We must open our eyes to the totality of what is happening around us in order to find the courage to work for a just society for every single person. If we are to change the very real inequities that exist in our world, if we are to live fully into our principles of up-holding the worth and dignity of every person and our belief in the interdependent web of existence, we must commit ourselves to: Learning about the systems within which we work. Understanding the history and present day implications. Acknowledging our roles in being the change we wish to see.
UUPMI offers three sermons to introduce the congregation to our prison ministry, three workshops listed below (PIC, Radical Hospitality 101 & 201) that your congregation can sponsor that educate people about mass incarceration and prepare them to volunteer with incarcerated, and a training for people who want to lead UU covenant groups in prisons or jails. In addition we engage with individual congregations as they prepare to become Radically Welcoming Spaces.
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Prison Industrial Complex
It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of the racial and economic injustice in our society. This is an opportunity to learn and reflect on what we can do to change it. This workshop is intended to challenge participants towards growth and inspire ongoing work and action.
In the Media
We must open our eyes to the totality of what is happening around us in order to find the courage to work for a just society for every single person.
Follow the button below to find a collection of articles, videos, books, and movies that are the first step in seeing beyond the reality that the dominant culture believes is the only reality.
Radical Hospitality Workshop
Developed by UUPMI to give individuals and congregations some of the tools they need to successfully undertake the work of being a Radically Welcoming Congregation. Over two days of experiential training giving people a background in why we are called as UUs to do this work, active listening skills, how our identity protects us or makes us a target for the prison industrial system, restorative justice practices, and what makes a congregation welcoming.
Introducing congregations to the work of UUPMI. These sermons grapple with why we are called into this work and how we sustain ourselves as we engage the change that is needed to build a just world.