The Social Justice Committee initiates and coordinates outreach activities of First Unitarian Universalist Church in the larger community. These activities are largely determined by the interests of our members. These initiatives can range from one time a year events to ongoing organizational activities.
If you want to receive announcements about upcoming Social Justice events and meetings, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have access to e-mail, watch the weekly announcements in the church bulletin as well as the monthly church newsletter. Social Justice is a reflection of First Unitarian Universalist members’ interests.
The Social Justice Committee regularly meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:15pm in the Beatrix Potter Room in the Longfellow Building. Members and guests are welcome. See the announcements, the Events Calendar or contact the Co-Chairs (Maria Bush and Vicki Tullius through May 2015) for more details or information.
Some of the activities and events, or ongoing “portfolios” that our church members are involved with in the larger community include:
- Basura Bash (Annual Riverbank Clean Up): This is an intergenerational opportunity to witness the San Antonio River ecosystem and the waterways that feed into the San Antonio River, as well as cleaning up debris from the riverbanks.
- Contact: Dorothy Wallace
- Compassionate San Antonio: On May 18, 2014, we voted at our congregational meeting to become a Charter for Compassion Partner Organization with the Compassionate San Antonio network. We work to help make San Antonio a more compassionate community.
- Contact: Diane Duesterhoeft
- Congregational Study/Action Issues: Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at General Assembly (GA) can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC) resulting from congregational feedback on the CSAI. A fourth year is devoted to implementation.
- 2014-2018 CSAI: Escalating Inequality
- 2012-2016 CSAI: Reproductive Justice
- 2010-2014 CSAI, 2013 SOC: Immigration as a Moral Issue
- 2008-2012 CSAI, 2011 SOC: Ethical Eating
- 2006-2010 CSAI, 2010 SOC: Creating Peace
- Contact: June Kachtik (Denominational Connections Chair)
- COPS/Metro Alliance: A broad-based interfaith community organization dedicated to organizing local citizens and working on a range of issues of concern to our families. To join our email list send a message to MetroAllianceemail@example.com.
- Contact: Mike Phillips
- Hands-On Service opportunities: Throughout the year, members of our congregation serve those in need in the local community by preparing meals at Haven for Hope for our homeless residents, and sorting and preparing food bags for the hungry at the San Antonio Food Bank.
- Contact: Dorothy Wallace
- Share the Plate: Since July 2007, our congregation has regularly contributed money collected through our worship service’s offering to a local non-profit organization that carries out our Unitarian Universalist principles. The program also increases awareness and connections between our community and these organizations, each of which has been nominated by a member and selected by vote at our annual meeting in May. On the third Sunday of most months, loose cash and checks not identified for another purpose which are placed in the offering plate are counted separately and a check is sent to the recipient organization.
- Contact: Mary Grace Ketner
- Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM): TXUUJM is a statewide justice ministry that raises the voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena and seeks to have those values enacted into legislation and promulgated in public policy. Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations, in order to advocate effectively for public policies.
- Contact: Maria Bush or Mike Phillips
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC): Through a potent combination of advocacy, education and partnerships with grassroots organizations, UUSC supports programs and policies that empower women, defend the rights of children and support the struggles of indigenous people and oppressed racial and ethnic groups. We also provide financial and technical support when disasters strike impoverished areas.
- Contact: Dexter Katzman
- Other events that the Social Justice Team and First Unitarian Universalist members have frequently participated in include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday March (January), the International Women’s Day March (March), the Cesar Chavez March (March), Gay Pride Picnic, events promoting peace and justice, reproductive rights, concerts raising awareness about the death penalty and the environment, and more.
- Unitarian Universalist Association Social Justice: Information about current social justice issue priorities within the UUA, as well as links to social justice statements and other social justice resources.