Guest at Your Table is at the Mexican Border

At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year the focus is on our southern border and providing support to those seeking refuge in our country. The UUSC finds reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations across the globe, but this year’s GAYT is focusing on supporting the NGOs who provide shelter, food and legal assitance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking safety  who arrive at our southern border in California, Arizona and Texas. They are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one way to help them. We can also contact elected officials and organize and/or participate in vigils locally. I welcome additional ideas. 

UU St Pete’s Guest at Your Table campaign takes place over a 2 month period, and will include introductions of four “guests” who are from Central America or Mexico and the organizations they participate in to help migrants; and two informational discussions in January covering facts about caravans, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers. These discussions will be co-hosted by Rev Jack and Karen Coale.

We will kick-off the program by having our children distribute GAYT boxes during service on Sunday, December 9. We ask you to put the box on your dining table and enter the cost of feeding a guest for the duration of the campaign which will conclude on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Bring your boxes to service on that date and the children will collect them. We suggest paying by check, payable to:  UU St Pete with UUSC/GAYT in the memo line. 

Thank you!


Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 29, 2018, at 7:59pm