Social Generosity Offering: November 2019

Our NOVEMBER Social Generosity Offering will go to the IOCP Sleep Out for the Homeless Campaign. For 23 years, thousands of caring kids and community members have joined this movement to sleep in boxes, tents and cars (or donate to those who do) to raise awareness and funds to prevent homelessness. The funds raised through the Sleep Out campaign help IOCP deliver individualized services – in the areas of family support, food, housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, employment, and transportation – that help nearly 2,000 local families each year stabilize, strengthen and thrive. Visit iocp.org/donations/sleep-out/ 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. 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.

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. 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.

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 →

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

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.