, public education, social justice or civil rights issues. By MTM design, they will be expert in their topics. The format of these events will be multi-media, with short discussion periods interspersed and will finish with long-form group discussions and Q&A. The programs will last about one hour, depending on t…

Sunday Service Sept. 8 "Soul Survivor" Coffee and Fellowship at 10:30; Service at 11:00

Sunday, September 8th:

Our featured guest speaker will be Bruce Leininger, co-author with his wife Andrea of "Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot." Bruce will discuss the true story of his son James recurring nightmares and James' recollections of wartime events that he had never personally experienced. The book suggests that James' story is 'evidence for reincarnation and demonstrates how the knowledge that life might be infinite and can help to heal the fear and pain of human mortality.' (Source:

VITA Wants *YOU*

Our Fellowship has made a commit to support VITA, and the best way we can do that is to become a VITA Volunteer. VITA offers a Tutor Training Workshop four times a year -- the next one is September 12th &19th. So now would be a good time to join up. I guarantee that being a VITA Tutor will be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life. RSVP 234-4600

September Executive Committee Meeting

The Fellowship's Executive Committee will meet on September 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the home of our president, Jackie Phelps.  All congregation members are invited. If you plan to attend, please contact Jackie at 739-1322 so she can arrange the seating and provide directions.

New UULaLa Building update, September 1, 2019

As everyone should know by now, we have leased a new building for our Fellowship. The address is: Building 12, 1119 Johnston St. At this time are making progress on
getting needed permits. Last week we obtained a temporary Certificate of Occupancy (CO), and that allowed us to get the electricity and water utilities turned on. After 2 more city inspections we should be able to get our permanent CO, and then we are free to begin meeting in the new location. 
There's still lots of work and planning left to do. More will be posted soon about a Cleanup Day currently planned for Saturday, September 7.