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

Monday, May 21 —

Poor People's Campaign


THIS IS IMPORTANT! Here’s how we can all take part in the Poor People’s Campaign. Please read the below message from John Bergen, Assistant Pastor at Germantown Mennonite. He is taking the lead in participating in civil disobedience. Click on http://decarceratepa.info/CADBI

From John Bergen:
I’m really excited to take action with the Poor People’s Campaign, and grateful for Brenda, Kavita, Tree, Ghani, and other people’s leadership in this. As CADBI (Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration) continues to build across the state, we get chances to build meaningful relationships with others fighting for their dignity and rights. History has taught me that no change comes without poor people and their allies refusing to cooperate with the demands of the wealthy and privileged—something that CADBI leaders who are incarcerated continue to teach me. So I’m energized by a chance to show up and demonstrate our commitment to building alongside other struggles, and to build relationships by taking action together.

Risking arrest is just one tactic among many (and lots of CADBI members have zero desire to get arrested!), and I know that all the ways that we show up in the Poor People’s Campaign will help change the statewide conversation on incarceration and redemption, and we will gain powerful allies in our struggle.

CADBI is helping to lead the rally on Monday May 21, in Harrisburg and has a chance to raise visibility on issues of mass incarceration and to stand in solidarity against other issues such as the attack on immigrants, voting rights, healthcare, education, and other injustices that are systematically hurting our communities.

Please register here if you can join us! https://actionnetwork.org/events/linking-systemic-racism-and-poverty-voting-rights-and-immigration

Transportation is being arranged, and there is an option to come Monday morning or to come Sunday evening and join the group for dinner and overnight stay.

Wednesday, June 20 —

POWER Rally for Full Implementation
of the Fair Funding Formula

POWER will be holding a rally in Harrisburg on Wednesday, June 20, for using the Fair Funding Formula on all state education funding (not justincreases). People will be gathering around noon, and buses should be available leaving from this area. Several Restoration members are planning on going; contact , if you can offer or are looking for a ride. More details to follow in future newsletters.

"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

The 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).

Justice Council News

Black Lives Matter Vigil — 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!

Soul Work Book Discussion on Anti-Racism and UU Theology, after the Vigil, Thursdays (Monthly) — Join us for monthly discussions about anti-racism work and UU theology, based on the book called Soul Work put out by the UUA at the height of the previous round of work on anti-racism in the UUA. It contains excerpts of presentations, responses, and conversations from a colloquium held in the last decade. You don’t need to have read the book to participate; contact Bruce P. (215-848-6246) to borrow a copy if you are interested.

CommUUnity Potlucks, 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 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. In the coming months, we hope to invite the Unitarian Society of Germantown and 1st Unitarian (Center City) to discuss possible ways we can support each other and work together for justice in the future. We also hope to organize a neighborhood meeting to strategize how to reduce traffic accidents at the Stenton & Gorgas intersection.

Terry Williams now Officially off of Death Row; Joined Restoration Dec. 10; 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 on Dec. 29, in recognition of the withholding of evidence by the Prosecutor that the 50-year-old man he was convicted of killing had repeatedly and violently abused Terry sexually as a child. Restoration member Bruce P. befriended Terry after hearing about his interest in UUism, and helped him join Restoration by asking the church to suspend its bylaws temporarily to let him join (suspending the bylaw that one must sign the Membership Book in person to join). The congregation voted overwhelmingly to do this in November, and Terry joined on December 10 (a signed statement he sent was inserted into the book). He has participated in Justice Council meetings, gets regular mailings of newsletters, Orders of Service, sermons, etc., and was sent a copy of the New UU curriculum. He 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.

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!

Rally for Immigration Rights

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

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