What is Summer Communities of Service?
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.
2018 Summer Communities of Service Locations
*NEW* Church of the Living Hope (New York, NY) - Focus on families & teens, the arts and oral history
*NEW* Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats (Alexandria, MN) - Focus on hospitality & justice-motivated faith communities
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
Congregations Weekly article on SCOS by the Executive for Volunteer Ministries