2016 Reverse Offering Stories
Read all the Reverse Offering stories shared by members and friends of Unity Church.
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
May 28: Veterans for Peace Minnesota
Veterans for Peace works to increase public awareness of the cost of war; restrain the government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations; end the arms race; reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons; seek justice for veterans and victims of war; and to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace. Unity Church members Barry Riesch and Michael Orange actively participate in the work of Veterans for Peace.
June 4 and July 2: Freedom School
Freedom School is a summer enrichment program for St. Paul elementary students located in the Rondo Education Complex. After rousing morning rallies, kids attend small classes and read stories about outstanding people of color in the U.S. and local history, as well as fictional people who have prevailed over great adversity. Students retell the stories in art and writing. The day is capped off with afternoon math classes. Over 20 Unity Church members have volunteered each summer for the past four years.
June 11 and 25: 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 18 and July 9: 9 Books Kenya
In the past four years 9 Books Kenya has brought nearly 2000 picture books, vocabulary cards, and art materials to over 100 rural schools nestled around Lake Victoria. Minneapolis resident Ann Lovrien has made 15 trips to Kenya partnering with 200 plus Kenyan teachers to develop methods that move beyond rote learning and memorization and teach critical thinking with the use of picture books and open-ended questions. These schools had traditionally relied on “call and response” rote memory learning. Neither teachers nor students had ever experienced the imaginary world of picture books. Today’s collection will be used to purchase books for delivery to Kenya in January 2018. Unity Church member Judy Solmonson is a partner with 9 Books Kenya.
July 16 and 30: 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. Turn to page 8 to learn about how you can help participate in the build!
July 23 and August 6: Pawsitivity
Pawsitivity is a Merriam Park neighborhood organization serving individuals with autism and epilepsy who often have somewhat closed-off lives due to the public’s misunderstanding of their conditions. Pawsitiviy’s mission is to foster the independence of these underserved populations by training dogs for them and their families. This offering will completely outfit two service dogs with vests, patches, harnesses, and belts.
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:
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