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Mamas Day

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, 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.

We hope you will take full advantage of Mamas Day and the materials below to celebrate the mamas in your life!

Resources for Mamas Day worship services on themes of multiculturalism, motherhood, justice, and community:

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:

For more information contact womensissues@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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