“The Health Implications of Criminal Justice Policies,” Dr. Geoffrey Swain

Wisconsin’s “Justice System” is vast; the Wisconsin Department of Corrections alone has a budget greater than the entire University of Wisconsin System.  One could argue whether “Corrections” should be mainly about punishment / retribution, or mainly about rehabilitation and re-entry into society.  But you might be surprised that in any case, our system takes years off people’s lives, and makes “justice-involved individuals,” their families, and their/our communities, significantly less healthy.

Dr. Geof Swain has been a UU for 20+ years. He is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and has practiced as a public health physician for nearly 25 years.  He has particular expertise in the social and economic drivers of health outcomes and health inequities.

Calling all singers and singing enthusiasts!  
On Sunday we will be singing two hymns which may be unfamiliar, #157 “Step by step the longest march” and #172 “Siph’ Amandla.”  Because both deeply support the message and the service content, let’s stretch ourselves!  If you have time, check out these YouTube recordings. (The UU hymnal texts follow, and #172 will be sung in English.) Also, let’s plan to run through the hymns at about 9:45 on Sunday. No RSVP needed.  Thanks much, Janet Jensen

Hymn #157 “Step by step the longest march”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=089gSM2XmR4 (John McCutcheon)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUGzujGH1k (Pete Seeger)

Hymn #172 “Siph’ Amandla”




#157 “Step by step the longest march”

Step by step the longest march

can be won, can be won.

Many stones can form an arch,

singly none, singly none.

And by union, what we will

can be accomplished still,

drops of water turn a mill,

singly none, singly non.


#172 “Siph’ Amandla” – sung in English

O God, give us power to rip down prisons.

O God, give us power to lift the people.

O God, give us power to withstand hatred.

O God, give us power not to be bitter.

O God, give us power and make us fearless.

O God, give us power because we need it.