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 will be the subject of a documentary
in the CNN series Death Row Stories!

Bruce P. got a call from a CNN reporter from the CNN series Death Row Stories to learn more about Terry W., because they will create an entire episode documentary about him for next season! He sounded interested in the UUCR story, so maybe we will even be mentioned!

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.

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, started in January: We have started 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 had our first meeting on January 31, and hope to hold them about once a month through the month of June. 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 P. know if you would like to borrow a copy.

Keep your eyes open in the e-newsletter and the Order of Service on Sunday for upcoming dates.

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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