Social Justice Groups

First Unitarian Justice Groups

These are justice programs that are operated and supported by church members.

Adult Language, Literacy & Citizenship

Serving immigrant adults in the community.

Contact: Connie Molecke, conniemolecke@gmail.com

After School Tutoring

Providing one-on-one tutoring to at risk students in our neighborhood.

Contact: Carol Oslund, astp.carol@gmail.com

Animal Advocates

Promoting the worth and dignity of all beings through humane education, political advocacy, and assistance to local animal welfare/rescue efforts.  A chapter of the national UU Animal Ministry.  Contact: Sharon Hall, sharondhall@aol.com

Bosque Restoration

Restoring an adopted site in the Rio Grande Bosque.  Contact: Ed Wallhagen, ed.wallhagen@gmail.com.

Change for the Future

Supporting local social justice agencies with the loose change collected during Sunday services, and educating members about the agencies’ work in the area. Contact: Bethe Orrell, beeweaveit@gmail.com

Coming to the Table

Monthly conversations for understanding to dismantle racism. Zooming until safe to meet in person. Contact: Rusty Vaughan to receive login or more details.  RacialJustice@OurBestTeam.com

Earth Web

Our primary focus is global warming as we care for the Earth through both study and action.  Contact: Marilyn O’Boyle, marilynlea@aol.com

Family Promise

First U is One of several area churches and synagogues that provide housing and meals to Albuquerque families who are experiencing homelessness, for a week every quarter. Contact: Paula Fisher, fastfins@comcast.net

Food Pantry

Shopping, packing, and distributing food to those in need via drive-through distribution operations. Contact: Rebecca Gracey, maryrebeccagracey@gmail.com

Immigrant Justice Task Force

Supporting the rights, dignity, and well-being of the immigrant community and working for justice, equity, and compassion for local immigrant neighbors.  Contact: Martha Ketelle, mketelle@gmail.com

Pride LGBTIQ+

Supports justice for the LGBTIQ+ communities by intergenerational participation in the annual citywide Pridefest and Pride Parade, in June. Contact: Rev Bob LaVallee, blavallee@uuabq.org

St. Martin’s Hospitality Center

Two or three times a year we serve the evening meal at a local soup kitchen.  People donate some of the food, volunteer to serve, or cook the main dish at the Center.  Contact: Nancy Cushman, njcushman@yahoo.com

Welcoming Congregation

First U value’s sexuality and gender diversity and see it as a spiritual gift by creating inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTIQ+ justice and equity as a core part of who we are. Contact: Mara Hoffman, weemais1@gmail.com

Community Justice Groups

First Unitarian interacts with, and is a member of, a variety of community and statewide justice groups.

Albuquerque FaithWorks

An alliance of congregations seeking wholeness for our community as we learn, serve, and advocate with those living on the margins.  Contact: Peggy Whitmore, peggywhitmore@comcast.net

Albuquerque Interfaith

Twenty-five unions, churches, and schools working together to promote citizen participation in the democratic process.  Contact: Martha Ketelle, mketelle@gmail.com

Albuquerque Interfaith Power & Light

Works for climate justice by mobilizing faith communities, faith leaders and people of faith to reduce the causes and consequences of global climate change. Core belief is that active care of the natural world is integral to spiritual life and social justice.  Contact: Marilyn O’Boyle, marilynlea@aol.com

Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity

Working to establish public banking to keep our public revenue safe, local and working in New Mexico communities.  Contact: Angela Merkert, angela.merkert@gmail.com

NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice

First U collaborates with faith communities to create an ecumenical and interfaith alliance in the state for immigrant justice.  Through this collaboration, communities are educated, compassionate services are provided to families, and family unity is promoted through humane immigration reform and respects the inherent dignity of every person. Contact: Debbie Golden,  deborahgolden35@gmail.com

 Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

The UUSC, together with its grassroots partners, advances human rights world-wide and mentors’ young people in justice activism.  The UUSC provides justice resources to UU churches and is supported by the Guest at Your Table program.  Contact: Sue Spaven, spaven@swcp.com