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Social Justice

We are a Compassionate Congregation.

We encourage San Antonio to be a more compassionate city.

First UU Organizations

Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee coordinates the social justice activities and projects of First UU, both within the church and in the larger community. These activities are largely determined by the interests of our members and include advocacy, support of community organizations, and hands-on volunteer opportunities. These initiatives can range from once annual events to ongoing organizational activities.

The Committee promotes and participates in numerous activities and communicates with other First UU Justice groups such as the  Black Lives Matter Work GroupRainbow Inclusion, and the Green Sanctuary Team.

In the larger community, the Committee works with many active groups and organizations and participates in events throughout the city, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, the International Women’s Day March, the Cesar Chavez March, Gay Pride Celebration, CROP Hunger Walk, and events promoting peace and justice, reproductive rights, concerts raising awareness about the death penalty and the environment, and more.

Throughout the year, members of our congregation also serve those in need in the local community by preparing meals at Haven for Hope for unhoused residents and preparing or distributing food for the hungry at the San Antonio Food Bank.

Since 2014, the Social Justice Committee has presented the Courageous Love Award to San Antonio area social justice heroes.

For more information about the Social Justice Committee, contact socialjustice@uusat.org

Community Partners

COPS/Metro Alliance

COPS/Metro Alliance is a broad-based interfaith community organization dedicated to organizing local citizens and working on a range of issues of concern to our families. First UU is a member of COPS/Metro Alliance, and many members of our church are active in this effective organization. For more information about COPS/Metro Alliance, visit their website.

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 UU principles, TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations, in order to advocate effectively for just public policies. For more information about TXUUJM, visit their website.

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

The UUA is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs.

The UUA provides information about current social justice issue priorities, as well as links to social justice statements and other social justice resources. The UUA also coordinates the selection of Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs).  These 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. For more information about the UUA, visit their website.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Through 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. For more information about UUSC, visit their website.