• 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…

Reach and Transform

February 9th 2014, no comments

Day 23: Do More than Stand on the Side of Love Love Reaches Out.  That’s the theme for our Ge...

Interfaith Strong

February 8th 2014, no comments

DAY 22: Stand with Those Who Face Religious Discrimination Not long ago I read an article written by...

How Do We Love Concretely?

February 7th 2014, no comments

DAY 21: Radically Reintegrate the Formerly Incarcerated When I sat down to think about what it meant...

Embrace Everyone

February 6th 2014, no comments

DAY 20: Radical Inclusion Today, 30 Days of Love invites us to consider the ways we engage all peopl...

Challenge Your Bias

February 5th 2014, 2 comments

DAY 19: Practice Radical Love for our Troops   Seek the stories you don’t usually hear I ...

Bridge the Divide

February 4th 2014, one comment

DAY 18: For Immigration Reform At the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA we think...

Radical Love in Action

February 3rd 2014, no comments

DAY 17: Put Love into Practice Doin’ Good – A Labor of Love Yesterday I hung out with th...

Push Beyond

February 2nd 2014, one comment

DAY 16: Practicing Radical Love Open Heart In our denomination we talk a lot about love.  Lately, w...

Oral History to Vibrant Reality

February 1st 2014, no comments

DAY 15: Keeping the Story Alive Flat World Story My family arrived in America from Eastern Europe du...