Check ceremonies with our past Plate Partners. Click on the slide to learn more about each organization.

About Our Plate Partner Program

We acknowledge, as Americans, that the land, country and society bequeathed to us is on one hand the product of conquest and exploitation and on the other “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal”.

Justice is at the core of our faith and we are called on to make a positive difference in our wider community as we work to build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community free of racism and oppression in our society, government and ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalist, we believe that each of us has worth and dignity and that worth includes our gender and sexuality; that women have a right to bodily autonomy; that every American has the right to vote and a right to health care and a sustainable way of life. We believe in the right of people to seek and to be granted asylum from persecution. We believe in and support the sovereignty of indigenous communities.

To these ends, we are eager to find and support movements and organizations that align with our mission, community needs, and the justice work of the UUA and ourselves. Such organizations may become a Plate Partner for one month during the year. During that month, we invite the Plate Partner to share their work and mission and we collect a portion of that month’s offering to share with the Plate Partner.

Nominating a Plate Partner

The Social Justice Council looks to the members and friends of our congregation to nominate organizations to be Plate Partners.  Please visit the Plate Partner Nomination page.

2021-2022 Plate Partners & Spiritual Themes

Regarding Spiritual Themes, from Soul Matters: “ In past years, we focused on how our faith calls us to be spiritual people, using the frame of “What does it mean to be a people of _____?” to guide us. This year we shift from our relationship with our faith in general to our relationship with our times. So our themes get at some of the central work and spiritual practices needed during this period of radical change, challenge, crisis and opportunity.”

September 2021
Embracing Possibility | Agency for New Americans

Agency for New Americans (ANA), a program of Jannus, Inc. and an affiliate office of Episcopal Migration Ministries is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

The Agency for New Americans is a refugee resettlement agency in Boise that uses a holistic approach to assisting its refugee clients to get on the path to self-sufficiency and integration.

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October 2021
Cultivating Relationship | Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is proud to be a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Our hotline provides specialized care to local communities with the support of a national network.

November 2021
Holding History | Indigenous Idaho Alliance
Indigenous Idaho Alliance is part of the resistance against oppressive political and social systems that adversely affect the indigenous nations in Idaho and neighboring states. IIA is a 501(c)3 organization.

December 2021
Opening to Joy | Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.

January 2022
Living with Intention | Create Common Good
CCG provides a place of safety and empowerment for those seeking a fresh start in life. Our Foodservice Training and Job Placement Program supports individuals with barriers to employment as they work to gain new skills and achieve self-sufficiency.

February 2022
Widening the Circle| Immigrant Justice Idaho
In October of 2018, Immigrant Justice Idaho became Idaho’s only agency recognized by the Department of Justice as both a Free Legal Service Provider and Referral Service. Founded by Maria E. Andrade, the principal attorney of Andrade Legal, Immigration Law, IJI fills a colossal gap in Idaho’s immigration legal services available to low income Idahoans: free or low cost removal (deportation) defense.  IJI will consult with individuals called to immigration court, and represent individuals in immigration court through attorneys, accredited representatives and volunteers.

IJI will carry on the collaborative work of Andrade Legal advocating for just and humane immigration reform and provide accessible, timely, and culturally appropriate education on immigration law and policy to the public. In addition, IJI will provide the existing Idaho attorney bar with local, affordable training to broaden the competency of attorneys and law students whose immigration law training options are often cost prohibitive due to travel, lodging, and registration costs.

March 2022
Renewing Faith |  Boise/Mészkӧ Scholarship Fund
Since January 2012, thanks to the generosity of members and friends of our fellowship, we have been able to fund scholarships for roughly half the tuition and expenses to help the youth of our partner congregation in Mészkő, Romania.

April 2022
Awakening | Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Boise
A nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Working to generate the political will necessary for passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act through volunteer training and support in advocacy; building relationships with elected officials, the media, and our local community.

May 2022
Nurturing Beauty | Brown Like Me

Brown Like Me provides mentoring, mirroring, cultural enrichment, and educational and social activities for Black youth in the Treasure Valley.

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June 2022
Celebrating Blessings | Women’s & Children’s Alliance

We are a local non-profit that provides early care and education to young children by ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures. Every child in the Treasure Valley has access to quality early care and education and all parents are supported through the early years of parenthood regardless of age or income. We know by ensuring kids are ready for kindergarten and empowering families, we are building strong futures every day.

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July 2022
No Theme | Pay-It-Forward-Fund

The Rev. Elizabeth Greene Pay it Forward Fund (PIFF) was created approximately fourteen years ago to address a need among our own BUUF community for short-term emergency financial assistance. PIFF is the recipient of the social justice outreach plate offerings each year and is available to support BUUF members and friends through the generosity of those who donate. Over the years, funds have helped members and friends stay in their homes, pay for groceries, utilities, medical expenses, and other basic needs of living.

August 2022
No Theme | Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Our mission is to engage voices to create change in the prevention, intervention, and response to domestic violence, dating abuse, stalking, and sexual assault.

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence works to be a leader in the movement to end violence against women and girls, men and boys – across the life span before violence has occurred – because violence is preventable.

Brown Like Me provides mentoring, mirroring, cultural enrichment, and educational and social activities for Black youth in the Treasure Valley.