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My Parting Offering

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Jun 30, 2010

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Dear Friend,

On Sunday, as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly was coming to a close, a woman approached me and said:

“What you’ve done with this campaign has made a huge difference in people’s lives. I’ve learned that when you do something big it is really hard to think small again. So keep thinking big!”

As I prepare to step down from my position as Campaign Manager on Friday, those are the same words I have for you. You did something enormous this year. Please keep thinking big.

There are three things I’m offering you before I head off to Law School at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

First, a download of my brain. We have created a 1GB flash drive preloaded with all the things you need to stand on the side of love in your community. It has movies, music, a powerpoint presentation, media and organizing resources, four versions of our logo, and more. This is the single best resource we have ever created and you can order one right now for $20.

Second, an awesome new Campaign Manager. Dan Furmansky comes to us after transforming the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights movement in Maryland as Executive Director of Equality Maryland. You’ll be hearing from him soon and I’m very excited for his leadership.

Third, my deepest gratitude. Leading this campaign has been the biggest privilege of my life. Every single day, I was given the opportunity to witness love’s power changing the world. I do not have the words to express how beautiful this has been, but I’ve teared up three times trying to find them.

I am sure our paths will cross again, for you will always find me standing on the side of love.

Adam Gerhardstein
Adam Gerhardstein
Campaign Manager

6 Responses to “My Parting Offering”

  1. Tyler D-H says:

    Thanks so much for your work Adam – and best of luck with law school. I’m sure you’ll be up to great things when you’re done!

  2. kevdonahue says:

    Adam, you did a truly awesome job of marshaling a lot of resources and making them available. Your legacy will be felt for years. You should be proud of a job well done!

  3. Adam,
    Great work! We at First UU are so proud!

  4. Emily says:

    I am proud to have been standing on the sidelines (of love) as I’ve seen you grow as you’ve grown this program. I have no doubt that Dan will continue the divine work you’ve begun. Congrats AG.

  5. Barb says:

    Yeah, Adam! You really got us going in Arizona.

  6. Susan Leslie says:


    It has truly been a privilege to work with you. I have learned so much from you. Your positive attitude has allowed you to take on new challenges without fear. I am in awe.

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