The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. Sign-up for these emails here.
Utah is a state where you can be fired from your job or evicted from your home simply because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. Knowing this, we feel our congregation must do more than just preach to the usual choir within our sanctuary walls.
That’s why we’re Reimagining Valentine’s Day this year with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.
I am so proud to be serving as the minister of my 110-member congregation in Ogden, Utah. We are a fairly small but growing church, and we have big dreams. We imagine a day where no one is judged by their gender identity or oppressed because of their sexual orientation. We understand love to be a verb, an act that transcends fear and extends beyond individuals to embrace a community.
So we are holding a worship service, and we have invited the mayor, the city council, and the general public to attend. After worship, we will hold a town hall style meeting with speakers from Equality Utah and other organizations. We will propose that the city adopt local ordinances providing legal protections for all who work, live, study or worship within our city.
We are doing this because our message of love and inclusion calls us to act when the human dignity of anyone is at stake.
Will you stand with us?
You could hold an event of your own, addressing your local issues. Participation could simply mean ceremonially hanging a “Standing on the Side of Love” banner outside your building. No matter how large your event on February 14, it really helps to know we are a part of a much larger movement, and that people all over the country are standing on the side of love with us.
Rev. Theresa Novak
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah
P.S. We got a nice little piece in our local paper over the weekend about our upcoming event. Standing on the Side of Love has resources to help you get media, as well as worship materials, a religious education curriculum, banners, signs, shirts, and much more.