Generosity Ministry Team
Each Sunday, thirty percent of the offering goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church and seventy percent is placed in the hands of the chosen community recipients.
In October 2007 the Generosity Ministry Team established relief collections when local and state emergencies occur. One hundred percent of the money collected in these emergency collections will go directly to targeted disaster relief.
The Generosity Ministry Team oversees the distribution of the Sunday plate. Members of this team are Dick Buggs, Matt Brown, Molly Gust, Laney Ohmans, Patricia Ohmans, Rebecca Flood, and Lisa Friedman. The Generosity Ministry Team members want to hear form you. Please bring any concerns/opinions you may have have to their attention. To nominate a plate recipient, please complete the nomination form available on this website. Send that completed form to any team member. To nominate a recipient for a second time, please resubmit the original nomination form.
August Offering Recipient
August 5: Habitat for Humanity
The Unity Church Affordable Housing Outreach Ministry Team is co-sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity build as an interfaith partner in Faith Builders. This offering will go towards Unity Church’s share of the cost of building this home.
August 12: PuTaw Memorial Junior College
Since 1996, PuTaw Memorial Junior College (PTMJC) with its locations in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, has been providing high school graduates with opportunities to further their studies. It later broadened its scope, and in 1998 began preparing students for further education and work in their community and related organizations. PTMJC has been making enormous and valuable impact to the community, with many students pursuing their studies or becoming important contributors to society. Unity Church member Alison Shank nominated PuTaw Memorial Junior College.
August 19: Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW) serves one of the most marginalized groups in society by offering creative writing classes to men and women in Minnesota correctional institutions. After completing a writing class, students are eligible for a mentor program in which they are paired with experienced writers on the outside for monthly written feedback. MPWW participants find writing to be a rehabilitating practice that sharpens their self-expression skills and empowers them to tell their life stories. This collection will help fund one 15-week writing class of 14-16 students.
August 26: TBD
September 2: CLF Prison Ministry
Imagine being told for most of your life that you were worthless and there was no faith community that would welcome you. The members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) Prison Ministry program tells our members in prison that they are worthy now. The Prison Ministry program lives out the first principle in radical, life saving ways. It costs CLF $150/person/year to support our members in prison. From a CLF member in prison, "I've been a UU my whole life and never knew it. That was my eureka moment. Now I belong to a church that accepts me for who I am and nurtures me and assures me of my self-worth. I am encouraged to never compromise who I am and what I stand for on behalf of any man or thing! Our faith is like a patchwork quilt. Each patch is different, but also essential to make up the quilt. This is why I love Unitarian Universalism so much. It embraces the intricate and complex web of existence and all paths of life."
If you would like to nominate an organization, please fill out the Offering Recipient Nomination Form at right.
The Unity Church Generosity Ministry Team and the Executive Team developed the following criteria for Sunday Offering nominations from congregation members. Potential offering recipients must meet the following principles:
Download and Print
If you prefer to download and print a PDF form to fill out or save it to your computer and fill it out as a Word document, here are the files.
Nominate the Sunday Offering Form PDF
Nominate the Sunday Offering Form WORD
2016 Reverse Offering Stories
Read all the Reverse Offering stories shared by members and friends of Unity Church.
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