Standing on the Side of Love Worship Materials
Confronting Exclusion, Oppression, and Violence Based on Identity
Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign, initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association, to promote respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We stand with all who believe that no person should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence.
Standing on the Side of Love continues the prophetic tradition of working for healing in a broken world. This campaign is an opportunity to live out our deepest ideals and aspirations.
Standing on the Side of Love confronts exclusion, oppression, and violence based on identity head-on. Grounded in the belief that all people deserve love and respect, the campaign pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.
The Call Has Gone Out
The call has gone out for resources—words that would be appropriate in our communal worship, our covenant groups, around our dining room tables, even in our private devotions. We will continue to add resources as they become available.
To Submit Materials: Email your submissions to the Worship and Music Resources Director at worshipweb [at] uua [dot] org. Make sure to include appropriate attribution and permission. Materials may be edited.
Standing on the Side of Love: Re-imagining Valentines Day by Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn, delivered February 14, 2010 to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
A Knock at the Door by Michael Tino, delivered on December 6, 2009, to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester (NY)
Standing in the River by David Stringer, delivered on October 18, 2009 at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
Standing on the Side of Love: a sermon for Yom Kippur by James Ishmael Ford delivered on September 27, 2009 at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island
Standing on the Side of Love by Fred Small, delivered on September 13, 2009, to the First Parish in Cambridge, MA
Standing on the Side of Love by Lisa Friedman, delivered to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, MN
Standing on the Side of Love by Thom Belote, delivered on July 12, 2009, to the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Overland Park, KS
Stories for All Ages
Standing on the Side of Love by Mandy Neff, delivered on September 13, 2009, to the First Parish in Cambridge, MA
"Stand" by Amy Carol Webb (you can arrange to buy the sheet music here, too)
Note: The authors have given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.