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.
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 Gabe Gelb at firstname.lastname@example.org. The representatives are appointed by Emerson’s Board of Trustees.
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:
Texas UU Justice Ministry Education Network
P.O. Box 1621
Austin, TX 78767