Freedom and Justice Rising

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“Freedom and Justice Rising:  connecting the values of faith and organized labor this Labor Day” with Teresa Mambu Rasch (via Zoom).

This Labor Day, our labor movement is fighting for fundamental change in the workplace, for a new day of dignity and voice for all workers. Beginning with the principle that all work has dignity, Teresa will examine the connection between the values of faith and our collective struggle for dignity, democracy and a voice on the job.  

Teresa Mambu-Rasch is the Legislative and Research Director for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, where she advocates for and identifies how new laws impact working families in Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a law degree from Marquette University. She’s been a community labor organizer; has practiced law privately, representing unions and working people of Wisconsin; and served in her present position since 2014.

If you decide to attend in person on Sunday morning but haven’t registered, you are still welcome – there is plenty of room. You will just have to sign in when you arrive.

NOTE: With the 9/2/22 change in our Covid plan level, we will be able to sing (masked) during the service this week!

Share the Plate

  • The Share the Plate partner for September 4th and 11th is the UW Nurses Union. More than 2600 registered nurses at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin who are fighting for quality patient care and recognition of our union. We are front line workers and experts in our field. UW Health is a Level 1 Trauma Center which is vital to our entire healthcare system and we have worked through a global pandemic. They are asking for a seat at the table in decision making so they can advocate for the community and themselves.

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “It Is We Who Hold the Power”, Dave Bruno Barton
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #1040 “Hush”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “People Share When They Realized Their Families Were Poor”
  • Hymn: #1020 “Woyaya”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “The Revolutionary Function of the Modern Church” by John Haynes Holmes“
  • Reflection: “Freedom & Justice Rising: connecting the values of faith and organized labor this Labor Day” ” with Teresa Mambu-Rasch
  • Offering: “Talkin’ About A Revolution,” Tracy Chapman, Sung by Clarence Bekker
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #1028 “Fire of Commitment”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction