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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 Restoration's 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.

January Board Minutes
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Restoration is Hopping!

The Board of Trustees meets, usually after a regular church service, on the first Sunday of each month. In addition, we occasionally convene conference calls for the Board or use e-mail to contact all the members when we need a decision or a specific action before the next scheduled meeting.

We are charged with maintaining and supporting the overall health of UUCR. One of the important ways we do that is to check the church's income versus expenses each month, comparing the actual amounts to the estimated percentages in the budget for the particular point where we are in the fiscal year. Pledge income is always looked at. For example, at this past November Board meeting, the pledge income was below the expected amount. Our treasurer, Len R., explained that he was already in the process of sending out notes giving all the pledging members of the community information about our pledges as we approach the winter holiday season. As hoped, the pledge income levels rose so that we were back on track in December and January. Projected expenses are also discussed and monitored such as the upcoming electrical repair which involves rerouting the way electricity is brought into the church.

The Building and Grounds folks work directly with the Board Treasurer and we are informed of the plans and are able to ask questions and make suggestions. Late this past fall, we learned that the owners at 611 E. Gorgas Lane were preparing to sell their home. The Board worked with members of the Finance and the Buildings and Grounds Committees to evaluate the building, and to explore how we might finance such an acquisition and what we would do with the building to financially support the ongoing costs of ownership. After much research and review of the property, we made the decision to keep our priority on building and sustaining the finances to keep our minister and not go forward with making an offer to the home owner.

Sometimes, a very quick action is needed and we use a poll of the board. Recently, we learned about a bag of gravel with an offensive message inside that was found on our front lawn. By checking with the local Philadelphia Police precinct we were informed that similar

gifts were found at numerous properties on Stenton Avenue in the same time frame. We were then able to agree that it was not an action that required further attention at this time.

There are certainly fun "actions" that the Board gets to consider. It was a celebratory moment to accept the request to cosponsor the Ordination of our own member, David D. We look forward to this event on April 7th!

Some decisions are not for the Board to make, but we must find the responsible and clear way to present the ideas to our voting membership so they can make an informed decision. The Sunday, Feb. 10th Town Hall Meeting marked the mid-way point in a long process for our community to consider changing our name. A proposal was brought to the Board a few years ago by Linda H., but due to the then upcoming transition with the resignation and retirement of Rev. Ellis, we counseled and she agreed that we should wait for a future time. Then last year, we invited Linda to create a committee to study her proposal and make a report to the Board. Each step of this process has been worked through in consultation and with the approval of the Board. This serious endeavor will take time and much energy and the involvement of everyone in the UUCR community. The committee and the Board are committed to a transparent process that will benefit our whole congregation.

Individual Board members are expected to be involved in the life of our community in addition to serving on the Board, in this way the Board has connections to lots of the work and energy, concerns and desires of the members and friends here at Restoration. Many of us find our roles as Trustees to be a form of service and personal spiritual growth as well.

You are most welcome to attend a Board Meeting and/or speak with one of us to learn more. If you would like to attend a meeting, please let Tim or Fern know so that we can keep you in the loop as to location/timing for the meeting.

— Fern C., Assistant Moderator

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