Wildflower join with other congregations in the Texas UU Justice Ministry at the Capitol

Justice Work at Wildflower

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Second Offering

Give through the offering plate to support justice work

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Annual Events

Give, march, and remember in joy and solidarity

take a stand

Statements of Conscience

Wildflower declares its convictions in matters of justice

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Wildflower Austin Interfaith Team

Work with churches and unions around the city to shape local policy that reflects our values

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WildEarth Climate Action Team

Approach advocacy to slow climate change through an intersectional lens

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Justice Team

Work for positive change in our community

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Pastoral Care

Support members of the Wildflower community

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Organizations Active in Our Community

Learn about organizations doing justice work

Second Offering

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.

Last 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

This Quarter

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.

Next Quarter

P.O.D.E.R. (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources), in support of their Young Scholars for Justice Project.

<http://www.poder-texas.org/ysj_program.html> Young Scholars for Justice Project is dedicated to the development of youth and young adults of color to address education, environmental, economic, and social justice issues affecting them and ensure gender, racial and resource equity. The project promotes youth and young adult integration in all areas of PODER’s program work.
PODER’s Young Scholars for Justice (YSJ) participate in the “Preserve Eastside Affordability Campaign”, a campaign to help slow down the displacement of families in East Austin caused by gentrification.  PODER teamed up with the East Austin Conservancy and Eliot Tretter’s senior capstone geography course students.  YSJ participants went door-to-door with a survey and information on an upcoming community meeting.

Annual Events

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 socialjustice@wildflowerchurch.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.

The Great Weigh-In

In January and September, Wildflower partners with Faith Presbyterian Church to donate food to Faith’s Food Pantry, a member of the Capital Area Food Bank.

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.

DREAM Scholarship

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.

Juneteenth Celebration

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.

Pride Festival

In August, the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation organizes the Pride Festival and Parade. Wildflower marches in the parade along with Faith Presbyterian to support Austin’s LGBTQ+ community, as well as our members, friends and family.

NAMIWalks Austin

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

The Social Action Committee

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.

Wildflower Austin Interfaith Team

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 interfaith@wildflowerchurch.org.

WildEarth Climate Action Team

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.

Wildflower Justice Team

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 justice@wildflowerchurch.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.

Contact the team at caring@wildflowerchurch.org or 512.428.9464.

Organizations Active in Our Community

Undoing Racism Austin

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

PFLAG Austin is a free support group for LGBTQ+ people, their families, and their friends in the Austin, Texas area.

TXUUJM

TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations, to advocate for public policies that uphold the UU principles.

Sierra Club of Austin

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

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 Austin

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.