Unitarians to install education director

The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge on Sunday will install the Rev. Beth Williams as director of religious education.

The church at 8470 Goodwood Boulevard offers Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Williams, who joined the staff in June, will lead the religious education program for children and youth.

She has come to Baton Rouge after serving the Unitarian Universalist Association as director of religious education and music leadership credentialing.

Williams has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Rutgers University, and a masters of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, where she was ordained at the First Unitarian Society in 1998.

She was credentialed as a Minister of Religious Education by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and served as religious educator at the First Unitarian Society and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Lynn, Mass.

Teachers in the Religious education program will also be installed during Sunday’s services.

Institute to offer theological training

The Southeast Regional Biblical Institute is working with Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., to offer biblical and theological education in the Baton Rouge area.

Certificate and diploma programs will be offered to ministers and laity to further prepare men and women for ministry.

Classes, meeting in two-hour sessions for eight weeks, will be offered in the fall and the spring. Interpreting the Bible will be the first class offered.

Costs include $40 tuition per class and a $10 registration fee per semester.

Registration is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at New Life Church, 365 Staring Lane. Classes will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at New Life.

Contact the Rev. Mary Moss at (225) 772-0307 for more information.

Asbury UMC offers Grief Share groups

Asbury United Methodist Church, 101 Live Oak Blvd., Lafayette, is offering Grief Share.

Grief Share is a network of grief recovery support groups. The church has scheduled an introductory meeting for 4:30 p.m. Sunday, after which up to two support groups may be available depending on the number of participants.

A one-time fee of $15 includes the workbook and scholarships will be available. Email jancooke@asbury-umc.org.