Our Plate Partner program enables us to live our values by supporting local and national social justice programs and organizations. Each month, 25% of our unpledged Sunday plate offerings are donated to that month’s plate partner. Plate Partners are nominated by members of the congregation, and are voted for on the Sundays leading up to our annual congregational meeting in May.
Plate Partners are required to have non-profit status, and must be nominated by a member or friend of Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to be considered eligible. Nominations are sent to the Social Justice Council who verify eligibility and select the nominees who best reflect the values and interests of our congregation. Those nominees are voted on by all members and friends.
Each month a representative from the plate partner is invited to speak to our congregation on the first Sunday of each month, known as Justice Sunday. In the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 service years, local artist and BUUF member Melissa “Sasi” Chambers donated a unique “tarpage” art piece to each plate partner. Several tarpage art pieces were donated to BUUF and will be on display in the sanctuary starting in September 2017. These include a tarpage for our Meszko scholarship fund (a sister tarpage will go to the church in Meszko with our Choir pilgrimage) and two tarpages for the Pay it Forward Fund.