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The Rev. Nathan A. Ryan, center, gathers with Donna Yelverton, left, president of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge board of trustees; and guest minister, the Rev. Gretchen Haley. Ryan was formally installed as senior minister recently.

The Rev. Nathan A. Ryan officially is the new senior minister of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge.

The sermon for Ryan's recent Service of Installation was delivered by the Rev. Gretchen Haley, minister at the Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and a seminary classmate. Other participants in the service included the Rev. Steve Crump, longtime senior minister of the church and now minister emeritus.

Ryan joined the church's ministerial staff as assistant minister in 2012 and was named associate minister in 2016. He was ordained by the congregation in 2013, the church’s only ordination in its 71-year history. He was called in November of 2020 and assumed his position as senior minister in January 2021.

Ryan is a native of Slidell, a graduate of LSU and a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. He received his master of divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and was joined for his installation by 15 seminary classmates from around the country. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Lauren, and their children, Theodore and Viola.

The church will host "Armand and Angelina," a musical service, at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 24.

The service will be followed by a potluck lunch and "Angel Harp, Sacred Sound Meditation" at 1 p.m.

The church is located at 15255 Jefferson Highway. For more information, call (225) 755-3043.

Free clothing

Sweet Home Baptist Church, 343 W. Buchanan St., will hold a clothing giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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For more information, call (225) 343-0322.

New service at Berean

Berean Ministry, 4555 Fairfields Ave., is launching its new worship platform at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to join Pastor T. Ron Weegar and the Berean praise team in this Holy Ghost worship experience celebrating Jesus' resurrection. A fellowship meal will follow the service.

More information is available at (504) 621-8418.

Parenting program

Mirror of Grace Outreach will present the free program "Parenting Wisely" from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and April 28 at the Harrel Building, 921 Lobdell Blvd. 

Participants will learn strategies to reduce drug and alcohol use, reduce verbal and physical aggression, decrease teen problem behavior, and improve and strengthen family relationships.

For more information, call (225) 300-4528.