Changing the Words: Jason Shelton Responds in Love

In response to painful feelings of exclusion expressed by UU’s living with disabilities, UU music minister, Jason Shelton, changed the title and words of his well know song “Standing on the Side of Love” to be more inclusive. The UUA followed Shelton’s lead by changing the name of its interfaith social justice program of the same name to “Side With Love.” Words have power. We can unknowingly make someone already made to feel invisible by our culture feel even more invisible by our language and metaphor. But does getting hung up on metaphors distract us from efforts to truly improve accessibility and inclusion?  And how far do we go? A time for discussion will follow the presentation. A youth RE program and childcare are available during the service, and refreshments and conversation follow. Everyone is welcome!