Social and Enviromental Justice

The Faith Action Council exists to offer opportunities for service and advocacy, which allows Emersonians to engage with the larger community in keeping with our UU values, and ongoing spiritual growth. The UUA website has more informaiton

Environmental Justice

This group works to ensure that we are living our seventh principle, by fostering environmental consciousness and action at Emerson, and in the larger community. We engage in these efforts through responsible stewardship of our own land and facilities, including recycling, reducing our energy consumption, and participating in larger advocacy and education efforts.

Immigration Justice

We come together to build awareness, respond to needs, advocate and act as allies. Current efforts include distributing “Know Your Rights” cards in Latino communities, and working with the Cobb County Pro-Immigrant Alliance, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights http://www.glahr.org to identify and respond to other needs. We have gotten a good start, but we need YOU to join us! We need your skills, talents and energy as we work to “translate our values into action” by making our Cobb community a sanctuary for immigrant families.

LGBTQ Justice

Emerson is a Welcoming Congregation http://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program

Heart in the Park, our annual public witness event in support of Marriage Equality and LGBTQ Rights, is in it’s 8th year. We partner with Cobb Gay Straight Alliance to host youth events, and we are regular participants in the Atlanta Pride Parade. All are invited to Stand on the Side of Love with us.

YES, Yes Emerson Serves

The YES PPT has been working together towards determining a social justice focus for our Emerson congregation. Ideas and enthusiasm are welcome.

Give the Basket

Emerson UUC regularly gives all donations not marked as “Pledge” received during the worship service to the designated nonprofit organization for that month. Past recipients have included:

Economic Justice

Each week Emerson collects non-perishable food, personal care items and cleaning products for the Center for Family Resources Food Pantry http://thecfr.org , and each month for more than 20 years members of Emerson have come together to serve breakfast at MUST Ministries homeless shelter https://www.mustministries.org. Our concern for economic justice encompasses these efforts, but is bigger than that. We strive for a world in which basic needs of all are met

Declaration of Conscience

At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.

In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.

And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.

We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.

The time is now.