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.
April Offering Recipients
March 26: Minnesota Prison Writing Project
The Minnesota Prison Writing Project (MPWW) teaches creative writing in prisons throughout the state of Minnesota. MPWW’s main program places teaching artists in Minnesota prisons to offer quality, creative writing instruction to incarcerated individuals. Additionally, MPWW facilitates a mail-based mentoring program for writers who have taken at least one MPWW course. Most students also participate in final readings and class presentations. Unity Church member, Kelly Hansen Maher is a teaching artist with MPWW and says this about her work, “I believe art and words matter; they are testimony for the inherent work and dignity of every person.”
April 2: AGAPE High School
AGAPE (Adolescent Girls and Parenting Education) High School in St. Paul offers a secondary educational program to teens who are pregnant and/or parenting. This small learning community offers courses, therapy, supplies, intervention services, and cultural events to help address barriers to educational success. The vision of AGAPE is to ensure all students have the opportunity to earn their high school degree or equivalent, and that every graduate is prepared for post secondary education or training, and to be the best mom they can be.
April 9: Microgrants
Microgrants is a Twin Cities nonprofit that gives small grants to selected low-income persons for training, classes, equipment, tools, or other means of assistance to follow their goals and achieve a better standard of living.
April 16: ISAIAH
ISAIAH is a faith based community organizing non-profit that is working to make Minnesota communities places where immigrants feel safe and can flourish. ISAIAH works to connect members of the immigrant community to legal resources, to create deportation safety plans, and as an advocate for immigrant rights at the legislature. To date, they have supported 28 congregations — including Unity Church — in becoming Sanctuary Congregations, and have created a network of Sanctuary Supporting Congregations. Currently, ISAIAH is training hundreds of moral observers to be part of a state wide rapid response effort during ICE raids.
April 23: In A New Light
In A New Light is a therapeutic nature photography program at Northwest Passage, an organization that works with youth in transition. This program focuses on skilled expressive arts training and nature immersion with the goal of empowering youth to see themselves through the lens of their strengths rather than their weaknesses. In A New Light is the April Parish Hall art exhibit and this offering will support an artist-in-residence program.
April 30: Mano a Mano International Partners
Co-founded in 1994 by longtime Unity Church members Joan and Segundo Velasquez, Mano a Mano International Partners is dedicated to improving health and economic wellbeing in rural Bolivia. By collaborating with Bolivian communities, municipal governments, and counterpart organizations in Bolivia, Mano a Mano works to build health care clinics, schools and teacher housing units, agricultural water projects, and more. Mano a Mano also collects donated medical, school, and construction supplies in the U.S. and distributes the items through these projects.
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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