Open Lecture Series: Climate Justice – A Better Future for Us All

Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The next Open Lecture Series at First Unitarian Society will build a narrative on the human right to a safe and habitable environment, and the challenges posed by over consumption and a rapidly industrializing world. Panel members will share stories and creative solutions to address the degradation of our environment and the inequalities within our communities. Come learn from energy experts, climate activists, farmers, community organizers, and medical professionals about how we can ensure climate justice for all. Speaker list and full schedule (which includes free lunch) available here. First Unitarian Society is located at 900 Mount Curve in Minneapolis. RSVP on Facebook.

Interfaith Outreach: 4/21/19

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Happy National Volunteer Month from Interfaith Outreach!

April is National Volunteer Month, and we tip our hats to the nearly 2,000 Interfaith Outreach volunteers who share their unique energy, positivity, hospitality and warmth with us each year. Volunteers, you make this a warm and friendly space for all. A place where people feel welcomed, not judged. Where families feel a part of the community, not excluded from it. Where passions are ignited, not diminished.

  • Did you know? A total of nearly 2,000+ Interfaith Outreach volunteers gave 67,235 hours of service this year. That’s a value of over $1.6 million! You nearly DOUBLE Interfaith’s staff capacity to help our neighbors. Thank you for playing your irreplaceable role!

During National Volunteer Month and all year long we want to thank you for all that you do to directly help kids, families and seniors in our community. But just as importantly, thank you for creating this special place…a place where volunteers make a forever impact!

Donate to Interfaith’s Eid Holiday Program

Through the generosity of the community, Interfaith Outreach provides holiday support for families from many faith traditions. Interfaith expanded its December Holiday Gift Program to support local Muslim client families after Ramadan, similar to how the program has helped Christian and Jewish neighbors. Many Muslim families celebrate the end of Ramadan by buying new clothing for their children and creating cherished memories by visiting family entertainment venues.

In an effort to alleviate the additional financial stress of the holiday period, and with your help, Interfaith Outreach hopes to provide gift cards to Target and passes to entertainment venues for fun family activities in early June. Our goal is to help an anticipated 300 individuals using a $50-per-person guideline (the same financial guideline we use for our December Holiday Gift Program).

 Can you contribute to this important effort?

  • Drop off or mail Target gift cards (increments of $25) to Interfaith Outreach by May 10 at 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth
  • Give online at iocp.org/donate by May 27 (select “Eid Holiday Program” from the drop-down menu)

Thank you for sharing this special holiday joy with our neighbors! Continue reading →

Social Justice Action Update: 4/21/19

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.


Volunteer Opportunity

Tutor Children in English

Jackie Smolen needs two volunteers to help tutor children in English at the Hopkins library on Mondays or Wednesdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m.  Contact Jackie at jackiesmo@aol.com for more information.

Events

Family focus – National Volunteer Month
It’s National Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate volunteers and engage in the community. Volunteering isn’t just for adults. Volunteering as a family can be a powerful strategy to promote compassion, empathy, and a commitment to addressing community needs. A good local resource for family volunteering  is Doing Good Together (http://www.doinggoodtogether.org/). Their website contains many resources for family volunteering, and you can sign up to receive a monthly list of family-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Family focus – Environmental justice. Our April offering is going to MN Interfaith Power and Light. Learning to Give has a great toolkit of environmental justice information and recommended projects for kids.

Sunday, April 21

Let’s Talk About Climate Change – Conversation with MN Interfaith Power and Light, 11:15 a.m. in the UUCM sanctuary. Stick around after the church service for an interactive discussion of climate issues in Minnesota. The forum will be lead by Joshua Marzahn from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, our social generosity recipient for April.

Monday, April 22

Earth Day–Family Focus. Since 1970, Earth Day’s mission is “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” Check out Family Fun Twin Cities‘ compilation of ways to honor Earth Day, including celebration events and park clean-up activities.

Thursday, April 25

LGBTQ Lobby Day, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Minnesota State Capitol. The day starts with our Lobby Day Institute Workshops about LGBTQ advocacy and activism led by some of the fabulous people on the frontlines of our work. Then, gather on the steps of the Capitol to hear some of the leaders in our movement and our legislature speak to how far we have come and where we are headed. If the weather is unfavorable we will move the rally into the Capitol Rotunda, so feel confident coming rain or shine. Stick around to attend another one or two Lobby Day Institute Workshops or speak DIRECTLY to your legislator about the issues important to you! If you can’t join us for the whole day, that is just fine. Just make sure you don’t miss the rally! Please join us and help spread the word. Register Continue reading →

Solar Garden Party, Co-Sponsored by UUCM

Sunday, April 28 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Learn from experts about rooftop solar for homeowners; Community Solar Gardens as an option that doesn’t require panel installation; energy efficiency; and ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption.  Social half hour with appetizers, 4:00-4:30.  Presented by MNIPL (our April social generosity recipient), Citizens Utility Board of MN, All Energy Solar, Center for Energy and Environment and Green Home Doctor. Located at St Luke Presbyterian Church: 3121 Groveland School Rd in Minnetonka.

Social Generosity Offering: April 2019

Our APRIL Social Generosity Offering will go to the Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, who works in partnership with faith communities across the state of Minnesota to co-create a just and sustainable world. They embrace a vision of 100 percent access to the benefits of renewable energy. Your contribution helps nurture youth and adult leadership training programs and furthers policy action.  For more information, visit https://mnipl.org/.

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 Offering: March 2019

Our MARCH Social Generosity Offering will go to the MN Food Share and IOCP’s Prevent Hunger March Campaign. Nearly half of those who come to Interfaith Outreach for the first time need food. The most vulnerable members of our community — seniors living on fixed incomes, families struggling to make ends meet, and children — too often miss meals. With the help of this generous community, IOCP distributed 1 million pounds of food and household essentials last year. Interfaith Outreach also works holistically to prevent future hunger through employment and family support services. Your gifts are feeding families and fueling hope for people who live, work and play right next door. Visit iocp.org/preventhunger 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.