The Plate Report: Where the Offering Goes
By Susanna Whitman, Published on October 11, 2017
First Parish shares it’s plate collection each Sunday. Most weeks we split the collection, 50-50 between First Parish and another organization chosen by the Social Action Committee. Occasionally, as with hurricane relief this season, we give the entire collection away.
This Summer, in July, August, and on Labor Day Sunday, First Parish collected monies shared 50-50 with the Needham Community Council. A check for $832.88 has been sent to the Council. As the collection was split, First Parish also received that amount. The total raised this past Summer was $1,665.76.
In September, collections were:
- Ingathering Sunday, September 10th a total of $1,506.10 was raised and given entirely to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund administered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).
- Sundays, September 17th & 24th $482.53 was raised for Generic Ministry, with the other half going to First Parish. The total raised was $965.05.
And on Sunday, October 1st $910.50 was raised and split 50-50, half each–or $455.25–going to the UUA-UUSC Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund and to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. For nearly 30 years, the Hispanic Federation has partnered with 100 grassroots organizations to serve East Coast Latinx communities through education, immigration advocacy, economic empowerment, environmental justice, and healthcare access.
For the remaining 4 Sundays of October, First Parish is splitting our plate collection 50-50 with Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN), a network of local faith-based community organizations working for economic and racial justice, inspired by many faith traditions’ deep and enduring call to justice. Current campaigns include improving public education, increasing the minimum wage, ending mass incarceration, and compassionate immigration reform, including sanctuary networks to protect undocumented immigrants. In November, the amount collected with be listed.
Thanks to the Social Action Committee for choosing the causes we split our collection with, to reinforce our values made manifest in the world, and to all of you for your generosity in making that happen!