Standing on the Side of Love

Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness Love's Power to STOP oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join.

"We are called to love our neighbors and welcome the stranger. In the face of fear, we stand on side of love."

"We are called to love our neighbors and welcome the stranger. In the face of fear, we stand on side of love."

About Standing on the Side of Love

From http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org

The broad message, “standing on the side of love,” emerged as a rallying point for people of faith in 2004 in Massachusetts during their early efforts for fully inclusive marriage, and later during the effort to keep the marriage equality law and block Proposition 8, in California in 2008.

The Standing on the Side of Love campaign, born out of that slogan and song by Rev. Jason Shelton of the same name, was launched after the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, which was targeted because they are welcoming to LGBTQ people and have a liberal stance on many issues. The Knoxville community responded with an outpouring of love that inspired the leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to launch our campaign in 2009, with the goal of harnessing love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.

Greater Nashville UU Rainbow Flag Dedicaiton

On Sunday, August 28, 2016, members and friends of Greater Nashville UU participated in the Rainbow flag and Standing on the Side of Love flag dedication. It is with great joy that we now display these symbol of love and acceptance in front of our building. 

 

Greater Nashville UU at the Nashville Pride Festival

Greater Nashville UU had a great inter-generational turn out at the Nashville Pride festival! For me this experience was a sign of triumph - to be marching with hundreds of comrades from Nashville to state that we stand on the side of LOVE so soon after news of shootings in Orlando broke our hearts. Nissan handed out tons of cow bells, which both marchers and those who lined the streets shook with joy and gusto. The day was beautiful - filled with music, food trucks, and happiness. A BIG THANK YOU to Nashville for the love and support that shown bright that day!   - Kristin Reveal, Chair Religious Education