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Work with appropriate leaders and committees in your congregation to start a Share the Plate practice, in which the Sunday worship offering is regularly given to organizations or local community partners whose goals and values your congregation wishes to support. A Share the Plate practice provides rich opportunities for collaboration between the ministry/worship team and the social justice team in your congregation. Offer information about Share the Plate from the UU World article and suggestions such as these:

  • Introduce Share the Plate with sermons and newsletter articles.
  • Promote it as part of the congregation's social justice program, as a way to help the larger community.
  • Select recipients that are not controversial or political.
  • Provide information about the recipient agencies. Have representatives of those organizations speak to the congregation or host information tables after the service.
  • Provide opportunities for people to volunteer time with the same agencies.
  • At the end of the year, recap all the good causes the money has supported.
  • If you think there will be resistance, start small, with a percentage of the plate.

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