Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, TXUUJM educates & organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations in order to advocate effectively for public policies 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.
  • Accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
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Welcome to the Election Home Stretch!

Our website TXUUJM.org is newly updated with the latest info on TXUUJM’s actions and opportunities, including:
tonight’s phone bank (see more details below too);
– Thursday night We Cry Justice and Action Hour;
– registration for Transgender Inclusion in Congregations curriculum; and
– information and scholarships for Jubilee anti-racism training Nov. 11-13 (co-sponsored by TXUUJM and several member churches).

Each of us cannot do everything. But take heart remembering two things:
1) Whatever you can do, the impact is amplified when you do it in community.
2) Your Get Out the Vote work MATTERS. Since Texas is a state with typically low voter turnout, every voter you reach — through phone banking, postcards, block walking, and more — has the potential to turn the tide.

Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) is offering non-partisan phone banking / Get out the Vote (GOTV) opportunities through the November 8th election. We’re better together as we call registered but underrepresented voters!

Join the Phone Bank Parties!!!

TXUUJM VOTER PHONE BANKS INCLUDE:
7pm CT Thursday, Oct. 27
12-1pm CT Friday, Oct. 28
7pm CT Thursday, Nov. 3 (last day of early voting!)

Full schedule here!

TXUUJM provides a vehicle for our congregations to express and advocate for statewide public policies that uphold Unitarian Universalist values. This is the meaning of social justice: attempting to make systemic changes that lift up the disadvantaged.

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.’”

The Rev. Chuck Freeman is our half-time executive director in Austin. The TXUUJM Advisory Board, consisting of member representatives from participating churches, selects focus issues for each year and legislative session.

IT’S OFFICIAL: TXUUJM AND TRANSFORMING HEARTS TEAM UP!

The Texas UU Justice Ministry is thrilled to officially announce our new partnership with the Transforming Hearts Collective! Through this partnership, Texas UU congregations will have lifetime access to the Transgender Inclusion in Congregations course, for use this year or any time. The program also comes with a worship service, put together by Transforming Hearts leader Alex Kapitan and TXUUJM Minister and Executive Director Rev. Erin Walter.

One leader from each congregation may fill out this form to get started with access to the curriculum and worship materials.

TXUUJM is deeply grateful to Live Oak UU Church Endowment and to the North Texas UU Congregations for funding the curriculum, and to Transforming Hearts for working with us to shape this partnership! Appreciation also goes to San Gabriel UU Fellowship (Georgetown) and Northwoods UU Church (The Woodlands) for their contributions.

*SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023!*

That’s the date when TXUUJM members will gather at First UU Church of Austin to celebrate TXUUJM’s 10-year anniversary, honor Rev. Chuck Freeman as minister emeritus, hear from our justice partners, prepare for Legislative Action Day later in the spring, give out volunteer awards, share a meal, and HAVE FUN together after these two+ years apart.

Event RSVP and more info to come. Meanwhile, please MARK YOUR CALENDARS and tell your church!

*NOTE: This is NOT the day we go to the capitol to talk with legislators. That will be a weekday later in the spring. This is the annual preparation event so we are connected and informed before we gather at the capitol. Legislative Action Day date still TBD.

Role of Emerson in forming TXUUJM

TXUUJM 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 (Rev. Mark Edmiston-Lange, Larry Huelbig and Gabe Gelb), after receiving Board of Trustees approval, organized a meeting in Austin that launched TXUUJM. 

Emerson has two advisory board members to represent us in guiding priorities for TXUUJM; if you are interested in serving, please contact Emerson’s Board of Trustees.

Financial Support

Financial support is provided through Emerson’s Share the Plate Program, and you can help by sending a check to this 501 (c) (3) organization:   

Our mailing address is:
TXUUJM
24348 Cherry Spring Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78255