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The Seven Eight Principles
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

  8. And our Eighth Principle... We affirm and promote the following 8th Principle:

    Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

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It feels like we are coming back to life after the worst of the COVID lockdown and its repercussions! We have a new Intern Minister (Shaie Dively) who has been very active in all aspects of our congregation, and a new Religious Educator, Julie Rigano, who is breathing new life into our RE program, including taking leadership with our OWL Human Sexuality and Relationship program that has at least 6 young people attending! And we have two promising candidates for our position of Music Director as I write this, which could mean we will have that position filled early in the new year as well, and be fully staffed once again!

In September, we had a wonderful In-Gathering event, with wonderful food and activities it was great to be together in person like that again after a Sunday service! In October, Fern C and many others of us hosted a very successful Trustees of the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention (TPUC), with a great keynote and workshop by John Leeker (archivist at Meadville Lombard UU Seminary), and a wonderful Folk Factory concert featuring our own Anam OE and David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans (who helped lead Folk Factory for a number of years).

We hope to finally have a 200th Birthday celebration, probably in February as we near the end of our three-year window between when the congregation was created, and when it was formally chartered 200 years ago. And we would love to cap off that celebration with a Homecoming event, perhaps in March or April, inviting all who have been a part of our spiritual family to come back and celebrate our 200 years, as well as our new staff, name, Mission, Vision, Covenant, and so much more! Please contact Bruce if you have ideas about how we should do this, or would like to help organize and support it!

The weekend of May 19-21, 2023, we will similarly be hosting the (National) Universalist Convocation. This will be a similar kind of gathering to the PUC weekend, and will include a Folk Factory concert by Reggie Harris on Saturday night. Contact Fern C for more details!

May this be the beginning of another 200 years of our being a positive force in this neighborhood, city, country, and the world!

Your humble servant,
Bruce

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