Reach Out to Affected Communities
• Support communities by responding to expressed needs as you are able.
• Listen to, invite direction from, and remain accountable to those directly impacted. Remember that being a good ally often means stepping back.
• Take care to quickly address symptoms of trauma and provide resources.
Commit to a Community-Building Approach
• Be aware of your own “social location” regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, class, citizenship status, and other identities.
• Build multicultural coalitions by listening to and partnering with groups that have worked hard to guarantee and protect their rights
• Share leadership. Honor religious and cultural differences and practice interfaith etiquette by “taking turns” to provide worship elements during joint events.
Learning to Build Long-Lasting Partnerships
• Build on existing connections with members of your congregation and your community to identify allies.
• Be creative in planning a variety of actions including fun, family-friendly gatherings. Consider the comfort and safety of individuals and communities currently facing exclusion, oppression, and/or violence.
• Hold “one-to-one” conversations with community members and partners.
Reflect, Act, and Celebrate
• Reflect on the implications of potential campaigns in your community before acting, but resist being paralyzed by reflection.
• After action, assess lessons learned and relationships built.
• Celebrate achievements with worship services and public events.
• Celebrate Courageous Love by presenting a Courageous Love Award to a member of your community. Download the Courageous Love Certificate here.
Organize for the Long Haul
• Ground your efforts in solid spiritual practice and theological reflection.
• Remain accountable to and respectful of community partners and follow through on all promised actions.
• Prioritize leadership development by involving and supporting new leaders.