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, Patricia Ohmans, Rebecca Flood, and Cathy Spears. 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.
If you would like to nominate an organization, please fill out the offering recipient nomination form at right.
Criteria for Sunday Offering nominations submitted by congregation members:
November Offering Recipients
November 1: Braver Angels
Braver Angels, launched in 2016, is a national movement to bring liberals and conservatives together at the grassroots level, not to find centrist compromise, but to meet one another as citizens. Braver Angels helps Americans understand each other beyond stereotypes, form community alliances, and reduce the vitriol that is poisoning our civic culture. This collection will support Braver Angels 2020, a campaign focused on healing the wounds between left and right, building community together, and discovering what it means to be American in our time. Unity Church member Bill Doherty is a co-founder of Braver Angels.
November 8: Ujamaa Place
Ujamaa Place is a direct service organization that stabilizes and transforms the lives of African American men, ages 18-30, by teaching them how to navigate inequality, poverty, and a criminal justice system built to perpetuate recidivism. Each man has an individual plan and works with trained coaches to achieve stable housing, increase educational attainment, secure and retain employment, reconnect with family, and eliminate contact with the penal system. This collection, a memorial to Rick Heydinger, co-founder of Ujamaa Place, will help underwrite the monthly training expenses for Ujamaa men.
November 15: MORE
MORE works to provide recent refugees/immigrants with the education and cultural support needed to become fully engaged members of their new communities. It offers financial counseling, work preparedness, and communication/language skills along with access to household items, clothing, and food resources. This collection will support family advocacy visits focused on energy assistance, unemployment benefits, affordable health care, and voter registration. Unity Church member Cathy Rucci is MORE’s executive director.
November 22: FreeWriters MN
FreeWriters teaches Hennepin County Jail inmates, and hopefully soon Ramsey County Jail inmates, free writing exercises, i.e., spontaneous, nonstop, unedited writing which they then share aloud. County jail inmates get no break from their windowless cells with no access to the outdoors. County jails, unlike prisons, lack instructor-led programs to stimulate inmate minds, release tension, and teach healthy self-expression and literacy skills which often open doors to deeper inner resources previously untapped. This collection will help provide former inmate-student-teacher stipends. Unity Church member Stu Alger is an advocate for FreeWriters.
November 29: MN Multifaith Network
MN Multifaith Network (MnMN) aims to be a statewide network of faith and interfaith leaders woking for a more just and loving world. MnMN is committed to building bridges and trust between faith communities, opening space for deeper relationships which may well blossom into new alliances among existing organizations. This collection will support MnMN’s outreach to connect committed individuals from around the state and support them as they weave new relationships through shared learning and training focused on improving human rights in their communities. Unity Church members Tom Duke and Mark Pickard are board members of MnMN.
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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