Social Justice

Current Social Justice Event:

Overture Non-sexist Language
Allowing congregations to use non-sexist language in any or all aspects of the church’s life

Download the Overture Non-sexist Language
Download our policy on Inclusive Language
Listen to Jim Rigby’s sermon “Moving Beyond Sexism”

Social Justice Survey

For many years, St. Andrew’s has been known as a social justice church. We have worked alongside others
- to secure rights for people in the GLBT community,
- to fight for workers’ rights and a living wage in Central Texas,
- for immigration reform and the release of families from detention in prisons,
- for women’s rights to make decisions regarding their own bodies,
- for economic justice for all,
- and for other causes to which individuals or groups are called.
We want to know what your interests are regarding social justice so that we can plan events that will be supported with attendance and participation and we want to create a calendar that will track local presentations and rallies on social justice matters for use by congregants.  Please download the Social Juctice survey and give us your feedback.

Social Justice Survey

A Few of Our Past Events
to Promote Social Justice:

AssaHuman Rightsult on Human Rights Conference – February 15 & 16, 2013

Watch presentations by the following speakers:

“The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” presented by Jim Taylor  (retired Rhetoric Professor – Auburn University)

“Immigration Rights & Mass Incarcerations” presented by Bob Libal

“Human Rights Through an Indigenous Lens” presented by June Lorenzo  (Attorney)

“Workers Rights” presented by Greg Casar  (Workers Defense Project)

“Marriage Equality – No Second Class Relationships” presented by  Rev. Janie Spahr & Rev. Ray Bagnuolo (That All May Freely Serve)

“Gender-based Discrimination” presented by Susan Hays (Attorney)

“Why Grassroots Political Organizing & Activism Matters”  presented by Robert Jensen (Professor – University of Texas)

Social Justice Speakers:

Speech by James Galbraith

Speaker – James Galbraith 2011-04-03 from St. Andrew’s Church on Vimeo.

 

Robert McChesney, professor, speech communication.

 

Speech by Robert McChesney

Speaker – Robert McChesney 2011-02-06 from St. Andrew’s Church on Vimeo.

 

 

Work for Social Justice at Home:
Buy Fair Trade Goods

When you buy FaFair Tradeir Trade goods, you help farmers and other local producers earn a fairer share of income. In the kitchen at St. Andrew’s, we serve only Fair Trade coffee from Texas Coffee Traders.  But check many local suppliers to see their wide selection of gourmet coffees that are Fair Trade Certified.

Equal Exchange is one of these companies that works with small farmer cooperatives in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In addition to offering their partners a fairer price, Equal Exchange helps them get credit, offers them technical support, and provides a trading partner they can trust.Fair Trade Certified

Equal Exchange offers many Fair Trade items— check out their selection of teas, chocolates, cocoa, clothing, and other goods.  All goods offered by Equal Exchange are traded fairly.

Social Justice in Action

With the Texas State Legislature in session, there’s a lot going on at the Capitol regarding Social Justice.  Here are some local websites that provide action information and upcoming events:

GLBT Rights:

Workers’ Rights/Immigration Policy:

Election Campaign Finance Reform:

Prison Reform & Capital Punishment Reform:

Healthcare Access/Medicaid Expansion:

Domestic Violence:

Environment:

 Education:

Homeless: