Standing on the Side of Love (SSL), an interfaith public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression, is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The campaign began as a response to the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. It has evolved into a month-long reimagining of Valentine’s Day as a social justice holiday. UUCM is one of many UU congregations that participate.

Read more about SSL and its history   |   Join the SSL campaign

Each year, UUCM recognizes a Marin County resident who lives and acts according to the SSL values of inclusion, diversity, and equality. For the 2017 award, considering nominating someone you know (possibly, but not necessarily, from our congregation) who is deserving of this important award.

Deadline for nominations: December 31. To nominate someone, email Tell us the person's name and briefly describe how s/he has exhibited the SSL values of inclusion, diversity, and equality. Awards are presented annually in February.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2017: Dick Park
  • 2016: Rev. Chip Wright (UUCM)
  • 2015: Rev. Paul Gaffney (street chaplain)
  • 2014: Marje Park (UUCM)
  • 2013: Katherine DaSilva Jain (UUCM)
  • 2012: Paula Pilecki (Spectrum)
  • 2011: Joan Nelson (UUCM)

Questions? Contact Joan at or (415) 595-6221.