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Congregations Directly Affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 2006

Community Church Unitarian Universalist

Community Church is an active Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Rev. James ("Jim") VanderWeele has served the congregation since August 2002. His concern for the safety of the public has led to regular participation in local and state-wide planning meetings.

With their building damaged by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, the congregation states, "the church is not a building, and we members who are the church continue." They are now looking to a Post Katrina Planning Committee to help chart their path to a stronger and more vibrant presence in New Orleans.

Community Church meets in cooperation with First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans on Sunday at Jefferson Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m.

Part of the Greater New Orleans Congregational Cluster.

UU World article: New Orleans congregations begin healing process, October 31, 2005

First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans

First Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans is a congregation with a rich history and an active community. The Rev. Marta Valentin joined the congregation in August 2005. When Rev. Valentin entered First Church a month after Hurricane Katrina, she found the hymnal, Singing The Living Tradition, open to hymn #308, Blessings of the Earth and Skies.

Due to the flood waters and destruction of Hurricane Katrina, members worship on Sunday in cooperation with Community Church at Jefferson Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m.

Part of the Greater New Orleans Congregational Cluster.

UU World article: New Orleans church reunites by conference call, September 13, 2005

Spring 2006: News from the Presidents of Community Church and First Unitarian, from the Southwestern UU Conference: Unitarian Universalism in New Orleans (PDF), Spring 2006, by Ann Duffy and Deanna Vandiver

Gulf Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Gulf Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a lay-led congregation serving the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi. The congregation has a strong core group of members determined to stay and to grow a UU church on the Mississippi Coast. They state: " We have a chance, like no other time in recent history, to make a difference in this community as Unitarian Universalists and the unique opportunity to establish a center for UU disaster outreach here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

The congregation meets in Gulfport, where services and adult Religious Education are conducted every Sunday. Religious Education begins at 8:45 a.m.; services begin at 10:00 a.m.

UU World article: Picking up the Gulf Coast pieces, March 31, 2006

Unitarian Universalists on the North Shore

The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, Lacombe, LA, is a "meeting ground for everyone." This congregation has a thriving Religious Education program, small group ministries and a partner church in Urmos, Transylvania.

Part of the Greater New Orleans Congregational Cluster.

UU World article: Volunteers help fix storm-damaged North Shore Church, September 2005

Spindletop Unitarian Universalist Church

Spindletop UU Church, Beaumont, TX,  is located on a wooded property near Lamar University in a friendly and intimate setting. The congregation assisted evacuees after Hurricane Katrina and became evacuees after Hurricane Rita. Rev. Tom Capo is in the pulpit at Spindletop two to three Sundays of each month.

UU World article: Challenge grant to aid hurricane recovery, October, 2005

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