At UUCLB we have evolved a habit of pooling our resources to support organizations that do valuable work in our other communities. It’s a leap of faith that generosity begets generosity; we hold to an ethos of mutual support, expressing our belief in something larger than ourselves. We have found that our Special Collections efforts have focused our attention outward and made us more aware of other justice work going on in our communities.

To put it in metaphorical terms, we feel it isn’t enough simply to light our own chalice. We must see and support the flames of others who are also doing the work of building a better world.

How it works

A different organization or cause is chosen each month. We look for local, community-based groups that do justice work in alignment with our values.

The receipts from the collection plate on the first Sunday of each month are passed on to an organization or cause in our larger community. Contributions toward the month’s Special Collection can also be made at any time during the month by marking your donation for that purpose.

Some past recipients of Special Collection funds:

  • Harbour Area Halfway Houses offers housing for women reentering the community from incarceration.
  • UUCLB Dreamers’ Scholarship assists undocumented people from Long Beach with expenses for attending college or graduate school
  • Homeland Neighborhood Cultural Center is a place for people to explore and pass on traditional and contemporary cultural traditions

Contact the Social Justice Council here if you would like to suggest an organization to receive our support. The recipient of the December special collection is chosen by our minister.

About the current month’s collection:

  • September Special Collection The Special Collection during September (all collections from the September 3 service, and any others marked “Special Collection” during the month) will be directed to Christian Outreach in Action (COA). COA is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that has been serving the Long Beach community for more than 35 years. COA provides a stable, daily environment ... Read more