Giving Beyond Our Walls 2017-2018

By: Ken Bosma

Photo by: Ken Bosma

Over a decade ago ( !!) the MUUC Board proposed an initiative titled “Giving Beyond Our Walls”. Each month we share 50% of the Sunday non-pledge Plate Offerings. Through this initiative we have supported the work of many worthy causes in our community and beyond.

Thanks to all who have contributed their time and dollars in prior months and years. MUUC has donated thousands of dollars to worthy organizations, putting our 7 principles into action and working on behalf of the dignity of all people.

April 2018 GBOW Recipient:

North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (nAGLY)

nAGLY is a safe, welcoming place for LGBTQ youth in the North Shore area. Located in downtown Salem, nAGLY welcomes youth who may face harassment, violence, homelessness, or isolation, and assists them in reaching their full potential while promoting safe and healthy practices. Programs include regular support meetings, leadership trainings, social and cultural events, and actions to defend and enhance the civil and human rights of this community. Weekly programming topics range from safe sex, healthy relationships, bullying, and coming out, to lighter matters such as poetry slams, heritage night, world spirituality, open mic events, and game nights or movie nights.

Click here specifically for the nAGLY web page

About Our 2017-2018 GBOW Program:

In the Cottage Meetings held in Spring 2017 (small group meetings, where MUUC’ers discussed our hopes for our future church and for our future minister), MUUC members clearly stated that we want to be more deeply and honestly involved in all aspects of true diversity, learning where our own experiences are lacking, and gaining understanding and acceptance. To that end, MUUC is going to dedicate this year to exploring diversity together. More information can be found on this important subject on our “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding” web page (including information about each diversity topic).

In conjunction with this diversity initiative, several of our GBOW recipient organizations will be selected by Diversity Topic Teams. This means the list of recipient organizations will develop as the Diversity Initiative progresses. Each of the Diversity Topic Teams will engage the MUUC community in one of the following topics for several months, and will select a GBOW recipient organization. Other organizations will also be selected through out the year. Our Diversity Topics include:

Recipients in 2017-2018:

MUUC Minister’s Discretionary Fund, Housing FamiiesThe Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL)Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES)Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), Year Up

Recipients in Previous Years:

Bread of Life, Elizabeth Stone House, Melrose Mayor’s Emergency Fund, Habitat For Humanity, Housing Families, HomeStart, Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), Project COPE, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), Lucy’s Love Bus, Friends of the Fells, Melrose Humane Society, Melrose Alliance Against Violence, The Children’s Room, ROCA, Papaye Peasant Movement, Hope For Our Sisters, National Alliance on Mental Illness, MassBike, UUSC/UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, UU Ministry Bethany House, UU Church Of The Philippines, Extras for Creative Reuse, Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, Center for Coastal Studies (Cape Cod & surrounding ecosystems), Boston Area GleanersUU Urban MinistryImmigrant Learning CenterHomes for Our TroopsChange Is SimpleCommunity Legal Services and Counseling Center, MUUC Minister’s Discretionary Fund