A few years ago, our community was impacted by floods. We learned quickly how devastating floods can be, especially to the most vulnerable in our community. Though we are not near the ocean, we are surrounded by rivers, lakes, reservoirs and ponds, and know both water’s capacity to bring life, as well as destruction. This is one of many reasons we were moved this past Sunday to use our water communion service – where we ritualize water’s healing grace – to acknowledge and hopefully offer some of that grace to our friends in Baton Rouge. Our entire offering plate will be shared with the UU Church in Baton Rouge. They will use it to support whatever they may need as they support their community, including directing it towards a local community organization they as they see fit. We will be sending over $2100 from this one Sunday – a Sunday where we were honoring the gifts possible when we join together in shared community, and the ways we come into community so that we can go out and bring more love into the world.
Unitarian Universalists from outside greater Baton Rouge want to know how to help from afar.
1. “UCBR Flood Fund” is receiving funds to assist Members and Friends of our church in flood recovery, especially those without flood insurance coverage. Send to Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge LA 70806.
2. Send contact information if you are available to make a trip to this region and assist in the actual cleanup of homes. Local persons can send contact information if you have space to host a volunteer.
3. Financial contributions to the Together Baton Rouge fund will help anyone who has been affected by floodwaters and who completes the survey.
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