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War Is Not The Answer peaceful assembly (Friday, January 31, 2020)

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Our social justice coalition based in Pax Christi and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lafayette is again holding a "War is Not the Answer" peaceful assembly at Putnam Park in Lafayette across from the Federal Courthouse on Lafayette Street on Friday, January 31, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. Please join us and show our solidarity for peace for our citizens for our citizen soldiers and for the world.
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Anti-Racist Practice for Immigrant Solidarity E-Course

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February 28th (Tuesday)
UUA Love Resists Group: Topic: Anti-Racist Practice for Immigrant Solidarity E-Course  6:45-8:45 pm, Church building.

Register: here

Emailed materials for the first session (1 of 5):

Dear Michael,

Thank you for registering for “Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for accompaniment, sanctuary, and resistance!” We are really excited to learn with and from you—and extend our sense of solidarity in working for justice to create change.

Here is some advance work as well as other information you need before our first session tonight:

Finish your registration
If you have not filled out the full registration form, please do so. This information helps us customize the course for you and to connect you with others when helpful. Whether you are a group leader or participant, take a few minutes to tell us more about yourself and the work you are doing or plan to do! Please encourage all those in your group to fill out this form as well. Complete the ful…

VITA Tutor Training Workshops

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VITA's Tutor Training Workshops: 5:00-7:30 on Thursday, January 30th and the
second part on the following Thursday, February 6th.

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Move The Mindset Hearing postponed until April 27th

Scott and Jackie attended the january 21st Hearing for the 'United Daughters of the Confederacy Vs. L.C.G.' to decide whether an injunction preventing the City of Lafayette from moving the Gen. Alfred Mouton statue and U.D.C. pedestal from it's current location in downtown Lafayette could be overturned. The judge quickly agreed to a delay the case hearing until April 27th for the UDC attorneys to review new documents submitted by the LCG attorney. More in this Advertiser article: Judge to hear arguments to remove protection for Confederate statue in downtown Lafayette

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Sierra Club Movie Night Thursday January 23, "Earth on Fire"

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All are invited to our Sierra Club 4th Thursday movie night as it returns this month with a 2014 Australian documentary Earth on Fire. This documentary was a feature on the Australian TV series Catalyst which is similar to our NOVA series on PBS. Earth on Fire explains why we have a worldwide rise of mega-fires and  how this rise is going to impact life as we know it throughout the world. The film is particularly prophetic because it aired before the mega-fires of recent years including (to list just a few) - Indonesia (2015), California Camp Fire (2018), Siberia (2019), and the Australia bushfires (2019-20) 
Meet for drinks, snacks, and conversation on Thursday night at 7:00; movie starts at 7:30. We will 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 invite your friends.

Fw: Kiya Heartwood Winter 2020

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Hi! I can't find any info on a local concert. Can you put more info please? (Scott Ferguson) I have seen Kiya perform several times at UU Conferences.  Check out her new music.  She is in your face good.  She mentioned being in Houston, but , I don't see it on the schedule.  If she does come, is there anyone interested in going with me? Linda ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Kiya Heartwood <noreply@sitezoogle.com> To: "golunge@yahoo.com" <golunge@yahoo.com> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 02:10:17 PM MST Subject: Kiya Heartwood Winter 2020 View this email in your browser Happy 2020 Ya'll,
I hope your new year is off to a great start. I am just home from two weeks in California. There is a lot of things going on this year for me. For one, I am scheduled to graduate from Starr King School of the Ministry in May. I hope to become an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
The People's Orchestra is in its' fifth year this y…

Fundraiser, Compassionate Communications

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Diane Kirksey is running a Facebook fundraiser for Compassionate Lafayette. Here is a link https://www.facebook.com/donate/170964487486302/170971660818918/and her appeal:
Compassionate Lafayette provides instruction in Compassionate Communication. We begin with support groups - for Anxiety & Depression, Formerly or Currently Homeless and in these support groups we learn to identify the needs and feelings behind our current distress. Once we learn about needs and feelings we provide instruction in Compassionate Communication to get our needs met. We also provide instruction in Facing Death, Self-Awareness, issues related to LGBTQRSTUV needs and getting those needs met. And further on to Civic participation, community building and ways to take action which are in harmony with nonviolence and compassion. It is a way of life, learning to meet our needs while not only not taking away from anyone else, but seeing that as I meet my needs, the needs of others will be met.
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette on Google Maps

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We're on Google Maps. Please visit the maps web site, rate us, and leave a review. This will help newcomers know who we are and what to expect when they visit.
https://maps.app.goo.gl/qmWjutN1UJgCBjx19

"War Is Not The Answer" Peaceful Assembly (follow up)

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Woody Martin and Vic Hummert are holding a "War is Not the Answer" peaceful assembly at Putnam Park across from the Federal Courthouse on Lafayette Street on Friday January 17th from 4 to 5 pm. Please do not park in the Courthouse parking lot. There are plenty of parking spaces at the Library and un-metered parking spots along Lafayette Street. Please join us and show your solidarity for peace for our citizens and the citizens of other countries. Wear your UULALA t-shirt!
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Follow-up, Saturday, January 18th

About a nine folks attended the assembly. I found out that they have been hosting this event off-and-on since the Iraq War. Woody and Vic are two of the founders and some of their allies have passed on, but the struggle continues with new allies and friends! Chaplain Hummert (retired) will giving the sermon on January 19th. He is an activist for the environment and against nuclear weapons. He served as Chaplain for the Lafayette Parish Jail and is a member of the Sierr…

Trees Acadiana Arbor Day Planting January 18

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Trees Acadiana will be planting trees at Acadiana Park on January 18 at 8:30 AM until about noon. Bring your shovel, gloves, and reusable water bottle. If possible, please RSVP through the event's Facebook post by clicking here.

Minutes of the Executive Committee Regular Meeting January 7, 2020

The draft meeting minutes for the January 2020 EC meeting (aka the Board Meeting) are now available through this link. Please send any corrections to the secretary, Mike Waldon. Our EC meeting is held monthly on the first Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

Movie night Thursday January 9: "The Two Popes"

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Our second Thursday movienight is a 2019 biographical drama "The Two Popes." It stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (later Pope Francis). The story portrays their introspection and exploration of the role for contemporary religious leaders. At the Telluride Film Festival in August 2019, this film was praised for its humor and for the two lead actors' performances. Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus reads, "Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion." Read more at the film's Wikipedia page. This film selection was suggested by our friend A.J.

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.
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I Like To Work with my Hands

If a few others are interested in participating, I would like to lead a service some time in February with this title.
Several of us have been in visual arts and crafts, as amateurs or professionals, and could talk about what we do and why.
Thanks, Bill

UU the VOTE Watch Party - Sunday, January 12th at 3 pm (follow up)

Let’s UU the Vote!

Who: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette
When: Sunday, January 12th at 3 pm
Where: Church Building at 1119 Johnston St., Building 12

Join us for the official launch of the national "UU the Vote" campaign. The UUA is encouraging all UU's to get involved in voter registration, get-out-the-vote, and deep canvassing activities in the 2020 election, and UULaLa is answering the call. This is not candidate or party driven, but values-based organizing. We will be watching a live stream of the launch event beginning at 3 p.m. Please arrive about 15 minutes early so you can grab a cup of coffee and a snack and don't miss anything!
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For more info, contact Scott Ferguson: scottfromscott@gmail.com
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Follow up:

January 12th ‘UU the VOTE’ Watch Party

Four members of the congregation and Dallas (our babysitter) attended the Watch Party. UU members from a few selected congregations reported on what they have been doing
and are planning regarding voter suppressi…