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

2019 Twin Cities Pride Parade

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Stephanie Siewert, a member at UUCM (and our treasurer!) shared some beautiful photos from her participation in the 2019 Twin Cities Pride parade with MUUSJA – the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance. Below, Stephanie talks about the experience in her own words.

“I was proud to represent UUCM and loved meeting other metro area UU’s. It was a powerful experience of solidarity. I can’t recall a time I’ve felt more love and affirmation in the air among crowds of strangers and it was awesome!”

Here is an article with more coverage of the event, including a photo and statement from Danny Givens Jr., who spoke at UUCM this past March:

“We’re here representing MUUSJA, an organization designed to help faith-based organizations and churches to become more aligned with their mission of values around social justice, and lending our voice, our body, our institution, our social capital to any area of injustice that exists in the land. We have to stay in direct relationship with the marginalization and the oppression that exists within the Pride community. More specifically, MUUSJA has been very instrumental in the marriage equality work, and we’ve been doing some great things, and many of our ministers and lay leaders identify as LGBTQ, so we’re a very inclusive denomination as well.”

Social Generosity Offering: July 2019

Our JULY Social Generosity Offering will go to the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC). MIRAC is an all-volunteer, grassroots multiracial & multinational immigrant rights organization in Minnesota. MIRAC fights for legalization for all, an end to immigration raids & deportations, an end to all anti-immigrant laws, and full equality in all areas of life. MIRAC was formed in Spring 2006 out of the huge immigrant rights marches. They have organized many protests, marches and other activities for immigrant rights in Minnesota since then.

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: June 2019

Our JUNE Social Generosity Offering will go to OutFront Minnesota, whose mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. They envision a state where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights, and are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives. Click here 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. 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 Slideshow 2018-19

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Every Sunday, UUCM donates the entire open offering to a social justice cause, with different organizations chosen each month. Since we began this practice in 2010, UUCM has raised and dispersed over $108,000 to more than 60 different organizations. The recipient of grants from this fund are chosen by the Social Justice Ministry and our Minister.

Here is a slideshow that highlights stories and messages of thanks from offering recipients over the last year, and displays the power of generosity as we share our resources with others.

Social Generosity Offering: May 2019

Our MAY Social Generosity Offering will go to the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, which is dedicated to kindling the sparks of leadership among Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults. The fund supports scholarships, grants, and programs for youth and young adult projects, conferences, outreach, and more. With your generosity, young leaders will be empowered to live out their dreams, to weave our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles into the fabric of their expanding lives, and to encourage others to do the same. Click here 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. 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: April 2019

Our APRIL Social Generosity Offering will go to the Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, who works in partnership with faith communities across the state of Minnesota to co-create a just and sustainable world. They embrace a vision of 100 percent access to the benefits of renewable energy. Your contribution helps nurture youth and adult leadership training programs and furthers policy action.  For more information, visit https://mnipl.org/.

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.