The Texas UU Justice Ministry is a grassroots organization led by part-time staff and dedicated volunteers. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Erin Walter, Minister & Executive Director
Rev. Erin J. Walter (she/her/hers) is a lifelong UU, minister in full fellowship, and proud to serve as Minister and Executive Director for TXUUJM. Winner of the 2017 Sermon Award from the UU Women’s Federation, author, and former journalist, Rev. Erin recently served as interim Minister for Joy and Justice at First UU Church of Austin and has been a guest speaker on justice issues for more than 100 Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States and Mexico. She is a frequent contributor to national UU panels, events, conferences, publications, and justice campaigns and served as a TXUUJM board member prior to becoming Executive Director in November 2021. In 2022, her book Care for the World: Reflections on Community Ministry was published by Skinner House Books. Her UU values are lived daily in her advocacy, parenting, and joy practices, which include music with band Parker Woodland and dancing every Friday with UUs around the world.
Michelle Venegas-Matula, Congregational & Justice Organizer
Michelle Venegas-Matula(she/ella) is a native of Borinken(Puerto Rico) who has dedicated her life to community organizing and anti-racism work in Texas for over a decade. She is deeply passionate about justice and believes that building a radically inclusive world is a spiritual and important part of her life’s purpose. Michelle is a member of Wildflower Church (UU) in Austin and serves on the steering committee of Diverse, Revolutionary, UU, Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) as their acting secretary. When she is not out making good trouble, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. Michelle is excited to work with TXUUJM and continue to fight for justice in Texas.
Sarah Berel-Harrop, Intern Minister and UU the Vote organizer
Taylor Huntley, BIPOC Organizing Intern
Heather Malkawi, Intern Minister and Co-Fellow between TXUUJM and our partners at Texas Impact
Colette Robichau, administrative assistant (volunteer)
Dana Ashrawi, Megan Brown, Dale Story, Jan Realini: Action Hour facilitator team (volunteers)
Carlisle Rice, webmaster
Salwa Ashrawi, graphic design
Rene Slataper, videography
Leo Collas, video editing (volunteer)
TXUUJM seeks to prioritize leadership and perspectives of people who are directly impacted by the issues of our work. The five 2020-22 issue areas are racial justice, environmental justice, healthcare access, economic justice, and voting rights, which include work for LGBTQIA+ rights (including support for trans/nonbinary kids and their families), gender justice, immigration rights, reproductive justice, and decarceration.
The work of TXUUJM is grounded in our Eight Principles of Unitarian Universalism. We affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our Congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
- working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
For more information contact Rev. Erin Walter, Minister & Executive Director, at email@example.com.