Justice Coordinating Council

VOLUNTEER!

The Justice Coordinating Council thrives by the efforts of volunteers who research, plan and advocate on the issues facing our community. Join one of the in-person or virtual events listed below to learn more!

Reproductive Justice — First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
Sacred Gathering

First UU Houston is a Reproductive Freedom Congregation! Join the Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity (SACReD) January 25-26, 2022, for a first-of-its-kind virtual gathering of justice-oriented people of faith, activists, and leaders from the reproductive health, rights, and justice community. Learn more here!

Help us build coalitions for change on big issues! In 2020, First UU joined TMO -- an interfaith organization addressing local/state issues shared by member churches. Issues addressed in 2021 included police reform, education funding, corporate tax abatements and rent support during COVID. TMO actions are identified through feedback from member congregations and teams formed to address these. Volunteers experience the joy and frustrations of government officials willing, or not, to listen to fact-based approaches. Great opportunity to work with volunteers from other faith groups and gather in-depth learning about issues. Expected time commitment is generally 1 to 2 hours weekly. The next Leadership workshop for TMO volunteers is January 23 from 3 - 5pm. Register here or contact Mary K.

The Metropolitan Organization and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston – Justice Coordinating Council – Economic and Racial Justice
Defend Democracy at First UU Church
Defending Democracy at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
Calling all Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars! With 2022 a mid-term election year, voter turnout will be critical to keeping legislators in office who support UU values. In partnership with UUtheVote, VDVRs are needed to register voters, address voter questions via phonebanks, and protect democracy! Lydia L is coordinating a team to work with Harris Co Elections Administration and the League of Women Voters to mobilize a First UU Voter Registration team. If you can help, email firstuujusticecouncil@firstuu.org
Houston is a major resettlement city for refugees from Afghanistan, who need support with language and cultural integration. Volunteers from First UU, Emerson and Northwoods UU Churches are assisting an Afghan family of eight to settle into Houston. Our current donations needs are for gently-used tablets and laptops, new or gently-used children's clothing of all sizes (to be distributed to multiple families), and prepaid Visa gift cards. To volunteer, or donate supplies, please contact immigration@firstuu.org, or see Linda R. or Thorpe B.
Immigration Justice at First UU Church
Immigration Justice at First UU Church

Harnessing Love's Power to Stop Oppression

Side with Love a public advocacy campaign of the UUA, seeks to harness love's power to stop oppression. Subscribe to their Newsletter for action updates on Climate Justice, Democracy & Voting Rights, Public Safety, and LGBTQ+ & Gender Justice.

Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, TXUUJM educates & organizes member congregations, and partners of sympathetic organizations to advocate effectively for public policies in Texas that:

  • Uphold the worth and dignity of every person;
  • Further justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  • Ensure the use of the democratic process;
  • Protect religious freedom; and,
  • Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
Texas UU Justice Ministry

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The JCC is creating even more opportunities to join our social justice action team.
Email us at: firstuujusticecouncil@firstuu.org

The Unitarian Universalist Association supports our Social Justice efforts, and those of our congregations and fellowships across the country. Read more about those efforts here: https://www.uua.org/justice

Read about our organizations committed to our Social Justice efforts:
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee https://www.uusc.org
Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice https://uucsj.org

OUR MISSION

Organizing the talents and voices of our congregation to advocate for policies and practices at all levels of government and society that will positively impact the worth and dignity of people and our planet.