Interfaith Outreach: 10/13/19

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Donate winter gear before Oct. 15

Please donate quality, ready-to-wear winter coats, hats, boots, gloves, etc. for local families before Oct. 15. These items will be distributed the following week to help prepare families for the Minnesota winter. We estimate over 500 kids and adults will be served. Warm hats and mittens are especially needed! As you go through your closets, spread the word to co-workers and friends, and bring your donations to Resale Select at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth. Donations are accepted Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thank you!

Holiday Gift Program sponsors and volunteers needed!

Through the generosity of the community, Interfaith Outreach’s Holiday Gift Program matches 500 Interfaith Outreach families of varying sizes with sponsors who provide gifts or financial support for gifts in December. Can you help make the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors? Visit iocp.org/holidaygift to learn more, become a sponsor or volunteer:

  • BECOME A SPONSOR – Sponsor registration is officially open – you will be matched with a family or individual by early November so we can provide you with their wish list. Or, make a financial donation and we’ll do the shopping for you! Learn more and sign up at iocp.org/holidaygift.
  • VOLUNTEER – Holiday Gift Program is 100% volunteer-led. Can you volunteer to help with family registration in October – November and distribution in December? View shifts and sign up at iocp.org/holidaygift. Thank you!

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Social Justice Action Updates: October 2019

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

Friday, October 25

YOU are invited to MUUSJA JAMS (Justice Awards & Musical Soiree) MUUSJA, the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, serves like the powerful mirrors of a lighthouse amplifying your UU candles, beaming through the foggy dark to warn of dangers and light a way towards justice for the earth and all its people. MUUSJA JAMS features great music, awards and accolades, memories, good food and kids’ space! We’re planning “watch parties” hosted at churches in Greater Minnesota so that everyone can sing and celebrate together. For folks in the Cities, please be a “host home” and offer a bed for out of towners, if you can! From anywhere in Minnesota, please join together on Friday, October 25, 5:30-8:30pm at United Theological Seminary in Saint Paul & LIVE-STREAMED statewide to your homes or satellite parties. Supper is free & kids are welcome! Register at https://www.muusja.org/youre-invited-to-muusja-jams/ Contact Director@MUUSJA.org or 612-927-2072 for accommodations & questions. Check out muusja.org or LIKE them on Facebook, and sign up for updates via the email newsletter at http://bit.ly/MUUSJA_090819.

October 30-November 2

Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium, Hotel InterContinental, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul.  BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism) is hosting this symposium.  Paul. This is an amazing opportunity to “open ourselves up to an articulation of Unitarian Universalism that is unapologetically Black.” All are welcome. Go to https://www.blacklivesuu.com/about for more details and to register. BLUU is offering a sliding scale from $25-$150.

November 15-16 SAVE THE DATES

Overcoming Racism Conference, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. Presented by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC). Each day will include a full slate of workshops, with opportunities to reflect, connect, & commit.  Registration opens September 1st. Featuring.Distinguished Professor Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, and Winona LaDuke, Environmentalist, Political Activist, Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, Founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. 

FAMILY FOCUS

Family Focus – LGBT History Month. October is LGBT History Month, which is scheduled to coincide with National Coming Out Day (October 11). There is a growing amount of great resources online to help children understand diverse identities related to gender and sexual orientation.  One fun resource is Queer Kids Stuff, a You Tube channel where “Lindsey and her teddy bear unpack important LGBTQ issues for kids.” The Human Rights Campaign also offers these resources for talking with kids about LGBT issues. Continue reading →

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. 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.

Social Generosity at UUCM

Every Sunday, UUCM donates the entire open offering to a social justice cause (more details are available in the Social Generosity section on our website). The Social Justice ministry is happy to report that UUCM has collected and distributed $112,899.70 from July 2010 until June 2019 in our Social Generosity efforts. We want to thank the congregation for putting your money where your values are. You should  be proud of your part in this ongoing show of support that  this congregation practices each week during our Sunday services.  I can testify to the fact that at certain times I can only afford to put $2 or $3 in the offering basket and I wish I could do more because UUCM feeds my soul every week and I want to help people and organizations that share my principles and values.  After ushering one Sunday, as I was sorting the bills and checks, I noticed how many $1 bills were in the basket. One week there were so many I could hardly fit the collection in the bank envelope. This tells me that even a small donation is important because it adds to the total. Every dollar counts.

Thank you so much,

Fay LaVigne
Social Justice Ministry