Summer Communities of Service

"Change your Life.  Change the World."
Spend your summer - May 28 - August 12, 2014 - in one of the Summer Communities of Service
 (An Ecumenical Collaboration of UCC Volunteer Ministries and the Alliance of Baptists)
Ages 19-30 

 Listen to Katie Howe talk about her Summer Communities of Service experience with the 2013 UCC General Synod.

  • Community Living  
    The "intentional Christian community element" makes this program distinct and effective. Interns share a common food allowance, transportation funds and spiritual growth insights.  Young adults live in community with each other and with their hosts in their temporary city.

  • Leadership Development
    In the UCC diversity is a big piece of our identity.  The UCC issues socially progressive statements and advocates politically from a faith perspective.  These diverse, community-service-integrated ministries are the church showing (interns) where this is happening in our midst.  The projects help interns develop commitment to engage in this kind of ministry long-term.  Their involvement also encourages the churches to which they are assigned.  

  • Hands-On Justice Advocacy/Service Opportunities
    Diversity is manifest in the intern group in gender, age and education.  Summer Communities of Service are settings where the church learn how to be the church in a different way. 

  • Faith Conversations
    Former Summer Communities' intern, Melanie Fox, said she had almost given up on the church because she didn't see it "being" the church.  "This gives me reason to believe." 

2014 Summer Summer Communities of Service
Host Churches

Ellis Avenue Baptist Church
Chicago, IL


Wellspring UCC
Centreville, VA


The Family Tree
Charlotte, NC

Metro Baptist Church
New York, NY

New York, NY


Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Raleigh, NC


Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115