Becky Edmiston-Lange began serving Emerson in August of 1999. She and her husband, Mark, who was also a Unitarian Universalist minister, moved to Houston from the Northern Virginia area where each had been serving separate Unitarian Universalist congregations to become Co-Ministers at Emerson. Becky and Mark served together as Co-Ministers for 17 years. Their co-ministry energized and deepened our religious community in many different ways. When Mark died suddenly in the fall of 2016, Becky continued on at Emerson as Senior Minister. She has a breadth of experience and talent that enables her to excel in the many tasks of ministry. Her commitment to our faith and love for this congregation are palpable and we are blessed to have her as our Minister.
Becky grew up near Richmond, Virginia and received her Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia in 1975, where she studied psychology, history and religion. “Unchurched” as a child, the natural world was her spiritual refuge and inspiration. Though too young to participate, the Civil Rights Movement also affected her deeply. Her quest for meaning and a desire to make a difference in the world led her to Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she received her Master of Divinity in 1978. Upon graduation she trained as a Pastoral Psychotherapist and later received a PhD in Counseling from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. When she discovered Unitarian Universalism after seminary, she felt she had “come home” religiously and spiritually. She interned at the UU Church in Fairfax, VA, was ordained in 1986, and then began a thirteen-year ministry at Accotink UU Church in Burke, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. before coming to Emerson. Becky’s animating vision is that of the Beloved Community which calls all human beings to live in peace and love with one another, with justice and equity for all.