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The Reverend Steve J. Crump serves The Unitarian Church of
Baton Rouge congregation as senior minister and has served in that capacity for
over 23 years. In the period immediately after the hurricane, the Baton Rouge
congregation served as a communications hub and housing coordinator for
displaced UU ministers and laity in the affected areas. Rev. Crump is
particularly familiar with the character and unique histories of the three
Louisiana congregations that were directly hit by the hurricane winds and
subsequent flooding. Except for downed trees and loss of electricity, the Baton
Rouge church campus escaped serious damage from the storm. A significant portion
of the membership in Baton Rouge has family ties and other connections to the
people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.
Rebecca (Becky) Cureau was born and reared in New Orleans,
and received her formal education in the public schools of that city. She holds
the BA of music degree with a major concentration in music and minor in English
from Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC; the Master of Music degree
with music history, theory, and organ concentrations from Northwestern
University in Evanston, Illinois; and the Doctor of Arts degree with
concentrations in Humanities and Interdisciplinary studies from Atlanta
University in Georgia. She spent her entire career teaching in higher education,
ending her career in arts administration. She served as organist of First
Unitarian Church in New Orleans, where her journey in Unitarianism began, and
has been a member of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge for almost forty years,
serving in various capacities.
The Reverend Jacqueline Anne Luck is the only ordained UU
minister serving full time in Mississippi. The ministry is a shared one between
Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church in Ellisville near Laurel and
Hattiesburg, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson. She originates
from Arkansas, but spent more years in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she worked
as an art instructor, and was a member of All Souls UU of Shreveport. Also,
pertaining to the Gulf Coast, one of her four sons lives in Baton Rouge, and she
lived in New Orleans early in her adult life. She has been attending collegial
meetings with the South LA UU Ministers (SLUUMS) for a year. Jacqueline was
ordained by the First Unitarian Church in Memphis in 2004, after she completed a
chaplaincy residency at the Veteran's Medical Center in Memphis. Previous to
that year, she served as intern at "the Church of the River" in Memphis with
Burton Carley as her supervisor. She is a 2003 graduate of Starr King School for
The Reverend Meg A. Riley directs the UUA's Advocacy and Witness
Programs, which involves management of all of the UUA programs whose primary
mission is to take our good news out to the larger world. Previously, she has
directed the UUA's Washington Office, Office of Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay
Concerns, and Youth Offices, as well as serving in various capacities in three
UU congregations. Riley's work over the past 15 years has primarily been
interfaith coalition building on a variety of issues. She currently represents
the UUA on the national boards of Americans United for Separation of Church and
State, Interfaith Worker Justice, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive
Choice, and the Faith and Public Life Resource Center. She lives in Minneapolis,
Minnesota with her partner and their daughter.
Joe Sullivan is the President of the Southwest District of
the UUA, and is currently serving as consultant project manager to the Gulf
Coast Relief Fund. In his capacity as project manager Joe will focus on
coordination and communications among the Fund's advisory boards and with the
wider UU community, provide administrative oversight, coordinate evaluation of
the Fund's processes and effectiveness for lessons learned, and will chair the
UU Volunteer Program Advisory Board in support of the charge of the Funding
Panel. In addition to its Board of Directors, Joe has served the Southwest
District as a congregational consultant and on the staff of its Leadership
Experience. Joe is a charter member of the Henry David Thoreau UU Congregation.
A geologist by training, Joe worked for 23 years in oil and gas exploration,
project management and business development both in the N. America and overseas.
Joe lives outside Houston, Texas with his wife and three children.
Martha Thompson has lived and worked in Latin America for 19
years, beginning as a journalist in Argentina . She spent 13 years living and
working in conflict situations in Central America at the local, national and
regional levels with a focus on refugees and repatriation, disaster relief,
humanitarian work in conflict, and protection of civilians in war zones. After
leaving Central America in 1995, she spent four years in Cuba , setting up and
implementing the Oxfam International Cuba program and working in the Eastern
Caribbean . In both Central America and the Caribbean, Martha has worked on
disaster preparedness and response, on earthquakes in Central America and
hurricanes in the Caribbean . Since returning to North America in 1999, Martha
continues to do consultancy work on conflicts, emergencies in conflict
situations, gender in conflict situations, development programming and research
on community disaster preparedness. She is currently based in Boston and teaches
in the Sustainable International Development Masters of Arts program in the
Heller School at Brandeis University and in the Masters program in the School of
Nutrition at Tufts University through the International Feinstein Famine Center
. She has published on gender, work in conflict situations, disaster
preparedness, and aspects of the Cuban development model. She received a B.A.
from University of Toronto and an M.P.H. from the University of Hawaii.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
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