Justice Matters: May Love Be Our Guide

Dear Forward Together Community,

I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve as the new Executive Director of Forward Together. In the months and years to come, I’m excited to work alongside you and our partners in justice to create change in North Carolina.

Of course, the strength of our movement lies in our relationships with one another. I look forward to meeting many of you and learning about your stories, your gifts, and what sustains you in this work.

My spouse Ry and I are relatively new to North Carolina. Almost exactly a year ago, while visiting Duke as a prospective Family Medicine residency program for Ry, we ventured over to Raleigh to attend the annual HKonJ rally. It was there that we met UU’s from all across the state and witnessed your determination to create change. We flew back to Rhode Island that night both knowing that we wanted to be a part of North Carolina’s progressive movement. Four months later, we moved here.

With that being said, I’m still learning about the complex dynamics of North Carolina – in all its challenges and beauty. I welcome your support and partnership in deepening my (and our) understanding of North Carolina’s history, the scope of racial, economic, environmental and political injustice in our state, and how UUs can most effectively contribute to this movement.

Finally, please join me in thanking our founder and outgoing President, Doug Rhodes, and our outgoing Executive Director, Rev. John Saxon for their vision and leadership. As John now transitions into the role of President, I’m excited to have the benefit of his years of experience.

So much is at stake in the year to come. Our faith calls us to meet this moment with imagination, courage, and above all, love.

May love be our guide.

Lisa Garcia-Sampson
Executive Director, UU Justice Ministry of NC

Note: Lisa graduated from Boston University’s School of Theology in 2018 and most recently served as the Ministerial Intern at First Church Boston. She recently received preliminary fellowship as a UU minister and will be ordained this spring by her home congregation, the First Unitarian Church of Providence.

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