SSL: March Forth

The UUA’s Standing on the Side of Love campaign and the UCC are teaming up to put our values into action on March 4th with the March Forth.  Read on to see how you can participate in this exciting initiative!

Reposted from the SSL national campaign:

Dear Standing on the Side of Love supporters,

Unitarian Universalists are no stranger to marching for what they believe in. That is why when the Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ (UCC), asked the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to join their initiative, March Forth, I whole-heartedly said, “Yes!”

March Forth is a one-day advocacy effort on March 4th. It’s an opportunity to give attention to a social justice issue that is important to you, and to us. You choose how to advocate and what to advocate for. Will you choose environmental, racial, economic, or reproductive justice, marriage equality, or voting rights? You can see what others are doing here.

The UUA and the UCC have long been positively aligned on a number of social issues. I am delighted at the growing collaboration between our two denominations. I was grateful that the Rev. Geoffrey Black and the Rev. Linda Jaramillo joined thousands of UUs at our Justice General Assembly in Phoenix in 2012 to stand up for immigration reform, and I was proud to walk with Geoffrey just two weeks ago at the Moral March in Raleigh, NC. We can be stronger and more effective together.

I encourage you to take an extra step. Reach out to a local UCC congregation now and make plans together for this day of action. Let’s see what can we do in partnership to March Forth. Click here to learn more about how to participate in March Forth. And we want to hear from you too! Send your stories, your photos, your ideas to love@uua.org, and we will share them through the Standing on the Side of Love campaign.

Onward in faith,

The Rev. Peter Morales
UUA President

Reposted from the March Forth website of the United Church of Christ:

What is March Forth?
March Forth is a one-day effort where, together, we can raise awareness of justice issues around the world via simple acts of justice work. So pitch in and give God a day of elbow grease and advocacy!

On March 4th, participants in March Forth choose how to advocate to improve the lives of people in their communities, the nation or the world.

So throw yourself into a project you are already passionate about:  Commit to buying fair trade products for your home or congregation; cut back on your electrical use; write letters to your representatives calling for immigration reform; recycle; commit to prayer and study on justice issues in your community.

Or commit to try something new.

As the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo writes, our faith challenges us to understand that our lives are interconnected.

Share how you will March Forth online #marchforth.

How do I participate in March Forth?
Join the one-day initiative to March Forth on March 4th with simple acts of justice work.
Getting involved is easy:

  1. On March 4th, wear blue and turn your profile picture blue with one of the March Forth profile graphics.
    • Then, share the graphic with your friends and help spread the word via social media.
  2. Take Action! One day, your way – you pick the issue and the action. Here are just a few ideas:
    • Write a letter to your representative on a topical justice issue (like immigration reform, bullying, environmental justice, or another of your choosing)
    • Commit to make small, but important, changes (e.g., buy only fair trade products, use less electricity, get involved in justice work in your community, join or form a justice action committee at your church and become part of the UCC’s Justice and Peace Action Network, or the justice network in your denomination).
    • Commit to prayer and study on justice issues that resonate with you.
    • Take on a justice education or action initiative in your youth, adult, or intergenerational church group.
    • For more ideas, check out how others will March Forth on March 4th.
  3. Share your photos and stories on social media #MarchForth, facebook.com/UnitedChurchOfChrist

Remember, it’s one day, your way. How will you March Forth on March 4th?

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About Elizabeth Mount

Seminarian, UU, organizer, and badass. For faith, justice, and interdependent existence.
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