Summer Communities of Service

Summer Communities of Service

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Click Here to Apply for the Summer 2016 Program

 Click Here to Access the 2016 Reference Forms

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.

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2016 Summer Communities of Service Locations

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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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Woodside Church (Flint, MI) - Focus on water justice and food security


Personal Testimonies


Meet the Summer 2014 Interns:

Watch Katie Howe speak about her Summer Communities of Service experience at the 2013 UCC General Synod.

Contact Info

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