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June 2014: General Assembly Edition: Witness for Love!

Dear Friends,

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”

These wise words from Cornel West have been quoted often here in Multicultural Growth & Witness as we prepare for a powerful General Assembly with the theme of “love reaches out” and celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.

It’s been an inspiring five years, full of people showing up for love and amplifying their voices through the power of love and the presence of yellow shirts. So after five years, what does being on the side of love mean to you in the context of social justice and faith? How do you embody the sort of unconditional love that seeks to bridge divisions, cross borders, and create a world where all beings can not only survive, but thrive?

At General Assembly we will be engaging in questions like these through workshops, worship, and witness. Our time in Providence will include a new kind of public witness event where we will witness for the power of love to create a better world and practice love reaching out. We will be sponsoring WaterFire—a public community arts festival dedicated to transforming downtown Providence—on Saturday evening from 8:15 until 11:30pm. (Join the Facebook event for all the latest updates!)

We will proclaim that love is the greatest justice cause and spiritual imperative there is. That Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Buddha, and Jesus had it right and we follow in their path—unconditional, universal love can unite us all and create Beloved Community.

Regardless of whether or not you’re attending General Assembly, we invite you set some time aside for love this month. Light a fire for love. Engage in conversations and action around what love means to you as a UU and as a change-maker.

If you are coming to General Assembly keep reading to learn about justice-making workshops, organizing meetings, and events you can join.

In faith and love,

Alex, Annette, Audra, Eleanor, Hanna, Janice, Jennifer, Jessica, Lesley, Nora, Susan, and Taquiena
Multicultural Growth & Witness staff

General Assembly events from Multicultural Growth & Witness


Organizing Meeting for UUs Resisting the New Jim Crow & Mass Incarceration
Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm RICC Ballroom D
Join Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director, along with UU regional, district, state and congregational leaders, and Benito Vega of EPOCA and National Ex-Offenders Re-Entry Project for a movement-building session at General Assembly on ending the ‘new Jim Crow.’ We’ll share ideas and strategies and information on and how you and your congregation can get involved in this national movement and in your community and state. Please RSVP and spread the word!

Let’s Talk: Reproductive Justice Networking Happy Hour
Thursday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Union Station Brewery, 36 Exchange Terrace, 3-5 min walk from RICC 
Join reproductive justice advocates from across the country to learn more about implementing a reproductive justice program in your congregation, and share your experiences with reproductive justice advocacy.


Program # 253
Thursday 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm RICC Ballroom A
Beyond charity and service, beyond the walls of our congregations, what calls Unitarian Universalists to do justice organizing which crosses divides of culture and community? This challenging and life-affirming pilgrimage towards liberation is deeply rooted in our common identity and spirituality. Join this interactive exploration of theological principles and concepts.
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Rev. Linda Olson Peebles, Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, Jessica Halperin

Program # 262
Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm RICC 553
Is your congregation ready to embrace a multicultural future? In this program, you’ll meet leaders who are building multicultural mosaics in their congregations and experience the unique attributes of the four pillars that are foundations of sustainable multicultural community: worship, congregational life, ministerial leadership, and justice ministry.
Taquiena Boston, Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, Annette Marquis

Program # 332
Friday 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm RICC 552
While marriage equality dominates the headlines, the Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project reveals that LGBTQ UUs have justice priorities beyond marriage. Come receive results from the Sharing Project as we explore the spiritual, social, and advocacy needs of LGBTQ people at the intersections of identity.
Annette Marquis, Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, Taquiena Boston

Program # 333
Friday 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm RICC Ballroom D
Love reaches out through justice programs grounded in relationships. Community connections that lead us to create a better world truly embody our sacred interconnectedness. Learn how UU congregations are developing partnerships for justice across lines of race, class, and culture based on solidarity and welcome. Gain tools, resources, and skills!
Rev. Jacqueline Duhart, Rev. Neal Anderson, Rev. Jack Patrick Lewis, Susan Leslie & Alex Kapitan

Program # 352
Friday 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm RICC 553
Join us for a multi-media workshop that ties the 5th anniversary of the Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) campaign with the GA 2014 theme, “Love Reaches Out”. We will offer ways for newcomers to learn more about SSL, and opportunities for cur- rently engaged activists to celebrate their work.
Rev. David A. Miller, Rev. Meg Riley, Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, Jennifer Toth

Program # 269
Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm RICC West Lobby
The destructive power of money is whittling away at the most basic right of our democracy: voting that is free, fair and accessible. Join UUCSJ and the NAACP to find out how you can help mobilize our faith communities beyond congregational walls, in response to this critical call for justice.
Rev. Kojo Nantambu, Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Rev. Jay Leach, Rev. Rob Hardies, Susan Leslie

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