Through the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship’s Letter-Writing Ministry, around 140 Unitarian Universalists are writing to other UUs who are in prison. The Rev. Patty Franz, coordinator of this effort, says that prisoners have now been offered the opportunity to have a second pen pal.
That means more pen pals on the “outside” are needed. Being a pen pal for a prisoner-member of the CLF is a social justice project that individuals can take on at their convenience, wherever they live. All letters are sent by U.S. Postal Service. Prisoners are told only the first name or nickname of those they are paired with. CLF staff are available for advice and support. Read the guidelines and notes for CLF’s Letter Writing Ministry and request an application packet at www.clfuu.org/prisonministry, or write to the CLF Prison Ministry, 25 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108.
A UUA-sponsored email list, uu-prison-justice is also available, providing a way to connect with other UUs engaged in this ministry and other prison-related social justice issues.