About Standing on the Side of Love
Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join.
This is a time of great hope and possibility, yet our communities are threatened by the increased prevalence of acts motivated by fear and hate.
No one should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence because of their identities.
In public debates on immigrant justice, LGBTQ equality, and more, we stand on the side of love and call for respect, inclusion, and compassion.
The Standing on the Side of Love campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy.
For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.
The broad message, “standing on the side of love,” emerged as a rallying point for people of faith in Massachusetts during their early efforts for fully inclusive marriage, and later during the fight against Proposition 8 in California.
The Standing on the Side of Love campaign was inspired by the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, which was targeted because they are welcoming to LGBTQ people and have a liberal stance on many issues. The Knoxville community responded with an outpouring of love that inspired the leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to launch our campaign in 2009, with the goal of harnessing love’s power to challenging exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.
In 2010, we began the tradition of re-imagining Valentine’s Day as a social justice holiday. Starting in 2012, this event has evolved into the “Thirty Days of Love“–a month-long spiritual journey and commitment to sustained action and service.
To learn more about how Standing on the Side of Love manifests in local communities, watch this video we created about the Love People:
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Jennifer joined the campaign in November 2012. Originally from FL, she discovered Unitarian Universalism while in college at Florida State University, where she completed her undergraduate degree and a Dual Masters Program. One of the most exciting things about leading Standing on the Side of Love for her is that it truly makes a difference in so many people’s lives. Fun facts: she loves traveling, being outdoors, and has a newly discovered passion for baking pies. Contact Jennifer if you have questions about our advocacy issues or want help visioning or implementing a Standing on the Side of Love campaign.
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Susan Leslie is the UUA’s Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director and serves as a lead organizer with the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign. Prior to working at the UUA, Susan worked as a researcher and organizer for a New-England based regional government non-profit and community organizing groups. She has a degree is in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. Susan is a member of First Parish Cambridge MA UU and of the congregation’s Social Justice Council. Her husband Bruce is the Religious Education Committee Chair and her son Kieran is a member of the Youth Group. Susan says that in her 20 years serving the UUA and working with Unitarian Universalists, the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign has engaged UUs, congregations, and friends in a way that has brought our faith-based efforts for love and justice to new heights, partnering with others in our communities, states, across the country, and even internationally.
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Nora joined the campaign in February 2014. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Nora was involved with UU youth leadership development work both in her district as well as nationally through Groundwork Anti-Racism Trainers Collective and YRUU (Young Religious UU) Steering Committee. One of the most exciting things about joining the Standing on the Side of Love campaign is an opportunity to have long-term and intentional conversations about how our faith will lead on issues of justice and equity as we combat oppression. Nora has worked at public education non-profit organizations working for domestic and international human rights. She is interested in the nexus between social justice + art, intersectionality and identity, organizational development, cultural work, graphic facilitation/recording, event and party planning. Contact Nora if you have questions or want to get involved.
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