Living Your Faith

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Our church offers our members and friends a wide range of opportunities to practice Unitarian Universalist values. We empower our members to come together to walk to fight AIDS, march for women’s rights, and speak out about things that matter.  We inspire our members, in community as well as individually, to get involved in living their faith through these programs and through future ministries we will discern and create together.

 

Building the World We Dream is our anti-oppresion social action team. We meet the first Sunday of each month at 9:15 am and on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Come join us to plan our part in making the world a better place by standing against racism, religious discrimination, and other forms of oppression. For more information, contact Adam Wathan.

 

 

After the Harvest

Help the hungry by gleaning produce from local fields – healthy food that then gets passed along through food banks and agencies that help feed the hungry. Gleaners meet at a local field and harvest produce in a few hours, and it is an excellent activity for families with children. You need to sign up on their website to get started. More information is available from Randy Burdge.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is a program where you clip off the label of all sorts of common household products and food items. Products such as Cheerios, Hefty bags, Kleenex, and Bisquick all have Box Tops for Education. These will be donated to Rosehill School and they will get 10 cents per label.

Community Blood Center

Our church has a long history of donating blood on-site at least once a year (often near Halloween), and sometimes even more often. This is done on-site by the Community Blood Center, which serves hospitals in the greater KC area. Contact Kris Koehler for more information.

Cross-Lines Community Outreach

Can you spend about three hours a month in community with SMUUCh friends serving a meal to the hungry?

Since 2011 our church has partnered with the Cross-Lines kitchen in Armourdale to serve a nutritious lunch to the working poor and homeless once a month. Click here for more information and to sign up now. Contact Ann Schwartz with questions.

Donate the Plate

In 2007, our church implemented a program called Donate the Plate. Each month, one of our Sunday collection plate offerings is donated to an organization that affirms and promotes our Unitarian Universalist principles. In some instances, this program is utilized to support an organization or SMUUCh ministry to which the Board of Trustees has officially made a financial commitment. Since the inception of our Donate the Plate program, SMUUCh has contributed over $100,000 to more than 40 worthy recipients.

Would you like to nominate a non-profit to be a beneficiary of Donate the Plate? Simply download, complete, and submit the following  application to the Donate the Plate Coordinator, Terry Cushman. Please contact Terry if you have any questions. You can see a list of recipients that have been designated since 2015 here.

Harvesters

Harvesters has been helping the hungry for more than 30 years as Kansas City's area food bank. It provides food assistance to more than 140,000 different people each month, serving 26 counties on both sides of the state line. We're happy to help them! Sometimes we travel to their warehouse to volunteer and other times we have activities at our church. Contact Connie Strand with questions.

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. (IHN) is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Johnson County. IHN's mission is to unite and enable the faith community to provide homeless families with emergency shelter and meals, as well as compassionate assistance with social services, and relationships with caring people in the faith community.  IHN works to return the homeless families to a renewed sense of dignity and hope, and independent living in the shortest time possible.

SMUUCh serves as an IHN support church, meaning that once every two to three months, we help host guest families for one week in partnership with another church. During our IHN week, SMUUCh volunteers help provide meals for families, and stay with families in the evening and overnight.

All IHN volunteers are required to attend a training session. If you have any questions or want additional information, contact Jan Davis, our IHN Coordinator. 

Red Ribbon Team

Join the SMUUCh team at the annual AIDS walk or help with other AIDs advocacy efforts. The 2016 walk is Saturday, April 30. Learn more. Contact Terry Cushman if you have questions.

Rosehill Elementary School

Our church works in a partnership with other area churches to support nearby Rosehill Elementary School. Due to budget cuts for public education and the demographics of the students, Rosehill School needs help with basic program supplies and volunteers. More information is available from Vickie Trott or Yvonne Gibbons.

Service is Our Prayer

Service is our Prayer organizes activities throughout the year to help children and youth learn the joy of service to others. Recent partnerships have included Heart to Heart International, where children collect and pack bags with hygiene supplies that travel to places in need, Happy Bottoms where we collect diapers for families, and Reach Out and Read KC that provides books for children at their first five well-checks. SMUUCh Contact: Rachel Wathen, DRE

  Sunflower Head Huggers

Do you knit? Crochet? Sew? Create caps for those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and drop them off at church, where they are taken to the University of Kansas Cancer Centers and Hospital for distribution. Patterns and more information is available from Diane Meyers.

   
   

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