Melchor-Quick Meeting House was created to foster preservation of African American history and culture, and the exploration of ethical and moral values and practices. In this project the African American Education & Research Organization (AAERO) is working with Melchor-Quick Meeting House to improve access of incarcerated African Americans to culturally appropriate materials for the exploration of ethical and moral values and practices. The founder of AAERO and Melchor-Quick Meeting House, Dr. Paula Quick Hall, is an African American Unitarian Universalist (since 1968) who has dedicated many years to spread the good news of UU to her communities. The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) Worthy Now prison ministry is “a liberal religious network for people on both sides of the prison walls.” They provide ministry to incarcerated members through classes, the monthly Quest for Meaning publication, and pen-pals. Currently the racial and ethnic identities of incarcerated CLF members are unknown.
Our collaboration with CLF Worthy Now will add race and ethnic identity to the database of nearly 1200 members. A recent graduate of North Carolina Central University, a historically black institution, will do this data collection and entry during a summer internship with AAERO.
This project claims Unitarian Universalism because the information gained will make it possible to provide culturally appropriate ministry, and therefore honor the worth and dignity of those CLF members. Unitarian Universalism claims this project because CLF is a UU congregation and the project team consists of two Unitarian Universalists who are committed to sharing the wealth of UU educational resources. We need your help to fund this internship!
How will the money be used? Funds contributed will go to Jeffrey Thompson, who is earning $3,000 as a summer intern. Five hundred dollars is budgeted to pay for related expenses, such as Internet access and software for Mr. Thompson. Contributions in excess of $3,500 will fund outreach and preparation of educational materials for incarcerated African Americans.