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.
June/July Offering Recipients
June 3: Faith Builders 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.
June 10: Unity Church Chalice Camp
Chalice Camp is designed to provide a unique opportunity for children in grades one through eight to deepen their connections to Unity Church, Unitarian Universalism, and the wider community. Camp this summer will include worship, small and large group activities, and time for fun. This offering will support scholarship opportunities for church families. Unity Church member Hannah Eller-Isaacs is Chalice Camp Director.
June 17 and July 15: Vivienne’s Joy Foundation
Vivienne's Joy Foundation was founded in 2017 in memory of Vivienne Claire Burgess, a healthy, vibrant three-year-old St. Paul girl who died from Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC).The mission of the foundation is to raise awareness of SUDC, support bereaved parents, and bring joy to others. The foundation’s first project is a new community playground in Boyd Park, funded and build by volunteers.
June 24: Pu Taw Memorial Junior College
Pu Taw Memorial Junior College (PTMJC) has been meeting the post-secondary educational needs of Karen students in Mae La refugee camp in Thailand since 1996. Each year, 200 Karen students enroll in PTMJC’s teacher training program to acquire the skills they need to be effective educators and leaders in the Karen community, and to pursue further educational opportunities outside of Mae La.
July 1: 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. This collection will go toward funding one 15-week writing class of 14-16 students.
July 8: Transitional Conferencing
The mission of Transitional Conferencing is to assist individuals who have been incarcerated to effectively reintegrate with community and family after their release. It sponsors the Restorative Justice Circle of Healing at the Minnesota Department of Corrections women's prison at Shakopee. This circle process provides a compassionate way for women to start healing by telling and owning their stories.
July 22: 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." For more information on the CLF Prison Ministry visit www.worthynow.org.
July 29: ApparentPlan
ApparentPlan is a faith-based network of efforts to support older members of congregations. Their mission: "To provide programs and services that dramatically improve the quality of life for older adults; and to serve as a vital and trusted resource to communities of faith as they build relevant older adult ministries." While their focus is helping churches and synagogues develop their own congregational response to older members, they specialize in health promotion and elder advocacy.
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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