SEE Justice

Social, Environmental, and Econmic Justice
SEE Justice Ministry at Northwoods

Northwoods is a congregation that welcomes all, and we believe we have a unique role to play in the greater community. We will focus on how to use Northwoods’ liberal and welcoming qualities to identify needs and to reach out in tangible and needed ways.

Mission: To recognize and acknowledge the social, environmental and economic injustices around us and to utilize the bountiful talents and time of our giving congregation to mitigate those wrongs.
• Fostering an awareness of the injustices of our society and providing a platform for those who want to make a difference.
• Reaching out as a congregation to assist those in need


See Justice Chair Needed.

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Ongoing Projects:

Dream Scholarship Program

We’re making a difference in young lives. Northwoods offers scholarships to students at Lone Star Community College. Scholarships are made available by the generosity of individual donors. If you have questions or would like to contribute to the NUUC Dream Scholarship Program, contact Teresa Allen 281-350-3052.

SURJ Update

Many of us at Northwoods like and love the New York Times.  They have started a series called the 1619 Project (source is paywalled, but you can read some for free).  This is a series of in-depth articles with the goal of reframing the discussion of the history of race in America. The date chosen for the title is significant in itself.  The year 1619 was when the first Black slaves were brought over from Africa to the Virginia colony.  From its very earliest days, slave labor was vital to the fledgeling American enterprise.  Our work today is interest earned from this uncompensated labor, and uncompensated land taken from Native Americans.

Northwoods as a Sanctuary

Parents and children are being separated at our borders. This practice is antithetical to all that is good and just. Many with compassion and love are anguishing with the thought, “What can I do?” Your SeeJustice ministry is trying to address this matter. An exploratory team has been formed to study the possibility of Northwoods becoming a sanctuary community. If you are interested in joining this effort please contact Greg McDonell, our soon to be new leader of SEE Justice. His contact info is; 512-577-2914 or [email protected]

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Honduras recipients of soccer shoes and equipment collected at Northwoods.

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!
Used shoes are again being requested for children and adults in Roatan, Honduras. Donated shoes can be of any size or type, especially athletic shoes. Sports clothes and equipment will also be accepted. Donations will be taken to Honduras and sold by some of the island boys to learn accounting and book keeping and the funds will be used for a new animal shelter on the island.

Share the Plate: One Sunday a month, Northwoods donates plate collections to a local charity. All of the un-directed cash donations in the collection plate and all checks marked “Share the Plate” in the memo field are donated to a charity chosen by the Share the Plate Committee. To nominate a charity to be the recipient of our collections, contact the church office.

Food on the First:  Northwoods collects nonperishable foods on the first of every month.

Volunteer Opportunities: The SEE Justice group partners with local nonprofit organizations to offer various volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Northwoods Stampede: Men of Northwoods are redefining an annual Northwoods tradition.  Contact David Shontz to find out the Stampede is charging towards social justice ([email protected]).

Northwoods Green Needs an Ambassador: Northwoods Green is a movement at Northwoods that initiates small acts of change that have a big impact on the environment. Do you have ideas on how recycling, reducing waste, or preserving water can be practical life habits? Do you have a passion for clean eating or reducing food waste? You are invited to share your passions with the Northwoods congregation. If we can focus on 1 or 2 projects we could make a big difference. Please contact Teresa Allen (832-515-0359) if you would like to lead us to a greener lifestyle.


SEE Justice (Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice) needs you! If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Paul Nelson, the SEE Justice Ministry coordinator, at [email protected] for more details.

 

Coming up:

Date/Time Event
September 22
9:45 am - 12:30 pm
Banned Book Exchange
October 06
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Monthly SEE Justice Meeting
Library – Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church The Woodlands TX
October 06
9:45 am - 10:30 am
Food on the First!
Sanctuary – Northwoods UU Church The Woodlands Texas
October 12
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Millbend Coffeehouse
Sanctuary – Northwoods UU Church The Woodlands Texas
November 03
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Monthly SEE Justice Meeting
Library – Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church The Woodlands TX