Summer Communities of Service (SCOS)

The Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) program is an ecumenical collaboration between the UCC Volunteer Ministries and Alliance of Baptists. 

Participants live and serve from June to mid-August in host congregations from around the United States

2018 SCOS interns

One facet of the Alliance's mission and ministry is the development of service and learning opportunities for students and recent graduates to assist them in discerning the call of God. Summer 2019 Application opens November 1.

Applicants are 19+ and commit to the four following facets that form the foundation of the SCOS program:

1) 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.

2) 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 projects help interns develop long-term commitment to engage in this kind of ministry.

3) Hands-On Justice Advocacy/Service Opportunities. Grow professionally. Change the World.

4) Faith Conversations. Grow Personally. Grow Spiritually.

2019 Summer Communities of Service Locations

Church of the Living Hope (New York, NY) - Focus on families & teens, the arts and oral history

QC Family Tree (Charlotte, N.C.) Focus on community living and poverty

Metro Baptist Church (New York City) Focus on children and multi-cultural neighborhoods

Plymouth UCC & Disaster Ministries, Beaumont, TX

UCC Montana Northern Wyoming Conference Camp Mimanagish 

If you have questions please call Paula Clayton Dempsey, director of partnership relations of the Alliance of Baptists, at 866.745.7609 or email Paula.

Printable Informational Handout           Apply here       Watch a video on Summer Communities of Service

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