Pagosa Unitarian Universalists to hear ‘Siding with Love’


By Joan Ward | Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

With Valentine’s Day in mind, please join us on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m., in person or on Zoom to hear the message “Siding with Love.” Joan Ward will be reading the sermon by the Rev. Lisa Friedman. 

Friedman discusses how moments of decision to side with love happen all the time. Those moments “remind us that the decisions we make in our day-to-day lives do make a difference. They point out the ongoing choices we make between standing uncomfortably on the sidelines of our messy world, unsure of what to do and acting deliberately in small but concrete ways to help create a kinder, more compassionate reality.”

Friedman continues, “They return us to the powerful truth that in critical times it is possible to stand on the side of love and, in the mystic’s words, to help its mighty power to surge upward and surmount every obstacle by defending, supporting, and advocating for each other as if we all were equals in our humanity.”

Friedman is the developmental minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minn.

Ward is a service leader and a member of the steering committee.

Side with Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Visit for more information.

Join the Zoom meeting at; meeting ID: 899 194 1305; call in to (346) 248 7799.

Depending on the current COVID recommendations, please be prepared to wear a well-fitting mask, if deemed necessary, while in the building. Social distancing will be encouraged and, to that end, the maximum capacity of the fellowship has been reduced to 25, a very good reason for arriving a few minutes early.

Our fellowship offers each individual support in their unique spiritual path and an opportunity to participate in positive social and environmental action. We welcome diversity and invite everyone to share in our faith community.

Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza, 301 N. Pagosa Blvd., on the north side facing the mountains. For more information about the fellowship, our services and the meditation group, please see the website If the service is canceled due to weather conditions, it will be announced on the website by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.