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"Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet." — Ralph Waldo Emerson (Unitarian Minister & Transcendentalist, The “Concord Sage”, d. 1882)

A few of you know that I have a treasure chest of favorite sayings stashed away in a personal email signature block text file, started a few years with: 

"Love is the religion.  The universe is the book." Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, Sufi mystic poet (d.1273 CE)

I recently found the Emerson quote, above, which I also treasure, as a welcome affirmation of my own ongoing “bible”compilation. Two of my favorites are:

"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (d. 1972)

"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth." - Albert Einstein (d. 1955 CE)

These sayings, along with the other “jewels” in my “treasure chest” remind me of the promise of our Unitiarian Universalist movement, and remind me to endeavor to focus on what our association’s positive, constructive message is, as opposed to what I may be frustrated with from day to day.  It was “Three Dog Night”, who crooned, that it is “Easy to be hard, easy to be cold… Easy to be proud, easy to say no…”  It takes courage and commitment to be kind, respectful, constructive and open-minded. I am reminded of this too, when I see both the work, and, yes, the enjoyment of our staff, members, friends and children in all of the ministry we do together as a church, in worship, music, education, and service to others.   Our strategic planning, operating budget commitment drive, Assistant Minister Search, worship, music, 60/60, Together Baton Rouge, Congregational Care Committee, Green Sanctuary and other service work, RE and adult education, day-to-day administration and buildings and grounds work all continue with your support and participation.  In this work, there is always room for another set of helping hands, so if you see a need to be filled, or hear or read about a call for volunteers, that interests you, I encourage you to step up and volunteer. In particular, if you have not already done so, please make arrangements to meet with and welcome your assigned visiting steward about your financial commitment to the church to support the 2012 operating budget drive.   The plan is to finish up these meetings by the end of October.

Our next board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday November 8th, at 7:15 pm in the church office. Interested members are welcome to attend.  If you have a question or concern, or need to contact me directly, please call me at 225-931-6270 or email me at michael_hebert@bellsouth.net.