Social Action – September 2021

The Racial Justice Team Recommends …

Each month, the UUFM Racial Justice Team recommends books, movies, podcasts and other resources to educate ourselves about race and justice.  

Our September recommendations: 

View the team’s previous recommendations at

If you have a recommendation, you can send it to Marisa Larson at


Helping Hands

In September, Helping Hands contributions will be collected for the Sunflower CASA Project (Court-Appointed Special Advocates).  CASA volunteers speak exclusively for the child’s best interests in court proceedings.  Learn more at

As we gather Sunday mornings your contributions to our collection basket benefit the month’s Helping Hands recipient.  You can also donate online at


UUFM Sponsors a Blessing Box and a Little Free Library at Wonder Workshop

Doug Walter reports our box is in demand.  To contribute items, contact Doug at  Or, drop by Wonder Workshop, at 506 S 4th Street, and stock the box with your items.  You can also contribute financially to fill the box or the little free library at

The Blessing Box is for people to take what they need and leave what they can.  The box is stocked with non-perishable food items and life-essential items such as feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and soap.

We’re also sponsoring a Little Free Library at Wonder Workshop in memory of Richard Pitts.  To contribute books, contact Doug Walter at  You’re also welcome to stock the library directly.  Our Little Free Library focuses on books for children and youth.  UUFM’s box is registered with the international organization as box number 107632, and is on the international map of Little Free Libraries.  Learn more at

“Blessing Boxes for Manhattan/Riley County is an initiative of the Food and Farm Council of Riley Co.  BBFM is an outdoor food pantry that serves those in need 24/7.  If you need a blessing, donations are available and if you are blessed, leave a blessing.”  — from


Social Justice and Anti-Racism Resources

Check out this list of social justice/anti-racism resources at If you would like to suggest resources to add to the list, or have questions, please contact Marisa Larson at


Contact UUFM Social Action Coordinator Kathy Swenson at, to learn about all social justice efforts at the Fellowship.

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