By Fred Young, SAT Communications Coordinator
The Social Action Team reviewed the applications for the twice-monthly Faith-to-Action Sunday service collections for the 2018-2019 church year. All of the applicants were determined to be aligned with the mission and vision of our church. Fortunately, we were able to accept all of these worthy applicants. Many thanks to the individuals who took the time to fill out applications for these organizations; your efforts will literally “pay off” for the deserving organizations that have been selected.
Here are those organizations, listed in no particular order:
- Race Matters Friends
- Humanity for Children
- Hickman High School Amnesty International
- Minority Men’s Network
- Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
- Centro para el Desarrollo Político, Educativo y Cultural (Puerto Rico grassroots recovery and development initiative)
- First Chance for Children
- Tiger Council of the Blind
- Literacy Action Corps
- Voluntary Action Center
- City of Refuge
- Centro Latino de Salud
- UUCC Honduras Ministry
- Welcome Home, Inc.
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
- No More Deaths
- Children’s Grove Kindness Libraries
- The Center Project
In addition, members of the team feel strongly that the Rural Crisis Center and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture should be considered for Faith-to-Action collections.
We are not suggesting this as the final, definitive list of Faith-to-Action recipients. Other organizations, such as the Festival of Sharing, or situational relief efforts that require a timely response, may be selected at the discretion of the minister. We intend to post information about each of these organizations, ideally in the week preceding each of their respective Sunday collections.
There is plenty more “action” among Social Action Team members that is not covered here. I recently volunteered to direct communications concerning social action that our church is actively involved with and/or that individual members are passionate about and involved with. I am now starting the process of determining how best to accomplish that, via the SAT Facebook page, the UUCC Facebook page, the UUCC website, the monthly newsletter, the weekly news email, order of service announcement inserts, church bulletin board postings… did I miss anything?
I welcome your comments, suggestions – and of course action items – by email.