Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC) annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Since UUSC works in more than 20 countries, with over 50 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that your donations make possible. The program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.
This year’s GAYT theme is Now is the Time for Courageous Change. The injustices and crises of the past year have underscored the importance of our shared goal – a world free from oppression, where all can realize their full human rights. They also have emphasized just how big a task that is. To meet the enormous challenges of today and build a more just future, we need big ideas and bold change. We must fundamentally transform the way things are, so that we do not perpetuate systemic inequities and repeat the harms of the past.
The UUSC believes that transformational solutions come from communities most directly impacted by injustice. This year’s Guest at Your Table program will help you learn what UUSC partners are doing to address immediate injustices – as well as what they envision for the future. At this extraordinary juncture in history, listening to their stories will offer inspiration and guidance on the path toward justice.
This year’s guests are Axel Fuentes, an activist supporting the rights of migrant and refugee workers facing unjust working conditions in midwestern U.S. meat processing plants; Myra Dahgaypaw who uses her experience as a survivor of previous Burmese military junta violence, to amplify the voices of Burmese ethnic minorities facing military brutality today; Cristian Guzmán Merlo who is helping revolutionize farming practices and gender justice in northern Nicaragua; and Maina Talia who is mobilizing along with the community of Kioa Island in the Pacific to secure a resilient future in the face of climate change. Click HERE to learn more.
You can lend your support to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee by making a donation to the Guest at Your Table campaign in one of two ways: Mail a check with ‘Guest at Your Table’ in the memo line to the church building at 10441 Shaver Rd, Portage, MI 49024 OR use the Vanco Mobile app or the donate button on our website to give electronically. Pleases make sure to choose Guest at Your Table’ in the menu.
Our collection for Guest at Your Table will run from November 21 through December 19. Thank you for your support!