Volunteers did not even put out on Broadway our sandwich sign stating “Free Food” in both English and Spanish last Saturday. Nonetheless, we still broke another distribution record. We gave food to 218 heads of household for around 800 people. I have no explanation for the increase in clients, but food prices are rising, so that might be a factor. And, of course, I have no idea how many clients we will serve next Saturday. More? Less? Stay tuned!
The first cycle of Listening Circles—which focused on reconnecting and healing from the past two years—ended yesterday (Sunday, January 23, 2022). Analysis of what was shared and of survey responses is in progress.
In the next few days, more information about the process and next steps will be posted here and sent in an eblast. A link will be included to a file containing responses from all Listening Circles.
Thank you for your patience as the Listening Circles Planning Team continues its work on this important phase of making meaning from what has been shared.
What is SJET doing in January?
by Maureen McNair
Happy New Year, everyone!
We had access to absolutely no turkeys from either of the two main regional food banks before Christmas. It was our pleasure to give away a lot of other food and the dozens of gift cards many of you all so generously donated. Our last food distribution before Christmas turned out to be our biggest food distribution to date, serving 206 households with over 840 individuals!
If you didn’t participate in a Listening Circle in December, now’s the time for you to sign up for one of our January 2022 Listening Circles. (January circles are exactly the same as those completed in December, so if you attended a circle in December please only encourage others to sign up.)
A total of 21 Listening Circles are scheduled from January 8 through January 23. We’re very disappointed not to have an in-person option. We’d hoped to schedule indoor in-person Listening Circles after January 15 but the date for indoor small group meetings is being pushed back. In December, we found that outside in-person Listening Circles didn’t work well.
You’ll be asked to provide a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of dates/times. We’ll do our best to schedule you for one of those dates/times. We do need a minimum of 4 “sharing” participants to hold a circle. To stay within 2 hours, no more than 7 “sharing” participants will be scheduled. You’ll be asked to respond to 3 questions (see Why Listening Circles below).
Don’t miss out on this first phase of First UUs healing and reconnecting process. Sign-up now at our Listening Circles page.
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