December Sharing for Change: To Write Love on Her Arms

Our Sharing for Change program focuses on organizations providing a service to our community, both nationally and locally. We make special efforts to choose non-profits that are meaningful for this congregation and relevant to the current needs of our Beloved Community.

On December 3rd, Reverend Shelley, Suzanne Storer and Karline Valentine are dedicating the worship service to the important conversations surrounding mental health. We all know someone who is living with a mental illness: depression, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), eating disorders, addiction, the list goes on. If you think you don’t know anyone, look no further. I am open about my own struggles and successes with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

For our December Sharing for Change, we opted to for an organization that furthers the conversation on mental health and has had a direct impact on our congregants. Karline specifically selected To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) for this reason; this is an organization who has furthered the work in her own life. This organization is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Further, they exist to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Please click here for more information.

To support TWLOHA, and those suffering with mental illness, please donate to our Sharing for Change collection during the December 3rd service. Your checks should be made out to UUCO, with Two Write Love on Her Arms (or TWLOHA) in the memo line. Cash can be donated in an clearly marked envelope. Credit or debit donations can be made after the service, in the rear of the sanctuary.

Thank you for being part of our growing dialogue. Thank you for working to truly create a Beloved Community, in which we are all welcome and all celebrated.

In love,

Heide Cottam
President, Board of Trustees