Texas UU Justice Ministry TXUUJM
Our Texas UU voice has been missing on many issues. Approaching the next Legislative session, UUs need a voice more than ever. TXUUJM provides a vehicle for our congregations and 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.
In the months leading up to the 2017 session, there is much work to be done in our communities and working with our elected representatives around the state. The TXUUJM Advisory Board will discuss what issues which we wish to take a position on during this period. Members of the participating congregations engaged in discussions of their own to determine which issues to present to the Advisory Board.
The TXUUJM Advisory Board, consisting of member representatives from participating churches, selected three focus issues for 2015 session: women’s health, expanding Medicaid, and income inequality.
Role of Emerson in forming TXUUJM
TXUUJM, an educational organization to acquaint legislators with UU perspectives and acquaint Texas UU congregations with statewide issues, received its 501 (c) (3) status in 2014 The organization, similar to UU “legislative ministries” or “state advocacy networks” in other states, was started when three Emersonians, after receiving Board of Trustees approval, organized a meeting in Austin that launched TXUUJM. They are Rev. Mark Edmiston-Lange, Larry Huelbig and Gabe Gelb.
The Rev. Chuck Freeman is our half-time executive director in Austin but we are asking Emersonians to help finance him to full-time status.
Emerson has two advisory board members to represent us in guiding priorities for TXUUJM; if interested, please contact Gabe Gelb at firstname.lastname@example.org. The representatives are appointed by Emerson’s Board of Trustees.
Current representatives are Kenny Jones and Jane Collins.
This is the meaning of social justice: attempting to make systemic changes that lift up the disadvantaged You can help by sending a check to this 501 (c) (3) organization:
Texas UU Justice Ministry Education Network
P.O. Box 1621
Austin, TX 78767
The motto of the Texas UU Justice Ministry is: Bending Texas towards Justice.
Gabe Gelb says “I hope it expresses your own belief in our First UU Principle: “We support and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.””