Scholarships for Dreamers in Arizona
Because Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we created a scholarship for undocumented students enrolled at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. Please join us in helping DACA recipients attain their educational goals.
In Arizona, due to an Arizona Supreme Court decision on April 9th 2018, Dreamers must now pay out of state tuition even though they may have lived in Arizona since childhood. The increased intuition for these DACA recipients can be from $2,580 a year to $8,900 per year depending on the institution in which they are enrolled. As an example of this increase at Yavapai College, tuition jumped from in-state $152 per credit hour to out-of-state $451 per credit hour for a full-time nursing student.
The ‘Opportunity Scholarship’ is specifically designated for “Recipients [who] must not be eligible for any type of federal or state grants”. There are many students in our community who have been paying their own tuition and now fear they will not be able to finish their college education as a result of this ruling. Last year’s recipient was about to drop out before learning about this resource. Recipients are chosen by Yavapai College based on need and grade point average.
There is an urgent need to fill this fund. Please donate now!
Our goal is $2,000 on Faithify to provide a minimum of one scholarship, but with more money we can provide help to more students.
Help a Small Congregation offer OWL
Free Church Unitarian is a congregation of 50 members in Blaine, Washington. The congregation will be offering Our Whole Lives programming for youth for fourth, fifth and sixth grade youth. Our Whole Lives is comprehensive fact-based sexuality education. The class helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. OWL empowers youth to make informed responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Your contribution will support UU youth and a thriving small congregation.
The OWL class is supported by the minister Reverend Amy Moses-Lagos, the Religious Education Coordinator Lisa Moeller, and the Board of Trustees of Free Church Unitarian. Two members of the congregation plan to take the OWL training in Bellevue, Washington in September. The class for youth will begin in October. Of the money raised, $590 will cover the registration fee and travel costs for two adults to participate in the teacher training. $120 will cover the cost to purchase the curricula. $300 will cover the cost for a hotel room for 2 nights.
Youth Group Immigration Justice Immersion Learning Trip to Tucson, AZ
We have 9 youth from the Mount Diablo UU Church in Walnut Creek, CA youth group and 3 adult advisors traveling to Tucson, Arizona on July 28th to Aug 1st to participate in a learning immersion experience on immigration justice. This is with UUCSJ’s Youth Activate program (uucsj.org/activatetucson/)!
In Tucson they will engage in a program of interactive immigration justice education in order to have a better understanding of immigration justice issues and develop skills for continued advocacy in our Contra Costa communities.
This Campaign will help us get there!
In preparing for this journey we have been fundraising within our congregation all year. Through congregational lunches, the Holiday Craft Faire, donut & bagel sales, grant money through UUCSJ, family contributions, and a car wash, we are well on our way to meeting our fundraising needs. This campaign is our last piece of the puzzle. We are within $3000 of our goal to fund this trip. This Faithify campaign is one of our last efforts to cover the added costs of sending such an abundance of people.
We are hoping to raise at least $1500 to help close the funding gap and ensure the program is accessible for all participants. If you donate and we raise $1500, or more, that money will be collected and go toward our travel funds (if we do not raise $1500 no money will be collected from anyone).
Any donations made that exceed our Faithify goal of $1500 will help us further meet the funding need of $3000!
Thank you from the youth group of MDUUC!
Why do we go to Tucson, AZ?
MDUUC has made a commitment to better understanding and working towards immigration justice through multiple methods, such as accompaniment efforts with immigrants and becoming a physical sanctuary church. This program is an opportunity for our teens to gain greater experience with the pressing issue of immigration justice and be able to connect with and support the work their congregation is prioritizing. By collaborating with local organizers who are welcoming and affirming across age, sexuality, gender, race, economics, and physical abilities, and participating on reflections of race and class our youth group participants will learn how to apply our faith’s values into the wider world.
Our participants will be sharing about their experience and what they learned at MDUUC’s August 11th worship service.
For your generous contributions to our campaign, and if we reach our goal, our youth and advisers will thank you in the following fabulous ways:
- For a $15 contribution … you’ll receive a thank you in the worship service’s order of service on August 11th!
- For a $30 contribution…you’ll receive the same thank you and an original “I support youth ministry at MDUUC Button!”
- For a $50 contribution, or higher! …you’ll receive a personalized thank you note with youth group artwork on it as well as a all of the above!
Reverend James Reeb...
Many Unitarian Universalists know the story of Reverend James Reeb, the UU minister who was murdered in 1965 in Selma, Alabama after answering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nationwide call for religious leaders to come south to march in support of voting rights.
What UUs may not know is that James Reeb grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and served there as a Presbyterian minister before his faith journey led him to Unitarian Universalism and to civil rights activism. He eventually moved with his family to Washington D.C., where he served as the Assistant Minister to All Souls Unitarian Church. His next call to ministry and activism took the Reeb family to the Roxbury area of Boston where he worked for fair housing and advocated for people living in poverty.
Marie Reeb, Reverend Reeb’s widow, still resides in Casper along with many of his extended family, and yet much of the Wyoming community is unaware of his legacy and this important Wyoming connection to America’s Civil Rights Movement.
Partnering with The Table, a downtown Casper dinner church, the Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper is raising $10,000 for a James Reeb Memorial Mural here in his hometown of Casper. Understanding that UUs and others involved in social activism across the country feel deep respect and reverence for Reverend Reeb, the UU Community of Casper is extending an invitation to be a part of this unique opportunity to promote James Reeb’s legacy, social justice, community partnerships, and interfaith engagement.
The James Reeb Memorial Mural project will also include a website, a short film, and several public events to heighten access and engagement with Reverend Reeb’s story. Public art is a beautiful way to introduce this amazing story to a larger audience. The mural will be ideally located across the street from David Street Station, downtown Casper’s new and popular public square, which hosts concerts, farmers markets, and countless other public events. The mural’s public unveiling will be held August 24, 2019. Reverend Reeb’s story will also be shared at an August 28th story telling event at The Table and at the UU Community of Casper’s August 25th Sunday service. In addition, Reverend Reeb will be honored at Casper’s International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2019.
The UU Community of Casper’s fundraising goal for this project is $10,000 of the $30,000 estimated total cost of the mural, film, website and public events. The remaining two thirds will come from grants and public donations. Any amounts raised by the UU Community of Casper in excess of our $10,000 goal will be contributed to the James J. Reeb Memorial Scholarship Fund at Casper College, the local community college Reverend Reeb once attended.
Our interfaith partner, The Table, is a downtown Casper dinner church led by Pastor Libby Tedder Hugus. The Table has long been involved in the Casper Mural Project to beautify and revitalize downtown Casper’s public spaces through mural art. The Table follows the teachings of Jesus, and its members and friends value and seek to honor the truth found in wisdom traditions beyond Christianity. Many UU Community of Casper members and friends enjoy participating in The Table gatherings, and Pastor Libby has been a guest speaker at our UU church.
The James Reeb Memorial Mural committee consists of individuals associated with many other Casper groups and businesses. An integral member of this committee is Reverend Reeb’s granddaughter Leah Reeb, who has traveled nationwide to share her grandfather’s legacy with UUs and others. Local mural artist Tony Elmore is working closely with the Reeb family and is seeking their guidance during his creative process.
The timing of the project is fortuitous: National Public Radio recently launched the serial podcast “White Lies,” which tells the story of Reverend Reeb, his murder in Selma and the aftermath of failed justice. His story was also included in the 2015 Academy Award nominated film “Selma.”
Please consider accepting our invitation to be a part of the James Reeb Memorial Mural Project.
Allison & Carol’s Excellent GA Adventure!
African Americans make up about 3% of Hawaii’s population. On many Sundays Carol and Allison are one of the very few, if not the only, African-Americans at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu – the only Unitarian Universalist church on the island of Oahu!
Allison is a 2nd generation UU whose parents were among the founding members of the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT. Carol is a relatively new UU for whom FUCH is the last church on the block after a long search for a spiritual home and she brings many gifts from her faith journey to her faith home here with UUs.
We need GA so we can replenish our depleted spiritual and ancestral reserves! We need to get refreshed and renewed so we can continue to use our gifts and talents at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu (FUCH)! We are requesting help from the wider Unitarian Universalist community to ensure that we are able to attend the UUA GA in Spokane. In order for there to be racial equity in UUism, it is crucial that people of color participate in the process on an ongoing basis. Although Hawaii is a multicultural state, FUCH is still working on being a multicultural congregation. We are asking you to support us in attending GA because, as leaders in our church and two of the very few people of color in FUCH, it is important that we get renewed by being able to tap into the greater Black UU and Indigenous, Black, People of Color (IBPOC) community on the continent for ideas and resources. Our participation in GA will be mutually beneficial for the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu (FUCH) and ourselves.
Resources and Expenses:
Our church raised approximately $1,000 and another $500 was received from the UUA for four church members to attend GA in Spokane this year. We each received ¼ of the church and UUA funds which amounts to $375 apiece. We have each included this $375 in this Faithify campaign.We are each volunteering 18 hours at GA in exchange for receiving the GA registration fee.
Airfare is the only transportation option for us to get from Honolulu, HI to Spokane, WA. Please help us bridge the geographic challenges that affect us on the island of Oahu. We are seeking funds for round trip airfare to Spokane, round trip ground transportation from the airport to GA, and room/board. We estimate that this trip to GA will cost as follows:
|Round Trip Airfare from Honolulu to Spokane||$ 750.00 x 2||$1,500|
|Round Trip Ground Transportation from airport to GA||$ 80.00 x 2||$160.00|
|Hotel $120 x 6 days each||$ 720.00 x 2||$1,440.00|
|Per diem for food ($50 x 6)||$300.00 x 2||$600.00|
Please read about each of our backgrounds, the work we do in our church community, and how we intend to use our GA experience.
UU Marin Multi-community OWL Outreach Project
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a curriculum for human sexuality, identity, gender, and relationships with self, family, friends, and significant others. The program focuses on Respect, Relationship, and Responsibility.
Unique in our OWL program this year is the participation of three UU congregations (UU Marin, UU Petaluma, and Berkeley Fellowship UU) and the Marin Waldorf School. A successful outreach campaign meant we had more students in a wider age-range register than one class could hold so we created two cohorts, thus needing a second teaching team.
We are ecstatic about having created space for more families to engage in OWL. We have active participation from thirteen families in this 10-session course. Most of the parents also attended a six-week OWL parent class deepening their own skills to communicate on these subjects with their children.
As can happen in growing programs, we did not have enough locally available certified teachers to meet the need. Hiring two teachers to commute in was necessary. This was not in our meager budget which usually has volunteer teachers. We need financial assistance to fill the gap in our budget. $25, $50, or $100 would help tremendously. It is OK if we “over fundraise” too.
We are just about to finish this two-cohort spring program for grades 4-7. This has been a tremendous opportunity for the Waldorf Community and the UU communities to come together and means that thirty-five more emissaries are being sent into the world, ready to share the good news of self-acceptance and respectful relationships.
Please make a contribution to support this outreach model.
This multi-community OWL program brought in 12 non-UU Marin families on 11 different Sundays. In addition to our Sunday morning programing, this increased our impact in the community by 28% with children and youth and by 42% when including parents as adult learners.
We are proud of the success in sharing the OWL resources outside of our UU circles. We intend to have deeper conversations with the Waldorf community about cooperation.
Two of the Marin Waldorf teachers are now signed up to be trained as OWL teachers.
The circle widens.
Thank you for your support in opening the circle.
Tijuana Homebuild with Casas de Luz
Stretch Goal Added! See details below
Casas de Luz (casasdeluz.org) is a social justice action program of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, a sister UU congregation in San Diego county. Since its founding 15 years ago, volunteers working with Casas de Luz have built over 110 homes in 6 communities throughout Tijuana on lots already owned by each family, and this dynamic non-profit plans to build 40 additional homes in 2019.
Oct. 2018 Casas de Luz Homebuild
There is tremendous enthusiasm among our congregants for this project, and our initial efforts raised over $1500 as Chalice congregants dug deep.
San Diego’s proximity to the border makes us acutely aware of the additional hardships imposed on the Tijuana economy by the current Administration’s negative rhetoric toward Mexico. Every time we visit Mexico, we hear about the downturn in tourism resulting in part from fears promoted by our own government. Tourism is one of the most important industries in Mexico, providing construction and service jobs critical to families who are working their way out of poverty. Because of this, and despite our small congregation’s current limited funds (we just broke ground on a major campus renovation involving a new classroom and office building), we feel this is the perfect time to sponsor a Casas de Luz homebuild project.
Chalice groundbreaking Feb. 2019
We view our participation with Casas de Luz as an act of Resistance, Love, and Interconnectedness in the best traditions of Unitarian Universalism.
Please press the blue DONATE button to help us reach our additional fundraising goal of $4700. Any donations Chalice receives in excess of this goal will be forwarded to Casas de Luz to support their ongoing projects in Tijuana. GRACIAS!
Many of us come from backgrounds of relative privilege, taking for granted our homes, jobs, and educational opportunities. Imagine trying to feed your children, support their education, and get to work on time and focused, all while struggling with substandard living conditions. Families throughout the world often buy a little plot of land before they have the funds to build a house on it, then live there in makeshift housing, using whatever resources they have – tarps or lean-tos, dirt floors, a camp stove, no plumbing – while saving money to build a permanent home. Of course life does not always deal a predictable hand. Sudden illness or a death in the family, job insecurity, medications, school supplies, or even just the rising cost of living, can all eat away at savings originally set aside by these families for a home.
Casas de Luz has met this need head-on for 15 years, encouraging adult and youth volunteers to raise either $4500 for a 320-square foot standard home, or $6200 for a 384-square foot home with bathroom, and then dedicating two days on a weekend to travel to Tijuana and build.
This covers the entire cost of building materials for each home!
Floor plan for the 16′ by 24′ home we will build.
Every volunteer builder pays $50 to cover food, water, and housing for the overnight in Tijuana. Chalice’s Social Justice and Service Team is organizing the homebuild with Casas, and we are committed to separately funding the individual builder fee for any participant for whom this might be a hardship, to encourage participation by families and our youth.
Casas de Luz is a truly impressive non-profit, with a beautiful website (casasdeluz.org), a clear vision, an all-volunteer board, and a single part-time paid employee. Several regular volunteers have been designated Master Carpenter during their years of work with Casas, and they will guide the rest of us who are less experienced builders. We are so excited to be working with Casas to organize this project! We have put the weekend of October 26-27, 2019 on our congregational calendar because we are trusting that YOU – our friends, family, and fellow UUs – will help us raise the $4700 we still need. We are busy getting our passports updated, polishing up our high school Spanish, and digging out our most sturdy work clothes! Our favorite UU affirmation reads:
“Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest for truth is our sacrament, and service is our prayer.”
Thank you for helping us carry our message of love and service to our neighbors in Tijuana!
“Mothers of a...
My commitment is to help my home congregation live our 6th Principle by bearing witness to the experiences of the Palestinian people and reporting back to them and the UUJAZ network and other faith and justice groups in Arizona so that we can build capacity to answer the call to justice in that region. Although this will be (literally) new ground for us, Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation has always shown readiness and willingness to “answer the call of love.” http://www.vuu.org/opportunities/social-action/
For more information about the Tree of Life foundation and the tour, see
Ordination of Pastor Jenny Peek
Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is honored to ordain Jennifer “Jenny” Peek on September 30, 2018. Pastor Jenny, soon to be Reverend Jenny, came to serve our small congregation in the Rocky Mountains slightly less than a year ago, having entered preliminary fellowship after completing her M.Div. at Meadville Lombard. She has brought to us her warm spirit and appreciation and knowledge of UUA principles and sources. With her leadership we are making new connections–to other UUA congregations and to other faith traditions in our region. For the joyful occasion of ordaining Jenny, we will bring to our remote location in the Rocky Mountains, UUA clergy from across the nation. This is an unparalleled event in our history and a significant stretch for our budget. We welcome help from all UUs!
Supporting a liberal place for religious exploration in our conservative state and community is a worthy mission. The Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Church is unique in our local community. We do a lot to engage our community with a minimal resource. Having a new minister with us is a great honor and supporting this ministry empowers our strong UU voice in this diverse religious community.
The Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been without a minister for most of its history. As our minister, Pastor Jenny will continue to promote the goals of PUUF and our liberal faith, and its good works, in Pocatello and Southeast Idaho.
PUUF is an active and full participant with other faith traditions in our area who are united in charitable and social justice activities through the Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship (PVIF). PVIF consists of over 25 different local faith traditions including many Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Bahai, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Buddhist and others. In addition, PUUF is active with the LGBTQ organization “All Under One Roof”, Too Great 4 Hate, Family Services Alliance, Citizens Climate Lobby, National Public Radio, and many others. Our religious exploration committee meets biweekly to explore many topics within religion, spirituality and social justice.
The money we collect with through this campaign will be used to pay the expenses of bringing guest participants to Pocatello for the ordination. Our estimated expenses will be nearly $10,000. We have already raised about $2,500 in local donations, another $2,000 pledged by members, and many of our members are providing B&B accommodations in their homes to help reduce the expenses. We need to raise at least $4,000 through this Faithify project to make up the difference. Any funds collected beyond what is needed for the ordination will be added to our Fellowship Mission & Ministry fund. This fund will be used to help with our minister compensation while the membership in the congregation grows.
We have invited other nearby congregations to join us. Those who have already enthusiastically embraced this event include the UU Church in Idaho Falls, the UU Church of Ogden, and the Magic Valley UU Fellowship in Twin Falls.
You can learn more about our Pocatello UU Fellowship by visiting www.PocatelloUU.org
What some of our members have said:
“Being able to create a contract with Pastor Jenny Peek a year ago has returned us to professional leadership. She has actively participated in many community groups and endeavors, per her contract. Our UU presence and visibility in this community have increased substantially.” – Becky H.
“We do a lot with a little. Having a new minister with us is a great honor and supporting this ministry supports our continued UU voice in our diverse religious community.” – Ann S.
“Survival of PUUF depends on continued growth of its members and financial help when special events as the ordination of our pastor occurs. Your support helps provide a presence and to sustain a liberal religious community in a very conservative state like Idaho.” – Bob G.
“She has the enthusiastic support of the Pocatello Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship’s members. In the past year, we have come to know Pastor Jenny, and she embodies the principles of the Unitarian-Universalist faith.” – Jeff S.
Families and Faith: Next Steps for LUUP
Longmont Unitarian Universalist Presence is an emerging ministry initiated jointly by the UU Church of Boulder and Boulder Valley UU Fellowship of Lafayette in 2016. Together, we are growing our UU presence in Boulder County, Colorado.
Our goal is an innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational spiritual community for families. We are committed to intentionally creating opportunities that are engaging and collaborative. We are exploring a new model of church beyond bricks and mortar, using a multicultural ministry model, and grounded in strong lay and ministerial leadership.
With care, we have nurtured relationships between Longmont members of our two root congregations, tending to the joys and challenges of our shared histories. We are now including Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Loveland into our leadership and reach. Our members gather around poetry, meditation, books, and meals. We deepen our connections at monthly community gatherings which are soulfully moving and meaningful. Social media is helping us reach new people familiar with Unitarian Universalism but unaffiliated with a congregation.
It’s time for the next step. Time to reach out in love and involve people new to our UU movement and searching for a deep and spiritually grounded community. We are ready to partner with other community groups and serve Longmont’s families.
This fall, LUUP will hold focus groups with local families to explore their longings and hopes, struggles and wisdom. Our programming will evolve and reflect our new learnings about the families and current opportunities of Longmont. We will continue to gather, make friends, and care for each other. Your donations will fund increased time for our ministerial organizer, space rental, community outreach, and curriculum. Donations of all amounts are valued. We have set a participation goal of 150 people. Show your support!
New programming possibilities:
- Covenant groups for parents
- Parenting and spirituality seminars
- Our Whole Lives lifespan sexuality education classes
- Summer youth camp
- Harry Potter as a Sacred Text group for youth and parents
Since our first meeting together, we have known that relationships are at the heart or our work. We are learning along the way together. What does it mean to be a UU in this time and place? Our strength comes from the efforts of many, past and present, directly and indirectly, who have opened their homes, engaged in challenging discussions and showed up for others in countless ways.
- Emily Conger serves as our current ministerial organizer for 15 hours per month.
- We receive ministerial support from Reverends Kelly Dignan, Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, and Laurel Liefert.
- We receive financial support from BVUUF and UUCB.
- We received a Mountain Desert District Chalice Lighter Grant in 2016.
- In addition to our ministers, the following people have generously supported us by leading our Monthly Community Gatherings and providing music: Rev. Julia McKay, Rev. Cindy Pincus, Kim Mason, Christopher Watkins Lamb, Cole Hart, Tracy Bush, and Clint Brown.
- We have collected over $1,000 in offerings and given half of that to groups that support our values such as BLUU.
- We have sought support and guidance from Pacific Western Region consultants Rev. Tandi Rogers and Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong.
- Leadership attended denominational gatherings, including the Intercultural Development Inventory Workshop and Mosaic Makers Conference in San Diego.
- Our monthly newsletter reaches over 200 people.
- Find us on Facebook and Meetup. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org