For over a year, our church community has worked in the community to help change the world for better while also learning about justice. Our Family Service Learning Projects (usually on the last Sunday of the month) have helped repair the damage done to our environment, connecting with animals and how they help people, and offering resources to Habitat for Humanity and the families moving into their new homes.
Our Service Learning Projects are open to all members, friends, and visitors at Second Unitarian – and particularly, we use this as an opportunity to create multigenerational community with our children, teens, adults, and elders.
We prefer having our programs off-site, as a way to engage with the larger Omaha community, but our November Service Learning Project will take place at the church on November 24.
During the 9:30 and 11:30 services, we will worship together, learn together, and serve together as we reflect on the different ways people create families in our world. Part of our project will be to learn about issues facing Nebraskans, and then to advocate from our Unitarian Universalist perspective that all people are equal and welcome to create the families they desire. Specifically, we will focus on LB 385, proposed by State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, which would prohibit discrimination when people apply to be foster parents.
We hope that you will join us at Second Unitarian on November 24, and invite anyone and everyone who might be interested in a faith community that values each person and their particular lives and experiences.
In December, we are planning to make blankets as our Service Learning Project. Part of our day will be to learn about Project Harmony, and the work they do in support of children who have been abused or neglected, and their families. We are doing this, in part, to build our connections with Project Harmony – in January, our church will be hosting an important all-church workshop regarding our future work in Social Justice. This workshop (on Martin Luther King weekend) will be at Project Harmony so that we can have plenty of space, including an accessible entrance for anyone who would join us. The gifts we create in December will be taken in January, both as a thank you to them and as a way to support and offer physical and emotional comfort to children.
If you’d like to help, or know more about our Service Learning Projects, contact the Minister or Director of Religious Education. We are always looking for suggestions of projects, and partners to help organize this work.