Habitat for Humanity
First Universalist Stonecutters
First Universalist has a long and proud relationship with the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity organization believing as Habitat does that when families have a stable, affordable home, they can provide greater stability for their children, improve their health, education and job and be involved in their community.
How can I get involved?
Stonecutters: An inspirational sermon a couple years ago led the First Universalist Habitat group to call themselves the Stonecutters. Stonecutters contribute in two ways: through Saturday builds scheduled two-three times a year, a week long build in August and First Thursday builds which happen November – April. Contact Chuck Coskran or Tom Saterstrom for more information.
A Brush with Kindness: During the spring and summer this program works to preserve homeownership by helping low-income homeowners paint, repair and maintain their homes . This activity is appropriate for youth 16 and above. Questions? Contact Lisa Sinclair at 612 827-7478 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighborhood Family Partner Program: Supporting new homeowners to help them successfully manage all the aspects of owning a home is the objective of this program. Contact Joan Naymark at email@example.com
Lunch Crew: Don’t want to pick up a hammer or paintbrush? Join the lunch building crew each day of a build…this effort is critical to a successful build and you will be greeted with grateful enthusiasm. Learn more about Habitat at the same time and take a tour of the house that is being built. Contact Ginny McAnninch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-824-4624.
To see Frequently Asked Questions about age requirements, Registration and Liability Waivers go to http://www.tchabitat.org/volunteer/faq
The Story of the Stonecutter
a Chinese Fable
There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.
One day, he passed a wealthy merchant's house, and through the open gateway, saw many fine possessions and important visitors. "How powerful that merchant must be!" thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter.
To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. But soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. "How powerful that official is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a high official!"
Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed. It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun!"
Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a cloud!"
Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. "How powerful it is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the wind!"
Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, hated and feared by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it — a huge, towering stone. "How powerful that stone is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a stone!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a stone!"
Then he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock, and felt himself being changed. "What could be more powerful than I, the stone?" he thought. He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.