UPDATED as of July 2, 2021
So how much energy have we produced so far, you might be wondering? As of the end of June, solar power at UUCM produced 4.4Megawatts of energy and we are starting to see some savings on our monthly energy bill! Thanks to all who helped make this happen.
The July and August UUCM Social Generosity Offering will go to Avenues for Youth. For 25 years, Avenues has supported youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues empowers youth to find their path out of homelessness. They do that by providing a stable home, building trusting relationships, and navigating the youth’s education, career, health and wellness and housing goals.
- Homelessness does not define a person. It is just one part of a journey that we are here to help young people navigate.
- All youth experiencing homelessness have or are experiencing trauma. Therefore, mental health is at the center of all our work.
- There is no one reason why youth experience homelessness – it’s intersectional. Systems of oppression, racism and poverty are some of the root causes of homelessness. Without addressing these systems, homelessness will persist.
- Youth are resilient, inspiring, and the drivers of their own journey. With stability, trust and youth-centered supports, their dreams can become reality.
Avenues work is guided by the 9 Evidence-based, Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homeless and our core values: equity, community, respect and dignity, trust, liberation and anti-oppression. Watch this video and visit www.avenuesforyouth.org to learn more.
PNHP Minnesota is the Minnesota branch of Physicians for a National Health Program (over 12,000 members) whose purpose is to establish universal single payer health care (or Medicare for All) in MN and in the United States. It is widely recognized that our health care delivery system is broken, and many experts realize that the only way to fix it is to expand Medicare so that it covers all residents. We pay twice what other developed countries pay for health care, yet over 30 million are uninsured, over 50 million are underinsured and our health outcomes are worse than the rest of the developed world.
Our primary purpose is to educated health care workers and the general public about the importance of M4A (Medicare for All Program). Currently we have a summer intern program for 5 second-year medical students to educate them on this subject and to get them involved in advocacy with their legislators. Those of us who have worked for many years on this effort feel that now is the time to strike. We are encouraging everyone who is interested to communicate with their legislators regarding the importance of this effort. There are strong bills in the MN legislature and the US Congress which would provide needed health care for all residents at a cost less than what we currently spend.
How to Donate: You can donate online using a credit card at bit.ly/giveuucm. 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.
UUCM is a proud, active member of the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, which brings people together in the bold vision that all people have a home. Recently, they asked several clergy, including Rev. Lisa, to share their faith tradition’s belief in the power and meaning of home. Watch the video here.
Last Sunday, Reverend Lisa and the Racial Justice team hosted a ‘Racial Justice in Action’ conversation after church, with break out groups covering the topics of ‘Equity in Education,’ ‘Helping Our Neighbors,’ and ‘Current Legislation.’ Click here for a Resource List compiled from all 3 sessions. All are welcome at our next Racial Justice Committee meeting Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30pm. Contact Kate Flom with questions or to request the meeting Zoom link.