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Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

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Below is an important PA election update from our friends at March on Harrisburg. Please continue to encourage your representatives to co-sponsor HB 2367, and don't forget to request your Mail-In Ballots!

It was only last week that we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the March to End Corruption from York to Harrisburg. It feels much longer. Even in that short amount of time, what we know about the COVID-19 pandemic's effect in the United States of America shifted.

To defend our elections and democracy, it is not a time for panic. It is a time for action. Pennsylvania Legislature has taken the initiative to make our next election safer by postponing the primary election from April 28 to June 2.

Postponing the election will provide the state with more time to create a comprehensive plan that prioritizes the safety of ALL election workers in every capacity. It also gives us more time to educate voters on how to vote by mail, even in a delayed primary. This legislation, SB 422, makes big changes to the electoral process, some of which will be permanent. These changes include:

  • Counting of absentee and mail-in ballots would begin at 7 am on election day
  • Consolidation and moving of polling places We are continuing to monitor this legislation and any and all electoral reforms. We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it. While postponing the primary is a step in the right direction, further action must be taken to make this upcoming election as accessible and safe as possible:
  • The passage of Representative Boyle's HB 2367, which would send each Pennsylvania voter a mail-in ballot application. This emergency electoral reform can reduce transmission risks and ensure voter enfranchisement. Please continue to call your representatives to ask them to co-sponsor and champion HB 2367. We will be advocating for this in the most secure way that protects the chain of custody of ballots
  • Safety and health provisions to protect the health and safety of EVERYONE involved in our elections (and funding to do so!)
  • Political non-favoritism and appropriate oversight (including community involvement) in polling place consolidation
If you have not done so already, please request your mail-in ballot here. Thank you for all that you do.
For Love and Democracy,
MarchOnHarrisburg

PA Election Law Absentee and Mail-In Ballot Guidance

On October 31, 2019 a new Pennsylvania election law was enacted. It provides for Mail-In ballots among other things. Here's the link describing that new law: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-signs-election-reform-bill-including-new-mail-in-voting/

On January 10, 2020, the PA Dept of State issued guidance for applying for Absentee and Mail-In Ballots. Familiarize yourself with the new law and procedures. Share this info with others. The new law will make it easier for Pennsylvania citizens to vote. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

UUPLAN Looking for a UUCR Representative

UUPLAN Criminal Justice Reform Team is looking for a representative from Restoration. The Criminal Justice Reform team meet sthe last Monday of the month at 8 pm via Zoom It's a good place to expand ones vision of what a congregation can do and inspire others by what you already do. For more information see or reach out to Tim S.

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Vision Statement

Pennsylvania UUs are aware of justice issues and are called to speak and take action that leads to a better Commonwealth.

Mission Statement

UUPLAN educates and communicates with our congregations and partners to inspire action. We promote our values to policy makers to advance just legislation. We advocate for fairness and transparency in the democratic process.

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Non-violent Civil Disobedience Statement

Approved and Adopted by the UUPLAN Board of Trustees on July 11, 2017. The Board of UUPLAN-UUPALM has been discussing some of the opportunities and challenges we face as a faith-based advocacy organization in today’s context of heightened civic participation as well as a political context that in some ways is becoming increasingly hostile to dissent and protest. On the one hand, this is a great time to energize current and potential UUPLAN members and engage with them in a growing number of grassroots efforts for justice. We as UUs welcome this new mood of dissent, public participation and protest against unjust policies, practices and laws. On the other hand, there may be, particularly at the federal level, and in some cases the state level, of officials looking more critically at pressure from below.

We are called to work for justice as UUs and thus we are called to act as partners in broad coalitions with those who share our passion for positive changes in policies and programs. Given the increased interest in mobilizing for change, and given the intransigence of officials within centers of power, there will most likely be a growing number of instances where the coalitions within which we work see non-violent civil disobedience as the most important and effective tactic needed to gain public attention and move decision makers.

We would like UUPLAN-UUPALM Team Leaders and Members to use their UU values and their best strategic thinking in such instances and to feel free to agree or not agree to join in civil disobedience as the specific case may require.

We would also like you to be aware that there is a need to safeguard the legal standing of UUPLAN as a non-profit, and therefore to understand that choosing to engage in civil disobedience should be a freely-made individual choice and cannot be seen as an action endorsed or authorized by UUPLAN as a whole. This distinction protects UUPLAN from potential threats to our non-profit status, which in turn protects our ability to raise the resources to educate, advocate and provide staff support for our advocacy throughout Pennsylvania.

UUPLAN can and will support through leadership training the development of expertise in all advocacy tactics, including the most effective forms of non-violent civil disobedience. Such training is distinct from planning or authorizing specific actions. The decision to participate in an act of civil disobedience is ultimately a decision of an individual citizen and not under the authority of UUPLAN. UUPLAN as an organization will not engage in any overt planning of an act of civil disobedience nor pay fines, bail or legal fees of any UUPLAN members should they face arrest and possible legal action.

Approved and Adopted by the UUPLAN Board of Trustees on July 11, 2017.

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