United Church of Christ

Summer Communities of Service


Summer Communities of Service
(United Church of Christ & Alliance of Baptists)

  • May 28 - August 8, 2018

  • Ages 19 and older

  • Housing, Food, Health Insurance & $1,000 Summer Stipend Provided

  • National Orientation in New York City 

  • National De-Briefing Event in Minneapolis, MN

Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) is a leadership program for young adults aged 19 and above in settings of intersection between faith communities and service/justice in local places.  This national network is part of the joint work of the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists.  Participants live and serve from late May to early August in host congregations around the United States. Summer Communities of Service include:

  • 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. Participants live in community with each other and with their hosts in their temporary city.

  • Leadership Development

In the UCC and Alliance of Baptists diversity is a big piece of our identity. Both churches uphold socially progressive statements and advocate politically from a faith perspective. Diverse, community-service-integrated ministries show interns, congregations, the wider church and world where this faith-inspired work is happening in our midst. The SCOS experience helps interns develop long-term commitment to engage in this kind of ministry.     

  • Hands-On Justice Advocacy/Service Opportunities

Grow professionally. Change the World.

  • Faith Conversations

Grow Personally. Grow Spiritually.

Printable Informational Handout

2018 Summer Communities of Service Locations

*NEW*  Church of the Living Hope (New York, NY) - Focus on families & teens, the arts and oral history
Church of the Living Hope Promo








*NEW*  Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats (Alexandria, MN)
- Focus on hospitality & justice-motivated faith communities Pilgrim Point promo









Ellis Avenue Baptist Church (Chicago, IL) -
Focus on children, Chicago public schools, and multi-cultural neighborhoods


Englewood Community Farm (Kansas City, MO) - Focus on food justice and food sovereignty


The Family Tree (Charlotte, NC) - Focus on community living and poverty


Metro Baptist Church (New York, NY) - Focus on children and multi-cultural neighborhoods


Personal Testimonies

Congregations Weekly article on SCOS by the Executive for Volunteer Ministries