A few Mid-Week Messenger’s (MWM) ago, the Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Ministry (RJM) put out a request to become a Penpal to an incarcerated person. At the time it seemed like a really good idea, but we realized we had not done enough research to justify the reward.
UUCB does not have a program with appropriate policy and procedure to keep all identities anonymous. However, Worthy Now – Prison Ministry Network has, with instructions including How to Become a Penpal through the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF). It’s a great and established program with great rewards. All letter writers (incarcerated and “free-world”) agree to the same guidelines, which emphasizes that their program is not intended for romantic, legal-aid or financial/gift interactions. The main purpose of this program is to bring hope to someone’s life. If you are interested in becoming a Penpal we encourage you to go the Worthy Now website https://worthynow.org/pen-pals/ and read about what comments are involved and do it!
Moving forward if UUCB receives any requests from incarcerated persons we will forward their request to the program listed above.
All the Best,
Justice Council Lead