Thirty Days of Love 2017 was observed from Monday, January 16 through Tuesday, February 14, 2017, culminating on the 8th Annual National Standing on the Side of Love Day! Thirty Days of Love 2017: Fortifying the Movement was an opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.
Below find a number of resources for yourself, your congregation or your community and small group ministry. Are you and your congregation involved with Thirty Days of Love? We would love to hear about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each week we shared tools and resources to help congregations reflect, learn and act around different sub themes of fortification. Check them out below.
Week One: Relationships and Movements
Movements are made of people and organizations. Organizations are groups of people. Relationships with ourselves, between people and between organizations are the bonds that create and sustain movements. Groups, campaigns, and movements often fall apart because we don’t know how to be in relationship with each other. From our everyday relationships to that person you make eye contact with at a rally, without relationships there are no social movements. Click here to read the message and check out the companion worksheet here.
Week Two: Covenants and Movements
If we want to be trusted partners in the work of liberation and social justice, we have to build trust through sustained acts towards shared goals. Covenants and other sacred agreements are not about perfection, they are about practice. Our behavior and approach set a tone for all of our work. Across the country, UUs have told us that they want more support on how to set tone and culture in relationships, in order to sustain them respectfully and well. Click here to read the message and check out the companion worksheet here.
Week Three: Transformation and Movements
Movements go thru life cycles, just like people, groups and congregations do. Week three provides tools for individuals, groups and congregations to understand more deeply where we are in the cycle of social movements in the United States right now. How do we assess the moment? How do we assess what it means to play a helpful role? How do we show up on the side of love when the moment changes and our partners are asking for different kinds of support? Click here to read the message and check out the companion worksheet here.
Week Four: Commitment and Sustenance
Our work in movement is cyclical: some days we find joy, inspiration, and justice. Other days, we find ourselves devastated, exhausted and confused. The work of social transformation requires not only a rigor of politic but also a rigor of balance – recognizing the real human needs we each have to be our best selves. Click here to read the message and check out the companion worksheet here.
GENERAL THIRTY DAYS OF LOVE RESOURCES
- Thirty Days of Love: All Ages Activity Calendar
- Send a postcard of solidarity and support to local organizers. Download and print these postcards on card stock and send them to folks you’re building with in your community - do this at home or set up a table during coffee hour for folks to color & write messages of love together. Regular postage rates apply.
- A Spotify mixtape with some fave tunes from getting us through these times
- An invitation to check out Fortification, our bi-weekly podcasts including conversations about spiritual sustenance and meaning with organizers and activists.
- This short video primer on deescalation and interventions you may find of use to your work
- The UUA's Outreach Revolution virtual care package - download four customizable images to promote the themes of 30 Days of Love
- Honor courageous love in your community with a Courageous Love Award