Annual Fundraising Underway!
"My life has been so enriched with the social justice work, friendship and kindness, plus it's nice to be accepted for me or in spite of me. I feel so honored to know you and congregations are doing the work of acknowledging your white privilege, admitting the anti-blackness campaigns around us and trying to dismantle them. I respect the resistance and having boots on the ground when you can."
-UU Pen Pal Lonnie Smith, at Stateville Correctional, Crest Hill, Illinois
This year, our goal is to raise $20,600 for 2020-21 program expenses. UUPMI invites Unitarian Universalists to put our faith and conscience into action as we respond to the call of our time: the work of abolition, advocacy, relationship-building, and extending care to those who are incarcerated and recently released.
We still have so much work to do for congregational outreach in Illinois and finding innovative ways to be present to those in Illinois prisons and jails in the time of COVID-19. We want those incarcerated in Illinois to know they are not alone and that, as UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray reminds us, “No one is outside the circle of love.”
Please join us and invest in this vision.
We need your help! We can sustain this ministry only if we have the support of people who care about our shared humanity with people in prison. Your contribution will help fund our half-time minister’s salary, benefits, and travel costs, plus the costs of our education offerings to congregations.
The In Prison Ministry attempts to create a spiritual space where all people can come as they are and be affirmed in their inherent worth and dignity, no matter their identities or past harm they may have caused.
The outside work of the UU Prison Ministry focuses on preparing our congregations to become radically welcoming places for formerly incarcerated and convicted people. We embrace the call of UUism to make our congregations accepting of all people.
The Prison Ministry will also connect UUs to local and state-level policy initiatives that seek to build a world community of peace, liberty and justice for all.
Donating to UUPMI is fast and easy! Click on the button below and always use the Smile browser when you can't find anything at your local businesses! We thank you in advance.
Please send checks made out to UUPMI
(Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of IL)
C/O Linda Clark
1250 S Michigan, Unit 2606
Chicago, IL 60605-2890
UU Prison Ministry of Illinois is a 501(c)3 organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible.
We are funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility - and grateful for their support.