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Unitarian Universalism: Standing on the Side of Love

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” —Dr. Cornel West

Unitarian Universalism is a religion without spiritual walls, a community that puts love into action, and a movement to create a better world for all.

Unitarian Universalists are diverse in our beliefs, backgrounds, and identities—and we are united in living a ministry that seeks justice. We value all people as blessings. We act in solidarity with those who are excluded and victims of violence and oppression.

As we strive to change the system, we foster inclusion, empathy, and respect—in our own lives and in the world. Learn more about us.

Love is Our Call... and Our Response

Unitarian Universalists affirm unconditional, universal love as a foundation and grounding for our actions in the world. We strive to be of service to our communities and advocate for change on local, state, national, and international levels.

Through our Standing on the Side of Love campaign we amplify the voices of the oppressed through online media; we show up in partnership at justice events across the country; we lobby national leaders on immigration reform, equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, religious freedom, and more; and above all we work to make love real in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi did it. Mother Theresa did it. Martin Luther King, Jr., did it.

We do it. How do you reach out in love?

WaterFire Providence: Love Reaches Out

On June 28, 2014, the Unitarian Universalist Association is proud to partner with WaterFire Providence for an evening of witnessing for the power of love.

This artistic, spiritual festival brings people together and creatively transforms the city. Together we will create an evening during which tens of thousands of people present will feel the power of love reaching out.

Schedule for the evening (more details here):

  • 7:30pm: “Make Way for Love.” All are invited to a Unitarian Universalist music-filled, spirit-lifting worship service at the Dunkin' Donuts Center to prepare our hearts.
  • 8:50pm: Fire Lighting. The ritual of lighting fires on the river begins.
  • 9:00pm: Community Sing. Members of local Unitarian Universalist choirs will serenade us with songs about love, inviting all who are moved to sing along.
  • 9:15-11:00pm: Live performances. The Steeple Street stage features Emma’s Revolution, UniverSouLove, and others.

Don’t miss other opportunities throughout WaterFire to participate in/take part in love reaching out:

  • Visit our Love Tent to learn more about Unitarian Universalist acts of love
  • Buy a piece of pottery from the Empty Bowls Project and show love to people impacted by homelessness
  • Light a luminaria for love
  • Chalk messages and art about love on Steeple St. and Washington St.
  • Reflect, meditate, or pray on love in Memorial Park
  • Discover other ways love reaches out

Experience How Love Reaches Out Through Worship

All are welcome and warmly invited to attend two open worship services in Providence, RI, that are part of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly.

  • “Make Way for Love”
    Saturday, June 28, 7:30–8:15pm
    Dunkin' Donuts Center 

    Building Beloved Community requires living into the reality that we are each beloved. We need to feel that belovedness! So come take sanctuary, and renew your power to co-create sanctuary in the world, with a heart-centered, music-packed, spirit-filling worship led by the Sanctuary Boston. Nourish your spirit as we collectively prepare to reach out in love through public witness!
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    Sunday, June 29, 11:00am–12:30 pm
    Dunkin' Donuts Center

    Calling upon his experiences in interfaith organizing, the Rev. Mark Stringer, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA, will inspire all those gathered to reach out in love. Join thousands for Unitarian Universalism’s largest annual worship. With special music by the General Assembly Choir with director Mary Neumann, UU Church of Reading, MA, and the General Assembly Band.

Visit Providence Area Congregations

Every Unitarian Universalist congregation is unique, with its own style of worship and community life. Visit more than one and experience the diversity of Unitarian Universalism!

Use our Find a Congregation tool to find more Unitarian Universalist congregations near you!

"Love is our source and our destination, our call and our response." —Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

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Last updated on Monday, June 23, 2014.

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