I’m an Evangelist for Love
Love is the greatest justice cause of our time. And love is the greatest spiritual imperative of our time. How are you an evangelist for love?
Not all that long ago, my passion for a better world was fueled by anger. I was angry that injustice existed and I felt hatred for people who perpetuated it. And you know what? Acting from that place was toxic. It left me feeling empty and hopeless.
So I found another way—a path grounded in faith and paved with love. Now my passion for a better world is fueled by the flames of love. Love for all life. A desire for all beings to thrive. And it fills me with purpose and hope.
Love is what makes me a person of faith. When people meet me, I want them to feel that love and sense that I am someone different. That I am a “love person.” That’s my evangelism: inspiring people of all beliefs, backgrounds, and identities to join the cause of love, each in their own way.
I want to be clear: I’m talking about unconditional love. I don’t have to like someone to love them. I don’t have to see eye-to-eye with someone to wish the best for them. It is hard work to access compassionate, unconditional love for people I struggle with (and I don’t always succeed!), but that’s what makes it a spiritual practice.
If every single person believed in, as the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., put it, “projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives,” there could be no war. There could be no inequality. There could be no inhuman treatment. That’s what makes love the greatest justice cause and the greatest spiritual imperative of our time.
So, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of Standing on the Side of Love, how do you stand (or sit, or roll) on the side of love? How are you an evangelist for love? Rev. Meg Riley calls her SSL shirt a “working shirt.”
What are you working for?
Join me in being a love evangelist: share how you reach out in love here!
In loving faith,
Congregational Advocacy & Witness Program Coordinator
Unitarian Universalist Association
P.S. At General Assembly 2014, love = justice. Attendees will get the chance to witness for love at this year’s public witness event at WaterFire Providence! Learn more.