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Announcing the #ReviveLove Tour

Announcing the #ReviveLove Tour

Last week, we announced the #ReviveLove Tour - providing political and spiritual sustenance for movement. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism and Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost to bring support and healing to folks around the country.

In each city, we’ll be connecting with Unitarian Universalists and grassroots movement leaders from across the country including chapter leaders of Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). With the organizing and leadership of BLUU, we’ll be able to support and facilitate spaces for connection and healing for Black UUs in a number of the cities where we meet. 

Announcing Collaborative Organizer Lena K. Gardner

We are thrilled to let you know that prominent leader in both Black Lives of UU (BLUU) and Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, Lena K. Gardner, will be joining our Standing on the Side of Love organizing team part-time in 2016 and 2017 as our 'Collaborative Organizer'. This work is part of deepening our collaborative work with Church of the Larger Fellowship and BLUU. Lena brings a great deal of commitment, heart, humility, and integrity to this work. 

As many of you know, I am deeply committed to the supporting of key organizers as they develop, collaborative practice between groups in justice work, and organizing with (and alongside) people directly affected by oppression and injustice. In a moment where many forces of power would work to turn people of faith against the Movement for Black Lives, our steadfast and steady commitment to accompany, support and fortify the Black Lives Matter movement must be stronger than ever. That sounds like big work. It is.

The Future of Standing on the Side of Love

While so many are struggling with the events of the past week, we're sending love to you and yours at this hard time. This week, thousands of UU's are headed to Columbus, OH for our General Assembly. We wanted to make sure that people received the public report we created based on the assessment we did of 'Standing on the Side of Love' from January to April 2016. Check out the Executive Summary here.

When I took this job, I knew that my priority was to ask questions and listen before making any moves. I wanted the next chapter of Standing on the Side of Love to be informed by the congregations and individuals who loved it and had been using it as a way to put their faith in action. I also knew that I wanted a group of movement leaders--particularly spiritually-rooted activists in the Movement for Black Lives, Immigrant Rights, and LGBTQ Liberation--to inform us towards our next steps. 

The result is this assessment report: full of quotes, insights, terms and ideas that the people we interviewed and surveyed so generously shared with us. We have used this report and our own vision and experience (as well as a month worth of information gathered from our UUA staff colleagues) to craft work for SSL in 2016 and early 2017.  Click here to see the full report.

We wanted to make sure we did not wait any longer to release it because we want to give credit to the people who shared insights with us, and also because we want people to learn as much as we did from the conversations collected here.

Hope it is of interest to you.

Absolute best,

Caitlin Breedlove

Campaign Director, Standing on the Side of Love

Spiritual Solace After the Pulse Orlando Shooting

 Spiritual Solace After the Pulse Orlando Shooting

We are sending you much love and grace at this tough time. So many of your reached out to us about the Orlando Massacre that we wanted to make sure you did not miss the invitation to join this incredible and moving online event that we are planning with a large set of social justice partners.

LGBTQ faith leaders (ordained and unordained) of Color will be offering prayers and blessings for the LGBTQ community and all who love us. Their voices will be leading us, but ALL who are in need of this are welcome to join and listen. Sending resiliency and comfort in this time. Sign-up here.

On Sanctuary, Security and Solidarity

On Sanctuary, Security and Solidarity

There are a lot of articles out there about #Pulse. There is a lot of media. A lot of statistics. Some of us are in anguish because we are LGBTQ and we grieve for our people, we rage for our people, we fear for ourselves and our people. Some of us are in anguish because we love LGBTQ people and LGBTQ people of Color deeply and we want to be there for them in this moment. Most of us are also deeply concerned and mourning because we see the media using this tragedy to attack our Muslim family around the country.

We know that there are deep spiritual issues at play for LGBTQ people in this moment. Live wires of cultural pain and history. A few of them that we see: