Most CLF members in prison are new to Unitarian Universalism and learned about the CLF from friends or cellmates. With no access to the web or UU Sunday services, people who are incarcerated can only learn about Unitarian Universalism from the mailings we send them and the letters they exchange with our staff and other Unitarian Universalists like you!
Our Director of Prison Ministry, Mandy Goheen, matches CLF members who are incarcerated with UUs who live in the free world. For a minimum of six months, you will exchange friendly letters on topics of mutual interest.
All letter writers (incarcerated and “free-world”) agree to the same guidelines, which emphasize that our program is not intended for romantic, legal-aid or financial/gift interactions.
The CLF does our best to protect your identity. You only share your first name and use the CLF office as your return address. All letters from your letter-writing partner go to the CLF office, and we mail them to you. In other words no mail is sent directly to you from a prison or jail; it all passes through our office first.
Requirements for Participation:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must be a member of the CLF or another UU congregation or covenanting community (for six months or more).
- You must affirm you have not been arrested, incarcerated, or on parole or probation in the prior 12 months
- You must read and agree to the guidelines found below.
We are so excited you are interested in the CLF Letter Writing Ministry, and we look forward to working with you as a part of our incredible pen pal team.