Post date: 03/29/2004 - 5:00pm
"Welcoming New Members" Special Note: At this difficult time for Scott and Cindy Ross and their family, Dwight and I have been touched by the love and concern so many of you have shown. This church is truly a caring community.
Post date: 03/22/2004 - 5:00pm
Dreaming Your Way from the Darkness into Light When I was in my early 20's, I was the Adult Advisor for the Youth Group at the Fellowship in Houston. They loved to put on Conferences. I remember the "most of the night" sessions around the fire, singing songs, while the youngsters tried to put "the adults" to sleep. And I remember that it was a speaker at one of those conferences that told us about dreams. I have been working with dreams ever since. I have hundreds of them written down in journals. (The ones I call 'classic dreams'.)
Post date: 03/15/2004 - 5:00pm
"Credit Due & Received" Dick Haymaker, President of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations, asked me to offer the Invocation at their Humanitarian Awards Ceremony on March 11, 2004. I was pleased to do so, especially, since Tom and Kathy Gess in addition to Rev. Charles T. Smith were given awards. Here is what I said: INVOCATION:
Post date: 03/08/2004 - 5:00pm
"Signs of Spring"
Post date: 03/01/2004 - 5:00pm
A call came into the office last Thursday from Marvin McGraw, an excellent television reporter from the Baton Rouge ABC station. He wanted to interview Steve (and we did try to reach him) but he needed to come over right then to be sure he got his story in on time for the Evening News.
Post date: 02/23/2004 - 5:00pm
Post date: 02/16/2004 - 5:00pm
"Reverencing Our Home" After Guy LaMothe's sermon on the Louisiana Wetlands in January, I began to hear murmurings from folks about the desirability of an Ecology based Study and Action group. And why not? Since 1984 the seventh U.U.A. Principle has affirmed and promoted, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
Post date: 02/09/2004 - 5:00pm
ON SERENDIPITY I read the new book found on the book table on European Unitarians by Charles Howe For Faith and Freedom as I prepared my sermon on Transylvania. Some of what I will talk about is the history of the "movement" in Europe, but most of it is about a rather typical, small, Unitarian town, resting beside a mountain stream in a valley, in the Carpathians, a town called Arcos that we in Vista have had a relationship with for a dozen years. I'll also speak about how those Transylvanians express their faith today.
Post date: 02/02/2004 - 5:00pm
Alice Walker is a prolific writer. In honor of Black History month, maybe, a few more of her thoughts and insights are in order. Caption by Alice Walker under a photo she took of the church she attended as a child: "The church of my childhood, where I first, before birth, encountered my beloved community. (I heard singing!) The simplicity and sweetness of this structure, and the warmth of human relationships fashioned within its walls and yard, have influenced every aspect of my life."
Post date: 01/31/2004 - 5:00pm
So, you came to the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge a few Sundays or more. Sooner or later, something in you said I want to be part of this vital group of people. Perhaps, it was a combination of many factors answering your intellectual or spiritual yearnings which induced you to sign a membership card. But, what does it mean to become a UU?