Wow, time to take a breath. April was super busy!! Here are a few of the things we accomplished in April 2011:
Deciding to go nonprofit
Joining the Terracycle Program
Being sponsored by the local pagan store Kindred Paths
Joining the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition
Here are some of the stories:
UUPS Joins Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition
One thing UUPS is good at is community outreach. Here again is another: including LGBTQ persons in their activities and rituals.
This past April, UUPS became a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition. “We want to include everyone! There are a lot of pagans who are LGBTQ and lot of LGBTQ who practice a pagan faith, it was only natural and a matter of time before we united forces, like some of the other pagan groups in Salt Lake City, and really showed our support of the LGBTQ community. We especially want them to know that you don’t have to be straight to practice your religion or faith and to be spiritual.” said President Cureton. He goes on to mention “I know people who are straight pagans worshiping and honoring gay gods and goddess and LGBTQ people worshiping and honoring straight gods and goddess!.”
UUPS is excited to participate in their first interfaith service at this years LGBTQ PRIDE festival in Salt Lake City. The interfaith service is being held at the old Methodist Church of Salt Lake located at 203 e 200 s on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm. After the service everyone will be able to march behind bag pipers with their groups and banners to the pride festival.
Recycling! Recycling! Or rather… terracycling? What is terracycling?
Terracycling is an organization that came into being in 2001 to collect all those hard to recycle products such as candy wrappers, chip bags, cookie bags, cell phone, cell phones, Neosporin tubes, those red plastic party cups and so on. President Daniel Cureton commented “I thought it was a good idea and everyone agreed that its great way to join the global community in not just recycling, but taking it a step further with really trying to make sure everything gets reused.”
Terracycle will give $.02 for each wrapper and bag that is shipped back to their processing center. These items are then processed into usable products such as bags, totes, bottle and more. Terracycle send out pre-paid boxes and labels each time a full box is sent in, so there is minimal cost involved with shipping.
Collection dates for UUPS: Please bring your candy wrappers, cookie wrappers (like Oreo and Keebler) and their trays to the last weekly meeting of each month.
We hope to keep moving forward with outreaching our arm to help, involve and support the community and students. We hope May brings us many more opportunities !
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