What a time we are living in. I keep saying to myself that this moment is the opportunity of a lifetime for me (as a white progressive) to be the person I say I am. I know that I am not alone in my discernment in this moment, as so many of us struggle to lead, follow and engage. I think we are struggling because we want to be able to look back at this time and feel that we were people of integrity, even in a time when it can be terrifying to be such people.
I want to let you know that I have decided to step down as the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Director. I am taking a position as Vice President of Movement Leadership at Auburn Seminary to be able to do multi-faith and national movement building work. What I really want to say is thank you. Thank you so much to all of you who have found our recent work as Standing on the Side of Love helpful in your work for justice. I am glad that many of you have appreciated the tools, or found them heartening. But, I am most proud that our work has been of use.
Over the last 14 months our small but mighty team has done some exciting things: experimenting with centering cultural work, healing and fortification in collaboration with Black Lives of UU and Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost of the Revive Love Tour. Flanking People of Color-led organizing, and the solidarity work of UUs, in Arizona and at Standing Rock. Creating organizing tools through online courses, webinars and interviews and blossoming our relationships with movement leaders. It’s been a pleasure to work with Nora Rasman, now acting as Standing on the Side of Love’s Campaign Manager who has been able to step into further leadership around organizing and digital communication strategies. I am hopeful that this work will continue in the time ahead.
I am grateful to all of the UU communities doing organizing - bringing people into the work, building capacity, creating even when we don’t have all the answers. I know it can be hard and thankless work. It is appreciated by others in the fold. I know that I will still be in relationship with many of you in these times. See you out in the fight.
Love and solidarity,