Thanks for checking out these resources from past Thirty Days of Love that you can use all year round! In 2015, we are excited to support thirty days of action on climate justice from World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22).
Many of our UU partners are collaborating on this exciting new venture, so check out Commit2Respond here to learn more about how you can get involved. Resources will be available in early 2015, so be sure to check back with Commit2Respond then to learn more!
We have also curated resources from our many partners who collaborated with us over the years to bring you timely resources you can use for many different worship themes, along with religious and adult education classes throughout the year. See below for fantastic worship service ideas, religious exploration, themes to use for congregations, and so so much more.
Below are some of the themes from the past Thirty Days of Love campaigns. Please feel free to incorporate any of the resources below as you see fit.
Multicultural Ministries and Justice
- Learn more about Mosaic Makers. Learn and share the four pillars of intentional multicultural community: Leadership, Worship, Justice Ministry, and Congregational/Community Life.
- Learn more about the Living Legacy Pilgrimage
- Start or join a conversation on race and multiculturalism in your congregation. Visit the UUA page on multiculturalism for ideas and resources.
- Check out “Keep Talking, Start Doing: Ten Ways to Deepen Your Congregation’s Multiculturalism Journey“
MLK Day: Fifty Years after Selma/Civil Rights
Each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect, learn and act around pressing social justice issues calling our hearts. As we celebrate a number of civil rights anniversaries and continue to support organizing happening in Ferguson and beyond, how can we approach MLK Day in new ways? What can you do to look at the MLK Day Holiday in a new light this year? Share with others on twitter using the #UUsLivingtheDream hashtag!
- Dr. Martin Luther King was the UUA General Assembly Ware Lecturer in 1966. Read his always stirring words here.
- Connect with the growing movement for racial justice and an end to mass incarceration: see the UUA's New Jim Crow page for resources, partners, sermons, and more.
- Find UUs Resisting New Jim Crow & Mass Incarceration on Facebook, a learning community for building the movement.
- Check out the UUA’s new opportunities for youth to engage with multiculturalism and racial justice analysis-building. The Be The Change! Project includes an interactive, multimedia six-session training and related resources for entry-level discussions around race in our faith and our communities.
Story of Self, Now, Us: Creating a Collective Vision Guide
“A story communicates fear, hope, and anxiety, and because we can feel it, we get the moral not just as a concept, but as a teaching of our hearts. That’s the power of story. That’s why most of our faith traditions interpret themselves as stories, because they are teaching our hearts how to live as choiceful human beings capable of embracing hope over fear, self-worth and self-love over self-doubt, and love over isolation and alienation.” - Marshall Ganz.
Building Bridges of Love
These resources offer us a chance for us to reach out past walls, barriers, or borders and engage in places we don’t usually go. By Building Bridges of Love, we can encourage ourselves and others to practice radical love and inclusion. Consider putting together service projects, interfaith exchanges, and community dinners.
- Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry from the Southern Poverty Law Center
- Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide from the Southern Poverty Law Center
- Check out the UUA’s toolkit for Military Ministry
- Accessibility Guidelines for Unitarian Universalist Congregations: Creating Welcoming Congregations for People of all Abilities
- “Practical Tips for Individual Allies” from TransFaith
The first step in building interfaith social justice partnerships (or strengthening old ones!) is meeting and getting to know our neighbors. Find time to go to a religious service of a different faith in your community–-whether it’s a mosque, synagogue, Episcopal Church, Buddhist temple, Quaker Meeting, or even a local meditation group. Learn more about their faith tradition and build new relationships!
- Interfaith Youth Core
- Interfaith Alliance
- Etiquette guide for visiting other houses of worship
- Directory of LGBTQ-welcoming congregations
Courageous Love Awards
The Courageous Love Award is for individuals or organizations that have exhibited courageous love and touched hearts. Presenting a Courageous Love Award is an opportunity to reach beyond your core social justice folks, and to engage your whole congregation or community in social justice work. It is also a chance to uplift others; strengthen and support partnerships you are already developing; and to join together with joy and with purpose those who have shared values.
- Click here to get more Courageous Love Award resources
- Click here to access the Courageous Love Award template
Campus/Young Adult Resources
There are tons of great resources available in this Campus and Young Adult guide. Feel free to adapt as you see fit, and share with us if you create something that others can use!