Beacon Housing Update

Rev Lisa CapitolApril’s Bring it Home, MN Rally: Beacon and their interfaith partners – of which UUCM is one – had over 100 leaders in person, 40 on Zoom, and 23 legislators attend this great action. They even signed a letter which was delivered to Governor Walz! Rev. Lisa (pictured center) also attended a gathering to support funding for important Housing Infrastructure Bonds. Learn about these initiatives and more in Beacon’s May newsletter.

Update on Guatemalan Family + How You Can Help

UUCM has been working with the UUSC and Michael Servetus Unitarian Society to support a Guatemalan family that has been reunited in Minnesota, after being separated for many years at the border. We are working on getting organized and providing monthly updates. If you are interested in being an occasional or ongoing part of this work, please contact Kate Flom at kflom209@gmail.com.

We need volunteers who are willing to provide transportation, help gather goods, and provide translation services. We are making progress including school clothes for the youngest son, beds, sheets, and kitchen supplies, and some food donations. We think we have located bicycles for the family and we are working on finding much needed dental services.

The family has been subsisting on weekly trips to a neighborhood food shelf, but the food shelf just imposed a limit of one visit per month. If you can help with a monetary donation, please click here, and put ‘UUSC Family’ in the Tickets/Events/Misc. memo line or send a check to UUCM with ‘UUSC Family’ in the memo line. Thank you!

Social Generosity Offering: May 2022

Each month, UUCM gives away the full amount of its offering to an organization doing the work for love, equity, and justice in our world.


Eleven UUCM youth (and seven adults) will be going to Harlan, Kentucky this year for the Appalachia Service Project trip, working to make homes in the Appalachia region warmer, safer, and drier. Our group is getting ready to go the week of 7/2-9. We’re expecting the trip to cost about $9500, so we need your help! There are several ways you can contribute to the trip. Click here for more details and contact Brian Zais with questions. Your gifts will help make this trip a reality!

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.

Social Generosity Offering: April 2022

Line 3 Legal Def FundThe Line 3 Legal Defense Fund provides support to people facing arrest, jail time, and state repression because of their opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. The fund is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that is based out of the Twin Cities. They were founded in 2019 and will continue to operate for as long as is needed. Flexible and adaptable to the needs of defendants, they rely on community donations to help as many defendants as possible. 

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.

Learn more about their work below!

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Support and Concern for the Ukraine

Ukraine FlagMany of us are looking for ways to help and be in solidarity with the people of the Ukraine. Our elected leaders and national organizations have offered vetted lists of organizations to support. There is also the opportunity to support Minnesota’s local Ukrainian community in their response, as well as the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Please see the resources and links below:

NEW Faithify Campaign: Click here to provide immediate aid (transportation, shelter, food, supplies, counseling) to families fleeing war in Ukraine through the Hungarian Unitarian Church. Organized by The International Women’s Convocation (IWC) is an NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. They are a global partnership of Unitarians & Unitarian Universalists who work for women’s empowerment through Unitarian/UU connections around the world.

The Ukrainian American Community Center of Minnesota: 
https://uaccmn.org/

Crisis in the Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid Supply Drive 
Eastside Neighborhood Services & St. Katherine’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
March 10, 2022 – View Flyer

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Statement on the Ukraine and Emergency Response Fund.

The Rev. Sarah Skochko, a Ukrainian-American Unitarian Universalist minister, has also created a video message on how individuals can help the Ukraine.

Please contact Rev. Lisa with any questions you may have.