Social Generosity Offering: April 2020

April’s offering will support the Minister’s Discretionary Fund at UUCM. The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is a fund that the ministers of the church use to support members of our community who encounter financial hardship and need assistance. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to expand, we anticipate that more of our members will find themselves in need of financial support due to loss of income and/or medical expenses. The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is one way that we can express our care and concern for our community during this difficult time.

How to Donate: You can donate online using PayPal or a credit card at bit.ly/uucmsocialgen. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.

Social Generosity Offering: March 2020

Our MARCH Social Generosity Offering will go to the MN Food Share and IOCP’s Prevent Hunger March CampaignNearly half of those who come to Interfaith Outreach for the first time need food. 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.

3/24/20 Update: The church members’ donations of more than 100 pounds of food were taken to their food shelf this week and they were very grateful. You may continue to donate financially to their good work by clicking here. Your donation will be compounded nine-fold. Second Harvest Heartland contributes $9 worth of food for every $1 donated by the community. Visit iocp.org/donations/prevent-hunger/ to learn more.

How to Donate: You can donate online using PayPal or a credit card at bit.ly/uucmsocialgen. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.

Social Generosity Offering: February 2020

Our FEBRUARY Social Generosity Offering will go to Hope House, a six-bed, short-term emergency shelter for youth ages 14 –19 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Located in Excelsior, Hope House is the only youth shelter west of Hwy 100. Skyler Seets, a UUCM youth, recently lead a drive at Minnetonka High School in support of Hope House. Continue reading →

Homelessness and Housing Selected as UUCM’s Social Justice Focus

The UUCM Social Justice Ministry Team is excited to announce that Homelessness and Housing will be our congregational focus for the year. We spent a good deal of time discerning the many issues that call us and the purpose of congregational-based social justice work. We believe having one primary focus area will help UUCM increase our community connections and have a measurable impact on an issue.

Affordable housing is a crisis not just in the city core, but even more in the suburbs. Work around this issue is deeply grounded at UUCM through our long partnership with IOCP (Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners); our youth’s commitment through their participation in the Sleep Out for the Homeless program, food drives, and summer mission trips; and how this issue directly connects with UUCM’s mission and ends. Continue reading →

Social Justice Family Events: January/February

NEWLY ADDED EVENTS/ACTIVITIES! (as of 1/24/20)

Family focus – Youth day at the capital – February 25, 2020. Youth (middle school or older) may be interested in attending Youth Day at the Capital. The event includes  advocacy training, meetings with legislators, and the opportunity to check out exhibits Minnesota History Center. Learn more and register on  EventBrite.

Family focus – Mom’s Rising.  A useful social justice resource to check out is Mom’s Rising. Mom’s Rising is a national network of citizens taking on critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing massive grassroots actions to: (a) Bring the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to our local, state, and nation’s leaders; (b) Amplify women’s voices and policy issues in the national dialogue & in the media across all platforms (from print, to radio, to blogs, social media, and more); (c) Accelerate grassroots impact on Capitol Hill and at state capitols across the country; and (d) Hold corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers & for ensuring the safety of their products. Their website provides recommended action items and opportunities to stay informed via email or text regarding issues such as workplace justice, maternal justice gun safety, health care, immigration, and others.

Family focus – Valentine’s Day ideas. According to at least some stories, Valentine’s Day has a history rooted in overcoming injustice. Learn more at Teaching Tolerance, along with discussion questions and activities geared to helping elementary and middle school youth ensure that Valentine’s day is celebrated in ways that are inclusive and welcoming. Families can also take the Doing Good Together Valentine’s-themed 28 days of kindness challenge. Continue reading →

Churches, Politics and the Electoral Cycle

This coming election year is a big one, and UUs across the country are being encouraged to boldly engage our values in the electoral cycle. But it can be confusing to know what is appropriate for non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status, including churches and other faith communities.

The short answer is there’s a lot we can do as long as we are not partisan.

This means we can engage in issue-based advocacy, promote local ballot measures, and perform voter education and mobilization, as long as this work is not done for a specific political party, as an endorsement of a specific candidate, or to impact whether or not a particular candidate wins an election.

Because the UUA knows many of us have questions or concerns, they will be updating and providing clear guidance to the most frequently asked questions later this month (which we’ll share here on UUCM Happenings). In the meantime, the UUA publication The Real Rules is a terrific go-to source, as are the summaries provided by Bolder Advocacy.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Terri.

Social Generosity Offering: January 2020

Our JANUARY Social Generosity Offering will go to the Minneapolis Foundation, and specifically their efforts to support survivors of the recent Drake Hotel fire. The Foundation’s goal is to immediately support urgent needs – such as safe temporary shelter, food, and emergency supplies – while also developing strategies to help families find affordable and stable long-term housing. So far, the Minneapolis Foundation has distributed $133,000 from the Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund. Visit minneapolisfoundation.org to learn more and check out this article in the Star Tribune.

Additional resource: Minnesota Helps Fund Continues to Distribute Resources to Support Survivors of the Drake Hotel Fire

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.