The Seven 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

Social Justice News and Events

Wednesday, January 24 and Monday, January 29 —

Justice for Tyree Carroll: Make a Crowd for his Trial

From Payday and Global Women’s Strike Philly. Germantown resident Tyree Carroll, who was badly beaten by nearly 20 police officers in 2016 while riding a bicycle in twilight near his home, charged with breaking parole and selling drugs, was freed for lack of evidence at the end of that year. Afterward, walking free and visiting a Germantown shop ,he was arrested on drug charges, again without evidence and as many think, retribution for fighting an injustice. Last March he was completely cleared of the original charges, by a judge who had irate words for the police.

However, the second charge still hangs over him. Please continue to support Tyree by coming to the motions hearing at 9 am on Wednesday, January 24, and his jury trial at 9 am, Monday, January 29. Both will be held at the Criminal Justice Center, 1315 Filbert St., Court Room 808, 9 am on both days. See more activities of GWS Philly for justice for the poor, immigrants and people of color at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalWomensStrikePhiladelphia

"Black Lives Matter" Vigils

You are invited to join us every Thursday as we continue our vigils in solidarity with all those who face systemic, racial oppression.

Our vigils begin outside the church at 6 pm and move into the sanctuary for a time of prayer and sharing at 6:30 pm.

Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think would like to attend.

Book Discussion: Soul Work Thursdays 7:15 pm (monthly),
after the Vigil

Starting in September, Justice Council is leading a book discussion group using Soul Work (Skinner House, 2003, available from the online Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) store. The book is about theology and anti-racism within the UUA, and gets at many of the deep and spiritual aspects of anti-racism work. It is mostly the transcript of a conference that was held on this topic, with main presentations, and selected responses to those presentations. When the Berks County congregation had only 2 people visibly interested in racial justice, they started a discussion of this book, and a year later they had a solid cadre of a dozen people committed to this work. With White Supremacy in the air nationally (within the UUA and in the USA overall), we need to be having these kinds of conversations! We will meet Thursdays at 7:15 pm, after the Vigil, monthly, on Thursdays when there is no choir rehearsal or Open Circle at Restoration. We plan to purchase a few copies that members and friends can borrow, but feel free to get your own if you think you might want to keep a copy (it’s $20).

Rally for Immigration Rights

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

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