Interfaith Outreach: 11/10/19

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The Sleep Out has begun! 

The 2019 Sleep Out campaign has begun. Our goal is to raise $2,600,000 by Dec. 31 to support programs that enable nearly 2,000 families to stabilize, strengthen and thrive. The Sleep Out prevents homelessness and reminds every member of our community, “You Belong.” Learn more about the “You Belong” Sleep Out experience at iocp.org/youbelong.

Save the dates for the big public events!

  • Nov. 14 is Give to the Max Day the statewide day of giving. All Sleep Out gifts will be doubled thanks to a generous donor!
  • Nov. 20 is the Shop with a Purpose – Generous local businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the 2019 Sleep Out. View the list of participating local businesses and their deals at iocp.org/swap

To learn about these events and more go to iocp.org/sleepoutevents.

Make the Holidays Brighter!

20 sponsors are still needed for families in the Interfaith Outreach Holiday Gift Program! Financial donors are also needed to provide gift cards to support families who were not able to participate in the “sponsor matched” portion of the program. Interested in making the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors?  Learn more and sign up at iocp.org/holidaygift.

VOLUNTEER – Holiday Gift Program is 100% volunteer-led. Can you volunteer to help with family gift collection and distribution in December? View shifts and sign up at iocp.org/holidaygift. Thank you! Continue reading →

Social Justice Family Events: November 2019

Family focus – Thanksgiving: In November, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that brings a mixed legacy of family, food, gratitude, and genocide. Many families struggle to figure out if and how to celebrate,  and how to talk to children about the true history of the relationship between the White settlers and the indigenous Native American populations. These blog posts provide some guidance and useful resources: (1) Do justice – what to say to kids about Pilgrims and Indians; (2) My reflection matters -shifting the conversation away from Thanksgiving; and (3) Socialist Worker – the real Thanksgiving story.

Family focus – Veteran’s day: Monday November 11 is Veteran’s Day. Consider strategies to help your children acknowledge the contribution of our current and former members of the armed forces.  Doing Good Together offers several suggestions, including writing letters, sending books, and creating welcome home kits. Two other good resources are Soldiers’ Angels and Operation Gratitude, which provide suggestions for a number of ways to support soldiers (including donating your leftover Halloween candy!)

Family focus – Engaging children in social justice: Many parents struggle with finding ways to start talking to children about social justice issues, and how to engage them in developmentally-appropriate ways. It doesn’t need to be difficult! Here are some resources that might help. Check out  Using play to teach children about social justice (Psych Central).  Not sure about whether engaging children in social justice is helpful or harmful? Check out “Activism isn’t just for adults and teens. We need to teach younger kids to be activists too” from Ideas.Ted.Com. Continue reading →

Social Generosity Offering: November 2019

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 iocp.org/donations/sleep-out/ 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. NEW: Donate by PayPal or credit card at bit.ly/uucmsocialgen. 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: October 2019

Our OCTOBER Social Generosity Offering will go to Sojourner Project. Sojourner’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, support, and legal advocacy services to those victimized by domestic violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. To that end, they provide services to victims of dating violence and sexual assault. Their ultimate goal encourages the change from crisis to stability and the transition from victim to survivor. In order to build safer communities, Sojourner conducts outreach activities and specifically designed presentations to heighten public awareness and engage groups and individuals in educational opportunities to prevent future victims and abusers.  All Sojourner services are confidential and free of charge.

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. NEW: Donate by PayPal or credit card at bit.ly/uucmsocialgen. 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: September 2019

Our SEPTEMBER Social Generosity Offering will go to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)BLUU harnesses love’s power to combat oppression and foster healing as a spiritual and political imperative. We know the power of love to be life changing, inclusive, relational, uncomfortable, unconditional and without end. BLUU’s goals are to expand the power and capacity of Black UUs within the UU faith, provide support, information and resources for Black UUs and to engage in justice-making and liberation through the UU faith.

“Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) formed out of several conversations among Black UUs at the July 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, Ohio. Continue reading →

Beloved Conversations Coming This Fall

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We’re excited to bring back Beloved Conversations again this fall. Around 40 members have already gone through this immersive small-group curriculum for exploring race/ethnicity in our lives and in the life of this congregation. It is a meaningful and deep experience as we work to interrupt racism and dig into how racial truths shape our ways of being with each other. The curriculum also supports the different learning and participation needs of people of color and white congregants.

This may be the last offering of this program for a while. If you’ve been on the fence or would like to take it again (which we encourage!), don’t miss out. We will begin in September with an opening retreat (Friday night and all day Saturday) followed by 8 weekly 2-hour sessions on Sunday afternoons. Exact dates and registration will be available soon. Please contact Terri at revterri@uucmtka.org if you’re interested.

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Social Generosity Offering: August 2019

Our AUGUST Social Generosity Offering will go to the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA). MUUSJA equips individual Unitarian Universalists and UU congregations to be skilled, accountable, faithful partners with broad movements working for justice and collective liberation. They strive to work in solidarity with all communities seeking to bend the arc of the universe toward justice. MUUSJA is rooted in Unitarian Universalist understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of all humans, and our radical interdependence with all of creation. In their own words:

“We are UUs from across the state of Minnesota—diverse, spirited, and deeply committed and firmly grounded in our UU principles of world peace, justice, and sustainability. We work together on focused programs of education, witness, and systemic change to create a world that works for everyone.

A key MUUSJA goal is to develop the capacity of Minnesota Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations to work effectively for systemic change and social justice. Because we do this work as Unitarian Universalists, we aspire to help Minnesota UUs develop and deepen our religious voice, and to bring this voice to the public square.

Because we aim to make a difference, we work to build a lasting social justice organization and to prepare UUs to use an action, reflection, collaboration approach to social change ~ action to combat root causes of injustice; reflection to evaluate our progress and ground our work spiritually; and collaboration with faith based and secular social change organizations (including communities deeply affected by our target issues) to maximize our power and impact. Our collaborative work includes developing a social change infrastructure that shifts the political climate toward a social agenda that serves the common good.”

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.