Emerson offers many opportunities for you to get involved. Participation is open to everyone. New ideas are always welcome. Join the monthly meeting of the Social Action Council on the third Wednesday of the month; check the Emerson calendar for details. For more information about us and what we do, contact socialaction@emersonhouston.org.

Helping People

We address immediate needs of our local community such as education, housing, and food.

Holiday Gifts for The Women’s Home

During the month of November, Emerson collected items needed at The Women’s Home, a facility which currently houses 35 women with addictions and mental illness.  

Social Action

All ages help out at Rebuilding Together Houston

Rebuilding Together Houston

Emerson provides volunteers of all ages an opportunity to learn a new skill while helping an elderly or disabled Houstonian repair their home. 



Meals on Wheels (Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston)

Each Sunday, 25% of the Share-the-Plate collection is donated to Meals on Wheels. This longstanding program delivers a meal to home-bound seniors over 60 and their spouses. The drivers deliver breakfast and weekend meals to the most frail and isolated seniors. This nutritional support helps seniors stay independent and in their own homes.

Acting for Justice

We address institutionalized and systemic discrimination through education, advocacy and witness. Much of our work is carried out in conjunction with other Unitarian Universalist congregations through regional or national programs:

Through the UUA’s Side with Love campaign  (formerly “Standing on the Side of Love”) we amplify our work and our voices by collaborating with multiple organizations locally and nationwide, seeking justice for the oppressed, equal rights for all, and a liveable planet. Our partners have included Citizens Climate Lobby, Texas Impact, Reclaim the Vote, and many, many more. We also lobby legislators and government officials on these 4 intersectional priorities of Side With Love: Climate Justice, Racial Justice, Electoral Justice and LGBTQIA+ Gender Justice.  UUs at state capital lobby dayEmerson was an active participant in the UUA’s 2020 UU the Vote campaign via 11,000 texts, phone calls and postcards to get out the vote in the 2020 elections. Our activism continues in 2021 and 2022 for all 4 intersectional priorities.

We often join with other UU congregations on racial justice initiatives such as the UUA’s worship resources for Black Lives Matter

Emersonians marched for women’s rights!Women from Emerson at Houston Women's March in 2021

Emerson proudly supported the Houston Women’s March on October 2 in downtown Houston. Many Emersonians were there to make sure Austin politicians hear our demand that they repeal laws passed in 2021 to curtail our freedom and rights. Thank you to those who represented us – Lydia Chasen, Dori Wolfe, Ellen Norton, Em O’Dell (in photo) and also Edna and Larry Kelly, Beryl Kaminsky, Jane Zachritz, and Mark Holt. 

Reproductive Justice – Emerson UU Church Trusts and Respects Women

Emerson is one of four churches in Houston, TX that has made a pledge to Reproductive Justice Congregations.

Reproductive Justice Congregations publicly affirm three principles:

  • We trust and respect women.
  • We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortion.
  • We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.

Learn more about Just Texas at https://justtx.org.

Speak up for UU values with Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

TXUUJM, an association of UU congregations in Texas that provides a vehicle to express and advocate for statewide public policies that uphold Unitarian Universalist values. TXUUJM focuses on themes of racial justice, environmental justice, healthcare, economic justice, and voting rights. 

Join the Houston Pride Festival and Parade

Pride Fest has long been supported by the UU Network of Houston, UU congregations in the greater Houston area. Members of all UU congregations walk together to support the LGBTQ community. UU float in Houston pride parade,2019

Justice Forward

Help support Justice Forward (formerly Harris County Drug Court Foundation) and the Success Through Addiction Recovery (STAR) Program. STAR is an alternative to incarceration for long term drug addicts who have been arrested for a drug or drug related offense. Emerson was instrumental in the formation of the Drug Court in Harris County.

Work for Environmental justice

Join with Emerson’s “green” team,  Ministry for Earth and local partners Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston to learn about and fight climate change. Climate-posters-in-front-of-church

Contribute to the Share The Plate collection

 Each month, the entire plate collection is donated to a non-profit organization.  The recipients are listed in the weekly e-blast and the monthly newsletter. See the Share The Plate page for details. 

English Language Learning  (ELL for Adults) – On Hiatus

From 2015 to 2020, Emerson hosted free English classes for anyone who wants to learn, taught by volunteers from Emerson and neighboring congregations. We served hundreds of students from dozens of countries over the years.

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.