Help Us Expand Our Campaign to College Campuses
The message below went out on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.
Standing on the Side of Love has become a more and more important part of my life over the past couple years. I have seen the power of our loving message in my campus community as a Unitarian Universalist student leader at American University. Now, I am thrilled to continue my involvement in the movement as a member of the SSL staff.
While you have been visioning within your community as part of the 30 Days of Love, we have also been thinking about our own story of us and now as a campaign. Through this process, we have heard from some campus leaders, engaged in dialogue, and realized the need for increased partnership with college groups. They are an important part of our religious movement, and their diverse and established campus communities make them a natural place for interfaith, anti-oppression advocacy to flourish. We can increase students’ capacity to create change by providing tools for introspection and action, which they can use to recognize and end oppressive practices on their own college campuses and in the world at-large.
With this vision, Standing on the Side of Love and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries are working together to engage college students in our work for justice. Whether you are a college student hoping to spread the love on your campus, or a congregation hoping to reach out to college students in your area you have a role to play. Will you join us in this effort?
Click here to sign up and receive more information about this exciting project.
Our first step in this collaboration is thinking about how to include non-congregational communities in our campaigns. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries has been participating in 30 Days of Love and writing about it in their Blue Boat Blog. Together, we’re developing a Standing on the Side of Love college chapter program and advocacy resources for campus ministries. We have already begun a dialogue among our own offices, campus ministry leaders, and other stakeholders about this vision, and would love for you to join us.
As you begin to think about what will come after your 30 Days of Love, I hope that your vision includes bringing Standing on the Side of Love to college campuses like mine across the continent. Help us expand the network of love.
In faith & justice,
Standing on the Side of Love
P.S. If you’re looking for more resources on bringing Standing on the Side to college campuses, check out my best practices blog post on the Blue Boat Blog.