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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

Terry Williams affected by New Policies in PA Prisons;
and his Contact Information

Terry Williams will be very directly affected by new policies at PA prisons put in place by Governor Tom Wolf. We will not be able to send letters and photographs directly to him by snail mail to him - they will be sent to Florida to be photocopied and sent to him, supposedly for security reasons. These new policies will make an inhumane environment even less so. Amistad Law Project Just put together a petition to hold Wolf and Wetzel accountable. Terry can be contacted by snail mail at:
Terry Williams, AY3626, SCI Greene,
175 Progress Drive,
Waynesburg, PA 15370.
If you would like to send a gift card for the prison commissary to Terry, or learn how you could email him, contact
 
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!

Murray Grove Justice Homecoming: Universal Love in Action, Sept. 27-29, near NJ Coast
Murray Grove is a Universalist retreat center in Lanoka Harbor, NJ (near Tom’s River). UUCR has used it for Youth Group and Board retreats, and Jamie P. has been a camper and counselor at a UU camp there called Camping in the Grove, for 4th-8th graders. Murray Grove is the location of the first Universalist sermon in America. They often have a Homecoming revival-style get-together on the anniversary of the sermon, and this year the theme is Justice. The main event is Saturday, September 28, with speakers, music, workshops, food, and other activities for the whole family. Participants can stay overnight Friday night (there is a musical program Friday evening) and Saturday night (for a worship service Sunday morning led by Rev. Richard Gilbert, noted UU social justice activist minister). Saturday’s program includes the leader of UU FaithAction NJ (the equivalent of UUPLAN, the UU PA Legislative Advocacy Network), the co-leaders of NJ Prophetic Agenda (connected with The Poor People’s Campaign), and much more. UUCR will have a table for our Justice Council activities, and Bruce P. will have a table to let other UUs know more about The 8th Principle, and contribute to the musical offerings. If you are interested, go to https://www.murraygrove.org/homecoming-1 for more details. If you would like to offer or request a ride for any part of the weekend, contact Bruce.

UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue on Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy
At the most recent General Assembly (GA, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association, or UUA) 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!

Suggestions for our Next Book Discussion:
We had many lively discussions about anti-racism and UU theology this past year, with participation by over a dozen different UUCR members and friends. We would like to do another book discussion this coming year, perhaps starting in October or November, and have started brainstorming about books that might be good. The nominees so far are: What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation about Race in America, by Michael Eric Dyson; Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, by Matthew Countryman; and The List: A Week by Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year, by Amy Siskind [experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember; this is hers]. If you have a preference for one of these over the others, or any other preferences to communicate, or would like to suggest another book, please contact

CommUUnity Potlucks, 4th or last Wednesday of Most Months, 6:30 pm
UUCR 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 September 26, October 24, and November 28. As of press time, it is expected that the August potluck will be a planning meeting, September will be a meeting with Imam Malik and his congregants, and October will be a meeting with Jondhi Harrell about his work with Returning Citizens (formerly incarcerated people). 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 (see the UUCR Directory for her contact information)!

Terry Williams being considered for an episode of Death Row Stories; Contact Information
Terry Williams, who grew up in Mt. Airy and was on Death Row for over 30 years, was officially re-sentenced to Life without Parole last December, in recognition of the withholding of evidence that the 50-year-old man he was convicted of killing had repeatedly and violently abused Terry sexually as a child. Terry also joined UUCR in December, and has attended a number of Justice Council meetings by phone. Terry’s Supreme Court decision may be able to help Philadelphian Mumia Abu-Jamal, whom many consider a US political prisoner, get a new hearing. This possibility was raised in a political cartoon in The Nation magazine in April, a copy of which is on the Member bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. We just got word that Terry’s case is being considered by CNN’s TV series Death Row Stories, to be filmed in the coming year! His case was part of the inspiration for an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, with Mike Tyson (to the dismay of many people) playing the character connected to Terry (you can just Google “svu Tyson” to find it). Terry can be contacted by snail mail at: Terry Williams, AY3626, SCI Greene, 175 Progress Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370. If you would like to send a gift card for the prison commissary to Terry, contact Bruce P. at 215-848-6246 for details.

Report on the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Pledge Challenge
During the Sunday, April 15, service, we held a special collection for Black Lives of UU, both direct donations and pledges. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has pledged $5.3 million toward this group over the next few years. UUCR’s own Brad and Julie Bradburd have donated at least $1 million as a challenge grant, challenging all congregations to pledge at least $10 per member by the end of June, 2018 (to be paid by a year later). To date, UUCR has received over $910 in pledges, and collected over $740, from over 30 different UUCR members. The pledges should satisfy our formal compliance with the challenge, since we are currently at about 90 members. If you didn’t get a chance to do this, you can put a donation or pledge in an envelope from the pews on Sunday, clearly labeled “UUCR BLUU Challenge” and indicating the total amount of the pledge and of the payment enclosed, to put in with the offering collection, or you could snail mail a pledge/payment to church, again clearly labeled. Thanks!

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!

Rally for Immigration Rights

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

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