2017 Innovation Awards

Grand Haven, St. Paul’s UCC:   
Creating Communal Sanctuary                    $1,000
This project will use an acre of church property behind the church building to cultivate neighborhood ministry opportunities.  Imagine a natural labyrinth, butterfly sanctuary, partnering with local ecologists and artists to develop this space in smart, green, inspiring ways. 

Lansing, Salus Center UCC:  
Queer and Trans Yoga                                  $1,000
This project will empower folk to cultivate a more positive relationship with their own bodies.  This yoga is Queer/Trans-centered, consent-based, and trauma-sensitive.  It is essential for people who have and continue to face trauma and violence in their embodied experiences in this culture.

Lansing, St. Stephen’s Community Church UCC:
Gospel in the Key of Jazz Competition           $1,000
This project will expand the church’s current concert format.  Music connects people; inspires people; music makes people think.  This competition will be a way to bond people of all ages, races and beliefs by renewing the human spirit through the music arts.

Holland, Holland UCC:
God is Still Speaking: A voice for Just Peace 
This project will develop and implement a curriculum for Sunday morning children’s time and a VBS style program for the summer of 2018.  It will focus on the many ways people experience God’s presence and voice, including through creation, music, art, serving marginalized populations, showing kindness to others, and engaging in inclusive community.

Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Congregational Church UCC:
Southeast Michigan Deaf Community Ministry  $2,500
This project will train new interpreters, hold quarterly deaf community special events, develop marketing tools to the deaf community, designate a “Deaf Community Ministry Ambassador”, and provide interpretation in a Protestant progressive worship setting. 

Detroit, Plymouth UCC:   
Mentoring Program                                             $2,500
This project will focus on developing and implementing a mentoring program for youth in grades 6-12.  Mentors will learn to identify spiritual gifts, access reading and math on-line lessons, mentor on spiritual lessons, and life lessons.  For example, mentees will learn to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:11-17) to stand against the battles in life like abuse, gangs, drugs, or low self-esteem.

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