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

8th Principle Team Anti-Racism Survey
(May, 2019) Results

Many of you filled out the Anti-Racism Survey sent out by our 8th Principle Team last May - thanks so much! Of the 30 respondents (out of about 90 members), about half have taken a Jubilee (or equivalent all-weekend anti-racism) training, and about half (mostly the same people) have actively participated in other racial justice activities. All but 4 of the respondents have been involved at UUCR for at least 10 years, so the responses are biased in the direction of longer-term members.

For the complete results CLICK HERE

For an annotated list of recommended books, movies, shows, etc. that have been meaningful to the respondents CLICK HERE

We encourage all members and friends to look at this list for items that you might be interested in reading and seeing.

Terry W. Granted a Re-Trial!! Now in Collegeville!

We have recently gotten word that UUCR member Terry W. has been granted a re-trial for one of his two convictions! This is fantastic news, because it could lead to a re-trial for his second conviction, which could even result in his immediate release! A judge has determined that the evidence withheld in the first trial is substantial enough to warrant a new trial, and this is closely tied to the other trial, so this is the best news since he got off of Death Row in December of 2017! This could all still take a long time, but it is the best hope for Terry being able to join us in the pews yet! If you don't know Terry's story, go HERE. Also, Terry was just transferred from SCI Greene near Pittsburgh to SCI Phoenix (formerly Graterford) in Collegeville, about 45 minutes from UUCR! Thus, there is yet another new address to be able to write to him:
Smart Communications/PA DOC, SCI-Phoenix,
Terry Williams AY3626,
Post Office Box 33028,
St. Petersburg, FL 33733.
Communications must be on letter-size (8.5" x 11") paper, and will be photocopied and sent to Terry an example of the increasingly inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in this state. Since Terry is close to us now, if you are interested in visiting him at Phoenix, contact Bruce Pollack-Johnson (see above for email and phone). It could take a month or two to get on his visitor list, but he'd love to see anyone who wants to visit from his congregation! There is also an email system you can use to communicate with Terry ask if you are interested.

Black Lives Matter Vigil, every
Thursday, 6-7pm

Please join us for our weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil, started about 5 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!

CommUUnity Potlucks, 4th or last Wednesday of Some Months, 6:30pm.
UUCR regularly holds a CommUUnity Potluck on the last Wednesday of most months to build community and talk about topics related to justice and connect with our wider community. They start at 6:30pm, usually in Hale Lounge. Keep an eye out for the weekly e-Newsletter for upcoming dates and topics. 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 or know! Watch the weekly e-newsletter for specifics about this 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 UUCR (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. Occasionally we meet on other Sundays – these should be announced in the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday Order of Service.

Book Discussion for 2019-20: Probably White Fragility or How to Be an Antiracist.
For this coming church/school year, we will probably discuss White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, or How to Be an Antiracis, by Ibram Kendi. If you have a preference or other suggestion/s, please contact We expect we will probably start these in December or January, probably after the Vigil on non-choir (and non-Folk Factory) Thursdays.

8th Principle Team: Dinners for 8th in October/November: Looking for Hosts.
Now that we have obtained the results of the anti-racism survey, our 8th Principle Team is organizing Dinners for 8 for the fall. Traditionally, these have been informal potluck dinners of about 8 people each at members’ homes, to help us get to know each other better, sometimes with a topic of conversation for part of it (most recently, we did some related to long-range planning). We would like to have a series of Dinners for 8 that will spend some of the time talking about the 8th Principle (on dismantling systemic racism in ourselves and our institutions) and how it relates to our congregation (hence: “Dinners for 8th”). We will send out a reading closer to the dinners, and have a short activity after dinner to encourage us to think about how the way we do things at UUCR might connect more to white culture and not be as inclusive to everyone as we would like, as well as discussing how we might change to be more inclusive. Members of the team will facilitate these conversations, but we are now looking for hosts who can just focus on holding the event at their houses. If you might be interested, please contact or 215-848-6246. We’re aiming to hold the dinners in October and November. Hosts can pick dates that would be good for them, hopefully including at least one weekend mid-day dinner, for those who might prefer not to drive in the dark.

Trans Inclusion Workshop 4th Sundays from January to June after Social Hour: Interested?
A number of members of the Justice Council and other members and friends of UUCR are interested in participating in a Trans Inclusion Workshop, to help us become more deeply inclusive and welcoming to people who are transgender, nonbinary, gender queer, etc. The workshop exists as a webinar offered by the UUA, but our idea is to watch each of the 6 sessions as a group, and discuss them afterwards. Justice Council tentatively scheduled these sessions for the 4th Sundays of January through June, to be held after Social Hour after the service on those Sundays. If you are interested in participating (whether that timing works for you or not), please contact or at 215-848-6246. We see this as part of our desire to renew and maintain our updated Welcoming Congregation (welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people) status as a congregation.

POWER Achievements in 2018

Dear POWER friends,

As we welcome 2019, a moment to say thank you for all the work you did last year to create a more just society. You have been diligent, and as a result POWER celebrated many successes in 2018. We:

  • Saw the election of a progressive district attorney in Philadelphia;
  • Eliminated cash bail in Philadelphia for 25 major offenses;
  • Reduced the prison population from over 7,000 to under 5,000 for the first time in many decades;
  • Saw Rep. Christopher Rabb introduce PA House bill 2501 to put 100% of school dollars through the fair funding formula, a bill that gained 28 cosponsors and the governor's support;
  • Formed the biggest rally yet on school funding in Harrisburg in June, which included a wide representation of Pennsylvanians;
  • Helped return Philadelphia schools to local control;
  • Forced Starbucks to change its nation-wide bathroom policy, institute an all-day anti-racism training, and issue a report on itself suggesting the company raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour;
  • Held 20,000 live conversations in our voter engagement work in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties;
  • Saw PA Sen. Art Haywood introduce a statewide $15 minimum wage bill;
  • Stood with Marriott workers when they demanded fair treatment;
  • Helped pass the Fair Work Week bill to provide predictable hours to 130,000 Philadelphians;
  • Saw the introduction of a community solar bill in Harrisburg;
  • Created a statewide table of allies around climate justice;
  • Helped fight off the attacks on the Affordable Care Act;
  • And continued to expand our work in Pennsylvania, organizing in Philadelphia's surrounding counties, and Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Dauphin, and Lehigh Valley.
On top of all of this, we finished the year with a major victory for economic justice in the passage of the 21st Century Living Wage bill. When the bill was first introduced we were told it would be dead on arrival, and on December 20 it was signed into law with the full support of Mayor Kenney and a unanimous City Council. Tens of thousands of workers will be affected. In addition, Jefferson Health System heard our call to "Lead by Example," and raised their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Rally for Immigration Rights

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

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