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Our Mission


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Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith public advocacy campaign initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2009 to promote respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Standing on the Side of Love confronts issues of exclusion, oppression, and violence based on identity. With the goal of creating beloved community, the campaign pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned. The core issues of focus include, but are not limited to: LGBTQ equity, immigrant justice, racial justice and intersectional movement building.

Ruth and Kristi will talk about why this campaign is so important and invite Fellowship members to Stand with and Love those members of our community who are most at risk for violence and oppression.

Ruth Micklem and Kristi VanAudenhove were married in the UUFR-VA sanctuary in July of 2014 on their 25th anniversary. Together they have shared in the joys and the challenges of raising 4 children—and now they are lucky enough to be part of the lives of those children, their partners, and 5 exceptional grandchildren. They have shared in the leadership of policy advocacy for social change to end sexual and domestic violence and to bring about a world in which people of all ages genders, races, and sexual orientations have the opportunity to thrive. As founding members of UUFR-VA they have been involved in many different ways over the years. Ruth currently serves as the President of the Board of Stewards and Kristi coordinates the UUKids program.

UUFR-VA members pose next to the the entrance sign in front of the church.


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