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Social Justice in Unitarian Universalism

“Love is our source and our destination—our call and our response.”
— Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

In Unitarian Universalism, we have a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Our work for a better world calls us to unexpected places as we harness love’s power to stop oppression. From grassroots community organizing to interfaith Washington advocacy, in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences, in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put their faith in to action. We work in interfaith coalitions and partnerships locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally to affirm and promote “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” “justice, equity, and compassion” and “the interconnected web of all existence.” The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the UU College of Social Justice are two bold examples of this work.

Standing on the Side of Love

Our commitment to justice also led to the creation of a powerful public advocacy campaign to oppose oppression in its many forms and counter fear with love. The Standing on the Side of Love campaign grew out of the Unitarian Universalist community’s response to a shooting at a UU congregation in Knoxville, TN. Since then, we have stood on the side of love with immigrants, same-sex couples, transgender people, American Muslims, people of color, and other members of our faith and our wider communities who face oppression – all working together for more justice and more love.

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Last updated on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

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Introducing Standing on the Side of Love, a Unitarian Universalist campaign that's harnessing love's power to stop oppression.
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The social justice program at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, California, engages the congregation in a range of projects and facilitates participants' spiritual growth.

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