Interfaith Outreach: 2/17/19

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Start planning your March food and fund drive today!

Did you know: with the help of this generous community, Interfaith Outreach distributed 1 million pounds of food and household essentials last year, helping families stretch budgets and prevent hunger?

Interfaith Outreach’s Prevent Hunger campaign kicks off March 1, but now is the perfect time to start planning a food and fund drive with your faith community, neighborhood, co-workers, book club or civic group to fight – and prevent – hunger in our community! Together, we can reach our goal of $200,000 and 100,000 pounds of donations to help our neighbors with food, employment and family support.

Visit iocp.org/preventhunger to get started! The Prevent Hunger campaign is part of Minnesota FoodShare, which supports 300 Minnesota food shelves each year.

Save the date and donate – Ladies Night Feb. 21

Where friendship and fashion meet. Grab your girlfriends and join us for Ladies Night at Resale Select, Interfaith Outreach’s store, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary sips and bites, socialize and shop, and support the families we serve with your purchases. We will reveal our newest merchandise for this event, so you can find great bargains on quality items!

P.S. Donations of new or gently used women’s clothing and handbags are needed for this event. Thanks for dropping off items Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth. Continue reading →

Social Justice Action Update: 2/17/19

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 – Parent resource for discussing police shootings. In  February, our social generosity offering is going to the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. One of the Foundation’s goals is to support victims of police violence, which can be a difficult topic for parents to discuss with children. One useful resource is a children’s book that came out last year, titled “Something happened in our town: A child’s story about racial injustice” (authors Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard). The book follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. The book includes an extensive note to parents and caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

Family focus –African American history month.  February is African American history month. There are many good resources available for teaching kids of all ages about African American history. Here are some useful starting points: (1) list of resources compiled by The University of Illinois Extension and (2) book lists compiled by AdLit.org and Social  Justice Books.

Family focus – Youth Day at the Capitol – February 27, 2019
Youth (middle school or older) may be interested in attending Youth Day at the Capitol. The event includes  advocacy training, meetings with legislators, and a tour of the “Somalis + Minnesota” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. Learn more and register on  EventBrite.

Sunday, February 10 and 24

Be the Spark: Climate Change Leadership Development Training. 2:00-7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul. Sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, these two session will help you build organizing skills and learn strategic approaches for engaging your faith community in Climate Change solutions. Register here. Continue reading →

Social Generosity Offering: February 2019

Our FEBRUARY Social Generosity Offering will go to the Philando Castile Foundation. The Foundation endeavors to provide a helping hand to individuals and families affected by gun violence and police violence through meal preparation, financing and funerary assistance, and grief counseling. The Foundation also help the St. Paul and Minneapolis MN school districts pay off negative school lunch balances. Philando worked for the St. Paul school district for over 15 years in food nutrition. Because of Philando’s generosity and continued desire to support the children he worked around, it was a natural transition to sustain that generosity to others after his passing. Visit http://www.philandocastilefoundation.org/ 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 Offering: January 2019

Our JANUARY Social Generosity Offering will go to Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF). CLF is a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. Their thousands of members, 900 of whom are currently incarcerated, live all over the world. They are religious professionals and their families, elders and homebound, nondenominational seekers and engaged UU lay leaders.  What brings them together is the desire to connect, seek, share and grow. Donations to CLF allow people who cannot afford it to stay connected with other Unitarian Universalists via online covenant groups, correspondence classes for incarcerated UU’s, print and podcast communication, and more. Your gifts also help prepare the next generation of UU ministers through the CLF Learning Fellows program.

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: December 2018

Our DECEMBER Social Generosity Offering will go to Guest at Your Table (GAYT), the UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. This year, the theme is Justice Across Borders. From the Northern Triangle of Central America, to deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. Read stories from courageous UUCS Migrant Justice partners here.

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: November 2018

Our November Social Generosity Offering will go to the IOCP Sleep Out for the Homeless Campaign. For 23 years, thousands of caring kids and community members have joined this movement to sleep in boxes, tents and cars (or donate to those who do) to raise awareness and funds to prevent homelessness. The funds raised through the Sleep Out campaign help IOCP deliver individualized services – in the areas of family support, food, housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, employment, and transportation – that help nearly 2,000 local families each year stabilize, strengthen and thrive. Visit https://www.iocp.org/donations/sleep-out/ to learn more.

Social Generosity Offering: October 2018

In October, a team of UUCM members and friends will be volunteering at People Serving People in support of the Minnesota Statewide Homeless Study conducted by Wilder Research. In conjunction with this effort, we will be dedicating the October offering to People Serving People.

People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota. In addition to their emergency shelter program they offer a variety of family-focused advocacy and support services to help children thrive and to support families as they move towards self-sufficiency. Additional information about the organization and related volunteer opportunities can be found on their website.