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The Reverend Nathan Andrew Ryan was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry by the Congregation of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge in a Service of Ordination on Sunday, February 24. A native of Slidell and graduate of LSU, Reverend Ryan assumed the position of Assistant Minister in August 2012, joining the Senior Minister, The Reverend Steve J. Crump. Ryan's ordination was the first in the church's 62 year history. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from LSU, and the Master of Divinity Degree from Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to The Reverend Crump, The Reverend Earle Ramsdell, and the Reverend Beth Williams of the Baton Rouge church, other participants in the service included clergy from Unitarian Universalist churches in Rockville, Maryland; Houston and Dallas, Texas; and New Orleans. The Reverend Robin Mc-Cullogh-Bade, Executive Director of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, spoke on behalf of member churches. Mike Hebert, President of the Congregation, led the Act of Ordination. Music was provided by guest musicians Guillermo Salas, violin, Alajandro Larumbe, viola, Alvaro Angula, cello; and the churcch's choir, directed by Music Director Ila Stoltzfus. Photo: Left to right, Rev. Steve Crump, Rev. Aaron White, Rev. Nathan Ryan, Laura Ryan his wife, Rev Lynn Strauss..
Steve Crump awarded the Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice Wade Mackie Award~ May 19, 2011, at University United Methodist Church 3350 Dalrymple.
Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice established the The Wade Mackie Peacemaking Award in the late 1980's. Wade Mackie was the Baton Rouge director of the American Friends Service Committee. In the 1960's, he organized a storefront where blacks and whites met together, a radical action for that time in Baton Rouge. Wade was an outspoken opponent of racial segregation.
Other Wade Mackie Peacemaking award recipients from this congregation: Richard & Holley Haymaker, Gertrude Meyers, Bob & Diana Dorroh, Tom & Kathy Gess, Roberta Madden and Paula Henderson.
UU World Article about the Bennett Award our church reveived for its Hurricane Project