I am one of those modern households that lost the draw. The kids usually go to their fathers’ houses for Thanksgiving and then we go out for Pho on the Friday night after for our ThankPho Celebration. The tradition fits us.
And this gives me time to start our other family tradition: holiday cards for UUs in prison. We do this through the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s (CLF) Prison Ministry,
Here’s how you can also get in the holiday spirit and support our over 700 incarcerated UU siblings in faith:
- Do not use cards that are lumpy or 3-dimensional.
- Do not add glitter or stickers.
- Do not use markers – pen only.
Write a message. Here are some message ideas:
- We have not forgotten you.
- We carry the flame!
- Thinking of you this holiday season.
Sign only your first name.
- Do not add your last name.
- Do not include your addresses.
Place your card into a plain white envelope, seal, and add a stamp.
- Do not address the white envelope.
- Do not include your name and address.
- DO add a stamp.
Place all of your sealed and stamped envelopes into a larger envelope, and mail with enough time to ensure the CLF receives your cards by December 6:
CLF UU Holiday Cards
24 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210-1409
CLF staff and volunteers will then personally address each stamped, blank white envelope and send them to the over 700 incarcerated members, and will use the CLF address as the return address.
For more information on simple ways to bring cheer to CLF’s incarcerated members, visit https://worthynow.org/3-simple-ways-to-spread-holiday-cheer-to-incarcerated-uus/
Rev. Tandi Rogers