“Everyone is special”

By Leah Marvin-Reilly
That was the kid’s version of the first Unitarian Universalist principle that I learned when I was six years old. The adult version is this: The inherent worth and dignity of every person. This is just one of 7 values that I grew up striving to uphold and incorporate into my life, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person is exactly why I am part of the Freedom Fund. There is not a single human in the world who can truly know what it is like to be another person, so why do we have this constant struggle to allow people to make their own choices? As someone who works in state government I see the blatant attacks on a woman’s choice that for some reason recur year after year. While there are uninformed people who would attempt to take control of other people’s lives, there are also people who will take a stand and stop this from going on. I am part of the Freedom Fund because I want to be able to use my voice and my resources to move beyond hate and beyond judgment. To me, this is to practice another UU principle: justice, equity and compassion in human relations. It is easy to think that I’m never making a big enough difference, but every few hundred dollars that we can raise, and every minute that I invest into planning events and creating community, empowers aperson to exercise their right to make their own reproductive choices.

From our Spring Newsletter