Why We Pray
A Few of Our Outreach Activities
Working with those Experiencing Homelessness
Standing with Those on the Margins
In 2017, there was a Hepatitis Outbreak among those experiencing homelessness. Check out how we responded.
Third Sunday Outreach
“Third Sunday Outreach” brings together two additional ways to support those on the margins. The congregation is invited to bring grocery items to “Fill the Cart”, a shopping cart placed in the narthex (entryway). All groceries and toiletries collected go to assist Uptown Community Service Center, a non-profit community service center in North Park (originally started by UCC). In addition, $5.00 gift cards for McDonald’s are offered for sale to the congregation to share with those in need we meet during the week.
Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Heifer’s animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
We deeply respect other religious traditions and value our work with other faith leaders. In fact, we frequently work with Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County, which is housed on our campus, and partnered with them to form the San Diego Multifaith Collaborative.
Here’s a picture from an Interfaith Service preparing for a march to the border.
Wine into Water
UCC has built an important relationship with Sunburst House, which is transitional housing for formerly homeless LGBTQ+ youth.
Here’s a picture of a Thanksgiving meal together.
UCC is a Global Ministries congregation, which means that we have made a commitment to support the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) effort for development work in other countries. In particular, we have developed a strong relationship with Albergue Las Memorias, an HIV/AIDS Hospice Home in Tijuana. We frequently collect items, donate money, visit, and partner in prayer.
A Recent Trip to Las Memorias
Little Free Library
In the Fall of 2017, we put out two Little Free Libraries for the community to use as an experiment, it has turned out to be an immensely successful way for us to connect with the community.
Jubilee USA Network
UCC is a member of the Jubilee USA network, which organizes faith communities to work together in the struggle to break the chains of debt in the developing world. Find out more about the Jubilee USA Network.
Education Project International
Celebrate the Sacraments
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