• Multicultural Support Team Moves Toward Justice

    In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Steven Ballesteros speaks up about the important work of supporting Youth of Color.  As a Unitarian Universalist young adult of color I have at times lacked a sense of belonging and of being in right relationship in this faith. I know I am not alone in this feeling. Luckily, there are places in which I can feel safe and ways in which I can apply myself. I currently live near Seattle, Washington, which places me in the Pacific North West District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. There I have helped create and serve on the PNWD Multicultural Support Team for…

  • Love set Ablaze

      In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Phebe Hawes speaks up about being a light of love in a time of hate. In order to love alike, we need not think alike ~Francis David. This quote got me thinking. I come from a suburban, mostly white, community. For the most part, we look alike. But we certainly do not think alike. And there’s not a whole lot of love either. So I turn to social media. Like many millennials, I spend most of my time online. I, however, spend a majority of that time defending my beliefs to people who don’t agree. I get the feeling…

  • Share the Love Sunday

    Day 30: Raise our voice in worship and love I love the annual 30 Days of Love Campaign because it gives makes me reflect upon how powerful love is as an agent of change. Every year this campaign provides thirty opportunities to witness how love changes lives by bringing the experiences of others into our own. The 30 Days of Love Campaign is an invitation and a road-map to greater awareness of the what needs to be changed to end injustice, how to make change happen, and what we can do. What I love most about the 30 Days of Love Campaign is the daily reminder of how simple it is to be a better…

  • Love: The Simple Big Deal

    Day 29: Reflect on reaching out with love I don’t know whether it’s a coincidence or not, but it seems that lately I’ve been seeing love in the most surprising places. No, I’m not talking about couples smooching in the park! I’m talking about the kind (and kinds) of love that we’ve been exploring for the past thirty days. Of course there are the usual day-to-day frustrations; tempers run short when you’re fighting wild weather, winter doldrums, and post-holiday letdown. But I have also seen little acts of kindness, or one stranger treating another with respect, or a very thoughtful post online that turns a spiraling conversation around. I have also thought more about love…

  • Reaching Out by Calling In

    Day 28: Making the Middle Way Together I was a relatively new employee at the UUA when the Standing on the Side of Love campaign was launched. Over the last 5+ years, I’ve had the opportunity to see the it grow and change and reach out in ways I don’t think people could have imagined. When watching news coverage of rallies and events, I sometimes play “spot the yellow shirt.” Try it some time – it happens more often than you might think. On this fifth annual Standing on the Side of Love Day, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on what I’ve seen and today’s post over at the SSL blog brought something…

Prisms

January 31st 2014, no comments

DAY 14: Interfaith Perspective For me, stories are an absolutely essential part of my faith. As has ...

It’s ALL Connected

January 30th 2014, no comments

DAY 13: Intersectional Justice Making When I was a little girl I wanted to save the planet. At four ...

The Changing Reality

January 29th 2014, no comments

DAY 12: Same Place, New Times My cousin is a high school junior. My 10 year high school reunion was ...

Sharing Stories in Covenant

January 28th 2014, no comments

DAY 11: Living Out Your Story Stories are about life, whether real or imagined, and when we read, he...

The Power of Stories

January 27th 2014, no comments

DAY 10: Sharing Stories   The truly very important matter So a couple months ago, something hap...

Speaking Out

January 26th 2014, no comments

DAY 9: Making the narrative public It can be hard to express the fullness of your identity in public...

Building On Our Base

January 25th 2014, no comments

DAY 8: Suppress Voter Suppression Many of the freedoms we take for granted required tremendous strug...

We Move Forward Together

January 24th 2014, no comments

Day 7: Moral Movement for Redemption Resist Oppression Oppression is an unjust exercise of power or ...

Challenge the Challenge to the Right to Vote

January 23rd 2014, no comments

DAY 6: Dismantling the “New Poll Tax”   End Voter Suppression When Poll Taxes were ...