First Parish in Cambridge is dedicated to working for justice and building the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. Standing on the Side of Love (http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org) is a national campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association that calls for respect, inclusion, and compassion for all people.
The sixth award was presented in 2016 to Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins who created the “Ask a Muslim” project in which they stand in public places with “Ask a Muslim” signs and offer doughnuts and conversation about being Muslim in today’s world.
In 2015 First Parish presented the award to Sydney Fisher and Mary Gashaw, who led more than two hundred of their fellow Cambridge Rindge and Latin students in a Black Lives Matter walkout at Cambridge Rindge and Latin school.
Prior recipients of the Courageous Love Award are the Student Immigrant Movement (2011), transgender activist Nancy Nangeroni (2012), Louis D. Brown Peace Institute founder Tina Chéry (2013); the Westboro 8(2014).
Nominate someone for the 2017 Courageous Love Award by completing our Nomination Form.