Action Alert: UUV4J Stands for Syrian Refugees


Action Call: UUV4J Stands with Syrian Refugees

Saturday, November 21, at 1:00 p.m.

Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak in Houston, TX

SCENARIO: Unitarian Universalists assert that freedom of religion requires mutual respect so that all people of faith may worship according to their conscience. As Houstonians and citizens of the United States, we have a proud history of receiving families in need of refuge. We are also concerned about the religious test some of our elected officials and presidential candidates have proposed to include as part of the process to accept refugees. This is in direct opposition to the foundation of religious freedom of our country.

“Our faith affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Unitarian Universalists believe that all human beings are loved by God and that we should treat our neighbors according to that Golden Rule affirmed in all the world’s great religious traditions - to treat all our neighbors with the same fairness and respect as we would want to be treated, to love our neighbors as ourselves” says UUV4J Spokesperson, the Rev. Dr. Becky Edmiston-Lange

Wear your Standing On The Side Of Love shirts and bring your signs that express your support as a member of the religious community.

Spokesperson: Rev. Angela Henderson


Past Action Alerts below: UUV4J

Action Call: Speak Out for Planned Parenthood

Show your support for Planned Parenthood and reproductive health-care by joining us outside the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast building! Wear your Standing on the Side of Love shirts, something pink & bring your signs so those on 45 S & the feeder road can see that Houston supports a right to choose and basic health care.

Tuesday, September 29th, at 12:00 p.m.

Planned Parenthood
4600 Gulf Fwy
Houston, TX 77023

Please make sure to use parking on Eleanor Tinsley Way to insure that parking is available for patients!

SCENARIO: There is a major effort to cut federal funding for the important work Planned Parenthood does for our families and communities. The most recent effort resulted in a bill titled the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015” passing the United States House of Representatives on September 18th. Planned Parenthood has organized a national #PinkOut Day this Tuesday in the wake of these efforts.



Canceled: Houston Religious Leaders' Press Conference

Out of respect for those who are recognizing the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, Houston Unites has decided to cancel the press conference originally scheduled for Monday, September 14th at 10 a.m.

Action Call: Houston Unites Press Conference Monday Morning

Monday (September 14th) morning at 10:00 am Houston Unites will host a press event at the Trinity Episcopal Church to highlight religious voices speaking out in support of HERO.

See the website at:
Houston Unites Against Discrimination -

WHEN: Monday, September 14, at 10 a.m. CST; Arrive by 9:45 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church
1015 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004

Scenario: The TX Supreme Court has ruled and the City Council has agreed that a possible repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) will be put on the November ballot. We view this ordinance as crucial protection of civil rights for vulnerable populations in Houston. Join us and show your support!

UUV4J Spokesperson: Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell



UUV4J Joins Coalition To Support The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

The Steering Committee of UU Voice for Justice voted to join the coalition of Houston organizations called Houston Unites in shoring up support to ensure all Houstonians are treated fairly.

Houston Unites works to elevate the diversity of voices supporting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance known as HERO.

No Houstonian should be discriminated against based on race, age, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

That’s a core value Houstonians share, and that’s why HERO’s passage a year ago was supported by more than 80 current and former elected officials, community and non-profit organizations, major corporations, and more than 70 local faith leaders.

UU Voice for Justice is ready to call an action when the time comes to make sure Unitarian Universalists have the opportunity to make our voices heard, so be sure to have your “Standing On The Side of Love” shirts ready. This effort will take all of us.

If you have not been trained and received a t-shirt, please email or contact your congregation’s UUV4J representative.

What can you do right now?

• Sign the pledge at Houston Unites’ website to make it known that discrimination has no place in Houston at:

• Tell your friends. “Like” Houston Unites on Facebook at: Even if you do not live in Houston, you can share with your friends that you support equality.

• Volunteer by signing up directly through Houston Unites at:

• Organize! Begin asking people in your congregation if they would like to sign up to work to support HERO. With their permission, you can collect congregants’ information on a clipboard and enter it into the volunteer website at to get direct updates from Houston Unites. More importantly, it gives you a chance to talk with others about why HERO is important.

• Make a financial contribution to ensure there is no place for discrimination in Houston at:

More Information: Houston Unites Launches Campaign to Support Equal Rights Ordinance
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Action Call: Unite behind HERO

Tomorrow (Wednesday Aug. 12) morning at 10:00 am the campaign to defend HERO will officially launch with a press event at Hilton Americas. See the website at:
Houston Unites Against Discrimination -

Wednesday, August 12, at 10 a.m. CST

Hilton Americas-Hotel
Skyline Ballroom, 24th Floor
1600 Lamar
Houston, Texas 77010

UUV4J Spokesperson: Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell

Scenario: The TX Supreme Court has ruled and the City Council has agreed that a possible repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) will be put on the November ballot. We view this ordinance as crucial protection of civil rights for vulnerable populations in Houston. Join us and show your support!


June 26
Action Alert
Spokesperson: Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell
Action Leader: Rev. Bonnie Vegiard

You can help us show positive religious voices supporting the expansion of marriage rights to all citizens!

Please stand with UUV4j as we celebrate today’s historic decision at Discovery Green. We will join allies Lambda Legal Houston, Victory Fund Houston and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for this celebration. Gathering begins at 5:00, UUV4J will gather at 6:00, program begins at 6:30. Look for our banner and yellow t-shirts.

Please remember to refer any media to our spokesperson or the UUV4J Leadership team in the green t-shirts.

Remember to bring water bottles and sunscreen.
Follow details at:


June 18, 2015

Our Christian neighbors in the Houston Community are hosting this prayer meeting. This is not an official UUV4J action, but we thought you might want to know about it.

Grace and peace to you. "Pray without ceasing ."

In light of the tragedy in South Carolina on Wednesday, June 17, a prayer meeting will be held tonight, June 18 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Jones Memorial UMC - 2504 Almeda-Genoa Road, Houston, TX 77047 . Let's all come together and pray for God to lead us through these difficult times.

Please share this email with our African-American congregations, our BMCR partner churches in the Houston TX area and all who desire to come together to pray for peace in our communities.


Action Alert

Feb 13 2015 Action Alert

The UUV4J will be joining Equality Houston for a march and rally to support Marriage Rights for same-sex couples as we go into the Valentine’s Day weekend.

When and where:
Friday, Feb. 13 11:00 AM Gather at County Clerk’s Office
201 Caroline St. Houston TX 77002

Look for our yellow t-shirts and the Spokesperson, Rev. Angela Henderson. Remember that the leadership team will be wearing green Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts. Direct any media to Rev. Henderson, or to a leadership team member if you do not see her.

Remember that others from other organizations including Equality Houston will also be there and have organized the event. We ask the Uus to join together with our yellow t-shirts.

Here are the details from the Facebook page of Equality TX

Join us to show Houston, Texas, the nation, and the U.S. Supreme Court that Love, Marriage and Equality are Human Rights!

At 11 am, we will gather for a protest outside of the Harris County Clerk's Office at 201 Caroline. We will have Marriage Equality signs available, or feel free to make your own and bring them.

At Noon, couples who wish to participate will go upstairs to the County Clerk's office and request a marriage license. Those who do not go upstairs to request a license will remain outside with signs. If you wish to be one of these couples please email

Once our couples are denied their equal rights, we march from the Clerk's Office to City Hall down Main Street during lunch hour, where we have exciting information for you in the marriage equality fight. (distance 0.8 mi)

Anticipated Timeline
11:00 AM Gather at County Clerk’s Office
201 Caroline St. Houston TX 77002

Couples go inside clerk’s office to request licenses

12:15 PM Couples are denied, rejoin protesters on front steps, and everyone marches down Main St. to City Hall

12:30 PM (approximately)
Rally/demonstration at Houston City Hall
Between City Hall and reflection pool
901 Bagby St. Houston TX 77002
Lunch hour, where we have exciting information for you in the Marriage Equality fight. (Distance is 0.8 miles) -


Action Alert
Nov 9 and 10

Scenario: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, under the leadership of Fred. Phelps Jr., will be in Houston this weekend picketing several churches and City Hall. Their main message is “God hates fags.” We plan to Stand on the Side of Love in response to their activity. We have chosen three places and times when they plan to picket.

Action Call: Choose one of these times and places and come Stand on the Side of Love. We will gather as small groups on public sidewalks far enough away from the Westboro group to ensure non-engagement. Choose one of the following and send us an email to with the subject line of:
“I will stand on the side of love at St. Martin’s” or
“I will stand on the side of Love at Grace Community” or
“I will stand on the side of love at City Hall.”
(this email is not required, but will help us plan.)

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church--717 Sage Rd., 8:20 AM Sunday Nov. 9. Meet on the SE corner of Sage and Woodway. Look for Kenneth Jones and the yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.

Grace Community Church—14505 Gulf Freeway (I-45 southeast of Houston): 9:30 AM Sunday, Nov. 9. Gather on the sidewalk of the Infinity Auto lot next to the church. Look for Rusty Cockrell and the yellow t-shirts.

Houston City Hall, Monday Nov. 10, 10:15 AM: gather at the reflecting pool in front of City Hall. Look for Rev. Angela Henderson and the yellow t-shirts.

What to bring: Please wear your Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts and bring signs that say either “Standing on the Side of Love” or “God is Love.”

What to do: Stand together as a positive, quiet presence with our positive signs. Be prepared to stay about 30-40 minutes. Please remember our purpose is to be a positive presence. Do not engage with the Westboro church people in any way. We do not expect them to try to push engagement, but if they do please move further away or ignore them. If anyone tries to engage you in a negative way, it is OK to choose to leave.

Media: the leader at each location will have copies of the Talking Points and a statement for the press, which that leader may choose to read. Please refer the press to that person. If cameras are present and rolling, please be as positive as possible and minimize distracting movements.

Logistics: We can offer no particular recommendations about parking. Please leave time to find parking near the site.

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When: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 3:00 PM
Please arrive in time to park and be present in the First UU sanctuary by 3:00 PM.

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Houston TX 77004

Parking: in the lot behind the church off Southmore or at the bank across Southmore from the church. Street parking is also available.

What to Bring:
· Wear your Standing on the Side of Love UUV4J t-shirt.

Action Scenario: Conservative religious leaders are organizing a media event at Grace Community Church on Sunday. Nov. 2 at 6:00 PM. This event is grounded in their opposition to the City Council’s passage of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

Purpose of Action: To provide a voice for people who believe that are religious values call us to support civic fairness and protections such as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. We are calling a press conference to get our message out.

Plan: This event is coordinated with other LGBTQ affirming congregations and religious leaders. Our UUV4J spokesperson will speak, and other religious leaders will also be invited to speak. It is important that the media see that there are members of many congregations and of diverse faiths involved in this press conference. While this is a UUV4J event, you may also want to invite others that you know are sympathetic with our position, so that we fill the hall. We hope as many UUV4J members as possible will come and make a great block presence with our yellow t-shirts.

Reminders: Please remember to direct media to UUV4J leaders, and keep watch for when media camera may be pointed your way. Be positive, smile, and try to minimize distracting movements when cameras are around. Thanks!

UUV4J Leadership Team
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