United Church of Christ

Summer Communities of Service

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What is Summer Communities of Service?

Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) is a leadership program for young adults aged 19 and above. Summer Communities focuses on intersecting faith communities, service and justice advocacy. 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. Housing, Food, Health Insurance and a $1,000 summer stipend is provided. While participating in SCOS you will have the opportunity to attend national orientation and debriefing events throughout the United States. 

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 Baptist 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 and change the world. Your summer will consist of lead youth groups, assist in freedom school activities, plan art based initiatives, camp counsel, assist with community gardening and serve as a disaster volunteer. 

Faith Conversations:

Grow personally and grow spiritually. Go deeper and explore the meaning of life in a supportive environment. 


2019 Summer Communities of Service Locations 

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Questions or Inquiries? Contact Mary Schaller Blaufuss, UCC Volunteer Ministries

blaufusm@ucc.org or 216-736-3214

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