Friday, June 27, 2008

Can you help our work on marriage equality?

I was supposed to be spending the weekend at the General Assembly of the UUA, but on Wednesday, for the first time in my life, my back went into utter complete spasms and I have been flat out since Wednesday evening. (If you are reading this, and have had back issues, I'd love any advice here or offline at debrahaffner@yahoo.com)

But, in addition to your ideas, I need your help this week. If you've been following, you know that there is a vigorous attempt in California to overturn the recent Court decision on marriage equality. You may also know that at least two other states have marriage referendums on their ballots in November.

We want to launch a campaign to demonstrate clergy support across the county for marriage equality. We hope to optain 1000 clergy signature for our Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality and to develop a preaching packet for mainline and progressive clergy on why gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry.

The problem is that as a small organization we did not anticipate this in our annual budget this year and don't have the money to do the massive mailing. So, we are turning to our supporters. We have a generous friend of the Religious Institute who has offered to match every dollar we raise.

Can we count on you for $25, $50, or $100? You can donate online at http://www.religiousinstitute.org/donate.html You can use paypal or send in a check to our offices at 21 Charles Street, Suite 140, Westport, CT 06880.

You can be part of ensuring that loving couples can make public and legal commitments to build lives together. Won't you help today?

(P.S. And prayers would be welcome for my rapid recovery. In 25 years of being a public speaker, I've only cancelled one other time. I'm still hoping to be well enough to go on Saturday.)

2 comments:

Eileen said...

Debra,
I have chronic low-level back pain that sometimes flares up, and I find that industrial massagers (like the Hitachi Magic Wand, when used for its original purpose) can do wonders for me. However, I've never had the kind of spasms you describe here. I'm wary to recommend this to you flat-out, but it might be worth looking into.

Love your work. My best wishes for your recovery.

Emily said...

I've been there. For my last bad attack a combo of muscle relaxants and Celebrex seemed to work, but I'm a firm believer that prevention is the best medicine. In the past, yoga 2-3x per week has helped a LOT!