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Starting in 2004, members of Unitarian Universalist Church West have travelled bi-annually to Nicaragua to build community and houses. These “Nicaragua brigades” partner with a nonprofit organization called Bridges to Community, which helps volunteers experience their trip through the lens of global interdependence, cultural respect, and economic justice. This year, 29 church members, or “brigadistas,” will be joining the trip to Nicaragua.
Each has their own reason for going. Here, we feature the voices of three brigadistas:
My son, Cameron, and I are very much looking forward to building community as we build a structure alongside the Nicaraguan people. We are going on this trip to experience together what my older children were able to experience with me four years ago. Being a part of the community and experiencing the culture, delicious food and generous spirit of the Nicaraguan people is something you never forget. Bridges to Community provides the structure and support needed for a wonderful and safe adventure. We are hoping to make a real and lasting difference for a community in Nicaragua, while strengthening our mother/son relationship. I love to take pride in the work that gets accomplished in such a short amount of time via an amazing collaborative effort. I can't wait to watch my son interact with the Nicaraguan children and put his strong muscles to work!
Each month, UUCW gives half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.
The Benedict Center is an interfaith nonprofit agency working with victims, offenders and the community to achieve a system of criminal justice that is fair and treats every person involved with dignity and respect.Read more...
Since September 2015, the Holistic Study has been underway to analyze and improve the usage of UUCW’s building and land to serve the mission and ministries of the congregation.Read more...
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2016—10:00 a.m.
Pulpit Guest: Quinn Bennett, Worship Coordinator: Steve Frey
Unitarian Universalists have a proud tradition of lay leadership within each congregation. Do congregational leaders possess some “magical” set of skills and abilities that contribute to successful leadership? How can we as church members access this “magic” and develop our abilities in leadership?