The Congregation has Left the Building
First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) joined the Standing on the Side of Love campaign in the celebration of 30 Days of Love from Martin Luther King Day to Valentine’s Day (though our calendar ran a little longer than just 30 days!) A number of 1U and community events highlighted our commitment to standing on the side of love, justice, and full equality. Here’s what happened!
The Love Tree
The children in the religious education program created a Love Tree with hanging heart tags. Each tag listed an item that could be purchased and returned to the tree for later delivery to the New Image Youth Center.
City of Orlando’s MLK Vigil and Interfaith Service
A strong contingent from 1U joined the “candlelight” vigil and march from City Hall to First United Methodist Church where we celebrated the life and legacy of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a service coordinated by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Mayor’s MLK Commission. A highlight was seeing 3 of our 1U children sing in the interfaith children’s choir called “Everyone’s Children.”
Weekend of Service
1U members headed out into the community for a weekend of service at Community Food & Outreach Center. It was great to learn about the good work of this organization and to put our hands to work on their behalf.
Spaghetti Dinner & MLK Day Concert at 1U
Yummy, delightful, and inspiring… words that describe our evening with UU singer/song writer David Roth. We look forward to bringing other such talent to our community.
A vibrant crowd including 1U members and friends, celebrated the 40th anniversary (01-22-73) of Roe v. Wade with keynote speaker, Honorable Patricia Schroeder. Joyce Hamilton Henry, ALCU Mid-FL Director and Rev. Kathy also addressed the group which gathered at The Venue and was entertained by three local bands.
Our workshop at 1U gave us and our community partners a chance to learn more about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their fair Food Campaign. The day culminated with farm workers from Immokalee joining us at the downtown Publix for a vibrant public witness event. Picket lines of 30 people each circulated on either side of Central Blvd as a delegation asked Publix managers to become partners in the Fair Food Program. Foot traffic from Lake Eola gave us many opportunities to share information about this cause with the curious folks passing by. Participants committed to supporting the CIW on their upcoming March for Right, Respect, and Fair Food. For details see here.
The 5th annual “Human Heart: An OUTright Love-in” on Valentine’s Day left the rain-drenched park and headed to the site of the after party, “The Venue,” and there we created our human heart. We celebrated the progress made toward equal rights in the past year and committed ourselves to the on-going work!
at 1U but co-Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard, Florida and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Florida. With Unitarian Universalists from around the state, we had a chance to consider the intersection of several contemporary issues: democracy, environmentalism, and addiction.
Yuuth on the Side of Love Concert
A fabulous evening of magic, comedy, improv, music, and theater by our teens wrapped up our 30 Days and benefited the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. The talent and enthusiasm was enjoyed by an appreciative crowd.
Feeling the energy build throughout the 30 Days, it was awesome to realize the growing potential the congregation has to be a force for Love every day of the year.