Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry

Last weekend I traveled to San Antonio for our district's annual meeting and spring conference. I attended a great session on a new initiative that is working to bend Texas toward justice. The Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry is a statewide justice ministry that creates a network to organize congregations around shared concerns facing our legislature. Alone there is little we can do to address statewide policy, but together we can go far in education and action.

"Our UU voice has been missing on issues such as women’s and gay rights, immigration, education financing, evolution, and many other issues that are considered by the Texas Legislature and its committees. It’s time for Unitarian Universalists to speak out based on our liberal religious viewpoints. TXUUJM will allow our congregations to provide a vehicle for the members of our association to make a difference in our state and to help those learning about Unitarian Universalism see the values for which we stand." Visit the TX UU Justice Ministry website to learn more (http://txuujm.org/).

There are multiple ways to get involved. First, consider joining me in becoming an individual member. Second, read more on the website and begin talking with others about ways our Fellowship could be involved. The TXUUJM offers some suggestions depending on your level of interest or involvement:
  • Are you willing to be part of a team of leaders to conduct a “Listening Campaign” in your congregation to hear and help define the issues important to our UU families?
  • Are you willing to serve your church as a TXUUJM leader to keep your church members informed on action issues?
  • Are you able to contribute to the TXUUJM semi-annual newsletter, conduct a workshop or forum on the issues identified by the ministry, or help to design curricula on state and local issues for our youth or adults?
  • Are you willing to be part of a team that makes sure your entire congregation is informed on issues, registered to vote, and be part of the TXUUJM voter database?
  • Are you willing to have a training session at your church to learn how to effectively meet with candidates and elected local, state, and federal officials?
If you are interested in joining with other Texas UU congregations to leverage our resources and make a difference in state policy, please consider learning more about this initiative and exploring your involvement in it. I hope many of you will begin talking about it and creating some momentum for involvement in the Fellowship. If you are interested in getting more involved be sure to let the Outreach Committee know (outreach@dentonuuf.org).

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.” May it be so.

Love and light,
Rev. Pam Wat