Weaving a Tapestry

Outreach/Social Justice

About Faith in Action

We UUs often say that deeds are more important than creeds. Outreach is the faith-in-action committee of our Church that seeks to facilitate social action in accord with our faith in the power of love giving life the shape of justice, our hopes, and the seven ethical Principles that we hold in common:

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;  
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; 
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;  
7. Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.

For more information on the Outreach/Faith in Action committee, and how you can get involved, please contact faithinaction@uutapestry.org

What Do UUs Do?

Here are some of what our Faith In Action Committee is planning or working on recently:

  • Accepting the UUA Ministry for Earth Ten Tree Challenge in support of the environment.
  • Various projects for the homeless and displaced persons such as in relation to Hurricane Katrina (we were organized and well represented at the G.R. Brown and elsewhere), a soup kitchen, a women’s shelter, marsh grass planting and other worthy charitable endeavors.
  • Houston Gay Pride Parade presence every June, and hopes to also begin marching in the local Martin Luther King Day Parade in support of civil rights and in affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals.
  • Prison ministry of some kind, as this is a focus of two other UU congregations in Houston.
  • Explore how to coordinate efforts with the UU Network of Houston.
  • Develop ties with interfaith public policy advocates such as Texas Impact.
  • Promoting Compassionate Conversations positive communication skills.
  • Civic art happenings such as the recent Painting For Peace mural project held at Iman Academy Islamic School in Houston. We will have a similar mural project at our Church in cooperation with organizations like Decade of Nonviolence, the Peace Hour and the Peaceful CoExistence show on KPFT 90.1 FM, and Art Miles (mile of murals for Peace, Unity and Healing) in May of 2007. The free form murals will be available to various exhibitions on themes of peace, unity, healing and human rights in addition to being on display at the Church for the next two years, at which time they will be given to the Art Miles exhibition. The landscape mural will be installed at U Bar U Retreat near Kerrville and the Labyrinth Floor Cloth mural will be used by the church for rituals (or by others on loan).
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Mission Statement

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Vision Statement

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee envisions a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights.

Socially Responsible Investing
Socially responsible investing leaders press SEC, NYSE for more comprehensive corporate reforms. UUSC has been involved in shareholder advocacy work since the 1980s. We are a long-standing member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and work to invest our endowment funds in businesses that are concerned with good corporate citizenship as well as profitability. We also choose to own small amounts of stock in corporations that we believe can improve their socially responsible investing record. In collaboration with ICCR, the Service Committee uses this limited stock ownership in identified corporations to co-file shareholder resolutions aimed at changing corporate policies, actions and guidelines For a recent press release issued by the Social Investment Forum, the national trade association for the socially responsible investing (SRI) industry, calling on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go beyond the limited corporate governance reforms approved by the New York Stock Exchange in late July/early August 2002, visit their web site here.
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