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A Newsletter from the Unitarian Society of Germantown - February, 2020
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

  • Share the Plate in February – POWER
  • African American Read-In
  • CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) – Weekly, Wednesdays - 3:00pm
  • Engaging the BLUU Box – Sunday, February 2 - 12:00pm plus ERC Recommendations of Films, Books, & More
  • Ending Racism Committee (ERC) Meeting - Sunday, February 2 - 1:00 pm
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL MEETING - Wednesday, February 5 - 6:30pm at USG
  • NEW TIME - POWER LOC Open Meeting – Sunday, February 16 – 9:30am
  • Racism and Technology Presentation and Workshop – Saturday, February 22 – 9:30am
  • Central East Region’s Jubilee Anti-Racism Training – Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed     
 You Can Make a Difference, Too...
  • Be a part of USG’s Social Justice Activities
    • Join UUPLAN or Renew Your Membership
    • UU House Outreach - Alone but Not Lonely
    • UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page
    • Social Justice Newsletter Articles Deadline
Social Justice Events


Share the Plate (STP) –- This month’s STP donations will support POWER. It represents over 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Together, they build leadership and advocate for social change.
If you miss the Sunday service when we Share The Plate (usually the third Sunday), to learn how to make this or any donation online or by text, 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.
African American Read-In
This month join the Ending Racism Committee (ERC) and the National Council of Teachers of English for the
African American Read-In. Choose a book by an African American author. Go to the NCTE website for lists of such books or ask your librarian.

Read it, and then share the title and your reflections either by email to or at the March 8 ERC meeting (please note that in March, ERC's usual first Sunday meeting will be moved to the second Sunday).
CAMI - Weekly Meetings - Wednesdays, 3:00pm
CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) focuses on supporting the Germantown area participatory defense hub, which uses a process-oriented model to prepare and empower people navigating the criminal justice system and offer community support to help clients achieve justice. Contact Margaret Robertson to learn about the meetings at Janes Memorial Church.
Engage the BLUU Box, Sunday February 2, 12:00-1:00pm
Black Lives of UU (BLUU) creates a Box each month that contains a prayer to center us in joy, affirm us, and ground us in spiritually challenging times. It continues with a reflection on contemporary issues informed by a Black UU faith perspective and information about prominent Black UUs who have shaped and informed our living faith tradition. It ends with a brief guided meditation. Please join us.  

followed by....
Ending Racism Committee meeting, Sunday, February 2, 1:00 -2:00pm
Join to discuss upcoming Ending Racism adventures.

The ERC recommends visiting:
NEW TIME! - Lock into our LOC for POWER! – Sunday, January 19, 9:30–10:15am
Get up. Come early and join the POWER Local Organizing Committee, LOC, 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 third Sundays at 9:00am. Contact Dennis Brunn ( to become involved. Your talents are needed! 
Racism and Technology - Saturday, February 22 - 9:30am - 2:00pm
Clyde Ford will present his new book, Think Black, a Memoir and answer questions in the morning. After lunch, Alison McDowall will offer a workshop entitled Big Data, Blockchain and Bonded Life and talk about things we can do. Lunch is $10. Additional suggested donation of $15 for the speakers. 
Don't forget to sign up...

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training – Friday, March 27- Sunday, March 29
Learn to nurture our congregation’s multicultural future as we face opposing cultural currents. Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants work against racism in all of its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment and it is worth every minute. It takes place: Friday, March 27, 6pm to 10pm; Saturday, March 28, 9am to 9pm; Sunday, March 29, 8:30am to 5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, PA. The fee is $160 per participant and includes cost for trainers, meals and materials. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so sign up today!
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed
You can make a difference.

You Can Make a Difference, Too...

Join UUPLAN or Renew Your Membership
Don't forget...
If you're not a UUPLAN member, please join or if you are a member, please don't forget to renew your membership. Click here for details and links.
POWER - Please contact Dennis Brunn ( or Lois Murphy, the Social Justice Council Co-Chair ( 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 Lois Murphy and Diane Sharp at if you would like more information about USG’s Social Justice activities.  
  • Attending the next Social Justice Council meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30pm.
UU House Outreach – Alone but Not Lonely
We often have active social lives with family and friends. Some of us are also involved in civic and faith-based organizations. Our busy schedules help us remain happy and connected.
In the midst of all this activity, it is important to remember to balance our personal time and community activities. We need “Me Time”: a block of time that allows us to decompress and recharge.
The most important part “Me Time” is not being idle but focusing on an enjoyable activity, one that gives our brains a rest.  Contrary to popular myth, our minds are busier when we are idle. This means setting aside at least 30 minutes a week for ourselves. Then, selecting a relaxing activity that may be:
  • Reading
  • Walking in a natural setting
  • Listening to music
  • Practicing meditation or mindfulness
  • Pursuing a hobby
  • Indulging in a guilty pleasure
Taking some “Me Time” helps us enjoy our friends and other activities more.
If you or your neighbor would benefit from aging service or support, please contact the UU House Outreach Program at 215-843-5881 or

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 Marilyn Dyson.

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