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STEPS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
A Newsletter from the Unitarian Society of Germantown - April 2019
USG members and friends are committed social justice agents. Each month, we take actions to improve our society and world. 
This month's newsletter includes:

Social Justice Events

  • King in the Wilderness – Friday, April 5, 7:15 pm
  • POWER LOC Open Meeting – Sunday, April 7, 9:00 am
  • Ending Racism Committee – Sunday, April 7, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm
  • Racism Book/Study Group – Monday, April 8, 7:30 pm
  • Note Date Change: Social Justice Coffee Hour – Sunday, April 14, 9:15 am
  • Share the Plate for UUPLAN – Sunday, April 21
  • CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) – Monday, April 22, 7:00 pm
  • Sanctuary Families Fundraiser Dinner – Friday, April 26, 6:00 pm
  • UUPLAN Annual Meeting – Friday and Saturday, April 26-27
  • Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation – Sunday, April 28 , 2:00 pm

Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed     
You Can Make a Difference

o   Participate in POWER

o   Be a part of USG’s Social Justice Activities

  • UU House Outreach – Coping with Chronic Illness
  • UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page
  • Social Justice Newsletter Articles Deadline
Social Justice Events
King in the Wilderness – Friday, April 5, 7:15 pm
View King in the Wilderness, the HBO documentary, and discover the pressures Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. faced as he brought the Civil Rights Movement to the North. Learn how he endured criticism and doubts from many sides about his core philosophy. A discussion will follow moderated by one of the activists featured in the documentary:  Rev. Richard Fernandez.

Look into our LOC for POWER! – Sunday, April 7, 9:00 – 10:15 am
Join USG's LOC (Local Organizing Committee) for POWER and participate in discussions of outreach and recruitment for POWER’s campaigns: Economic Justice, Climate Justice, and Live Free (Anti-Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence Prevention). LOC's monthly open meetings are on first Sundays at 9:00am. Contact Dennis Brunn (
power@usguu.org) to become involved. Your talents are needed!

Ending Racism Committee (ERC) – Sunday April 7, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Join the Ending Racism Committee as it continues to explore the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) BLUU Box: a one-of-a kind, innovative way for individuals, small group ministries and congregations to inform, grow and deepen their faith.

Stay at 1:00 for the committee’s regular monthly meeting and to be a part of determining the next steps for USG’s Ending Racism Committee.

Racism Book/Study Group – Monday, April 8, 7:30 pm
We are going to complete our study of the White Supremacy Culture document in April. Please prepare to discuss: Progress is Bigger, More; Objectivity; and Right to Comfort.
 
As with the other sections:
  • Please spend some time thinking about these characteristics.
  • Examine whether they show up in you or any of your communities, home, work, school, church, family, etc. and what that looks like.
  • Think about the antidotes and whether any of them are things you think would be helpful, are any of them things you might be able to shift. 
Treva Burger facilitates the group; contact her with questions, bookstudy@usguu.org
NOTE DATE CHANGE: Social Justice Coffee Hour- Sunday, April 14, 9:15 am
Get up! Get coffee! Get engaged! Concerned about climate change? Come to the dining room on Sunday April 14 at 9:15. Learn about the POWER climate justice campaign and other actions to address the impact of climate change in Philadelphia and nationally. Also, celebrate Earth Day a little early. Everyone is invited.
 
There will be no coffee hour in May, but we will try to have one on a topical issue on June 16.

Share the Plate – Sunday, April 21

April’s Share the Plate donations will support UUPLAN, the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network. Active members in UUPLAN bring our UU values and principles into the public arena. They join monthly conference calls with other UUs to work on seven legislative priorities which affect all Pennsylvanians. 
 
To make your Share the Plate donation online or by text CLICK HERE.
 
Please CLICK HERE to find out more about Share the Plate and how you can nominate an organization to be a Share the Plate recipient.
CAMI- Coalition Against Mass Incarceration – Monday, April 22, 7:00 pm
CAMI's focus has been on Hubs for Participatory Defense. This approach invites families and friends of people accused or convicted of crimes to help with their defense. Currently, nationwide there are close to ten “Justice Hubs,” including one in Norristown in suburban Philadelphia.

We thank Nancy Anderson for being CAMI’s tireless leader. Although Nancy is still participating in the work, she is stepping down as leader. Going forward, CAMI will continue under the leadership of Margaret Robertson (who is affiliated with Janes Memorial Church).
Sanctuary Families Fundraiser Dinner – Friday, April 26, 6:00 pm
Have dinner with the sanctuary families at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, FUMCOG. Meet the Reyes and Thompsons. Enjoy the meal they cook. Everyone is invited. This fundraiser occurs monthly on the fourth Friday until the families’ situation is resolved. Please try to make at least a $10 donation. If you have questions, contact Yvonne Marlier, immigration@usguu.org.
UUPLAN Annual Meeting – Friday and Saturday, April 26-27
Join UU’s from across Pennsylvania as UUPLAN, (UU Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network) holds its Annual Meeting in York, PA to discuss current and new priorities. Contact Dennis Brunn (uuplan@usguu.org) for information.
Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation – Sunday, April 28, 2:00 pm
Gather at Al Aqsa Islamic Center. Meet people from different spiritual backgrounds and Celebrate the comradery. Continue to Center City with stops at Society Hill Synagogue, Arch Street United Methodist Church and Friends Center. For more information visit the Interfaith Peace Walk Website or contact Betsy Gabriel by email at peacewalk@usguu.org.
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed
You can make a difference.
POWER - Please contact Dennis Brunn (power@usguu.org) or Lois Murphy and Dev Howerton socialaction@usguu.org to learn how you can help USG become fully engaged in this extension of our justice work.
You can take action in USG's Social Justice programs by:
  • Participating in one of our many Social Justice activities.
  • Learning how you can become involved in POWER.
  • Contacting the Social Justice Council co-chairs by emailing them at socialaction@usguu.org.  
  • Attending the next Social Justice Council meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
From the UU House Outreach – Coping with Chronic Illness
 
The diagnosis is life altering. If you had a stroke or were diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or with heart, lung or kidney disease, you may immediately start moving into a “new normal”.
 
You may face both a physical and an emotional impact as well as a maze of uncertainty from tests and physical changes. Additionally, there may be concerns about finances and day-to-day logistics. Your situation might last at least a year and may require ongoing medical attention.
 
You need a support team. Your team members may not be whom you would expect. Family members and close friends may have other responsibilities. Base your team on function. As well as medical, legal and financial advisors, be sure to include:
  • Someone whom you can rely on during emergencies
  • A person who will give you a good laugh
  • The person with a “broad” shoulder for a good cry
  • Someone who is an excellent listener
Many people will offer a “quick fix”. Graciously accept their advice. There is no need to follow it.
 
Please contact UU House Outreach to access aging supports and services. Program staff can be reached at 215-843-5881 or outreach@uuhouse.org.

UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page

USG members are involved in a multitude of social justice projects. To view the latest activities and post new ones, join the UU Greater Philly Social Justice Group on Facebook.

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Social Justice Newsletter Articles

Articles for the Social Justice Newsletter are due on the second Thursday of the month preceding publication. Send your article to the communications team.

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