Unchained at Last, the recipient of our Second Sunday Offering on March 8, 2020, is the only organization dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the United States. Speaking at the Climate Change as a Social Justice Issue service that day, Unchained at Last founder and director, Fraidy Reiss, herself a victim of forced marriage, reported that child marriage is a serious problem in the United States. Even though most states set eighteen as the legal age for marriage, there are loopholes that allow children much younger to marry and these marriages can too easily become forced marriages.
To hear Ms. Reiss’s talk, check out the sermon archives. Start at 32:38 with Phyllis Yigdall’s reflection on Women and Girls and Climate Change. Ms. Reiss follows at 36:12.