Each year at this time, our congregation participates in Guest at Your Table—a UU tradition. By bringing home a GAYT box, we learn about how the UU Service Committee puts our shared principles into action in the US and around the world; and by placing donations in the box, we support the UUSC and the people it serves.
If you didn’t receive a box at the Thanksgiving services, you can pick one up on the community table near the parking lot door in Fellowship Hall or contact Anne Mark (Contact Form).
We’ll return boxes and donations at Sunday services on January 8 and 15.
In 1940, a rescue mission of the new Unitarian Service Committee saved 29 children and 10 adults from Nazi persecution and brought them to the US.
Today, the UU Service Committee continues on that life-affirming path. Through advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots organizations, the UUSC (1) protects the rights of marginalized people in humanitarian crises, (2) works toward economic justice and defends workers’ rights, (3) advances environmental justice (defending the human right to water), and (4) defends civil liberties.
Each year at this time, our congregation participates in Guest at Your Table—a UU tradition. By bringing home a GAYT box, we learn about how the UUSC puts our shared principles in to action the US and around the world. We’ll receive our boxes at the Thanksgiving services (November 20) and return them in January.
With each box comes a copy of Stories of Hope, which tells more about how UUSC works to change our world for the better. The stories introduce human-rights champions like Carolina Lara, a youth leader of a movement in Ecuador that successfully lobbied to have the human right to water included in the country’s new constitution. Some individuals and families make it a mealtime ritual to read one of the stories and think about how we can help. When we share our blessings with our “guests,” we ensure that UUSC and people like Carolina can continue their important work. Some like to put coins and bills in their box throughout the holiday season; others prefer to write a check and put it in the box.
Thanks to the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y., gifts of 100 (USD) or more are eligible to be matched, dollar for dollar, doubling our contributions.
(Thanks to www.uusc.org for some of these words.)