Second Sunday Offering on October 8:  Neighbors in Need

The Second Sunday Offering on October 8 supports Neighbors in Need (NIN), a United Church of Christ (UCC) offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.

One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM).  Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska.  Today there are 20 UCC churches on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis.  These churches and their

pastors are supported by CAIM, which is also a valuable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Office of Justice and Witness Ministries (OJWM) to support a wide variety of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.  Through, OJWM offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues.  Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), OJWM continues its strong policy advocacy on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.