Our BAUUC Service & Justice Ministry Team is starting a couple of initiatives in association with the Worthy Now Network. This is an important prison ministry program supported by the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) whose membership includes over 900 incarcerated members. These are opportunities to live out our First UU Principle that every person has inherent worth and dignity, and our Universalist heritage reminds our incarcerated members that no one specific religious belief or practice is required for spiritual salvation. UU outreach to those who are incarcerated offers them messages they may not hear from other mainline religions at work in the prison systems.
Everyone is invited to come and attend a screening of the film “13th” on Friday January 11 at 7:00pm in the sanctuary followed by a discussion. “13th” is an award-winning movie about the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States” and is titled after the 13th Amendment, which prohibits slavery with the exception as a punishment for a crime.
In addition, we are beginning a new Pen Pal Program with the Worthy Now Network. Over 15 BAUUC members have already signed up to participate, but there’s always room for more. All letter writers (incarcerated and “free-world”) agree to the same guidelines, which emphasize that the program is not intended for romantic, legal-aid or financial/gift interactions, and the program is designed to protect your identity. As part of the pen pal program you will: correspond with a fellow UU who lives in a United States prison; bring a message of hope and make a big impact in someone’s life; be one of hundreds of free-world pen pals who are at the heart of the CLF Prison Ministry; and get the support you need for this safe, easy, and rewarding letter writing ministry. Our kickoff meeting for the Pen Pal Ministry will be held on Sunday February 10 at 9:30am. We’ll gather to meet one another, learn more about the participant requirements, logistics and available support resources for the pen pal program, and to help folks start signing up. We’ll also be planning to meet on a regular basis after the kickoff to support and help each other process questions of appropriate boundaries and other issues that may arise with our matched incarcerated pen pals.
If you are interested in participating or want to learn more, please contact Laura Dean at email@example.com or Patrick Ferrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.