The Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth, or MSJE for short, is the social action and community outreach arm of UUCBV. We strive to understand and address the many injustices faced by the surrounding community, and partner with like-minded organizations in order to further our efforts. Lately, our focus has been on homelessness and housing, but we are always open to new directions, ideas, and partnerships. Come join us and see how you can help bend our community toward justice! Request to join our Google group for updates, and you can meet with us in person on the second Sunday of every month at 12pm after the service.
DONATIONS, FUNDRAISERS, AND DRIVES
CURRENT PARTNERS AND INITIATIVES
UUCBV serves as one of the host congregations for the Bryan/College Station branch of Family Promise, a national organization that assists families experiencing homelessness. Members of our congregation help by providing meals, transportation, tutoring, activities, and/or companionship for these families during our rotation every few months. A MSJE representative also attends Board meetings.
UUCBV is a partner church, providing financial and volunteer support for BIIN’s programs and sending a MSJE representative to attend Board meetings on a quarterly basis. This organization works with immigrants in our community, regardless of country of origin or immigration status. They welcome volunteers for citizenship classes, English classes and conversations, tutoring, and client assistance.
UUCBV is a proud member of TXUUJM. To paraphrase their mission statement, TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations, in order to advocate effectively for public policies that align with UU values and principles. Every other year when the legislature is in session, UUCBV joins TXUUJM for a legislative action day, where we gather at the Capitol and speak to legislators about issues that are important to us as UUs. TXUUJM's key issues for the 2019 legislative session are: Reproductive Justice, Immigration/Refugee Justice, Economic Inequality/Justice, and Environmental Justice/Education. We share our knowledge and strategies with member congregations about UU social justice work in Texas.
We have two regular church collection initiatives:
Split the Plate - Every Sunday, half of the un-directed cash collections from the morning offering go to a nonprofit.
Change 4 Change - Every Sunday, the loose change from the morning offering is collected for MSJE projects.
COMMUNITY EVENTS MSJE PARTICIPATES IN
MLK Jr. Day March and Rally (2019 article from The Eagle)
NAACP Annual Dinner (2018 article from KBTX)
Trick or Treat for UNICEF, jointly with UUCBV Religious Education
Events sponsored by the Brazos Valley African American Museum
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