Congregational Meeting

At the congregational meeting on December 16, 2018, 12:45 p.m. the only item on the agenda will be to consider bestowing the honor of Minister emeritus on Steve Crump. 

The title Minister Emeritus (or Minister Emerita) is granted to honor long and meritorious service to a congregation where the minister has given devoted and competent ministerial leadership. Due to our congregational polity, and more directly because the service has been to that particular congregation, only that congregation can bestow this title. We will vote on December 16th whether to bestow this honor to Steve Crump. This is a historic moment for our congregation. Cast your vote to name The Reverend Steve J. Crump, minister emeritusof this congregation.  Proxies will be authorized and available. 


“Whereas The Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump has faithfully and meritoriously served the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge as Senior Minister for the past 36 years, having begun his ministry with our church in January 1983;

Whereas he possesses and has demonstrated qualities of visionary leadership, joy in his ministry, creative and inspirational worship services that inspire us to transformation in our lives, treasures interacting with Children and Youth and performing their rites of passage, and demonstrates compassion in times of grief, and in our time of trauma as after Hurricane Katrina and the 2016 Baton Rouge flood;

Whereas he exudes a spirit of joyfulness, has a keen wit and sense of humor, is affable, self-confident but not haughty, compassionate, charismatic, and self-effacing;

Whereas his many accomplishments include leadership of capital campaigns that resulted in the building of a large sanctuary, expansion to the Religious Education Wing, and the Great Expectations Capital Growth Campaign that was the first to raise over 1.5 million dollars, permitting addition to the ministry staff, a new parking lot and Peace Garden, and significant renovation of the sanctuary;

Whereas he has demonstrated skillful administrative leadership and steadfast stewardship of finances that have resulted in the stability of our church, which has grown from a pastoral-sized church of about 200 members to a large multi-staff church of 480 members during his tenure; 

Whereas he is recognized and respected for bridging divides and is called upon to give prayers for the opening of the Legislature, at numerous meetings of the City Council, and at other civic gatherings;

Whereas he was significantly involved in its organizing and has been deeply involved with the work of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge since its beginning, and has a special relationship with the Muslim community of the Atlas Foundation and its goal of promoting understanding among people of different faiths and cultures;

Whereas he has represented our congregation and its values in the larger community, has fearlessly spoken out on issues of social justice, the death penalty, racial harmony, and other issues that confront the city, and has brought greater visibility and recognition to our church and our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition;

Whereas his steadfast vocal positions on peace and racial harmony merited his receiving the Bienville House Peace and Justice Award, the Human Relations Council's Human Relations Award, and the Atlas Foundation's first Dialog and Friendship Award; and his protests of gun violence at the tragic 1992 killing of Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori and support of his family warranted the invitation to visit Yoshi's hometown of Nagoya, Japan, resulting in worldwide exposure of our church and to our church holding Nagoya's gift of the Peace Stones in sanctuary; 

Whereas, because of his ministry and leadership, the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge has attained stature as a flagship congregation in the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association;

Whereas, in the wider sphere of Unitarian Universalism he enjoys the esteem of his clergy colleagues in the Unitarian Universalist Association, and as an active participant in the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; and

Whereas his long and successful ministry to our church positions us to look to the future with hope and confidence in our continued strength and stability; now, therefore, be it resolved that, in appreciation for his outstanding ministry, the Congregation of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge enthusiastically and without reservation bestows upon The Reverend Dr. Steve J. Crump the title of Minister Emeritus.”