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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.

Social Justice News and Events

March 8 through 10 —

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training Workshop

March 8-10 at Main Line Unitarian; Financial Help Available

Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? The Jubilee Workshop helps participants to understand what is involved in fostering a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms. The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, small group work, worship services, and shared meals. See this webpage for more details, including a link for where to register. It is happening from 6 pm Friday, March 8, through 4 pm Sunday, March 10, at Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA. Financial help from our Justice Council is available for any UUCR member or friend who wants to go - money should not be a barrier. This is one step you can take personally to act on our 8th Principle to dismantle racism in ourselves and our institutions.

If you are interested in attending the Jubilee anti-racism training workshop March 8-10, at the Main Line UU church in Devon, please let know. Cost should not be a factor - we will find a way for anyone who wants to go to participate. The workshop runs from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.


Black Lives Matter Vigil, every
Thursday, 6-7 pm:
Please join us for our weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil, started several years ago to protest the police violence in Ferguson. We hold our Vigil outside from 6-6:30, then come inside to light candles on behalf of racial justice and share information and updates on racial justice activities in the area. All are welcome!

UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue on Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy:
At the most recent General Assembly in June, representatives of UU congregations across the US voted to spend the next 4 years (2018-2022) studying and acting upon Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy in our congregations and our society. Our discussions related to The 8th Principle and many worship services have been a great start on this, and we will be planning other ways (such as the book discussion group) to educate ourselves on these issues, and then come up with action plans to do the hard work of dismantling racism and other intersectional oppressions within ourselves, in our congregation, and beyond. Be on the lookout for these opportunities to practice what we preach!

New Book Discussion: What Truth Sounds Like, by Michael Eric Dyson, starting in January: We are planning to start a new book discussion group, about the book What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation about Race in America, by Michael Eric Dyson. We expect to schedule these after the Vigil (starting around 7:15, usually going until about 8:45), every few weeks or month, on Thursdays when there is no choir rehearsal or Folk Factory Open Stage/Open Circle. The book is available from Barnes and Noble or as an e-book, both

for under $15, but we will have a few copies to borrow for anyone who would like. Please let Bruce know if you would like to borrow a copy.

CommUUnity Potlucks, 4th or last Wednesday of Most Months, 6:30 pm: Restoration regularly holds a CommUUnity Potluck on the last Wednesday of most months to build community and talk about topics related to justice and our wider community. They start at 6:30 pm, usually in Hale Lounge. Keep an eye out for the weekly e-Newsletter for upcoming dates and topics. The next ones are tentatively scheduled for November 28, December 26, January 23, February 27, and March 27. As of press time, it is expected that the November potluck will be a meeting with Jondhi Harrell about his work with The Center for Returning Citizens (formerly incarcerated people). We are thinking of having the December potluck on Wednesday, December 26, probably to watch a documentary related to Native Americans and to be together on a UUPLAN monthly Zoom videoconference call for the Economic Justice team. If you have suggestions for a focus (group or guest to invite, movie to watch, topic to discuss etc.) for a future CommUUnity Potluck, please let Fern C. know! Watch the weekly e-newsletter for specifics about these and other dates.

Regular Justice Council Meetings: 2nd Sundays, after the Church Potluck, in Hale Lounge: If you would like to help decide the recipient of our monthly Change for Change or find out about our other Justice activities at Restoration (including updates on POWER and UUPLAN), please join us on the 2nd Sunday of each month, after the Church Potluck, in Hale Lounge! Contact or at 215-848-6246 if you would like to be on the Justice Council email list.

Rally for Immigration Rights

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

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