Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield will present the Love Award on Feb. 12 to The Ruth Ellis Center for its work with homeless LGBT youth.
“This year in the Detroit area 2,000 teens and young adults will become homeless or at-risk because of their identity. The Ruth Ellis Center saves the lives of many LGBTQ youth within Michigan. The center provides safe space at its drop-in center and residential facility, which serves LGBTQ youth through enrichment programs, counseling and testing, and several support services,” said NWUU Rev. Kimi Riegel.
The Love Award is presented for bold and courageous action and is a part of the UUA’s program Standing on the Side of Love. The program is a public advocacy campaign seeking to harness love’s power to stop oppression and was inspired by the 2008 shooting at a Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Knoxville Community responded with an outpouring of love that inspired the leadership at the UUA to launch a campaign that would harness loves’ power in challenging exclusion, oppression and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion or any other identity. For two years in a row the program re-imagined Valentine’s Day as a social justice holiday.
NWUU is a faith-based community that has been a beacon for liberal religion and social justice in southeast Michigan since the 1950s. It is a diverse church and among its many goals are to teach, learn and work to create a more just and peaceful world.
The Ruth Ellis Center, founded in 1999, is located at 77 Victor St. in Highland Park. It is a nonprofit organization and receives funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, community groups, faith based organizations and government. To find out more information about the Ruth Ellis Center visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org.