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GNOUU is a local cluster of UU churches who are revitalizing their faith while rebuilding their city.

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Community Outreach
Second Sunday Social Justice Collection June 11 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 12:53

Our Second Sunday collection in June will benefit Voice of the Experienced.  VOTE began in 1987 as an effort of the Angola Special Civics Project, a group of prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Their initial focus was on jail-based voter registration. They were surprised to learn that detainees not on probation, parole, or serving time on a felony conviction were legally allowed to vote.  The group began to lobby their legislators and encourage their family and friends to vote. In 2003, several members of the project were released and established Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) as a 501(c)(3) organization, focusing on voter registration for pre-trial detainees and those convicted of misdemeanors in the state of Louisiana.  VOTE has since expanded its work to include education for Formerly Incarcerated Persons (FIPs) about their rights.  In order to seize on the groundswell of energy around civic engagement, in 2008, VOTE hired full-time staff and created an ambitious but well-planned agenda to effect greater change.  Currently, their language for discussing this important work and the impacted community has shifted to be more inclusive. They now refer to themselves as Voice of the Experienced.



In the most incarcerated state in the nation with the highest rate of recidivism, during the second wave of civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements, they face incredible injustices and yet overcome staggering obstacles.  Their reach now extends well beyond New Orleans and Louisiana, to a vast network of individuals and organizations highlighting, addressing, and fighting for criminal justice reform and an end to mass incarceration in America.


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Second Sunday Collection – May 14 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:17

This month, we will take up a charitable collection for CCUU’s newest partner, LYFE of Dance  LYFE stands for Loving Young Female for Excellence and its motto is “Dance is not just an Art; it is a way of Lyfe.”  Started in 2011 by its CEO/Instructor Jermaine Alphonse and Instructor Carrie Ivery, it is a non-profit organization with a mission to uplift high risk, young girls through dance, promote positive self-image, and encourage community involvement.  Girls ages 4-9 are trained in a variety of cultural, classical, jazz, and modern dance.  They dance to a drumming group made up of both girls and boys who work with local musician Noonie Batiste. 


Lyfe of Dance also does community service projects, such as vending during the Pelicans and Saints games, visiting area nursing homes, and flower planting for schools.  Their desire is for the young ladies to experience fine culture, enabling them to learn social etiquette.  Many of the girls “have poor people skills or are always angry,” as expressed by their parents.  LYFE of Dance works with these girls in small groups on developing their dance skills while interacting with others.  Over time, the girls learn to share and interact with others.  The LYFE program provides students with access to dance instruction, physical fitness activities, mentors, and healthy lifestyle information in order to become healthier citizens of New Orleans. 


Jermaine will bring some of the kids with her and they will perform a short demonstration for us!

Special Sunday Collections April 2 & 9 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

(Social Justice and Community Outreach)


DJ & Lizzy

Special Collections – April 2 and 9

In lieu of our regular monthly charitable collection, CCUU will take up special plate collections the first two Sundays in April in the name of our beloved member Donna Jean Loy. 


Dee Jay’s beautiful soul met a sudden and surprising end of this life on Thursday afternoon, March 23, held in the arms of her partner, Elizabeth Anne Jenkins, to whom she was joined in marriage on October 15, 2016.  Donna Jean’s joyful spirit was a source of delight to those who met and knew her. She had a “joke a minute” attitude. Her earlier life had included time in the military, on the police force, in a motorcycle club, and as a member of a rock band—all efforts to make sense out of life in a body in which she did not feel comfortable. Her move to femininity came late in life. She and Lizzy, who met as counselors on a suicide-prevention line, chose to have gender altering surgery at the same time, a 2-for-1 deal Dee Jay worked out with the surgeon. 


Sadly, in addition to the grief we all feel, we are also aware that there are expenses for end-of-life arrangements and these come at an inopportune time. It has been said that many hands and many loving hearts can make the burden easier.  May the blessings you give return as a blessing to you.


Last month CCUU collected and donated

$314 to Mama Maji.

Volunteer Day at the Edible Schoolyard

On Saturday, March 18, a group of CCUU members participated in the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ (ESYNOLA) Open Garden Day at Langston Hughes School.  We could not have asked for a more gorgeous day.  There were many different tasks available, inside and outside, for all ages and abilities.


Second Harvest Food Bank

CCUU continues to collect peanut butter, taken to Second Harvest Food Bank on a monthly basis.  A big "thank you" to all who continue to contribute to this effort!


SisterHearts Thrift Store

CCUU collects children’s books to be donated to SisterHearts Thrift Store.  The store has a new location at 7519 W. Judge Perez Dr., Arabi (  Its mission focuses on prison reform and helping formerly incarcerated women reenter back into society.  She also offers free computer internet services.  Donated books can be brought to the church any time and often!  (Mary, the energetic and friendly founder of this non-profit, advises she would gladly accept all types of donated goods, from household items, electronics, clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.).



CCUU also collects toiletries and new or gently used housewares and linens on an ongoing basis for Unity, an agency that leads a collaborative of 63 organizations to provide housing and services to the homeless.  Please deposit unused travel- size toiletries in the bag labeled “Unity” in the fellowship hall.  Larger items should be coordinated through Lisa Kamuf.

Special Sunday Collection March 12 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 19:43

Our monthly charitable collection will benefit Mama Maji, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women to change their world through water. 

They envision a network of women connecting through the biggest barrier to women worldwide: water.
They envision women working with women, across borders, languages, religions… all in an effort to exchange information, resources, tools, and funding.
They envision a world where women can work with one another to secure funding, learn leadership, and see their visions released upon the world.
Above all else, they see a world where water is no longer a barrier for women, but instead a tool to be used for empowerment.

Founders Sydney Gray and Brian Manning-Goremans will speak to us about what their organization has been doing over the last year and their current plans for the future.  

The only thing worth more than a drop of water 
is the smile of a child.
Special Second Sunday Collection December 11 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:00

Instead of taking up a plate collection on December 11, this month we ask that CCUU members and friends bring in children’s books to be donated to SisterHearts Thrift Store, located at 7617 W. Judge Perez Dr., Arabi (  The store is full of all sorts of items.  It is fun to visit and look around, and you can do some Christmas shopping while you are there!

Mary, the owner, founded SisterHearts with a mission focused on prison reform and helping formerly incarcerated women reenter back into society.  She offers free computer internet services at the store, and is currently trying to obtain a building to house women recently released from prison.  

Mary, always energetic and friendly, will come to CCUU on December 11th to talk to us about her work.  She advises that she will gladly accept all types of donated goods, from household items, electronics, art, furniture, clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.  So, if you have any new or gently used items you would like to donate, bring those as well.  We hope to help Mary stock up for the holidays!



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