Get Involved!

Become involved with a project that has caught your passion: whether it's Green Sanctuary, Gift-Based Ministry, as a worship associate, leading a covenant group, or something entirely different, your congregation needs your involvement in order to benefit from your unique talents and gifts!

Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

- from the UUA

Social Justice News and Events

Justice Council hosted an advocacy event for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service cluster of activities organized by the Unitarian Society of Germantown (USG). Our speakers included Coleman Poses on the political situation in PA, Maurice Sampson on a possible change to the Plastic Bag Ban law in Philly, with actions to promote voter registration in high schools and to advocate for having a charge for plastic bags. Mary L also found a great video put together by Rep. Chris Rabb about atrocities in our history that Native American Indians have been subjected to.

From November to January, we had 3 sessions to discuss Revolutionary Love: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur. Sharon F did a great job organizing and facilitating these conversations. In February and March, we are discussing The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich, about the

challenges faced by American Indians in the 1950s. This was suggested by Elaine F, who is also preparing discussion materials.

We hope to plug into a voter registration and engagement campaign as we get closer to the Primary in May, and then the General election in November. These midterm elections will be critical for the direction our country will be heading for years to come. The weekly newsletter will have details of how you can get involved. We have now had 2 workshops about Reparations and cultural competence with the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). The first two sessions were great, and videos can be obtained by contacting Bruce. We have had about 20 people involved so far. The last 4 sessions will be March 13 and 27, and April 10 (all Sundays, 1-3pm). See the weekly newsletter for the Zoom link.

8th Principle Team Update

The 8th Principle that we adopted in 2017 is: “Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions”. Our congregation was the first in the country to adopt it, but at this moment, over 150 have now adopted it (out of about 1000), and that number was only about 30 a year ago!

Our 8th Principle Team is Bruce PJ, Portia H, Cathy M, Anam OE, Fern C, and Wayne B (with Rev. McKinley ex-officio). Most of our recent work is described in the Moderator’s Column, involving organizing conversations about our congregational Covenant, and continuing the Widening the Circle process. If you are interested in joining, please contact Bruce.

Living the 8th Principle: Trevor Noah on George Floyd,
Amy Cooper, and The Uprising

This 18-minute video is a brilliant analysis of racism, white privilege, and the social contract, using George Floyd, Amy Cooper (who called the police on Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper - no relation to her), and the property destruction that came after them. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c

Following, are several links important to our congregation's Social Justice program:

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