Social Justice Action Update: 6/16/19

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.


EVENTS

Family focus – Pride. In honor of Pride month, our June social offering goes to OutFront MN. As we strive for social justice for all, consider ways to talk to children about LGBTQ issues. The Human Rights Campaign offers some valuable resources (Talking with kids about LGBTQ issues). Another resource is The Conscious Kids list of 20 must-read LGBTQIA+ children’s books.

Family focus – Tree planting and distribution events. Volunteering with Tree Trust is a great way to improve your environment and invest in your community. Each year, Tree Trust plants and distributes more than 2,000 trees and shrubs in the Twin Cities metro. Tree Trust provides hands-on training; no experience is required. They are looking for volunteers for varying work shifts (usually 3-4 hours). Check website for dates and times and locations. Families with children age ten or older are welcome to volunteer. To learn more, contact Karen, Volunteer@TreeTrust.org. Registration is available online.

Family focus – Help seniors in your community with spring yard clean up. HOME Program of Senior Community Services is looking for volunteers to help with yard clean-up, beginning now and continuing through the summer. Come once or on an ongoing basis. Clean up can be scheduled for weekdays or weekends, and families with children ages seven or older are welcome to participate. To volunteer, contact Cat at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org  or 952.767.7894

June 2-August 18

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue S., Mpls.  Tickets are now on sale. Presented by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the New York Times calls the exhibition “much-anticipated” and ArtForum says it’s “groundbreaking.” Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and Native-art scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographs, videos, and a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery. Continue reading →

Interfaith Outreach: 6/16/19

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Drivers needed! Help kids get to summer camps

Interfaith is in need of volunteers (must be 18 or older) to drive our 12-passenger van transporting children from their housing communities to various summer camp and program sites throughout the month of July. Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Fridays, 7:45 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. shifts (approx. 1-1.5 hours each). Once trained, volunteers can sign up for the driver shifts they want to provide. A background check and driving record check will be required. Interested? Contact Najmo at nyusuf@iocp.org.

Fresh produce wanted for food shelf

The Interfaith Outreach Food Shelf loves fresh produce from the garden! When planning your garden this summer, consider an extra row to harvest for the food shelf. Our clients truly appreciate the extra flavor and nutrition provided by locally grown food.

Are you 9th grade or older? Help others while building your resume

There are great enriching volunteer ​opportunities for college and high school ​students (entering 9th grade and older) to stay active, do good in the community, and build resume material at Interfaith Outreach this summer. Choose the role that suits you most!

  • Donation Receiver for the food shelf or Resale Select – must have completed 8th grade OR middle school students with a parent
  • Cashier or Store Associate at Resale Select – must have completed 8th grade
  • Bag groceries or assist families in the food shelf – must have completed 8th grade
  • Play and supervise kids in our Children’s Play Area – must have competed 8th grade OR middle school students with a parent

​Whether you can help 1 afternoon a week or every day, we welcome you to join our team! For more information or to sign up, contact Najmo Yusuf at nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505. Visit iocp.org/volunteer to learn more.

Human Impacts on the Oceans

Monday, June 24 at 7:00 PM in the UUCM Sanctuary
Co-Sponsored by UUCM and West Metro Climate Action

In honor of World Ocean Day, Macalester College Professor Louisa Bradtmiller will provide information about two climate change related impacts on the oceans: warming of ocean waters and ocean acidification. The increasing acidity of ocean water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could threaten the seafood that one billion people depend upon for their source of protein. Join us to learn more about this topic and Dr. Bradtmiller’s ongoing research. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Social Generosity Offering: June 2019

Our JUNE Social Generosity Offering will go to OutFront Minnesota, whose mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. They envision a state where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights, and are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives. Click here to learn more.

Note: All cash placed in the Sunday collection, as well as checks to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line, will go towards the Social Generosity cause for the current month. You may also use the basket to make other contributions to UUCM. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with instructions in the memo line.

Social Generosity Slideshow 2018-19

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Every Sunday, UUCM donates the entire open offering to a social justice cause, with different organizations chosen each month. Since we began this practice in 2010, UUCM has raised and dispersed over $108,000 to more than 60 different organizations. The recipient of grants from this fund are chosen by the Social Justice Ministry and our Minister.

Here is a slideshow that highlights stories and messages of thanks from offering recipients over the last year, and displays the power of generosity as we share our resources with others.

March in the Twin Cities Pride Parade with UUCM

Sunday, June 23 at 11 AM at Loring Park – 1382 Willow Street in Minneapolis
The Twin Cities Pride Festival is a CELEBRATION of the LGBTQ+ Community. There will  be 400 exhibitor booths, 40 food vendors, and 4 free stages with music and other performances. All LGBTQ+ people and allies are welcome! The event is FREE. Click here to learn more. UUCM is registered to be a part of the MUUSJA group, and we need to have an idea of the number of people who can attend. Contact Mary Cotton at 763-442-5808 or mary3452@hotmail.com to sign up or with any questions.

Social Generosity Offering: May 2019

Our MAY Social Generosity Offering will go to the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, which is dedicated to kindling the sparks of leadership among Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults. The fund supports scholarships, grants, and programs for youth and young adult projects, conferences, outreach, and more. With your generosity, young leaders will be empowered to live out their dreams, to weave our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles into the fabric of their expanding lives, and to encourage others to do the same. Click here to learn more.

Note: All cash placed in the Sunday collection, as well as checks to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line, will go towards the Social Generosity cause for the current month. You may also use the basket to make other contributions to UUCM. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with instructions in the memo line.