Sermons

Worker Justice Sermons

  • “Liberal Religion and the Laboring Classes” – Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister – 1st Unitarian Society of Madison
    Labor Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

    A number of UU congregations belong to the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice which partners with organized labor to advance the interests of wage earners.  Historically, however, when it comes to supporting workers’ rights our own movement’s record is decidedly mixed. On this Labor Day Sunday, we’ll see how our forebears responded to the question posed by Kentucky’s Depression-era coal miners: “Which side are you on?”

  • Drawn to the Problem of Poverty – Rabbi Renee Bauer, ICWJ Director
  • God With Us – Labor in the Pulpit sermon, 2014, by Sarah Smoot, ICWJ organizer. At Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Jerry L. Folk, Ash Wednesday 2013 AshWednesday.2013 (1)
  • Rabbi Renee Bauer at First Unitarian Society http://fusmadison.org/media/2012-09-02-organized-labor-rb.mp3
  • John Matthews Executive Director of MTI and Pastor Phil Haslanger Memorial United Church of Christ.   Here’s the link.
  • Rev. Sue Larson’ Sermon –14th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 1-2, 2012  Immanuel Lutheran Church  LINK
  • ICWJ’s director, Rabbi Renee Bauer, gave a speech at the vigil at the State Capitol on March 9, 2012, marking the first anniversary of the passing of the anti-worker bill. Click here to hear the speech from Rabbi Renee Bauer.
  • Pastor Phil Haslanger of Memorial United Church of Christ offered an invocation at the beginning of a vigil at the State Capitol on March 9, 2012, marking the first anniversary of the passing of the anti-worker bill. Click here to read the invocation and a link to video footage of this vigil.
  • The following reflection written by Rabbi Bonnie Margulis connects the Jewish holiday of Purim and worker justice.
  • Another great Christmas reflection from Sister Maureen McDonnell connecting Christmas and worker justice. Please click here to read this reflection.
  • Click here to read a reflection written by Rabbi Jonathan Biatch connecting Hanukkah and worker justice.
  • Board member Jerry Folk wrote some words on worker justice in Wisconsin and the Advent season. Click here to read the reflection.
  • Kim Bobo, Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), came to Madison Sunday September 5th, 2010, as part of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice’s Labor in the Pulpit Program. She spoke at the worship service at First Congregational United Church of Christ. To listen to her speech click here!
  • Listen to a sermon by ICWJ director, Rabbi Renee Bauer, given on Labor Day 2010 at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society of Madison. Listen here!
  • Click here to read the sermon delivered by Rabbi Renee Bauer on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2010.
  • Click here to read the sermon about Biblical Hagar delivered by Rabbi Renee Bauer to commemorate Rosh Hashanah 5770 at Congregation Mayim Rabin in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Click here to read the sermon delivered about immigrant workers in Postville, Iowa, at Congregation Sharei Shamayim in Madison by former ICWJ board co-chair Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman. This sermon was delivered on October 9, 2008 for Yom Kippur 5769.

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