Mama's Day 2013
Mother's Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. This history reminds us that Mother’s Day is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It's a time to highlight the aspects of motherhood that are not usually visible in the greeting card aisles. It’s a call to honor the resiliency of all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful policies or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture. It’s opportunity to take action to create the conditions so that all families can thrive.
Strong Families is a national initiative to change policy and culture in support of all families. Their annual Mama’s Day Our Way campaign lifts up and celebrates the magic and heartbreak of being a mama. Across the country, individuals and organizations participate through on-line actions, story-telling, and local events which explore the myriad of ways in which mothering builds strong families and communities. Through 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—Mama’s Day Our Way is a rallying cry for justice.
With the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) new commitment to reproductive justice, we look forward to taking this opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate, and advocate for all people who mother. As the first religious denomination to join the Strong Families initiative, the UUA is creating the foundation of religious materials and presence for the coalition members and the event.
Online Worship Service
Join the online Unitarian Universalist congregation for a worship-ful celebration of Mama’s Day and all those who mother. The worship will be available here on Sunday, May 12 at 8pm and Monday, May 13 at 9am and 1:30pm, Eastern. The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) is a UU congregation without walls, whose 3,500 members and their children live all over the world.
Mama’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2013.
We hope you will take full advantage of Mama’s Day and the materials below to celebrate the mamas in your life!
Resources for Mama’s Day worship services on themes of multiculturalism, motherhood, justice, and community:
- Blog post: 'Mother's Day for the rest of us'
- Readings (PDF, 2 pages)
- Other recommended readings:
- Maya Angelou,'Voices of Respect', from Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (Random House)
- Poems and Mediations (PDF, 6 pages)
- Other recommended poems and meditations:
- Julia de Burgos, 'Poem to the Child Who Doesn’t Arrive/Poema al hijo que no llega', from Song of the Simple Truth (Curbstone Press)
- Julia de Burgos, 'Poem of the Unborn Child/Poema del hijo no nacido', from Song of the Simple Truth (Curbstone Press)
- 'Song for Bringing a Child into the World' from Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Publications)
- Jalal ad-Din Rumi, 'Give Yourself Up Without Regret'
- Joseph Dandurand, 'Yer Kid'
- Congregational/Thematic Approaches to Reproductive Justice
- Mama's Day Sermon Ideas & Queries
Resources for advocating for immigrant mamas and their families, because love knows no borders.
- Resources from Standing on the Side of Love on Compassionate Immigration Reform
- Sample Letter to the Editor (PDF)
- Tweet e-cards to elected officials in support of immigrant families
Send an E-card 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
- Darcy Baxter, 'Where faith and mamahood meet'
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Last updated on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
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