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THIS Saturday, Jan. 21st, 10am-4pm
First UU Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave., 78756


Dear Texas UUs and our justice-seeking friends,

I loved seeing your MLK Day photos! Scroll down for those! BUT FIRST... I ask "will we see you?" because:

1) Our "TXUUJM: 10 Year & Growing!" event is THIS SATURDAY!
2) We've waited a long time to be together again, and ...
3) We need to know ASAP how much food to order and what kind! (We have severe food allergies in my family, so I know how important food info can be. I also simply don't want anyone to be hungry while our awesome speakers are inspiring us on Saturday!)

Click NOW to register!* (

The event will include:
- expert speakers to get us inspired and informed for the 88th Texas Legislature and the broader justice work of 2023 and beyond;
- food and fellowship;
- in-person and virtual options;
- childcare + programs for youth and kids;

- photographer and videographer to document and interview those who want to tell stories of TXUUJM's history or your own passion for justice;
- singing songs to warm up for singing in the capitol rotunda in March;
- time for messages of appreciation to Rev. Chuck Freeman ... and more!

I had someone tell me during the MLK March yesterday that some folks perceive TXUUJM as a large organization and therefore one person's attendance or participation might not make a big difference. Not so at all! We are a grassroots organization made up of one person, and one UU congregation, at a time. 

We need each other. Each person who shows up matters deeply. Yes, that means you.

SCHOLARSHIPS available and generously provided by First UU Austin and Houston, with our thanks. Please don't hesitate to click the scholarship button if you need. Your TXUUJM community is so excited to see you Saturday, in person or online!

Bending Texas Toward Justice TOGETHER,
Rev. Erin Walter

*If you've already registered, thank you! <3 Please invite friends! 
We are excited to have Laura Miller, who has led First UU Austin's youth summer camp, co-creating Saturday's youth and children's programming with the young people who register. Thank you, Laura, for volunteering!

Parents and caregivers, please register yourself and your kids ASAP so we can connect with you about their interests and needs.

Michelle Venegas-Matula says:
Childcare is available for our younger attendees for the entirety of the day, and we welcome young ones to any part of this event.
We plan for the morning to be intergenerational with things like Laughter Yoga, getting to know each other, and practicing songs for the Texas Legislative Action Day mixed into the general agenda.  
After lunch, there will be Youth programming from 12:30PM-3:30PM for middle and high schoolers. They will have discussions on what TXUUJM does and about issues coming up at the Legislature this session, along with sign and button making to use at rallies, protests, and for Legislative Action Day. They will also have time to do some other fun activities to just get to know other Texas UU youth.  
We hope you consider bringing your whole family. Everyone is welcomed and we don't want anyone to be left out!
Registration link for youth and adults, in person and virtual.
Can't Join Us on Saturday? Make a Donation to Support the Work!
MLK weekend in photos: Click here to see more TXUUJM congregations in the public square
Meet Saturday's Keynote Speaker: Rev. Deneen Robinson 
We are excited to welcome Rev. Deneen! An excerpt from her bio

Deneen focuses her work on Black womxn, specifically maternal mortality, abortion access, and other birth justice issues. She began this work in 2017 when Deneen wrote the first iteration of the report, “State of Black Women in Texas.” She now serves as the Birth Equity Religious: Spiritual Policy Drector for the National Birth Equity Collaborative.

Deneen leads this work with passion and earnest devotion. She works to ensure that the lives of Black womxn are centered and the needs of the larger Black community prioritized.

While serving in community, Deneen has been honoring her April 2004 call to ministry. She served for 15 yrs at Living Faith Covenant Church while also serving as the Health and Wholeness Minister for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). This work takes her abroad to East Africa. She has been able to teach Reproductive Justice in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya in her work with women and those impacted by HIV. Now she has begun a new phase of her spiritual journey as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.
Click here to read about more previously announced speakers!

6 pm EVERY Thursday:
We Cry Justice discussion group w/ the Texas Poor People's Campaign*
7 pm EVERY Thursday: TXUUJM Action Hour

All on Zoom at
Meeting ID: 333 042 6480


Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, TXUUJM educates & organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations in order to advocate effectively for public policies that:

  • Uphold the worth and dignity of every person;
  • Further justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  • Ensure the use of the democratic process;
  • Protect religious freedom; and,
  • Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
  • Accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
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