Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Have You Seen Our Church’s New Mobile App?
If you are a GivePlus Mobile user, you should have received an email earlier about Vanco Mobile, our church’s new and improved mobile app. Vanco, our eGiving provider, has launched this updated mobile app to replace GivePlus Mobile.
How Do You Download Vanco Mobile?
It’s easy! Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download Vanco Mobile for free. Be sure to download this app soon, as GivePlus Mobile will be retired as of December 30, 2021 (previously the deadline was September 30, 2021).
To give using Vanco Mobile, follow these five easy steps:
- Search for our church by name.
- Select your gift amount, fund and frequency.
- Enter your payment method. (You can save this information for future use!)
- Choose whether you want to cover processing fees.
- Click Submit to complete your donation.
You can also check out this Vanco Mobile How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions.
Making Connections with the 8th Principle
By Robin Gray
Many of the books we’ve read for the book group Centering Black, Indigenous and People of Color Voices have helped to expand my thinking about the 8th Principle. The first that comes to mind, however, is a book we read together many months ago, “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.
The book reads like one part memoir, one part political treatise. Kendi recounts some of the times in his life when, as a Black man, he encountered racism in himself. His disclosures help me to acknowledge the racism that I know in myself, and to face with greater confidence the continuing work of dismantling “racism and other oppressions in ourselves” as the 8th Principle calls us to do.
Our proposed 8th Principle doesn’t just call us to personal reflection however, but also points us toward dismantling racisms in our institutions. Here, Kendi offers a consistent solution: understand racist policies and supplant them with anti-racist policies. At the Antiracist Research and Policy Center of American University he set forth the following goals:
- Admit racial inequity is a problem of bad policy, not bad people.
- Identify racial inequity in all its intersections and manifestations.
- Investigate and uncover the racist policies causing racial inequity.
- Invent or find antiracist policy that can eliminate racial inequity.
- Figure out who or what group has the power to institute antiracist policy.
- Disseminate and educate about the uncovered racist policy and antiracist policy correctives.
- Work with sympathetic antiracist policymakers to institute the antiracist policy.
Monitor closely to ensure the antiracist policy reduces and eliminates racial inequity. When policies fail, do not blame the people. Start over and seek out new and more effective antiracist treatments until they work.**
What Ibram X. Kendi suggests isn’t easy. It takes time, dedication, and courage to identify and change racist policies. Yet, I can see that the outline he suggests can be applied in any of the institutions that touch my life. It gives me hope that together, building from the base of the Beloved Community we can live into the 8th Principle to “dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
**Kendi, Ibram X.. How to Be an Antiracist (pp. 231-232). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Our Share the Plate Partner – The Kearney Center: Addressing Our Unhoused Community
Amidst all the other news, some people slip by unseen. Unhoused people tend to move with the seasons in order to survive. Buildings do not, however, expand and contract seasonally. The new Kearney Center kitchen director, Drew Richards, seemed surprised when he ran out of food on a recent September Sunday evening before the half-hour mark of the dinner hour. In an effort to meet needs, the community service function of the kitchen has been re-established. This service includes free bus service to the Kearney Center for the lunch and dinner service. Although the population of the Kearney Center is limited by the size of the building, the need for nutrition of the unhoused population has no such limitation. Just to let you know, sometimes Kearney kitchen even serves hungry college students whose budget doesn’t stretch to match up with the calendar.
If you drop into the Kearney Center as early as 6:30 on a weekday morning you will see Chuck White meeting with individuals to help with connections to services. Services may range from intake to finding shoes. He provides encouragement along with appointments with medical, dental, social service, and mental health professionals.
As early as 8:00 a.m. people are connecting with services from volunteer health professionals. A closet is maintained at Kearney Center to furnish clean wearables to those in need. Overnight bags, backpacks and tote bags are considered beyond value. Sturdy shoes are also highly valued.
Lest you think that Kearney Center is solely a shelter; a roof and floor and walls, you should be aware that the able clients are not only encouraged to find employment, they are aided in the search and prepared to be successful in that employment. For some residents, the shelter is the place where they sleep, shower, eat breakfast and dinner and come from for work and return to after work. After all, learning how to save and spend responsibly in order to maintain housing isn’t a “born into us” skill and housing vouchers require meeting qualifications.
UUCT has suffered a fall-off of volunteers as has almost every other organization with outreach over the past pandemic era. Here is the thought to hang onto: When you volunteer in the shelter you are part of the sheltering. You provide acceptance and service to people who truly find little welcome in this world.
This Sunday’s Share the Plate partner is the Kearney Center. Thank you for your continued support.
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Kearney Center Meal Service and Preparation Volunteers Needed
By Janet Temkin
If you and your family are looking for a way to give back to our community, the Kearney Center can use your help.
UUCT has signed up to prep and serve lunches on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Kearney Center. We will be assisting with dinners on the second Monday of each month. 4-5 volunteers are needed at each mealtime.
Meal prep is a fun way to connect with others and help our vulnerable homeless population at the same time.
You can easily sign up to volunteer using the link below:
Kathryn Schroeder is now our UUCT coordinator. Please email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.