Literature, theology and history often feature epic struggles between the forces of good and evil. Stories of those struggles, passed on orally and through the written word, have in more recent times migrated to the small and large screens of television and the movies. It is easy to get consumed with the epic nature of these struggles, with the overwhelming immediacy of the need for good to triumph over evil. As much as I love most of the Marvel movies for illustrating these topics, the long march of love as a force for goodness in the world is timeless and it is not often won or lost in an instant but in the incremental movements and efforts of hearts, minds and spirits.
That is why when I attended my first Revolutionary Love conference in New York City a number of years ago, I felt bolstered for this work by the speakers, the worship, the singing and the emphasis on the forces of love in action. I left with the sense of the possible, which is always an important feeling to have when trying to work on behalf of revolutionary love in the world.
This year, because of the political and spiritual predicaments in which we now find ourselves immersed, the conference, traditionally held at the Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, has been moved to All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, DC, Apr. 24-26. I would like to invite you to be a part of the UUCF delegation to this conference. If we gather at least five attendees for the conference by Dec. 31, UUCF attendees will get a group rate registration fee of $269 per person – reduced from $399. In order to get the group rate, please first register and make payment to UUCF, which can be done here. After Dec. 31, we will register you and submit our group order. If you wish to attend and find the costs financially challenging, please contact me directly and we can discuss financial assistance.
For those who are able to attend, you will find Revolutionary Love to be thought-provoking, energizing and inspiring. There will be people of faith and many Unitarian Universalists from all over the country working together to share strategies and inspiration for the work of love in action. Speakers will include Rev. Dr. William Barber, Sister Simone Campbell, Eve Ensler, Linda Sarsour and many others.
One more thing: One of the core messages of this holiday season is about revolutionary love – a love that infuses our spirits with the love of neighbor, a love of goodness, a love of kindness and a love of decency. This is the type of love we try to practice at UUCF and the love so desperately needed in today’s world. As we travel through this holiday season, may this revolutionary love find its way into our hearts, minds and spirits and may it radiate forth to shine its light into the lives of your friends, families and loved ones.