Justice Work at Wildflower
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Give through the offering plate to support justice work
Give, march, and remember in joy and solidarity
take a stand
Wildflower declares its convictions in matters of justice
Work with churches and unions around the city to shape local policy that reflects our values
Approach advocacy to slow climate change through an intersectional lens
Work for positive change in our community
Once a month, we collect a second offering that benefits an organization committed to justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. The Social Action Committee votes to support a different organization each quarter.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas creates healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs, and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. – See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-texas/who-we-are/our-mission#sthash.GhuvNr0F.dpuf
97% of what Planned Parenthood health centers offer are basic, preventive services that help our communities stay healthy. – See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-texas/who-we-are/our-mission#sthash.GhuvNr0F.dpuf
Grassroots Leadership’s programs focus on immigration, criminal justice, and mental health organizing in Texas and around the country. Campaigns and organizing projects include the Hutto Visitation Program, a campaign to end immigration family detention, Texas Advocates for Justice, the ICE Out of Austin campaign, and a new campaign to end mass incarceration in Travis County. They also sponsor Youth Rise Texas. Wildflower’s Second Offering funds be utilized for leadership trainings for individuals in Travis County who are directly impacted by incarceration and deportation that are not a part of our current day-to-day operations.
P.O.D.E.R. (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources), in support of their Young Scholars for Justice Project.
We have supported our greater community by getting involved in these events in years past. If you’re interested in participating or organizing an event this year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. King Celebration
Each January the Austin Area Heritage Council sponsors a march, festival, and scholarship contest to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy. Wildflower has marched in the past and hopes to organize a large group to participate this year.
Food Packets for the Homeless
Quarterly, the Justice Team partners with the children’s religious education program to create non-perishable food packets. The children sell the packets to members and friends, who distribute them to people in need. The funds support the religious education program.
Books R Us
Quarterly, the Social Justice Committee organizes a member-driven book donation drive and resale fair. Members and friends donate gently used books, and the Committee sells them on a Sunday after church. The proceeds benefit the Committee’s activities.
Each spring, Wildflower holds a scholarship contest for high school juniors and seniors inspired by the DREAM Act. We honor a few hard working and determined young women and men who attend Travis and Crockett High Schools here in south Austin. In May, we award the scholarships at a celebratory worship service that features music from Travis and Crockett music groups.
Freedom Day (June 19th) celebrates the day in 1865 that Union soldiers invaded Texas and spread the news to enslaved African-Americans that they were free. Wildflower marches in the parade organized by Central Texas Juneteenth Committee to celebrate this joyous occasion that should be important to every Texan.
School Supplies for Border Workers
Each July, Austin non-profit Austin Tan cerca de la Frontera (Austin, so close to the border) collects school supplies for the children of border workers because the supplies are expensive and scarce. Wildflower organizes its own drive amongst members and friends to benefit Austin Tan cerca.
In September, NAMI Austin sponsors NAMIWalks. NAMI stands for the National Alliance for Mental Health and it is a grassroots organization whose mission is to build better lives for the millions of Americans with mental illnesses. Wildflower has participated in the past and looks forward to doing so again.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
On November 20, people around the world memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and bring attention to continued violence against the transgender community. Wildflower strives to include remembrances in worship.
Amy Young Memorial Service Trip
Amy Young was a 38-year-old Wildflower who died unexpectedly in 2008 shortly after a service trip to New Orleans. Since her death, Wildflower service trips have been named in her memory. Previous trips and projects include:
- 2015 Youth Project at General Assembly in Portland, Oregon
- 2011 Trip to Turley, Oklahoma
- 2010 Trip to New Orleans, Louisiana
- 2009 Trip to Galveston, Texas
Chair: Faye Maxwell
The Social Action Committee is an umbrella group for justice work in our community. It is comprised of three member teams; Wildflower Austin Interfaith, Social Justice, and WildEarth, a climate action team. You do not have to be a member of the church to get involved.
Chair: Edie Clark
Austin Interfaith is a citizens’ organization committed to promoting justice and democratic values through working with local government and community leaders around issues of common concern. Wildflower has been a member since 2008, and WAIT members attend the monthly Austin Interfaith meetings and participate in its programs.
Contact WAIT at email@example.com.
Co-Chairs: Susan Lippman and Fred Peterson
WildEarth works to understand and address climate change and its intersection with environmental justice and social issues through: climate change education within and beyond our congregation; civic engagement; participating in or creating events; and collaborating with other advocacy groups. They generally meet the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. Email for the meeting location, as it changes.
Contact WildEarth at WildEarth@wildflowerchurch.org.
Chair: Debbie White
This team organizes several service projects and coordinates special events and classes in partnership with the other Social Action Committee teams, Adult Programs, and the Worship team. They currently meet on the second Sunday of each month at 1:15 in Classroom 2.
Contact the Justice Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling the Care Team
One aspect of social justice that we sometimes overlook is ministering to the needs of the sick and stressed in our own church community. The Care team provides meals, rides, and friendly visits to support the well-being of Wildflower members and friends going through difficult times. Call or write them if you or a friend is going through an illness, isolation, birth, end-of-life, or any situation that could use a helping hand.
Organizations Active in Our Community
URA provides training that cuts to the heart of what racism is and how it dehumanizes all Americans. After training, attendees are encouraged to petition and demonstrate for racial justice through caucus networks.
PFLAG Austin is a free support group for LGBTQ+ people, their families, and their friends in the Austin, Texas area.
The mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Austin Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue organization of 43 congregations, public schools, and unions who work together to address public issues that affect the well being of families and neighborhoods in our community.
Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes…. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.