Elaine Gelbard, Service Leader
Unitarian Universalists have a long history of and contemporary beliefs of being actively engaged in social justice. Why put that "love" word in it? Let us look at why we want to keep the "L" word so central to our work and identity as people of faith.
Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) is a public advocacy campaign, whose mission is to harness love's power to stop oppression. It was created to launch Unitarian Universalist values into the world as boldly as possible.
Currently, Standing on the Side of Love has active campaigns across the country in issues including immigration justice, voting rights (Moral Mondays), LGBTQ issues and marriage equality, anti-bullying, climate change, anti-bigotry against Muslims and racial justice. The campaign provides support and resources for congregations and other groups who want to make a public stand to increase love and justice in the world.
Wear your Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt (if you have one)! Our Give Away the Plate will go to support this campaign!! More information is available at: http://standingonthesideoflove.org.
Rev. Duncan E. Teague, M. Div.,
After a professional life in HIV/AIDS research, education, and prevention, Rev. Duncan Teague became a newly credentialed minister in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Association (UUA) and is a newly ordained minister from UU Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) in 2014. He guest preaches at The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta and UU congregations in the Southern region. Teague is a recognized African American LGBTQ leader and was recently brought on to Georgia Equality as the Faith Outreach Consultant also working with Freedom to Marry. He also serves on the board of the Freedom Center for Social Justice, Charlotte, North Carolina.
His narratives are featured in several books and stage works including the award-winning Sweet Tea, an anthology of Black gay men's lives in the South. Rev. Teague was a senior member of The ADODI Muse, A Gay Negro Ensemble, who performed and recorded poetry nationally as a published poet, performer and writer. Teague is married to his twenty-one year companion, David Thurman, MD, MPH, and they are proud residents living a stone's throw north of downtown Decatur, Georgia.