Summer Communities of Service

Summer Communities of Service

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What is Summer Communities of Service? 

Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) 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.

Printable Informational Handout


2017 Summer Communities of Service Locations

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

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

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

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

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Washington UCC (Cincinnati, OH) - Focus on children and generational poverty

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Personal Testimonies

Congregations Weekly article on SCOS by the Executive for Volunteer Ministries

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org