Social Justice

church members at a civic meeting

The Social Justice Committee initiates and coordinates outreach activities of First UU 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, go to Social Justice Google Group and click on apply for membership.

The Social Justice Committee regularly meets the 3nd Sunday of the month at 12:15pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Channing Murray Building. Members and guests are welcome. See the announcements, the events calendar, or contact the Social Justice team (see below) for more details or information.

Below are some of the activities and events, or ongoing “portfolios” that our church members are involved with in the larger community. The links will take you to the partner organizations’ websites.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Other events that the Social Justice Team and First UU 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.