Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice of Greater Houston

UUV4J

Our Steering Committee members are:
Rev. Mark Edmiston-Lange
Rev. Angela Henderson
Rusty Cockrell
Mary Koch
Kenneth Jones
And we may be reached at uuv4jhouston@gmail.com

Want to know more about UUV4J, see your congregational representative:

Copperfield Campus of First UU Church of Houston
Tracy Cook
trixiesingalong@yahoo.com

Bay Area UU Church
Butch Cockrell
aggiebutch@gmail.com

Museum District Campus of First UU Church of Houston
Ron Cookston
roncookston@sbcglobal.net

Emerson UU Church
Kenneth Jones
UUV4Jhoutx@gmail.com

Northwoods UU Church



Unitarian Fellowship of Houston



Thoreau/Stafford Campus of First UU Church of Houston
Rev. Bonnie Vegiard, Minister
bonnie@firstuu.org



Statement from the Launch of the UUV4J

October 11, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Becky Edmiston-Lange, Co-Minister, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church and a spokesperson for Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice

Good afternoon and welcome to the launch of Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice, a collaborative effort of the 8 Unitarian Universalist congregations in the greater Houston area. We are here to make other Houstonians aware that there are people in Houston with progressive religious values. We are people who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. We support women s rights, including the right of a woman to make her own reproductive health care decisions. And we embrace interfaith tolerance and cooperation. Sometimes it seems that the only religious voices heard on these complex social issues are conservative ones. Well, no longer. Unitarian Universalists believe in universal love, that we should treat all our neighbors as we would like to be treated. We have a long history of acceptance and inclusion in areas that are often controversial in other religious congregations. We have long been standing on the side of love and justice for all people in our individual churches and as a national denomination. Now we come together to make our progressive religious voice heard in Houston.

We are proud to launch Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice on National Coming Out Day. We honor and celebrate the courage of the women and men who have come out of the shadows and demanded the right to live their God-given identity as freely and openly as anyone else. Because of their courage they have enlightened our society and moved it toward greater acceptance. Our society has come a long way since National Coming out day started 26 years ago, but there is still work to be done to ensure the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is still the case that some LGBTQ people feel they must hide their identity for fear they will lose their job or their housing or become the target of harassment or outright violence. There is no federal law that protects LGBTQ individuals from employment or housing discrimination. There is no Texas law that prohibits such discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice anticipates and works toward a future when being gay or lesbian or transgender is as fully accepted and understood as being straight, when we won’t need a “Coming Out Day because all people are encouraged and supported to be who they are - freely and authentically without any fear of censure or discrimination.

In the same vein, Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice also works to ensure the full equality of women and that all women have access to safe reproductive services in alignment with their own religious values. And, finally, we anticipate and work toward a future in which people of different faith traditions enjoy a peaceful, respectful and mutually enriching co-existence. As philosopher-activist Cornel West has said, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” We are Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice and we stand on the side of love. Thank you for coming.
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Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice of Greater Houston

Who We Are

The UUV4J Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice of Greater Houston is a network of Unitarian Universalist clergy and lay people from Houston-area congregations who want others to know of our long-standing and unique liberal religious voice. We stand clearly for LGBTQ inclusion, women’s health, and the freedom of religious communities to worship in peace in their own tradition without condemnation or abuse.

This is where you will find details of any UUV4J Actions that are called by our Leadership Team. When an action is called, we will post a description of the incident, why UUV4J participants should gather, and then specific details of where to park, where to gather, and what to bring. When something happens in the greater Houston area that is an act of injustice covered by one of our three action areas, and if we feel an action is both appropriate and effective in response, we will call the network into action.

UUV4J training

See our Facebook page:

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and follow us on Twitter:

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UUV4J training Find out more about our Unitarian Universalist history around our three action areas.

LGBTQ - click the following links for UUA history:
http://uuhouston.org/uuv4j-LGBT
http://uuhouston.org/nondiscrimination

Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights - click the following link for UUA history:
http://uuhouston.org/uuv4j-uua-women

Interfaith Intolerance. -

Rev. Bonnie Vegiard, Minister First Unitarian Church of Houston, Thoreau/Stafford Campus 713-526 5200 (First Unitarian office) bonnie@firstuu.org

----- new posting 2014-05-27----- Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice of Greater Houston (UUV4J) is planning to get our voice heard on issues of LGBT inclusion, women's health, and interfaith intolerance. UUV4J will be holding a *practice* action on Saturday morning,June 14. Practice is key to presenting a unified voice that will get attention! Sign up with your UUV4J representative by June 1 to be included in this action.