LIVING WATER - Jesus, Justice and the Mission of the Post-Katrina Church
October 10-13, 2013
First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans
UUCF with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal returns to New Orleans, where we held our first UUCF Revival in 1999. Featuring keynote panel presenters: Rev. David Billings and Rev. Dwight Webster.
Revival will include: a keynote presentations, daily service projects,
workshop on "Undoing Racism and Classism," dynamic worship services, communion, prayer, healing and baptism. Being in New Orleans we will have outstanding New Orleans Jazz music during the worship. We will have a special worship service of Reconciliation, leading us deeper into connections not only with the post-Katrina Gulf Coast suffering but with those suffering from oppressions of class, race, and gender. We will have opportunities for serving that will cover all abilities, so don't let any physical conditions keep you away. We will have small group times for getting to know one another, for processing our missional work, and connecting our work with our faith, grounded in scripture. There will even be time to enjoy the acclaimed Louisiana Seafood Festival!
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Why Come To This Revival? Why Here? Why Now?
A message of welcome from the Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger, past president of the UUCF and minister of First UU Church of New Orleans
It may seem strange, but it takes years to recover from a major disaster, even perhaps decades. Even now, nearly eight years after Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levee system, many neighborhoods of New Orleans still show signs of trauma.
This house pictured which is next-door to First Church New Orleans was built in the 1920's when the Broadmoor neighborhood was developed and was once a showplace. Its owner, an elderly African-American woman now living in Mississippi, has never received the assistance she needs to repair and rebuild. It moulders, daily falling into disrepair, a stark symbol of what is happening in so many neighborhoods of the Crescent City, out of sight of the national media.
But it is not just solidarity with New Orleans that should draw people of faith – though that would be sufficient. It is also because we are caught, as Martin Luther King said, “in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny; what affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” What is happening in New Orleans foreshadows what is happening under different contexts in every American city; lack of maintenance of important infrastructure elements leads directly to lack of care for the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of an urban area.
Why come to New Orleans, why now? Come because UUCF Revivals started here. Come because you are called to help, to learn, to grow in spiritual depth. Come because you are needed. Come because what you gain here will help you better understand your own city. Come for your own soul.