Interfaith opportunities abound
New Start Ministry: MUUS is one of sixteen area congregations that recently joined to form New Start Ministry to support refugee resettlement efforts. New Start Ministry is working with IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services) to sponsor a refugee family for local resettlement. Before we can signal to IRIS that we are ready to sponsor a family New Start Ministry must raise $12,000.00, which will be used to subsidize rent, buy mattresses, and support all the other costs of daily living until they can be self-sufficient (typically within six months of arrival). With sixteen participating congregations this goal is achievable. Please visit the New Start Ministry Facebook page to learn how you can make an individual donation.
MUUS Stand Against Hunger
On October 22, 2011 our congregation held a Unitarian Universalist Association led social justice workshop at our meetinghouse. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the social justice issues that were most important to us and to come to a consensus on one or two issues that we would work on together as a congregation. We voted to address the issue of Hunger and have been working since that time to find ways that we as a congregation can engage with our communities to affect this issue.
Our stand against hunger initiatives currently include:
Service to the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (GWIM):
All are invited to meet on third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the meetinghouse to help make 250 PB&J sandwiches for the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries soup kitchen. We enjoy music and each other’s company while making the sandwiches. Sandwiches are also available for purchase at a cost of $1, which goes toward the Hunger project. Come jam with us!
We attend monthly meetings at GWIM identifying ways that we can assist them in carrying out their mission.
Service to the Southbury Woodbury Interfaith Ministries (SWIM):
After a community survey detailing current services and current needs, SWIM was born, and now stands as an independent agency.
We participate annually in the SWIM Hunger Walk
Community Gardens in both Woodbury and Southbury are planted, tended and harvested by MUUS members, the produce is donated to the Woodbury and Southbury Food Banks.
We regularly collect food for this food bank. Each month we work in the food bank stocking shelves. In rotation with the area churches we help staff the food bank on Fridays in March.
Volunteers read with children individually and in groups at the Children’s Community School in Waterbury.
Escalating Inequality is a Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) chosen by the Unitarian Universalist Association at the annual gathering of congregations call General Assembly. This is an invitation for individual congregations to engage, reflect, learn about and respond to the chosen issue in their own ways. Our current group is identifying ways to engage the entire congregation in this study/action issue.