Guest at Your Table
Update: The 2022-2023 Guest at Your Table materials will arrive in late September. Please check back soon! Please reach out to Julian Sharp, Senior Associate for Congregational Support, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Current Theme: Now is the Time for Courageous Change
The injustices and crises of the past year have underscored the importance of our shared goal – a world free from oppression, where all can realize their full human rights. They also have emphasized just how big a task that is.
To meet the enormous challenges of today and build a more just future, we need big ideas and bold change. We must fundamentally transform the way things are, so that we do not perpetuate systemic inequities and repeat the harms of the past.
At UUSC, we believe that the transformational solutions we need come from communities most directly impacted by injustice. Join us for this year’s Guest at Your Table program to learn what UUSC partners are doing to address immediate injustices – as well as what they envision for the future. At this extraordinary juncture in history, we think their stories will offer inspiration and guidance on the path toward justice.
Digital Materials Available to Download:
- Video introducing this year’s theme
- Videos of featured “guests” and sample video introductions
- Sample worship service
- Sermon video: “Power, Partnership, and Change”
- Story for All Ages video
- “What is Guest at Your Table” animated video
- “What are Human Rights” video for ages 5+
- Religious Education activity for ages 5-12
- Religious Education activity for ages 12+
- Order of Service Insert 1: Introducing This Year’s Guests
- Order of Service Insert 2: Projects Donations Support
- Photo collage of “guests”
- Template for making homemade boxes
- Additional general UUSC worship materials
Materials for Collecting and Tracking Donations:
Print Materials Available to Order:
Making a Gift to Guest at Your Table
Donations to Guest at Your Table help advance community-led human rights initiatives around the world. Donations of $150 or more are eligible to be matched by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY.
To donate online, please use this secure donation page, which can also be accessed via the shortcut uusc.org/givetoguest. To donate by mail, please make checks out to “UUSC” with “Guest” or “GAYT” in the memo field, and send to: UUSC • PO Box 808 • Newark, NJ 07101-0808.
If you would like to place a materials order, if you would like a personalized donation page for your congregation, or if we can be helpful with anything else related to Guest at Your Table, please contact Laura Randall at lrandall @ uusc.org. Please allow 10 days from the time of your order for print materials to arrive.
What is Guest at Your Table?
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Since UUSC works in more than 20 countries, with over 50 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. The program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.
Planning a Guest at Your Table Program
By coordinating a Guest at Your Table celebration for your congregation, you help participants of all ages nurture lasting connections to UU principles, build awareness about social justice and human rights, and strengthen UUSC’s work. Thank you for joining us in this special tradition!
To register as your congregation’s Guest at Your Table coordinator, or to request materials or information, please contact Laura Randall, Associate Director of Development for Congregation Relations, at lrandall @ uusc.org.
A step-by-step guide for planning your congregation’s Guest at Your Table Program is available here.
2021 Theme: The Meaning of Home
This past year, we highlighted the ways the pandemic has changed the relationship many of us have with home, as well as the importance of home to our UUSC partners, who are fighting for their homes amid violence, economic devastation, and climate change. We provided the following materials below.
- Stories of Hope: personal stories introducing this year’s “Guests”
- Story for All Ages introducing kids to this year’s four “Guests”
- Template for making homemade boxes
- Short videos of four “Guests” with sample introductions for worship services (recommended for ages 12 and up)
- Full-length sermon video
- Written sermon text with suggested hymns and readings
- Short video of staff members introducing UUSC
- Wrap-up thank you video from UUSC
- Stories of Hope: booklet of four stories highlighting women leaders in human rights
- Donation envelopes
- Donation collection boxes
- 11×17” Posters