So, what’s this Thirty Days of Love that I keep hearing about?
The Thirty Days of Love campaign begins in just 3 days, on January 18. We’ve got everything you need to learn more and get started here: http://standingonthesideoflove.org/2014-30daysoflove/
But wait! Are you still feeling a bit fuzzy about what exactly the Thirty Days of Love campaign is? Have no fear, we’ve got you covered!
Check out the handy guide below. Still have unanswered questions? Email us: love at uua.org!
The Thirty Days of Love 101 Guide:
Before you tell me what the Thirty Days of Love campaign is, give me the background on Standing on the Side of Love.
For a brief history and helpful video of what we are all about, click here! The quick history: Standing on the Side of Love has been around for almost 5 years (we’ll be celebrating our 5th anniversary at the UUA General Assembly this year!) and we harness the power of love to stop oppression.
Ok, got it. Tell me more about how the Thirty Days of Love campaign got started.
Back in 2012, we realized there were exactly 30 days in between MLK Day and Valentine’s Day. We’d already been re-imagining Valentine’s Day as a social justice holiday for a few years, so we thought we’d get creative and make something meaningful happen in between these two powerful holidays. And, voila! Thirty Days of Love was born.
Now, in subsequent years, it hasn’t been an exact 30 days between these two holidays, but they still provide important anchor starting and closing days to our initiative.
So, what are the goals for Thirty Days of Love? Why is it important and why should we participate?
As part of Thirty Days of Love we bring you tools to engage in listening campaigns, community connection, theological reflection, collective sharing, community education, and direct action. We offer tangible resources for you celebrate the words and deeds of unsung heroes and to continue the effort to promote equality, acceptance, diversity, and inclusion.
Ok, I get it now! I’m ready to participate. So what do I do?
The easiest way to be involved with the Thirty Days of Love is to sign up for the daily emails (yep, it’s really that easy!). Each day, we will send out an email with a daily theme of love + justice, and offer you resources for reflection, education and action. There will also be a daily action we invite you to take part in (to give you an idea of what daily actions look like: sometimes it will be changing your facebook pic, other days it will be journaling, and sometimes we will encourage you to get in touch with Congress).
What else can I expect? Are there ways I can take my involvement in Thirty Days of Love to the next level?
We are glad you asked! You can expect to hear from powerful voices like our partners at Middle Church, Sr. Simone, the head of our partners at NETWORK (the Catholic Sisters who created Nuns on the Bus) and visionary leaders from within Unitarian Universalism. You can take your involvement to the next level by letting other people know you are participating, signing up to participate in Share the Love Sunday, or giving a Courageous Love Award. And if you REALLY want to take it to the next level, plan a witness event that has the potential for serious local impact on behalf of marginalized communities. Need help with funds to make it happen? Apply for a Standing on the Side of Love Matching Grant today: http://www.uua.org/giving/funding/102184.shtml
Anything else I should know?
Yep! You have the chance to win a free Standing on the Side of Love banner! Wanna know how? Just sign up to participate in Share the Love Sunday. To learn more click here, and to sign up, email email@example.com. The first fifty congregations to sign up win a free banner!
And of course, we are here to help with any questions along the way.
With lots of giddy excitement for all that is to come,
Campaign Manager + Head Thirty Days of Love Enthusiast
Standing on the Side of Love
PS: Need some more Love inspiration to get you started? Check out my friend Dan’s Love Inspired Playlist and listen to some great songs as you plan your 30 Days involvement!