Sermons

While There Is A Soul In Prison

Rev. Colin Bossen, Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Worship Service
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10:30am in Parish Hall
Rev. Colin Bossen, preaching

“…while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” Eugene V. Debs spoke these powerful words almost a century ago. The national prison strike called for September 9 challenges our universalist theology. Do we Unitarian Universalists believe that punishment is ultimately redemptive? Or can we hold fast to the promise of universalism a different kind of world, a world without prisons?

The Rev. Colin Bossen is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University. He is finishing a dissertation on the relationship between theology and social movements. Prior to returning to the academy, he served as a parish minister for six years. With over two decades of social justice organizing experience, he is currently serving as the contact person for the faith-based solidarity group of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. He keeps a blog at www.colinbossen.com.