Social Justice Team

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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 and individuals in order to further our efforts.

 

We are always open to new directions, ideas, and partnerships. You are welcome to join our Email List for updates, and you can join our monthly virtual Social Justice Team meetings by finding the link on our calendar.

To learn more about Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth, visit our MSJE page.

Social Justice News

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CURRENT PARTNERS AND INITIATIVES
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Family Promise

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.

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Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN)

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.

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Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

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.

DONATIONS, FUNDRAISERS, AND DRIVES

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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)

Brazos Valley Earth Day and other local Earth Day events, as well as national events in concert with the UU Ministry for Earth Crop Hunger Walk

Trick or Treat for UNICEF, jointly with UUCBV Religious Education

Pride events

Events sponsored by the Brazos Valley African American Museum

 

RELATED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION GROUPS

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Green Tip of the Week

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Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth Blog

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Confronting Our Racism Group (CORG). 

“Confronting Our Racism: A Community Conversation,” that we hope will open up conversations about racism in the community. The proposal is based on a template that another UU congregation, San Gabriel UU in Georgetown, used to stage community readings in Georgetown, TX in August 2020. They had over 270 participants from the community. We have since begun discussions with the BVAAM and UUCBV Boards of Trustees, Brazos Valley Black Lives Matter (BLM) Group, TAMU faculty including Prof. Joe Feagin, Directors of the Bryan and College Station Library Systems and other concerned citizens; all groups involved are very enthusiastic about our proposal to open up discussions about race.

 

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Meet Our Minister

The Rev. Christian Schmidt is our interim minister, and first became a Unitarian Universalist in this congregation where he was an active member from 2006-2009. He has since served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California. His interests include his family (including four little boys he and his wife are raising), sports, and theology.    minister@brazos-uu.org

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