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Executive Committee Regular Meeting March 3, 2020

The March Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place at our church building, 1119 Johnston Street. And, in case you were wondering, according to our bylaws
"The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, and Chairpersons of all standing committees. ... The Standing Committees of this Fellowship shall be: Services, Religious Education, Social Concerns and Membership."All members and friends are encouraged to attend and participate.

Tuesday, Febrary 25th AFCS Webinar

Tuesday’s follow-up AFCS webinar ‘Criminalization & Immigration Detention's place in the Prison Industrial Complex’ gave a timeline of U.S. detention of American Indians and Japanese in concentration camps and how our Constitution and policies have changed over time to restrict and criminalize immigration. Scott Ferguson watched at Church and Jackie Phelps and Diane Kirksey watched at their homes.


Seating for twelve layout in the R. E. Room

Seating for 12 plan in the RE room.

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Next Changing Systems, Change Ourselves

The next webinar for Changing Systems, Change Ourselves is tomorrow, Feb. 25 at 7 pm.
From the first session we have received a list of needs from our People of Color companion group and yesterday, Sunday our Justice and Inclusion group looked over the list to determine real actions we can take to satisfy those needs for people of color.
If you are interested in joining our Lafayette UU group participating in this just come on by the fellowship building tomorrow night. If you would like to catch up with the reading and homework before then contact Diane Kirksey at diane.kirksey1@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Sierra Club Movie Night Thursday February 27, "Honeyland"

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You are invited to the Sierra Club 4th Thursday movie night. The film this month is the documentary Honeyland. This 2019 Macedonian documentary film depicts the life of a beekeeper in her remote village. Wikipedia says Several environmental topics are explored ... climate change, biodiversity loss and exploitation of natural resources. Two different ideologies are contrasted ... balance with the ecosystem ... and resource depletion The film won or was nominated for too many awards to list, but you can read more at the film's Wikipedia page. Please thank Lillian for suggesting this excellent movie choice.
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: Pre-service Board Training

Board Service Information Opportunity 10:00 am to 10:15 Fellowship Building 1119 Johnston St. Bldg. 12
Governance and Ministry: A Partnership This is a 9-minute video on Board Service. Last week our video was Mission! Mission! Mission!
We go over questions about last week's video and then watch part of the next video together,  Contact Diane Kirksey if you have questions. diane.kirksey1@yahoo.com
Thanks! Diane


TeleConference with Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

I registered for this. If you are interested in having group participation at the Fellowship, let me know.   Diane WHAT'S NEW AT THE BULLETIN Global Teleconference: Nuclear Weapons Policy & the US Presidential Election Why should nuclear weapons be a major focus of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign? Join us at 11 am CST on March 2 for a global teleconference with authors from the Bulletin's special magazine issue, Nuclear Weapons Policy and the U.S. Presidential Election, John P. Holdren, former science advisor to President Obama, and Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, moderated by Bulletin editor-in-chief John Mecklin. Register here to receive call-in information.

Move The Mindset - Professor Clint Bruce, February 20, 2020

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Move The Mindset presents an evening with Professor Clint Bruce


This is a cordial reminder to join Professor Bruce Thursday, February 20th, 6pm, at the downtown Lafayette Public Library for an animated evening of South Louisiana History mixed with local community dialogue. Please join in the conversation.

"By Any Means Necessary: Africans, Acadians, and the 1858 Murder of Constant Melançon, Sugar Planter, by Toussaint, His Slave and Childhood Friend." Professor Bruce takes a look at relations between Acadians and Africans in Louisiana through the prism of a tragic incident that occurred just prior to the Civil War.
Find meeting details at the MTM website https://movethemindset.org/teaching-i-am-a-man/

UUA Justice and Inclusion meeting

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Mosaics Class

Tanya Falgout is offering a mosaics class every third Saturday of the month.
She will be holding one on February 15th from 1 pm to 6 pm. Contact her for more details at tanyafalgout@gmail.com
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10th Annual RootsCampLA 2020 March 6-7

This year's theme: All Things Presidential - The 2020 Elections and The Issues that Matter
* Race and Nationalism (includes institutional racisim, prison reform, immigration, and more)
* Sex and Gender
* Redistricting and Voter Rights
* Environment
* Healthcare

RootsCampLA is the convening of over 150 forward thinking activists in the state. It’s brought to Louisiana every year by Solidarity Project Advocacy Network. Join us as we celebrate our diamond year of convening progressive minds in Louisiana for the past decade. Whether your issue is ensuring the nation survives a constitutional crisis, #BlackLivesMatter, redistricting, issues in the presidential election, maintaining democratic control of schools, labor rights, voting rights, women’s rights, racial equality, LGBTQIA, disability rights, healthcare, or housing – you name it, if it’s about a more equitable and inclusive society; then RootsCampLA is where you need to be.

The idea is to bring together activists o…

CCL happy hour letter writing

Join Citizens Climate Lobby Wednesday February 12 for writing letters to the editor at La Carreta downtown. Margarita specials for Happy Hour are an added incentive. We will begin gathering at 4:30 pm. and start writing at 5 pm

No War Webinar on Thursday, February 13th

We will be showing the webinar at the Church at 12 noon.

From our Calendar:

Webinar at UULALA Church re. what we can do to help stop our militarism mindset. In January, tensions between the U.S. and Iran hit a fever pitch.  The Trump administration assassinated an Iranian general, leading to retaliatory strikes on a U.S. military base. In response, many Americans took to the streets, condemning U.S. aggression and calling for "No War with Iran!" While we seem to have avoided a war for now, the strikes led many Americans to wonder- how does the U.S. keep taking military actions without Congressional approval, and how do we stop these endless wars? As we continue to call for #NoWarWithIran, join us as we delve into what happened between the U.S. and Iran in January, why congressional War Powers are important, and what you can do to help us end these endless wars!
Webinar information link:
https://www.afsc.org/content/no-war-iran-what-you-can-do?emci=fadcd453-b346-ea11-a1cc-00155…

Movie night Thursday February 13: "Harriet"

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For our second Thursday movie night this month (Black History Month) we will view Harriet,  a 2019 American biographical film about abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The film stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles. Cynthia Erivo was nominated for a 2020 Oscar for best actress in a leading role, plus Cynthia Erivo performed the Oscar nominated original song 'Stand Up' Live at the 2020 Oscars. You can read more about the film and Harriet Tubman at the film's Wikipedia site.




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

Religious Education Volunteers

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette Louisiana is using the Unitarian Universalist Associations Tapestry of Faith and Our Whole LIves curricula to develop and offer Religious Education to our congregation and Acadiana community. We are looking for volunteers to conduct and present prepared lessons on Sundays during services. We are looking for 6 volunteers. Please contact Mary Guirard at 337-519-8553 and leave a message. 

Minutes of the Executive Committee Regular Meeting February 4, 2020

The draft meeting minutes for the February 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.

Revision to Board Training Announcement - time change

The Nominating Committee is offering a "brief board leadership series" over the next several weeks until our upcoming board election. It will take place during  fellowship time from 10:00 to 10:30. I'll introduce a topic, show where the resources are to learn about that topic and have discussion. Here is a beginning list of topics: Mission, Board Roles, Congregational Covenant, Leadership Development, Ministry, Congregational Governance, Conflict Resolution, etc. First one is "Mission" on Feb. 9. If we decide we need a different meeting time we can talk about that when we are together. 
Thanks!  Diane

Nominating Committee Announcement

The Nominating Committee is offering a "brief board leadership series" over the next several weeks until our upcoming board election. It will take place during  fellowship time from 10:30 to 10:50. I'll introduce a topic, show where the resources are to learn about that topic and have discussion. Here is a beginning list of topics: Mission, Board Roles, Congregational Covenant, Leadership Development, Ministry, Congregational Governance, Conflict Resolution, etc. First one is "Mission" on Feb. 9. If we decide we need a different meeting time we can talk about that when we are together. 
Diane

Volunteer opportunity - Vagina Monologues

V-Day, a ULL student organization has volunteer opportunities for their presentation of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 13, 14, 15. Back stage opportunities and tabling opportunities exist. Please contact Diane Kirksey if interested 214-827-8234.

February donations drive for MTM

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The UU LaLa board has established a matching donation program for Move the Mindset https://movethemindset.org. We are in partnership with MTM in their efforts to move the Jim Crow Confederate statue in front of the old Lafayette city hall on Jefferson St., and in their project to bring Equal Justice Initiative https://museumandmemorial.eji.org memorials to the Lafayette area.
MTM President Fred Prejean has spoken to the fellowship several times, yet we have never donated. The board will match donations from the congregation up to $250.00 for the month of February, which is Black History Month. Please see Bruce Snow or any board member to donate or donate via PayPal by using the link on uulala.org. Please indicate that your donation is for Move the Mindset. Thank you.

Move the Mindset MOVE THE MINDSET Slavery – Never Again!
Our persistent, non-violent insistence reminds those in power that their authority has limits.  They are accountable to ALL the citizens, not just the privilege…

Workshop Presenters Needed

Any ladies interested in giving a 90 minute workshop at the SWUUW conference on Feb. 29? I’ve had two presenters cancel and need to fill them .

Detainee released

On of the hunger strike detainees at Lasalle Detention Center in Jena was released on Bond on Friday. Thanks goes out to a group from Alexandria for coming out to support the detainees and to Nel Hahn for her tireless work with these hunger strikers. One of the five has been deported. Two others are still detained.
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