A Newsletter from the Unitarian Society of Germantown - January 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:


  • MLK Day of Service – Monday January 21, 8:00 am
  • Racism Book/Study Group – January 3, 7:30 pm
  • Ending Racism Committee – January 6, 12:00 pm
  • POWER Legislative Assembly – January 8, 6:00 pm
  • Social Justice Coffee Hour – Cancelled in January
  • Share the Plate – January 20
  • Sanctuary Families Fundraiser Dinner – January 25, 6:00 pm
  • New Day Rising (Fairfax, VA) – January 26
  • Backpacks Full of Cash screening by Public Education Initiative – January 27, 2:00 pm
  • CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) Monday January 28, 7:00 pm

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

  • READ On the Front Line by Rev. Kent Matthies
  • Be a part of POWER
  • Find out what two USG women entrepreneurs are doing
  • Help Renew USG’s Welcoming Congregation Status
  • Social Justice Activities
  • UU House Outreach – Thanks from the Staff
  • UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page
  • Social Justice Newsletter Articles Deadline
Social Justice Events
MLK Day of Service – Monday January 21, 8:00 am - Noon
Don’t get left out! Select from more than 30 projects happening at USG and throughout our neighborhood.

To preregister:
  • Go to
  • Click on “Volunteer” for a list of the projects and their descriptions.
  • Click “Pre-register” and fill out the registration form. 
Sign up soon to get your first choice of community activities or USG members-and-friends-only activities, both onsite at USG and out in the community. With more than 30 projects to choose from, you can find an activity to fill your need.
If you have questions or need assistance, contacts are listed on the pre-registration form or you can send an email to
Racism Book/Study Group – Thursday January 3 – 7:30 pm
During this monthly meeting, members share and listen until everyone has had a chance to share once and then discuss the topics. All are welcome. We ask you to read the topics in advance. For January, we continue reading Tema Okun’s  White Supremacy Culture. We will cover the following sections:
  • Defensiveness
  • Quantity over Quality
  • Worship of the Written Word
We ask that before coming to the meeting you spend some time with the materials:
  • Think about Defensiveness, Quantity over Quality, and Worship of the Written Word.
  •  Examine whether they show up in you or any of your communities, home, work, school, church, family,
  • Think about what they look like.
  • And then think about the antidotes.
    • Are they things you think would be helpful?
    • Are any of them things you might be able to shift?
  • Try to make notes to consider at least a few times before the meeting, and see if anything new comes up.
  • Visit the UUA's  Dismantling White Supremacy page for more information and perspectives.
Ending Racism Committee (ERC)
Engage the BLUU Box and ERC meeting

Sunday January 6

At 12:00pm - Join the Ending Racism Committee as it continues to explore the BLUU Box (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism)
: a one-of-a kind, innovative way for individuals, small group ministries and congregations to inform, grow and deepen their faith.

Stay at 1:00pm for the committee’s regular monthly meeting and to be a part of determining the next steps for USG’s Ending Racism Committee.
POWER Legislative Assembly at USG
Tuesday, January 8, 6:00 pm
POWER (Pennsylvanians Organizing to Witness, Empower and Renew) will bring close to 70 representatives from its 50 Philadelphia congregational members to USG to discuss and decide on its current and future policy directions.  The dinner discussion begins at 6:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for USG members to see and meet POWER's diverse leadership. To assist in arrangements, contact Dennis Brunn of our USG's POWER Local Organizing Committee (LOC) at
Social Justice Coffee Hour- cancelled in January
The next Social Justice Coffee is Sunday February, 17, 2019, 9:15am. The coffee hours are usually on the third Sunday of every month at 9:15am. 
Share the Plate – Sunday, January 20
Your January Share the Plate donations will support USG's Martin Luther King Day of Service, defraying the costs of the food and supplies.

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.
Sanctuary Families Fundraiser Dinner – January 25, 6:00 pm
Have dinner with the Reyes and Thompson families who are in sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, FUMCOG. Meet the families and enjoy the meal they have cooked. The event is open to the public. This fundraiser occurs the fourth Friday of each month until the families’ situation is resolved. Please try to make at least a $10 donation. If you have questions, contact Yvonne Marlier,
New Day Rising – January 26, 2019
Join other UU’s at this regional workshop in Fairfax, VA.  Identify Next Steps in the Struggle with White Supremacy. Visit the New Day Rising online event for more info and to register.
Backpacks Full of Cash
Sunday January 27, 2:00pm
View the film and discuss how privatization and funding cuts have had a devastating impact on public schools, and the most vulnerable children who rely on them. See a model for improving schools without charter schools and vouchers.
Screening presented by the Public Education Initiative at USG
CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration)
Monday January 28, 7:00pm
Each month CAMI meets to plan activities to support the ending of mass incarceration. Contact Nancy Anderson, for more information.
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed
You can make a difference.
READ On the Front Line by Rev. Kent Matthies
CLICK HERE to find Rev. Matthies’ experiences in the migrant camps in Tijuana at the US southwest border.

USG members can contact Lois Murphy or Dev Howerton at to learn how POWER can help USG become fully engaged in the immigration extension of our justice work.
Women Entrepenauers (who are also USG Members!)

Click to read or listen to USG Member Lori Tharps' podcast My American Melting Pot, which she describes as "A Multicultural Mix of Pop Culture + Parenting + Identity Politics."

Catch USG member Vanessa Lowe's radio show Vanessa's Money Hour on alternate Thursdays 3 pm and Saturdays 1 pm LIVE!. Vanessa’s Money Hour is a talk show about personal finance and wealth building. For more than 20 years, host Vanessa Lowe, has been teaching about and working to support access to capital for all. She reviews her top tools for financial success and interviews guests involved in the asset building ecosystem."

Help Renew USG's Welcoming Congregation Status

Be part of USG’s renewal process for Welcoming Congregation status. Help create ways to show members, friends and visitors that USG is committed to including the LGBTQ+ community in our programs and outreach. Activities include:
  • Planning for the vote to renew our Welcoming status at USG’s Annual Meeting in May.  
  • Ensuring that USG has Welcoming Worship services and observances.
  • Completing the Welcoming Congregation module.
For more information on the UUA Welcoming Congregation activities CLICK HERE.  To join the renewal process, email Barbara Dowdall at
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  
  • Attending the next Social Justice Council meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

THANKS! - From the UU House Outreach Staff

The UU House Outreach staff cannot thank you enough for helping to make our Holiday Food Drive successful. We want to take this time to acknowledge your efforts. Thanks for:

  • Placing donations in the kitchen boxes.
  • Giving a morning, afternoon or both sorting and packing bags of paper products and canned goods.
  • Delivering bags to our clients throughout northwest Philadelphia.
  • Taking the time to sign greetings to our clients.

We are still receiving clients’ calls praising us for your donations. We could not have accomplished this huge task without everyone’s help. You made the holiday season a bit more joyous for the seniors in northwest Philadelphia.

 We hope that you have a wonderful 2019.

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.

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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