Promise the Children is a community of activists for children within the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. We are a unifying voice for our faith community to speak and act on behalf of children. We advocate for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. And we put our faith into action through direct service, working with organizations that serve children in need.

We are committed to a world where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community.

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Upcoming in October: The Children’s Sabbath + some ABC’s

First! : The Children’s Sabbath

A nationwide call-to-action for children

Sunday, October 18 at 9:30 and 11:15

UUCA welcomes to the pulpit Rev. Bessie Donaldson from Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta. “It’s an old saying, but true,” she says. “It is easier to raise up a good child than it is to fix a broken adult.”

Then, some ABC’s! :

A = “A lot’s goin’ on!”…

    UUCA’s Promise the Children Lunch and Learn

From direct service programs to advocacy for children, opportunities abound here at UUCA! See where you fit in. Eat a tasty lunch and interact with the program leaders.

When: 12:45 – 2:00p.m. October 18 after the Children’s Sabbath service.

Where: in Room 208/209

B = “Be in the know”

        … so you can Be an advocate for children.

Register for Beyond the Bell: Developing Leaders Through Afterschool” 

A GA Voices seminar / webinar. This community conversation includes Georgia’s highest-level child policymaker, Bobby Cagle,  Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.

When: Tuesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. – noon

Where: The Blue Room of the Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE.

It’s a free event, but  please register to ensure a seat. If you can’t attend in person  check out the free live stream  online.

C = Children need our prayers….

        As well as our Service, Advocacy and Love.

Get your seat at the UUCA table for the Interfaith Children’s Movement’s 15th annual Prayer Breakfast. Ambassador Andrew Young keynotes.

When: Wednesday, October 21st from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m..

Where: The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

UUCA has 10 seats; Tickets are $50, $100, $250. $25 for students, and two tickets free.

Contact: for more information and questions on all of this!

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Join a Community Conversation Oct. 20–Beyond the Bell: Developing Leaders through Afterschool

Beyond the Bell

BEYOND the BELL: A community conversation

Sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children and Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network.   Recommended by UUCA’s Promise the Children’s advocacy team.

Event Details:   Tuesday, October 20, 2015       10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Blue Room at the Freight Depot; 65 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Southeast across from Capitol

Bobby Cagle,  Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Pam Stevens, Director of Quality Rated, Department of Early Care and Learning
Dr. Gary May, Dean, College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Roman Oben, Former NFL Player and Director, Youth and High School Football, NFL
Mandy  Marable, Curriculum Specialist, Georgia 4-H


This is a free event, but please register to ensure you have a seat. If you can’t attend in person please tune in to the livestream online. Questions? Contact UUCA’s Joy Borra.,  770-498-2356

Need directions?

The entrance to the parking lot of the Georgia Freight Depot is on the right side MLK Jr. Drive SE, right between the intersections of Capitol Ave. and Central Ave. Keep your eyes out for a parking attendant waving a flag! Or ride MARTA to GA State University station.

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ICM Prayer Breakfast Upcoming on Wed., Oct. 21

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Get your seat at the UUCA Table…


The Interfaith Children’s Movement

2015 “Call to Action” Prayer Breakfast 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Andrew Young!


Please purchase your ticket at the highest level you are able; M
make a contribution even if you can’t make it to breakfast!
$  50 – Individual    $100 – Individual & membership
$250 – Supporter + membership
$500 – Two tickets + membership
To get your ticket….. contact Joy Borra;;  770-498-2356


About the Interfaith Children’s Movement 

The Interfaith Children’s Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of communities of faith from all religious traditions. UUCA and its members were among the ICM founders. ICM’s goal is to end the injustices to children that we would not endure ourselves.

It strives to be a voice for all of Georgia’s children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.


The Interfaith Children’s Movement uses the structure of faith communities:

– To bring these injustices to public awareness; – To bring faith communities to the service of children;

– And to use the voice of the collective faith community to inspire the legislature to make changes     that are good for children.

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Next PTC Meeting August 23

Join us for our next Promise the Children meeting on August 23 at 9:00 am at UUCA! 
We are a fun dedicated group looking to make a difference in the lives of children.  We have hundreds of volunteers working on a wide range of issues with a single goal — to improve the lives of children.  We have an open quarterly Promise the Children Leadership Team meeting that is open to everyone — mark your calendar and come dream about the possibilities with us!  Contact Beth Stevenson for more information at

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Join us in … Blessing All Children’s Backpacks!

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August 3, 2015 · 10:40 am

Snack in a Backpack: UUCA Partners with Glenn Memorial to Fight Childhood Hunger in Atlanta.


Childhood hunger is all too real. Anyone working with children and the issues that concern them understands that poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand. Georgia has the 6th highest rate of childhood poverty in the U.S. and, in 2014, ranked 47th for food insecurity.  More than 1 in 4 of Georgia’s children are food insecure!

School lunch (and breakfast) programs and SNAP programs are critically important in helping to feed the many children living in poverty.  But these programs are underfunded and, combined with limited access to healthy foods, children and their families continue to experience days without adequate or nutritious food.

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory has studied food insecurity in various Atlanta neighborhoods. By talking with residents and other organizations, they found that hunger peaks on weekends and in summer months when school meal programs are not available.  Volunteers and staff worked together to develop a program called “Snack in a Backpack” that delivered packs filled with nutritious snacks and non-perishable proteins to children in neighborhoods that Glenn had been working in.  The deliveries were made on Fridays to ensure the children had food for the weekend.  Follow-up research showed that the program was highly valued by families receiving the packs in that the food helped fill gaps in their limited food budgets.
UUCA’s Promise the Children is teaming up to support Glenn Memorial’s “Snack in a Backpack” program this fall. (We already work closely with them with our own UUCA Hope-Hill/Partners in Education work!)  Snack in a Backpack is a great partner activity — Glenn Memorial has wisely sought input directly from the targeted communities and focused attention on improving the efficiency of its program to deliver the right snacks at the right time.  They work closely with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and many volunteers throughout the area.

UUCA is excited to be able to hit the ground running by supporting this fine program.  Look for more details to learn how you and your friends can help support Snack in a Backpack as we schedule dates to fill the packs, and begin collecting donations of money and specific food items used in the program.  If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Brewer at or 404-310-9833

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Lunching and Learning! Children and Youth in the Foster Care System

lunch and learnThanks to everyone who helped and the more than 20 people who attended the June 14th Promise the Children Lunch and Learn.  Great turn out, good food and exciting discussion for and about a group of children and young people with great needs. Athens UU David Meyers with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA helped us think more about how we might work to support homeless and foster youth who are moving on to post-secondary education.  Some of our UUCA members with foster care experience added personal expertise and wisdom. St. Bart’s congregation is interested in partnering with us and Jo Mitchell is helping to explore our next steps. Let us know if you are interested in joining us as we figure out some real and effective ways to make a difference! Contact us at

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