Spiritual Social Action
Our mission is to celebrate, meditate, learn and serve - to affirm the Divine in all. Unity's 5th principle states that it is not enough to understand the spiritual teachings, we must take action. Listed here are some of the ways in which Unity of Olympia is furthering its mission and applying this principle through Spiritual Social Action.
There are many ways you can support our spiritual community and help make it possible for us to support these and other charities. Donations of time, talents and treasure are all needed to help our community thrive. Contact our Community Coordinator to learn more.
Parking Lot Ministry
In recognition that many of our neighbors are experiencing financial lack; and, in recognition that many of our neighbors are doing the best they can; and in recognition that we are prosperous and generous and see the Divine in all; and in recognition that we believe that our teachings provide a positive path to a spiritual life of abundance and a release from lack consciousness, we offer support to those in need by providing a place to park a car when the owner hasn’t the financial means to meet the requirements of the landlord where they currently reside.
We are open to the sacred richness of our infinite Source, joyfully co-creating unlimited prosperity right now.
Martin Way Shelter Project
There are several ways to help the 2 homeless shelters operated by Interfaith Works:
Shower Bus - Shower Power
In partnership with Build a Bus Home (BABH), we are hosting the Shower Bus for the homeless. The bus will be on Unity campus each Tuesday - November thru January. This is a community based service project supported by the efforts of volunteers. There are many areas in which to volunteer; setup of equipment, welcome check-ins & scheduling, assisting guests with process, and many small hosting activities. Training is required and is specific to area of interest. Training completed on site with a mentor. A RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary. A log- in is needed to apply for the interest activity of choosing. Additional information is available at buildabushome.org or Cathy 360-489-0885.
Unity's Fifth Principle - Take Action
Unity's 5th principle states that it is not enough to understand spiritual teachings. We must live the Truth we know. We are being invited to take action and put this principle to work through a global organizing event scheduled to take place on March 11. The event is headed by Green Faith and is a launch point for faith groups to make their voices heard for climate change and social justice.
As a global, multi-faith, grassroots alliance, Green Faith stands for equity and compassion for all. Learn more here
Wendy Steffensen from Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation is teaming up with members of Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Community to bring this to Olympia, and they are seeking volunteers to help in this effort.
If this calls to you, please contact Wendy directly at email@example.com.
Together - we can do our part to create a world that works for ALL.
Unity in the Community
Here are some of the many ways in which we participate in, support and engage with our greater community. Please reach out to our Community Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering or learning more:
We believe in an abundant universe and therefore we are a prosperous community. Part of being prosperous is the amazing gift of giving to our community. Whenever a month has five Sundays we give a gift to a charity organization above and beyond our full 10% tithe. We do this with great pleasure! This page lists some of the organizations we support through our Abundant Sundays program.
Friendly Water for the World
The mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people who lack these necessities for life. We provide opportunities to partner with individuals and communities working to improve living conditions around the world, and to learn from each other. In the past decade, more people around the world have died from waterborne illnesses than from all wars combined. The toll is greatest among children and families. Lack of access to clean water reduces community productivity, renders education efforts ineffective, and strains already inadequate health care resources. Facing constant sickness and threat, families cannot plan to improve their lives. They are disempowered. We hope you will join with us to support Friendly Water for the World!
Thurston County Food Bank
It is the mission of the Thurston County Food Bank to eliminate hunger within our community. They are governed by a Board of Directors, all community members. Their service area includes the urban core of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, surrounding growth areas and underserved parts of Thurston County. To reduce access barriers, the Thurston County Food Bank, in collaboration with community partners, operates fifteen satellite Food Banks.
Each year more than 7,000 community members volunteer their time to end hunger. Won't you join with us to support Thurston County Food Bank? They literally could not do this work without our assistance and the help of thousands of other volunteers.
SoundCare Kids is a support program for families with children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
SoundCareKids is for kids aged 3 to 18 and for the adults who care for them. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor oversees the program and is present during each session. Two trained volunteers facilitate each group, using age-appropriate activities.
Unity of Olympia offers its entire Youth Education building to host SoundCareKids. Facilitators have remarked over and over that the Unity facility is the best one they have ever worked in for his purpose. This program creates absolute miracles for families who have lost loved ones. Unity of Olympia is very pleased to partner with SoundCareKids to provide this wonderful service.
New Home Community Tiny Home Build: First Christian Church of Olympia
First Christian Church (FCC) is developing a tiny house project on their property at 7th and Franklin St., to serve the homeless community. The project consists of 6 tiny homes plus a common space building and hygiene facilities. First Christian is seeking the help of congregations, and individuals, around the area to help with construction and/or financial assistance.
We are especially interested in churches (or other groups) that could supply a small construction team ( 5-6 people) with a team lead FAITH, the Faith Alliance Initiative for Tiny Homes, is helping with project coordination and has already provided 8 tiny homes for a project at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The houses will likely be built on site at 7th and Franklin St. in Olympia, though some flexibility is possible. A site visit can be set up by appointment.
If interested, please respond with organization or individual names, email and a phone number.
Brenda Hatcher , First Christian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: (360) 789-5587