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, and Rebecca Flood. 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:
April Offering Recipients
April 25: Border CrosSing
Border CrosSing envisions fundamental changes in music culture with the aim that concerts, audiences, and performers reflect the cultural realities in which they live. Toward this end, Border CrosSing provides opportunities for people from different cultures to know each other in new ways through its multi-lingual Bridge Concert Series. In just three years, this multicultural adventure has made a significant impact on the metro concert scene. This collection will help fund concert programs and online offerings. Ahmed Anzaldúa, Unity's Director of Music Ministries, is Border CrosSing's founder and director.
May 2: Foote Music Sunday Fund
Arthur Foote was minister at Unity Church from 1945-1970. Upon his death in 1999, the Arthur Foote Music Fund was created as a permanent endowment to provide an annual music Sunday in his memory. The offering will be used to continue to fund Unity's Foote Music Sunday.
May 9: Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABSHC) provides resources to assist those impacted by the trauma endured by forced enrollment of Indigenous children in church-run boarding schools. This organization partners with church denominations involved in these schools to educate and help both sides heal from the generational impact of stripping native children of their identity and voice. This collection will launch Unity’s partnership with NABSHC and support its May 26 Wellspring Wednesday presentation.
May 16: Unity Church Sanctuary Fund
Consistent with the Unitarian Universalist principles affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person with justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, Unity Church–Unitarian stands in solidarity with asylum-seekers whose requests for sanctuary have yet to be processed. Unity Church is currently offering sanctuary to a Ghanaian family of five. This collection will provide urgent resources to support the everyday expenses involved in supporting and sheltering Unity’s guest family.
May 23: Holdeen India Program
The Unitarian Universalist Association Holdeen India Program, founded in 1984, provides aid for humanitarian service adventures and social enterprises with a focus on education and livelihood development initiatives. This collection will support Holdeen's around the clock efforts to respond to India’s COVID-19 crisis, providing urgent relief to families struggling to survive amid a near complete economic standstill. Holdeen has been nominated by Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs.
May 30: 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. Unity Church members Barry Riesch, Mike McDonald, and Michael Orange actively participate in the work of Veterans for Peace.
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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