Our Social Justice Ministry will keep UUCM members and friends informed throughout 2018 about upcoming events and activities of interest. The intent is to encourage and build the congregation's capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. Visit the UUCM Happenings Page for weekly Social Justice updates.
The four focus areas below are our social justice priorities for action and will frame our work together until such time as the congregation chooses to modify them. The Social Justice Ministry provides opportunities for the congregation to participate in volunteer, educational, stewardship and advocacy activities that are centered in these focus areas:
For more than 50 years, UUCM has relied on the generosity of our members and our friends to finance the church and fund our mission. Thank you for considering a gift to UUCM. Your gift will directly support the mission, ministries, and programs of the church. To learn more about making charitable financial contributions, please download our UUCM Giving Guide. If you would like to make an online donation with a credit card, please visit our GiveMN Page and follow the instructions to donate to our Operating Fund or Building Fund. Checks may be mailed to UUCM, 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391. For other methods of giving, including pledges, automatic withdrawals, and stock transfers, please consult the UUCM Giving Guide. As a growing church with a brand-new building, we are planting the seeds of many wonderful future possibilities. Your gift will help us grow these possibilities and enable UUCM to live out its mission, “In a spirit of wonder and courageous love, we connect, grow, and act.”
Every Sunday, UUCM donates the entire open offering to a social justice cause, with different organizations chosen each month. Since we began this practice in 2010, UUCM has raised and dispersed over $108,000 to more than 60 different organizations. The recipient of grants from this fund are chosen by the Social Justice Ministry and our Minister, with input from the congregation.
Here is a slideshow that highlights stories and messages of thanks from offering recipients over the last year, and displays the power of generosity as we share our resources with others.
Recent and Upcoming Donations:
DECEMBER: Guest at Your Table
NOVEMBER: IOCP Sleepout for the Homeless Campaign
OCTOBER: Sojourner Project
SEPTEMBER: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism $1541
AUGUST: Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA) $894
JULY: Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) $1336
JUNE: OutFront Minnesota $1,532
MAY: The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries $1,224
APRIL: MN Interfaith Power and Light $1,343
MARCH: MN Food Share and IOCP’s Prevent Hunger March Campaign $1,789
FEBRUARY: Philando Castile Relief Foundation $1,774
JANUARY 2019: Church of the Larger Fellowship $1,506.70
DECEMBER: Guest at Your Table $1,661
NOVEMBER: IOCP Sleep Out for the Homeless Campaign $1,575
OCTOBER: People Serving People $1,342
SEPTEMBER: Embrace Race $1,593
AUGUST: The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) $1,282
JULY: MyTeen Clinic, Hopkins MN $991
JUNE: UU Black Lives Matter $825
MAY: UUCM Youth's Mission ASP Trip to Kentucky $1,086
APRIL: IOCP Great Expections $1,221
MARCH: IOCP Prevent Hunger Campaign $1,140
FEBRUARY: CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) $590
JANUARY 2018: Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN) $982
DECEMBER: UUA Guest at Your Table. $1,535
NOVEMBER: Interfaith Outreach, Sleepout for the Homeless $1,545
OCTOBER: Jewish Community Action $1,402
(For a full listing of previous recipients please contact the office)
UUCM established a Building Fund in 2007 for money used to fund construction of our new building at 2030 Blvd East. So far, we have raised over $2.9 million. While the project was completed in 2017, we still need donations as we pay off our loans, and do a variety of follow-up projects.
Special fundraisers are held throughout the year to support some other specific causes within the church. The largest such fund is the Youth Fund, which supports special programming for Children and Youth, including the annual youth leadership school and youth trips (e.g. Heritage trip to Boston, General Assembly, service trips). Each week loose change in the offering basket goes to youth fund activities.
UUCM has established an endowment fund to accept legacy gifts and provide a strong financial foundation for the future of the church. Consider making provisions for a legacy gift to the endowment fund in your will.
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