Sunday Offering News

  • July and August Cause of the Month – Global Refuge (formerly known as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) July 1, 2024
    The July and August Cause of the month is  Global Refuge (formerly known as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service). Global Refuge’s mission is “Fostering a world of just and welcoming communities.” They support and empower immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees who are rebuilding their lives in the United States. Since 1939, Global Refuge has provided welcome ...
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  • June Cause of the Month – Shoreline Community College Foundation May 27, 2024
    The June Cause of the month is the Shoreline Community College Foundation. Shoreline Community College Foundation (SCCF) is “dedicated to increasing student access and success through raising funds, building partnerships, and advocating for students and the college.” The Shoreline Community College Foundation raises money to support innovative academic programs, student scholarships, and student emergency assistance at ...
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  • May Cause of the Month – Women Spirit Coalition May 1, 2024
    The May Cause of the month is WomenSpirit Coalition. WomenSpirit Coalition’s mission is “Eliminating violence against native women and promoting the well-being of native families and communities.” WomenSpirit Coalition is located in Sequim, WA and serves 29 tribes of Washington state, focusing on 7 tribes of the Olympic Peninsula. The organization provides culturally specific technical assistance ...
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  • April Cause of the Month – The Kicking Gas Campaign April 1, 2024
      April Cause of the month is Kicking Gas. Kicking Gas is a local campaign led by the non profit For The People, with collaboration from Readiness to Learn, City of Langley Climate Crisis Action Committee, Salish Sea Cooperative Finance, Sno-Isle Sierra Club, and Island Ductless Heat Pumps.  It is a grassroots, Whidbey Island-based climate justice organization ...
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  • March Cause of the Month – The Unicorn Family Guild February 26, 2024
      March Cause of the month Unicorn Family Guild is the Sunday cause of the month for March. The Unicorn Family Guild was formed by a group of individuals, each touched by their own experiences and advocacy, to provide support and resources for families with trans children. They are inspired by personal experiences with gender diversity, and ...
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  • February Cause of the Month – Native Action Network January 29, 2024
    Native Action Network 2014 Women’s Leadership Forum from Native Action Network on Vimeo   Native Action Network (NAN) is the Sunday cause of the month for February. NAN is a nonprofit organized to promote Native women’s full representation, participation, and leadership in local, state, tribal, and national affairs. NAN achieves this by hosting intergenerational leadership forums, youth ...
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does one nominate an organization?

We invite you to fill out the online form to nominate an organization. Of course, not all of the nominations we receive will be selected.

What is the role of the EUUC Sunday Offering committee?

Sunday Offering committee facilitates one of the many ways that EUUC extends the reach of our mission. We accept and vet nominations to support organizations from the membership. The committee arranges for a spokesperson from the organization to briefly introduce their organization’s work to the congregation. Due to COVID-19 protocol those introductions are now available via video.

When did EUUC begin the Sunday offering?

In 2006 Pat Garrity read an article in the UU magazine about a church that was donating their offering to another nonprofit once a month. Pat was chair at the time of the Services Committee (no longer in existence). She took that idea to Social Concerns and they thought it was a good idea so she took the idea to Ed Brock, our minister at the time, who thought it was a great idea and thought it would be even better to do it every week and that’s how it started. The rest is history.

Who receives the Sunday offering?

The recipients of our monthly donations are organizations engaged in environmental action, peace and justice education and advocacy, or social justice projects.

All the checks written to the EUUC with “cause” on the memo line and all online donations for “Sunday Offering” are given directly to the recipient organization.

Are you interested in joining the committee or learning more?

Here is a short FAQ:

~ How often and when does the Sunday Offering (SO) committee meet to review the submissions?

Ans: We meet around 4 times a year. Typically we meet in January, April, June and October. The dates are determined via consensus of the group members

~ What happens with the nominations?

Nomination arrives via the form >> located here. Someone from the SO reviews the nomination, does research and addresses questions, if any. We meet during one of our regularly scheduled meetings and do the final vetting. The list of fully vetted nominees are placed in a suggested place on the calendar (sometimes based on the nominator’s request but due to other things is not always). That list is then sent as a recommendation to the Social Justice Committee (SJC) for approval. The SJC meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

~ Do we hear if the organization we submitted is chosen or not, and if it is not chosen?

Yes. After the SJC meeting we inform all EUUC parties of the results. That includes nominators, ministers, TWAE, EUUC, website managers etc. The SO committee lead then reaches out to the approved nominee to let them know that they will be a beneficiary and to request that they prepare a video that will be used to introduce them to the congregation. At the end of the offering we have the check sent to the listed party.

~ Does the submission stay in an active capacity (if not selected the first time) for the next go-round or do we need to resubmit it?

Unless there is an issue with the submission then there should not be a need to roll over. With that said, if there is an issue with the nomination we will kick it back to the nominator ASAP for more information or other assistance.

~ Does it matter or is there a strategy on timing for submission of these or should we submit as soon as we decide as a group we support an organization for consideration?

We do not meet every month. We suggest that one get in as many nominations as soon as possible. Let the nominations come forth as quickly as you can get them. Also if you have a preferred month, please let us know. But there is no guarantee that order will be followed. The SJC is the one that makes the final call.

Contact: Sunday Offering