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, Cathy Spears, 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 28: MidAmerica Chalice Lighters
The Chalice Lighters program brings together Unitarian Universalists across the MidAmerica region to fund congregational grants for growth and development projects. Since its inception in the 1980s, the program has supported almost 100 congregations. An example of our covenantal faith, it is a powerful way for congregations to support each other.
July 5: Apparent Plan
Apparent Plan is a faith-based network of efforts to support older members of congregations. Its mission is 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. Apparent Plan also specializes in both health promotion and elder advocacy. This collection will support an Emergency Fund established to meet crisis needs of individual elders. Unity’s Hal Freshly works with Apparent Plan.
July 12: Habitat for Humanity
For the past ten years, Unity Church has joined other neighborhood churches, under the umbrella name of Faith Builders, to staff two weeks of volunteer labor for home construction in the St. Paul area. This offering will continue to fund this shared work, in the event that volunteers are called back in late summer. Otherwise, it will support Habitat’s new At Home Fund, dedicated to assist Habitat homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments due to COVID-19. The At Home Fund is dedicated to protect homeownership through financial assistance and to increase access to affordable Habitat homeownership opportunities.
July 19: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
The UUSC is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association that works to provide disaster relief and promote human rights and social justice around the world. On this Sunday, we honor the UUSC's 80th anniversary by supporting their work for human rights wherever they are at risk, especially in the area of climate displacement and migrant justice.
July 26: FairVote Minnesota
FairVote Minnesota is a non-partisan, non-profit organization advocating for better government though ranked-choice voting. Ranked-choice voting gives citizens more power and encourages greater participation and diversity in government. It represents a way to pry gridlock loose and open pathways to real progress by discouraging partisan divisiveness and negative campaigning. FairVote aims to implement ranked-choice voting statewide. This collection will support public education, advocacy, legislative action, and grassroots support for FairVote. Unity Church member Chico Hathaway has worked with FairVote since its inception.
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:
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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
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