is your congregation providing support for people during the recession?
1st Unitarian Church of
- Occasional sermons related
to the recession and occasional newsletter announcements that might
be considered social networking during difficult economic times, but
nothing focused like a support group
2nd Unitarian Church of
- Like many congregations
during this economic downturn, a number of members of Second Unitarian
Church were laid off; and in response, our church established a 2U Employment
Support Group. The group comes together for support, concrete resources
and accountability. They meet every Monday morning.
- We released the first edition
of the 2U Member Businesses and Services Directory. The directory is
meant to publicize the talents and services of our membership households.
If you or a member of your household would like to be included in the
directory please submit a form to Lisa Todd. A special thanks to Liz
for the layout and editing of the directory.
- We also compiled a booklet
of classifieds that is housed outside of our sanctuary on Sundays. People
can post their resumes. List their desire to share housing or rent a
room. People are responsible for updating their posting.
- We hire members for our
cleaning and staffing of special events. If a member is interested they
contact the church office. There are specific physical requirements
and time commitments will be discussed with the member.
Beverly Unitarian Church
- * Annual food drive for
local food bank
- Volunteering with PADS
- Special collections for
New Neighbors (non-profit dealing with homelessness) and PADS
Countryside Church UU
- We hold a 9-session program
called Making the Most of Our Money. This program is provided to limited
income families in the community. This program is offered twice a year.
- We held a money summit this
spring to discuss the economic downturn, its origins and how we can
help each other. We also held a health care summit.
Northshore Unitarian Church
- We have a minister's discretionary
fund, and have made a third Sunday collection to add funding to that.
- We are planning a resource
list for people in the congregation to support each other by bartering
- We are planning more potlucks
and other church get togethers to develop a greater sense of community
Unitarian Church of Evanston
- We have a group that meets
periodically to support each other as they look for work. One of the
facilitators does great work on human resource issues.
- There is a Pastoral Fund
that the ministers use as need for specific issues.
UU Church of Elgin
- Working to increase the
amount that we donate to the Interfaith food pantry
- Donated Share the Plate
money to local PADS through summer
UU Society of Geneva
- Minister has Make a Difference
(MAD) money to use as needed by individuals