Congregants' CHOICE Nominating Process


Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing is a spiritual tithing community. This means we donate 10% of all income to sources of our spiritual inspiration as a way of acknowledging that God is our one and only Source which comes to us through many channels.  We tithe to various Unity organizations – Silent Unity, Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, Unity Worldwide Ministries, Great Lakes Region of Unity Churches and sometimes to specific Unity churches.  We also tithe to organizations that bless and inspire us with their work.

In 2017 you voted to have a portion of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing's tithes to the Capitol Human Society, Homeless Angels, Metapeace and Sparrow Hospice.  Donations were also made to City Rescue Center and Justice in Mental Health. 

In 2018, you chose Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, The Foodbank, Justince in Mental Health and Allen Street Neighborhood. 

In 2019, you chose Girls on the Run, Advent House, Davies Project, and fourth quarter tie was Women's Center of Great Lansing and American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide Lans.


January 2020, you can submit your choices for 2020 recipients

Submission date for nominations will be Sunday, Feb. 18th.   There is a link to the nomination form below

Voting will be Sunday, Feb. 25th. the day of our Annual Members Meeting.






What local charitable organization blesses you?  Where do you see Spirit at work through the work offered by another organization, the blessings they bring to our world, the way they express our Oneness.

Nominate this organization to become one of Unity’s tithing recipients.

Nomination forms available on the Activities Table  CLICK HERE to download nomination form

 CLICK HERE to download copy of guildines

Guidelines for Nominations for Congregants’ Choice

  1. A charitable organization
  2. Preferably local
  3. The work done by this organization reflects the mission, vision and core values of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing

How to Nominate a Charitable Organization as a

2019 Congregants’ Choice for Tithing

  1. Fill out a Congregants’ Choice Nomination Form by January 20th.  Submit it to the church office.
  2. Create a poster that tells about the organization.  This can be posted on in the sanctuary anytime prior to February 3rd.
  3. On February 3rd, make yourself available to answers questions about your nomination and campaign for votes!

On Sunday, February 3rd, every congregant present will have 3 votes on which charities we will tithe to this year.  The top 3 choices will receive 20% of our tithes for 3 months.  At the end of the 3 months, we will invite a representative of the charity to a Sunday service to receive a check and tell us a little bit about their work.  We would also consider partnering with them on one of their projects – e.g. a walk, etc. 

During of the fourth quarters in 2019, we will split the tithe among the remaining nominees.  Everyone “wins” and we become a powerful force for good in our larger Lansing community!


SAMPLE NOMINATION FORM  Click here to download a copy


Please Print


Name of Organization ________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________


Phone Number              ___________________________________________________

Contact Person              ___________________________________________________

Email              ________________________________________________________

Website            ________________________________________________________



Name of Person nominating this organization ___________________________

Your email or contact info ___________________________________________

Brief Description of Work of the organization and why you are nominating them as a tithe recipient.  (You can use a separate sheet of paper if needed.)








How does the work of this organization support Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing’s Mission of “spiritually awakening to our Oneness with God, each other and with all creation”?







 Which USCL Core Values does their work promote? (circle those that apply)

Spiritual Awakening                       Freedom                   Integrity                    Joyfulness

Inclusivity                                          Stewardship                                     Prayer




Additional Comments (e.g. how have they inspired you? Or personal experience with organization’s work)



Congregants’ Choice Policy

(Approved by BOT April 2018)

  1. Congregants can nominate a local 501(c)3 charitable organization whose core values are in alignment with Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing.
  • “Local” is defined as within the geographic parameters of our congregation.
  • “Congregant” is any USCL attendee.  They do not need to be a voting member of the congregation.
  • 2.  Each organization nominated will be vetted by the minister to insure they are in alignment with USCL’s Core Values.

3. To nominate an organization, the nominator, with the permission of the nominee, completes a nomination form and submits it prior to the third Sunday in January.  Nominators are also required to make a poster featuring their nominee. These will be used for educating and for voting.

  1. The top three recipients cannot be nominated for one year.
  1. If fewer than four (4) organizations are nominated, the Leadership Council will recommend recipients for the remaining Congregants’ Choice tithes.  This could include past recipients.
  1. Voting will take place on the first Sunday of February following the Celebration Service.
  1. The three organizations receiving the highest number of votes each get 2% of USCL tithes for a three-month period.  The fourth quarter (October, November, December) is divided among all the other nominees. 
  1. If an organization receives one of the three highest votes, the nominator will arrange for a representative to speak about their charitable work for approximately three minutes at a Sunday service and receive their check.  Preferably, this happens in the month following the three months of tithes assigned to them.