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First Look! The Third Annual Thirty Days of Love

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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.

In faith,

Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love


The message above went out on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.

Day 8: Reflect on Legacy

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Today is Day 8 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today’s action is to reflect on what aspects of the campaign have spoken to you the most so far, share that reflection with a family member or friend, and encourage them to join in. Click here for more resources, family actions, and more! Click here to sign up for the daily Thirty Days of Love emails.



Time flies–we have reached the end of our first week of the Thirty Days of Love and what a journey it has been already! Over the course of the last week, we have honored the legacies of inspiring justice-makers from Dr. King and Cesar Chavez, to those who have worked for LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice.

Today, we ask that you take some time to think about what we have discussed so far. What messages resonated the most? How might you continue to honor legacy throughout the rest of the Thirty Days? Can you carve out some time each day to journal, light a candle in the morning for a quiet moment of reflection, or write a note to someone who inspires you?

Tomorrow, we will embark on the second week of the Thirty Days and focus on how we can “Think Interfaith” in our work for love and justice. For the moment, let us ground ourselves spiritually and prepare to undertake the rest of this journey together.

In faith,

Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love

Day 2: Our Nation Needs Our Message

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Today is Day 2 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today’s action is to ask your members of Congress to commit to civil and respectful discourse in the new legislative session. Click here for resources, family actions, and more! Click here to sign up for the daily Thirty Days of Love emails.


Like you, I am frustrated by the current state of our national political discourse.

After a contentious election year culminating in the nail-biting fiscal cliff negotiations and in the face of upcoming debates on several big issues like preventing gun violence, comprehensive immigration reform, and the debt ceiling, we all find ourselves in search of a more compassionate national dialogue. None of us has all of the answers. What we do have is our hearts. When we stand on the side of love, we allow our hearts to be our guide, and we ask others to do the same.

In honor of Inauguration Day tomorrow, ask your members of Congress to stand on the side of love by denouncing vitriolic language in the public discourse and committing to a more respectful, bipartisan climate. Click here to send your message to your national lawmakers.

When I first moved to Washington, DC as a college freshman, I was enamored with politics and government. I loved The West Wing and dreamed that one day I would help bring a vision of social justice to our nation’s capital. But after I saw our political system up close (sans Martin Sheen), I lost hope that justice-making could ever survive amid the pervasive vitriol.

Now, working with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, I’ve seen firsthand the way our message of love can change a conversation, bring people together, and carry us a step closer to the Beloved Community. Imagine what a difference it would make if that message were to permeate the halls of Congress?

Take this opportunity to ask our leaders to work with us for something better. Click here to take action.

In faith,

Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love

PS: Do you have ideas for the future of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign? Join our Facebook chat with Campaign Manager Jennifer Toth on Friday! You can find details here.

An Unprecedented Outpouring of Love for the Sikh Community

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The Standing on the Side of Love campaign has been amazed by your overwhelming response to our request for messages of love and compassion for the Sikh community. More than 1,800 of you have submitted messages. This level of engagement is unprecedented for Standing on the Side of Love. In fact, more people have taken action to send love to Oak Creek than on nearly any other campaign in our history.

In the coming days, volunteers will handwrite all of your beautiful messages onto orange Standing on the Side of Love cards and string them together in a “love” chain. A coalition of local Unitarian Universalists will then hand-deliver the “love” chain to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Rev. Chris Buice of the Tennessee Valley UU Church told us that the visual expressions of love that they received after the 2008 shooting are still displayed in their congregation. We hope that this will provide a similarly powerful visual message of love and solidarity to the Sikh community in Oak Creek.

Many of you are also attending local candlelight vigils to honor the victims of the shooting and show solidarity for the Sikh community. At one vigil in San Diego, Julie Schauble was interviewed by the local news while wearing her Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt and offered this beautiful statement:

“He didn’t even see the people he was shooting. He just saw an object for his hatred and fear and anger. And I wanted to say to the Sikh community that… we see you. We see who you are and we recognize you as our brothers and sisters.”

Watch the full coverage of the event here:

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Click here to find out if a vigil is planned in your area.

In this midst of this gorgeous outpouring of compassion and love for the Sikh community, we must not forget our Muslim neighbors in Joplin, Missouri, whose mosque burned down last weekend in a suspected arson attack. It’s essential that we continue to remain vigilant in speaking out against religious bigotry and intolerance in our communities.

This week, our partner Shoulder to Shoulder is also encouraging people to join their local Sikh community for worship and the traditional langar community meal as many temples will be dedicating their Sunday services to responding to this tragedy.

Click here to find out if there is a Sikh Gurdwara (temple) near you.

Thank you for helping us to create an outpouring of love for the Sikh community. Your heartfelt words inspire us to continue striving for a just, love-filled, beloved community.

In faith,

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Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love


The message above went out on Friday, August 10, 2012 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.

Changes at Standing on the Side of Love

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As the Unitarian Universalist Association bids farewell to Dan Furmansky, we are moving quickly to find our next outstanding Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager. On August 1st the position was posted on the UUA website under “Careers” and “Callings/Job Openings.”

Click here to access the position description and share it.

The purpose and principal responsibilities of the position remain the same, and it will continue to be based in Washington, DC.

We will be interviewing candidates in August. If you know someone you think would be an outstanding candidate for this position, please encourage them to apply.

Last month, we significantly expanded the capacity of the campaign by hiring a full-time program assistant. Meredith Lukow has served as both a summer intern with the campaign, as well as a part-time employee over the past year. A recent graduate of American University, Meredith brings a great deal of skill, initiative, and enthusiasm to the newly created position of Standing on the Side of Love Program Assistant.

Rev. Craig C. Roshaven
UUA Witness Ministries Director