Overview – Social Justice

Rev. Emily and Director of Religious Education Barbara Handley at a justice event, General Assembly 2017.

The heart of Unitarian Universalism is the call to social justice.  Our long history is filled with abolitionists, suffragists, reformers and activists. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is the inherent worth and dignity of all people.  The seventh principle is the respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  From these two principles which serve as the pillars supporting the other five, we are moved to take action when we face those situations where the inherent worth and dignity of individuals or the web of life are not being respected.

Like the wider Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of which we are a part, we as a church promote many local, national, and international causes. Our church typically aligns with the social justice statements put out by our UUA, though some individual members may not agree with all of them.  That is as it should be.  We are a diverse congregation and we don’t always agree, however we are committed to disagree in love. As it says on the sign in front of our building: “We need not think alike to love alike” (John Wesley).

You can learn about some of our social justice and charitable actions in the drop down menu under “Social Justice” above.

We often hold timely events in response to current issues.

Some events we have sponsored in 2016 & 2017 include:

  • Vigil after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, cosponsored with Club 2020 of Odessa
  • Book discussion of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
  • Viewing of Real Boy, and panel discussion, cosponsored with Basin PBS
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance Services (2016 and 2017)
  • Congregational Participation in local Women’s March in January 2017
  • Interfaith Event for Immigration Justice, cosponsored with the local chapter of Indivisible
  • Distribution of Welcoming Neighbor Signs, cosponsored with local chapters of Suit Up, and Basin Bridges
  • Book Discussion of The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, cosponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church of Midland, and Citizens United for Racial Equity
  • #UUWhiteSupremacy Teach-In, Parts 1 and 2
  • Summer 2017 site for local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) of Porter’s Community Farm
  • Field trip to member’s home to learn about sustainable home practices (native landscaping, edible landscaping, rain water collection, laundry to
    landscape system, chickens, and more).
  • Congregational participation in MLK Day march
  • Immigrant Stories event – October 2017, partnering with community residents
  • Out in West Texas Symposium
  • Courageous Conversations on Race Workshop, led by the Texas Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement