Labor Day Worship

Labor in the Pulpit/Bimah/Minbar Dates

(Scroll down for a worship guide. Or see our Prophetic Preaching Guide)

“Labor in the Pulpit, on the Bimah, in the Minbar” is the name for our national network’s annual engagement of faith communities in connecting their beliefs to the well-being of workers and their families.  It can take the form of worship, of having a guest speaker, and/or of having a collection for Worker Justice.  If you want to know more, please contact our Faith Advisory Chair, Rev. Kristin Gorton.


September 2, 2018
Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church in Madison, Services at 9:30 am
Pulpit guests: William Franks and Craig Myrbo

September 2, 2018
First Unitarian Society of Madison: Services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., in the Atrium Auditorium
Worker Justice Wisconsin will be the offering recipient and at an informational table before and after services.

September 2, 2018
Memorial United Church of Christ in Fitchburg, Services at 9:30 am
Services led by Memorial’s Pastor, Rev. Kristin Gorton, who serves on the Worker Justice WI Board

September 2, 2018
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church in Madison, Services at 10:00 am
Pulpit guest: To be determined

September 16, 2018
Glenwood Moravian Community Church in Madison, Services 10:00 am 
Pulpit guest: Sister Maureen McDonnell, who serves on the Worker Justice Faith Advisory Council

October 28, 2018
McFarland Lutheran Church, Adult Education at 9:15 a.m.
Adult Education Guest: Becky Schigiel


Labor in the Pulpit/ on the Bimah/ in the Minbar

Resources compiled in 2012 by Board Member Pastor Marianne Cotter

Labor Day is an opportunity for religious leaders to take a step back from the divisiveness we’ve experienced in our state.  I suggest that our prophetic voice could best be heard right now in offering a historical perspective on why it is important that we continue to support collective bargaining rights, worker justice and economic equality.

Religious leaders in the Methodist, Reformed and Lutheran traditions will find resources to do just that here and on our website at  Leaders in other faith traditions are invited to contact their own offices of social responsibility for information that will educate their members (and the public at large) about the historical foundations of their social teachings on the rights of workers and caring for “the least of these”. Faith specific materials can also be found at In addition, the prayers by Walter Rauschenbusch and the article by Richard Ely (identified as United Methodist Resources) would be of interest to non-Methodists as well.

In addition to including materials in sermons and liturgy, one simple way for faith communities of all kinds to observe Labor Day would be to invite people to share the first job experience they ever had and what they learned from it during a fellowship time after worship during Labor Day Weekend.   It would also be appropriate to take a special collection for worker justice.

I am grateful to Rev. Mark Yurs of Salem United Church of Christ in Verona,  Rev. Phil Haslanger of Memorial United Church of Christ in Fitchburg,  and Rev. Neal Christie of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. for their help in making these resources available.

Please let Worker Justice know by emailing if and how you use these materials.  Do not hesitate to contact us with questions about these materials – questions will be directed to the appropriate clergy.

Marianne Cotter
Board Member, Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice, South Central Wisconsin
Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison

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