Meet the UUYACJ Core Members ***page under construction!***
Our Organization The UU Young Adults for Climate Justice has a paid, part-time network coordinator and communications coordinator, contracted by the UU Ministry for Earth and supported by grants and donations. The network coordinator manages communications, campaigns, and facilitation of consensus-based decision making among the network's membership and core leadership.The communications coordinator manages the public face of the organization.
A core member is a network leader who is active in the our programs and community, and committed to attending our monthly meetings. Read bios of current core members below, in alphabetical order by first name.
Courtesy of Aly Tharp
Aly Tharp (Network Coordinator) is a climate justice community organizer and arts-activist based in Austin, Texas, who has served as the Network/Programs Coordinator of the UUYACJ since September 2014. Aly organizes for numerous other UU Ministry for Earth-supported initiatives as well, including the UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory, UU Environmental Justice Practitioners’ Network, and Commit2Respond climate justice initiative. Aly graduated from Austin College in May of 2012, with a B.A. Environmental Studies degree, and began resisting tar sands pipeline infrastructure in East Texas with the Tar Sands Blockade Collective shortly thereafter. Aly also organizes for climate justice with Austin Environmental Justice Team (ATXEJ), Festival Beach Food Forest, and Another Gulf is Possible. Aly found Unitarian Universalism as a teenager and became an active member of the regional UU youth community of the former UUA Southwest District. They currently attend Wildflower UU Church in Austin.
Courtesy of Amelia Diehl
Amelia Diehl (Communications Coordinator) is a writer and photographeroriginally from Ann Arbor, MI and currently a senior at Beloit College in Wisconsin studying English Literature and Environmental Communication and Arts. Raised Quaker, she has been a community organizer for interfaith incarceration justice, protested with the School of the Americas Watch, and volunteered with No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid organization on the US/Mexico border. In spring 2016, she studied how the role of public art in disaster recovery in Christchurch, New Zealand. Amelia is passionate about nonviolent communication, veganism intentional living communities, walking, biking and drinking tea. Follow her @amelia_diehl.
Christine Chao is an Emergency Medical Tech in Los Angeles, California and has served as a Worship Associate at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church. Her passion is climate justice and creating the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Her interests include Single Payer Healthcare, political activism, clean air and water for all and habitat protection. She has worked as an EMT at Burning Man festivals and also volunteered as a grassroots organizer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential run in 2016. Christine enjoys reading, yoga, meditation, fun chats over tea and hiking.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Mount
Elizabeth Mount is the ministerial intern for the First Universalist Church of Denver, Colorado, and serves as host of the UU Environmental Justice Practitioners’ Network monthly Webinars. When not hanging off of bridges in an effort to make the world a better place, Elizabeth enjoys mentoring new Street Medics, reading novels about hope in a dystopian future, and cooking for potlucks (yes, even gluten-free and vegan potlucks). They don’t care how much of an idealist it makes them, Elizabeth truly believes that the future of our beloved communities can be exactly as wondrous as we have the imagination to make them, and therefore, the only big mistake is the failure to dream big.
Lee Stewart is an organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), a direct action oriented network that focuses on eliminating extreme forms of energy and energy infrastructure such as fracking, fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations, and export terminals. Lee is from Loudoun County, Virginia where he helped form a local climate group he still works with today--350 Loudoun. He also works with an organization called We Are Cove Point which is fighting to stop construction of a gas export facility Dominion is building on the Chesapeake. Aside from organizing, Lee likes to read and is learning to play Irish fiddle. To learn more about what Lee does with BXE and to support his work through their community supported organizer (CSO) program, please click here.