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Day 2: Our Nation Needs Our Message

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Today is Day 2 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today’s action is to ask your members of Congress to commit to civil and respectful discourse in the new legislative session. Click here for resources, family actions, and more! Click here to sign up for the daily Thirty Days of Love emails.


Like you, I am frustrated by the current state of our national political discourse.

After a contentious election year culminating in the nail-biting fiscal cliff negotiations and in the face of upcoming debates on several big issues like preventing gun violence, comprehensive immigration reform, and the debt ceiling, we all find ourselves in search of a more compassionate national dialogue. None of us has all of the answers. What we do have is our hearts. When we stand on the side of love, we allow our hearts to be our guide, and we ask others to do the same.

In honor of Inauguration Day tomorrow, ask your members of Congress to stand on the side of love by denouncing vitriolic language in the public discourse and committing to a more respectful, bipartisan climate. Click here to send your message to your national lawmakers.

When I first moved to Washington, DC as a college freshman, I was enamored with politics and government. I loved The West Wing and dreamed that one day I would help bring a vision of social justice to our nation’s capital. But after I saw our political system up close (sans Martin Sheen), I lost hope that justice-making could ever survive amid the pervasive vitriol.

Now, working with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, I’ve seen firsthand the way our message of love can change a conversation, bring people together, and carry us a step closer to the Beloved Community. Imagine what a difference it would make if that message were to permeate the halls of Congress?

Take this opportunity to ask our leaders to work with us for something better. Click here to take action.

In faith,

Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love

PS: Do you have ideas for the future of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign? Join our Facebook chat with Campaign Manager Jennifer Toth on Friday! You can find details here.

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Day 1: Kicking Off Our Spiritual Journey for Social Justice

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Today is Day 1 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today’s action is to let your friends & family know about your commitment to the Thirty Days by posting about it on social media. Click here for more resources, family actions, and more! Click here to sign up for the daily Thirty Days of Love emails.



We are so thrilled to launch our second annual Thirty Days of Love campaign today! We have lined up tons of actions that we know you will be excited about. This first week we will “Honor Legacy,” and renew our commitments to sustained action and service, beginning with our commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. During this period, we will lift up the change-makers who paved the trail ahead of us and explore how we can continue their legacy by standing on the side of love in our communities and our congregations.

We will continue the Thirty Days of Love in our second and third weeks with the themes of “Think Interfaith” and “Move Beyond Borders.” During this time, we will hear from messengers of all walks of life, who will encourage us to foster partnerships with people from different backgrounds than our own.

We call the Thirty Days of Love a spiritual journey for social justice because striving to make the world a better place requires centering ourselves, connecting with others, and examining where we have been and would like to go. During our last week, we will “Share the Love,” first by continuing to re-imagine Valentine’s Day as our National Standing on the Side of Love Day and later by celebrating “Share the Love Sunday,” when we invite congregations to commemorate this journey together and share the love that speaks to our core values.

Today, help us spread the word about this campaign by posting about it on social media and changing your profile picture to the Standing on the Side of Love heart logo.

I look forward to standing on the side of love with you for the next 30 days, and beyond!

In faith and love,

Jennifer Toth
Campaign Manager
Standing on the Side of Love

PS: The best way to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the great daily actions we have planned is to sign up for our Thirty Days daily emails! Click here to take the Thirty Days pledge.

PPS: We will be holding a Facebook chat this Friday, Jan. 25 at 4:00pm ET. I would love for you to join in and share your questions, comments, and more for the future of Standing on the Side of Love! Find more details here.

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Multigenerational Resources for the Thirty Days of Love

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We envision the Thirty Days of Love as an event that can bring people of all ages together on a spiritual journey for social justice. This year, we’ve had some amazing help creating resources that will allow multigenerational participation in the Thirty Days of Love, from a re-envisioning of our daily actions for a family audience to lesson plans for high school youth, young adult, and campus ministry groups.

You can also follow along on the Blue Boat Blog for daily Thirty Days of Love reflections from the UUA Youth & Young Adult Ministries Office staff.

Resources

Have you created or re-purposed other Standing on the Side of Love materials for a multigenerational audience? Send us an email at love@uua.org and let us know. We’d love to share them with others!

Special thanks to Kayla Parker of the UUA Youth & Young Adult Ministries Office, Alicia LeBlanc of the UUA Resource Development Office, and Kathy E. Smith, Director of Religious Education at the Community UU Church of Plano, Texas, for creating these phenomenal resources.

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The Story Has Shifted on Marriage Equality

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Christina Davitt & Mary Timiras are married by the Reverend Laura Shennum

Christina Davitt & Mary Timiras are married by the Reverend Laura Shennum. (Credit: Wenatchee World)

When deciding whether or not to pursue ministry in Washington State’s Wenatchee Valley this past June, I was struck by the consistent message of how conservative the area was considered to be. This message was held up by both members of the local Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and others who were familiar with the region.

However, after this past fall, I am hearing a different story. For the first time, Cascade UU Fellowship took an active stand in supporting the Referendum 74, which brought marriage equality to Washington State. The wayside pulpit held a message for the month leading up to election day stating, “we stand on the side of love for marriage equality.” I was asked to write an editorial to the local newspaper and several of our members wrote their own letters. We held discussions and provided educational opportunities for members in the community to further develop understanding about marriage equality.

In October the local newspaper, The Wenatchee World, endorsed the referendum itself, which was momentous. Once the referendum passed, the paper contacted me for a reaction and asked if I knew of any couples who might want to be interviewed about getting married. This led to a front page story highlighting the wedding of Christina Davitt and Mary Timiras on December 29. The enthusiasm and joy felt by the congregation was enormous. The story has shifted now to reflect a more welcoming and accepting message. It is amazing what can happen in just few short months.


This post was written by Rev. Laura Shennum (pictured above) of the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in East Wenatchee, Washington.

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Take the 30 Days of Love Pledge!

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We are at a transformational moment—struggling to confront our culture of violence and bullying, anxious to see further advancements for LGBTQ equality, and poised to push our leaders to finally enact compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform. Seize this moment and join us for the second annual Thirty Days of Love, a period for intentional action, service, education, and reflection running from January 19 to February 17, 2013.

Click here to take the Thirty Days of Love pledge today!

For those who belong to a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we hope you will participate in this spiritual journey by holding a worship service for Share the Love Sunday. This is an opportunity for your congregation to rejoice in the community that is our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Special collections will support the UUA and all of its programs, including Standing on the Side of Love. Click here to learn more!

Wherever you come from, however you found us, open your heart and lift up your voice during the Thirty Days of Love for a world transformed through the power of love.

Take the pledge to join this spiritual journey for social justice!

In faith,

The Standing on the Side of Love Team

PS: Want to help us spread the word about the Thirty Days of Love? You can post the link on social media, make an announcement at your congregation, or even include a link like this in your email signature:

“Join me on a spiritual journey for social justice–take the Thirty Days of Love pledge!
http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/30daysoflove/


The message above went out on Friday, January 11, 2013 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.

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