CLF Prison Ministry Expansion

CLF Prison Ministry Expansion

Crowdfunding Completed: October 2, 2015

Amount Funded: $10215

Project Owner: The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a UU congregation without walls!

Short Description of Project

The CLF Prison Ministry Expansion project will increase the growth of Unitarian Universalism, reaching more prisoners in more places and create stronger connections to UU congregations working to end mass incarceration. Building CLF's capacity to reach out to more prisoners and working with congregations to effect real-world justice making initiatives are key goals of our expansion project.

How was this project connected to UU?

We are a certified congregation in good standing with the Unitarian Universalisty Association.
The CLF is a Unitarian Universalist congregation without walls. We are an online congregation serving 3,600 people around the world, including 600 members who are currently imprisoned. We strive to create a vibrant and relevant online community, committed to UU outreach by sharing a our message of love, hope, and justice in all that we do.

Full Description of Project

The CLF Prison Ministry Expansion project is a groundbreaking and life-changing project. We know hundreds, potentially thousands of incarcerated people are in need of a loving, accepting, and progressive religious voice. With your help we can be that message of a love that will not let go, of justice-seeking people, of building the movement to end the system of mass incarceration. Over the past 12 years, the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) has gone from 49 prisoner members to over 600 members. Our prisoner members are doing the work of spreading the news about our CLF Prison Ministry and our denomination throughout prisons and detention centers, where a message of hope and acceptance is rare.

Photo of white one-story building with bars on windows against a blue sky.
Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, Alabama

Your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, thanks to a generous challenge grant from the UU Funding Panel!

More and more people of faith, including Unitarian Universalists, are outraged and want to do more to help end mass incarceration in the United States, standing on the side of love with regard to prisoners.

We believe there are tens of thousands of prisoners who would resonate with UU values if they knew of us. They, and our existing 600 members, could be better served if our prison ministry could collaborate with a number of congregations in our movement. This expansion project seeks to experiment with congregational collaborations to increase our capacity to provide classes, pastoral care, and companionship to prisoners as well as provide new connections for resisting the system of mass incarceration that unjustly effects far too many people of color.

With the help of our first succesful Faithify campaign at the CLF, we hired our first Prison Ministry Learning Fellow, in order to meet the needs of our growing ministry.

CLF Fellow for Prison Ministires Mandy Goheen runs a meditation group at the Montgomery Woman’s Facility. This outreach is made possible by the generosity of Faithify donors like you!
CLF Prison Ministry Fellow Mandy Goheen runs a meditation group at the Montgomery Women’s Facility. This outreach is made possible by the generosity of Faithify donors like you!
As our capacity increases, we realize that we we need to radically adjust the way we implement our entire prison ministry. The CLF Prison Ministry Expansion project will be a collaborative effort with UU bricks and mortar congregations, national coalitions, CLF prisoner members, and other volunteers.

Double your gift by giving today! Every gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, thanks to a generous challenge grant from the UU Funding Panel!
Will you make your $50 contribution today?
With matching funds, this would mean a $100 contribution toward the CLF Prison Ministry Expansion project!
At the CLF, we know that direct engagement with people who are incarcerated is deep and meaningful work that requires support and training. For this reason, one of our goals for this project is the creation a new and more robust CLF Prison Ministry web page. It will be a resource for all UUs engaged with prison ministry, a resource hub for CLF partner congregations, and a place for people to learn from one another. This website will be a valuable resource to train and mentor churches as they develop their own prison ministry programs.

Help support this expansion with your gift, which HAS DOUBLE the IMPACT! Every dollar matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000!
By shifting the correspondence class work to UU congregations, the CLF will have an opportunity to become more actively engaged in prison reform as well as ministry to the prisoners who are our members.

Please continue reading for more details about how this project will be brought to life!