Circle of Peace Monday

The mission of The Circle of Peace Movement (TCOPM) is racial healing and the elimination of neighborhood violence). The Racial & Restorative Justice Team of Unity Church–Unitarian helps organize volunteers to support the circles.

How can I help? The welcoming atmosphere of the circle starts with a home-cooked meal. We need prepped food donations and help with meal preparation and coordination.

  1. Donations of prepared food items for 40 people on the second and fifth Mondays. We divide meals into five categories of donation/prep for each circle:
  • Main Dish. No pork. Example: roasted chicken legs/thighs with rice or roasted sweet potatoes. Write a note with cooking instructions if you won't be  cooking the item yourself. If you wish to provide a casserole, please check befoehand with Sarah Balenger (651-492-8685) about the ingredients . . . Lasagna is always good.
  • Green Salad:
    • 16 oz. of greens plus two or three other chopped vegetables such as sliced green onions or diced red onion, bite-sized pieces of bell pepper, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers
    • Homemade or bottled dressing (for application immediately before serving)
  • Fresh fruit salad (no dressing):
    • About 3+ pounds total of two or three varieties of seasonal washed, stemmed, and (cut if necessary) bite-sized fruit such as red or green grapes (don’t cut), strawberries, pineapple, melon, mango, orange or Cutie sections, berries, etc. Bananas and apples must be cut immediately before serving.  
  • Bread (sliced, put on counter, not in refrigerator/cooler):
    • 1.5 loaves and 2 sticks of butter for Monday
  • Sweet:
  • A small portion per person (not necessarily homemade), such as mini-cupcakes, brownies, cookies, or pieces of candy
  • Prepare food at home or in the kitchen (using church pans).
  • Mark all food donations “Monday Circle." Mark any container for return with your name. It will be rinsed and left in the volunteer coordinator’s office.
  • Leave items (except for bread & butter, which should be left on the counter) in the church kitchen frig/cooler shelf marked "Circle" (on the left) by 4:30 pm the day of circle. You may drop off food earlier if it will remain fresh. Everything is ready to serve before 5:15.
  • If you wish reimbursement for food items, save your receipt and fill out a reimbursement form found in the Circle of Peace box in the church mailroom. Attach the receipt to the form and put in Barbara’s mailbox. A check will be mailed to you.

Questions? Contact: Ellen ([email protected] 651-224-1403)

Sarah and/or Ellen or another prep assistant will be there at 3:30 to plate and assemble the food (put dressing on salad, add bananas to fruit or heat main dish) on Unity kitchenware.

  • Food service may change as the circles grow! Look for e-mails from Sign Up Genius for announcements.

If you have questions contact: Ellen Green 651-224-1403, [email protected]


Date: 04/29/2019 (Mon.)

Created by:   Rasah Singleton
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Meat for 40 + potato or rice

No pork or casseroles (lasagna OK) Ex: roast chicken w/ rice or sweet potatoes--write a note w/ cooking instruction if you will not be cooking it yourself

Ellen Green

Green Salad for 40

16-20 oz greens w cutup veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, celery & 1 bottle of light dressing


Cut up fresh, in-seaon fruit for 40 (we can cut bananas at serving time)

4 lbs fresh fruit combination, cut in bitesize pieces, such as grapes, strawberries, melon, pineapple, blueberries


Bread & Butter

1.5 loaves + 2 sticks butter



A small portion per person (not necessarily homemade), such as mini-cupcakes, brownies, cookies, or candy


Prep assistant

Help Chef Sarah prepare meal. 3:30-5:30 or stay for Circle til 7:00.

Ellen Green

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