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Services will continue online

In order to protect the health of our congregation and the community, all services will be streamed online until further notice.

We have set up an online meeting and chat room for the fellowship. Clicking this link will prompt you to open the video call application Zoom, and if you have not installed Zoom, it will walk you through the installation. If you have any problems, call or text Hunter at 337-581-2665, or email and someone will help you through the process.
The services will begin streaming every Sunday at 11:00 AM. Coffee and community will start at 10:30 AM, so make yourself a cup at home and come join us!

If you prefer to simply watch the service, we will also be streaming it to our Facebook page, where you can participate through the live chat.

The Zoom chat room will be open continuously during this difficult time, so that people may connect with each other and find support.

Need to attend by dialup? (from the UULaLa Calendar):Unitarian Universal…

Free 30 day Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication Course

Fw: A care package for uncertain times

This is a good site for caring and compassion.

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: The On Being Project <> To: Linda Kirksey <> Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020, 06:02:54 AM CDT Subject: A care package for uncertain times
The meaning of the Inuit word "qarrstiluni" conjures up a striking image: "sitting together in the dark, waiting for something to happen." Teju Cole shares the word in his On Being conversation, and I've been drawn to it in the months and weeks since COVID-19 began affecting communities across the world. The pandemic has exposed how interconnected and interdependent we are as humans. Everyday practices, like handwashing and covering our sneezes, have become the most basic duty we owe to friends and strangers alike. And we're finding thoughtful ways to care for one another amidst the tumult.With the situation changing shape daily, the shadow of uncertainty can feel long and loom…

MTM Fund Raising for Markers

At the request of  our partner organization Move the Mindset, the Equal Justice Initiative organization has offered to provide markers in remembrance of Lafayette residents who were lynched. To help defray the cost of these markers, we are extending our fundraising deadline through March. The Board will match member donations up to $250. Please give. Please specify that it is for the MTM fundraiser. Thank you!

Board Training Sessions

The Nominating Committee is offering a brief board leadership series over the next several weeks until our upcoming board election. It will take place Sunday mornings, from 10:00 to 10:30 AM.  Topics include: Mission, Board Roles, Congregational Covenant, Leadership Development, Ministry, Congregational Governance, and Conflict Resolution. These sessions are open to everyone!

Filter your drinking water and eliminate plastic water bottles!

I have been giving thought to how to reduce my personal use of plastic items. I have been providing cases of bottled water to an elderly relative who needs to drink water on a regular basis to prevent dehydration. This results in bags of empty plastic bottles which must be recycled. And it is questionable whether our recycled items are actually being recycled at this time or just ending up in a land fill since China has made its import rules for accepting plastics from the U.S. more strict. I found an inexpensive drinking water filter system at Home Depot that costs under $200 for everything which includes a filtered water faucet that is mounted next to the kitchen faucet. There are many different types of systems with from 1-4 cartridges ranging from under $100 to over $400 that I have seen at Home Depot, Lowes and on Amazon. I preferred a simple, single-cartridge system with filtered water faucet. You can also connect the filter directly to your cold water tap, but then you are als…

Movie night Thursday March 12 : "American Factory"

For our second Thursday movie night this month we will view the  2020 Academy Award winning documentary "American Factory" about Chinese company Fuyao's factory in Moraine, Ohio. The factory occupies Moraine Assembly, a shuttered General Motors plant. IMDB says "In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America." This documentary was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama's film company Higher Ground Productions. You can read more on the film's Wikipedia page and in a review published in The Guardian.

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

Fw: REMINDER: UU Action Team Zoom Meeting, Monday, March 16, 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Reply Nadine Kadell Sapirman sent you the following message:Message from the Unitarian Universalists Action Team group on Community:
Dear UU friends,

Welcome to all the new folks who recently joined our Action Team!!  We are up to 155 members!

Our bi-monthly UU Action Team Zoom meeting is on Monday, March 16, 8pm ET.  The Zoom meeting ID is 945-996-6710 (details below).  

Agenda items include (time permitting):UU World magazine article and adPlanning for UUA's General Assembly, June 24-28 in Providence, RI.  Poster session, other?Planning for CCL's International Conference:  tabling and dinnerUpdate on UU Service CommitteeUpdate on UU Ministry for Earth & UUA Organizing Strategy TeamCelebrating your successes and accomplishments        Ideas for Earth Day / Earth Month actions in your congregations  (Climate Strike, UUSJ letter-writing)Using Forum topics on our CCL UU Action Team Community SiteWe hope to see many of you on the 16th!  Please RSVP on th…

Fw: Join us for Earth Day Ecochallenge this April!

Registration opens March 2nd.donate and support our work! >

UU the VOTE "Getting Started" Zoom Meeting, Wednesday, March 4th

"How to Get Started" online meeting with Susan Leslie of the UUA, Pam Coukos of All Souls' Reeb Project, and others.
The meeting is today at 11:00am.
The zoom link for joining is:
If you need to join by phone, you can do so at: 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 841 811 150
We'll be hearing examples from other congregations, learning from the Reeb Model, and discussing your plans. You may find the planning guide for individuals and congregations useful ahead of time.
Thank you,
B. Loewe and the UUtheVote team (edited)  Google Docs Planning Guide: Individual This worksheet is meant to help you, as an individual uu, chart your passions, relationships, and vision for 2020. There is no one way to UUtheVote. (There’s at least 50 listed at It includes: Voter Registration and Mobilization Values-based Issue Conv...(211 kB)