Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. Mother’s Day can be more than a day for flowers and pancakes. With “Mamas Day,” we hear a call to honor all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful policies or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture. We celebrate trans mamas, immigrant mamas, single mamas, lesbian mamas, young mamas, poor mamas, and others. It’s opportunity to take action to create the conditions so that all families can thrive.
Strong Families is a national initiative, of which the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a part, to change policy and culture in support of all families. Their annual Mamas Day Our Way campaign lifts up and celebrates the magic and heartbreak of being a mama. For Mamas Day 2014, we draw attention to the community, collaboration, and context that mamahood occurs within. We are interdependent. What systems support mamahood and make it possible, and what constrains mamahood and makes it more difficult?
Through these worship resources, poetry, an original line of beautiful e-cards; a blog series sharing the hopes, dreams, and needs of mamas; and opportunities to take action on critical policy issues—(all created primarily by women of color)—Mamas Day is a rallying cry for justice.
Mamas Day is Sunday, May 11, 2014
If your congregation is using these materials or otherwise celebrating “Mamas Day” this year, you have a chance to win books from Beacon Press or a gift certificate from Skinner House Books! Learn more and enter to win.
Resources for Mamas Day worship services on themes of multiculturalism, motherhood, justice, and community:
- Readings (PDF, 10 pages)
Other recommended readings:
- Maya Angelou,“Voices of Respect,” from Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (Random House)
- Children’s Story: Mi Abuelita by Tony Johnston (Harcourt Children’s Books). A Latina grandmother teaches her grandson about her values, culture, and affection for him.
- Poems and Mediations (PDF, 6 pages)
Other recommended poems and meditations:
- Jalal ad-Din Rumi, “Give Yourself Up Without Regret”
- Joseph Dandurand, “Yer Kid”
- Congregational/Thematic Approaches to Reproductive Justice
- Mamas Day Sermon Ideas & Queries
Attend the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s Mamas Day worship service! The service will be broadcast Sunday, May 11 at 8 p.m. and Monday, May 12 at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Send an E-card or Facebook meme to the mamas in your life, featuring inspiring messages and beautiful, originally-commissioned artwork by artists of color.
Read Beyond the Picket Fence, the Strong Families blog:
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.