In October 2014 the Emerson membership passed a resolution establishing an Outreach Fund within the Endowment Fund. Decisions on recipients of Outreach dollars are made by the congregationally elected Outreach Committee of five Emerson members.

Current Members


Edna Kelly, Committee Chair

“I want to make a difference in the world.  I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and serving on the Outreach Committee helps me promote that UU principle.”






Karen Ostrum George


“Service to the community is an important part of my life, and I find it personally fulfilling to help organizations I care about.  I believe social activism and outreach are critical to Emerson’s mission and I hope my experience in Houston’s non-profit community can benefit the Outreach Committee’s work to put our Unitarian Universalist principles into action.”



Carolyn Truesdell

“In 1968, I joined a UU Fellowship in suburban New York City.  This was my introduction to the faith and its principles. I knew immediately that I had found the right group, one that cared about civil rights, the horrors of the Vietnam War and the other major issues of the times. This is the spirit the Ourreach Committee encourages and supports at Emerson. We provide church funds to effective organizations working to solve difficult issues of our times, and I’m pleased to be part of this effort.”






Jane Collins







Lori Reeder


“How can I help make this world a better place?  I ponder this question daily and it is my belief that the Emerson congregation does as well.  Being a member of the Outreach Committee allows me to help the Emerson congregation serve the larger community with a laser focus by funding those organizations that might be overlooked by others and are performing an essential service. I am honored and privileged to have been selected to serve on this committee.”





Former Members


Gabe Gelb


“Our Outreach Committee exemplifies the importance of taking big chances for really important results, e.g., investing in  Above Politics: Health Care for All Texans, together with the grassroots power of Texas Impact in Austin.”