What is the Summer Communities of Service program?
The Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) program is an ecumenical collaboration between the UCC Volunteer Ministries and Alliance of Baptists. Participants live and serve from June to mid-August in host congregations from around the United States. There are four fundamental facets, which together form the foundation of the SCOS program:
- 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 projects help 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.
2016 Summer Communities of Service Locations
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
Washington UCC (Cincinnati, OH) - Focus on children and generational poverty
Woodside Church (Flint, MI) - Focus on water justice and food security
Congregations Weekly article on SCOS by the Executive for Volunteer Ministries
Meet the Summer 2014 Interns:
Watch Katie Howe speak about her Summer Communities of Service experience at the 2013 UCC General Synod.