For the past two years, we have committed to a period of intentional action, service, education, and reflection called the Thirty Days of Love. During this time, folks all across the country (and even the world!) have spread love and justice in truly inspiring ways.
In 2014, our third annual spiritual journey for social justice will run from January 18 through February 16 and focus on four weekly themes:
Week One: Living the Dream
Sunday, Jan. 19: Suggested worship service themes include honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and recommitting to racial justice work.
What to Expect: Kick off the week with MLK Day and set aside time for congregational self-examination and reflection. Look for resources on furthering your racial justice work.
Week Two: Sharing Our Stories
Sunday, Jan. 26: Suggested worship service themes include exploring your community’s “Story of Self, Us, & Now” and using stories to make the invisible visible.
What to Expect: Resources for telling your own story as well as stories from past and present social justice heroes. Help us envision what our stories will be in the future and how we can get to that place.
Week Three: Building Bridges of Love
Sunday, Feb. 2: Suggested worship service themes include “where is your radical love?” We encourage you to give out Courageous Love Awards and focus on the idea of radical inclusion.
What to Expect: A chance for us to reach out past walls, barriers, or borders and engage in places we don’t usually go. Look for ideas on putting together service projects, interfaith exchanges, and community dinners.
Week Four: Pause, Reflect, Celebrate!
Sunday, Feb. 9: Celebrate love–what justice victories does your community have to celebrate this year? This could be anything from a new anti-discrimination ordinance to an emerging partnership with an immigrant justice organization to the opening of a new LGBTQ youth center.
What to Expect: Since our campaign kicked off in 2009, we have helped achieve marriage equality in 13 states and DC. These are HUGE victories! Plus, the SSL campaign turns five years old in 2014. Look for inspiration on lifting up these milestones in your community.
On February 16, we invite you to end the Thirty Days of Love with Share the Love Sunday, a chance for your congregation to give back and help support our social justice work.
We hope that you will start to think about how you can lift up these weekly themes in your congregation or community. Over the course of the next several months, we will be sharing more information on our plans for the third annual Thirty Days of Love. Bookmark our Thirty Days 2014 webpage today so you will always have the most current resources at your fingertips!
I can’t wait to embark on this spiritual journey for social justice with you.
Standing on the Side of Love
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