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A Newsletter from the Unitarian Society of Germantown - September, 2020
USG members and friends are committed social justice agents. Each month, we take actions to improve our society and world. 
USG remains closed as a precaution against spreading the Coronavirus. All events are held virtually. Please check in advance with the committee or group leaders for necessary information.
If any group leaders need assistance with an online meeting, please call the USG Office (215-844-1157) or email  
This month's newsletter includes:
    Voting - Actions You Can Take From Home on Your Own
  • Voting - Actions You Can Take From Home Together Virtually with Other USGers
Social Justice VIRTUAL Events

  • Ending Racism - Sunday, September 6 - 2:00pm
  • POWER LOC Open Meeting – Sunday, September 20 – 9:00am
  • Engage the BLUU Box – Sunday, September 20 – 2:00pm
  • ALMOST WEEKLY Racism Book Study Group - September 1, 8, 14, and 24 – all at 7:30pm
  • Black Lives Matter Vigil – weekdays – 5:00pm
  • Food Cupboard Donations – Wednesdays, September 9 and 23 – 9-11am
  • Share the Plate in September is for Lingelbach and Henry Schools.
  • CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) – Weekly, Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed     
 You Can Make a Difference, Too...
  • Be a part of USG’s Social Justice Activities
  • UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page
  • Social Justice Newsletter Articles Deadline

If you are not registered to vote, please register immediately by clicking here.
If you have not requested your November vote-mail-in ballot, PLEASE apply NOW at: 

After you receive your ballot, please complete it and mail it back by TUESDAY OCTOBER 20 to insure its on-time delivery.


What to do: Sign up to send 100 postcards to voters.  
What you get: 100 pre-printed postcards, address labels, and the script to urge voters to register and vote in 2020.  
What you supply:  100 35-cent stamps
How to sign up: Send an email to


MONDAYS 6:30-7:30pm
(From now until the November election)
USG Weekly Voter Engagement planning and sharing meetings
Via Zoom
We will share information about upcoming voter engagement and voter protection actions with partners like POWER and in our community. Email to: to be invited.

WEDNESDAYS, 6:00-8:00pm
(September 2 until the November election)  USG Weekly voter contact sessions together
Via Zoom.
We will partner with POWER, UUPlan, or UUtheVote to contact voters via phone, text or postcards. We will come together virtually as a group, share some inspiration, and then can do the phone calls or voter contact on our own time or with Zoom so we can see each other. Email to: for invitation.

This Wednesday, September 2, 6:00-8:00pm
UU the Vote National Phonebank to Wisconsin voters
Via Zoom.  Email to be invited.  

Events on Specific Dates
Racism Book Study Group -ALMOST WEEKLY
Tuesdays, September 1 and 8, Monday, September 14 and Thursday, September 24 all at 7:30pm
Racism Book Study is meeting more frequently to discuss Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. All readings will be posted on the Adult Spiritual Development page (please scroll down till you see it)  and in the newsletters. Books are available in the nametag foyer at USG. Contact Treva Burger at for more information and the zoom link.
Ending Racism: Meeting the Moment - Sunday, September 6, 2:00-3:00pm
This month’s special guest is USG member Lori Tharps.
All are welcome. Use this link to join:
Visit the newly overhauled
ERC webpage and find sections for education and actions as well as other resources. You’ll also be able to view the video of the August ERC meeting with Mary Kalyna and Sarah Frazier sharing information about the Black Lives Matter vigils. 
ZOOM into our LOC for POWER! – Sunday, September 20, 9:00–9:45am
Get the link and Zoom in. Learn about POWER’s progress in new and existing campaigns as well as what will be happening this fall. If you’re not on the POWER distribution list, please email to join the meeting. Otherwise, you can use the same link you did last month until at least December. You will make the difference! 
Engage the BLUU Box – Sunday, September, 20, 2:00-300pm
BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism) Box materials includes a prayer, reflections, biographical information about Black UUs and a guided meditation.
Here is the link to join:
Throughout September
Black Lives Matter Vigil – Monday to Friday – 5:00-6:00pm
Join a daily weekday vigil to support racial justice in front of the church on Lincoln Drive, weather permitting.
Bring your placards and drinking water. This is a peaceful, family-friendly event, and the 14th district police have been informed. Participants need to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Contact Mary Kalyna or Sarah Frazier at In the event of a heat advisory or thunderstorm, this event is cancelled. Please use your own good judgement, as well.

Some Black Lives Matter signs are available for purchase ($10 or whatever you can afford.)
Food Collection –  Alternating Wednesdays, September 9 and 23 – 9:00-11:00am
Every other week USG is collecting non-perishable food for St. Vincent's Food Pantry in the USG Court Yard.
Covid Financial Relief Available
Are You or Someone You Know:
  • Unable to Make a Mortgage Payment This Month or Next?
  • Suffering from Food Insecurity?
  • Experiencing Reduced hours at your job or a furlough or layoff?
  • Sick and Unable to Work?
  • Feeling Isolated and Alone in This Unusual Time?
USG Can Help!

For Help with Financial Needs: A Covid Financial Relief Fund has been established with the goal of raising and distributing $50,000 to those experiencing financial hardship. Email or contact USG Staff for details in complete confidence.

For help with Social Connections and Short Term Food Needs: email or call the church at 215-844-1157 and we will contact the Caring Team.
Share the Plate (STP) This month’s STP will be for the Lingelbach and Henry Schools. Both schools are nearby and have had tutors from USG volunteer through the years. Please CLICK HERE to learn how to make any donation online or by text.
If you want to find out more about Share the Plate and how you can nominate an organization to be a Share the Plate recipient, please
CAMI - Weekly Meetings - Wednesdays, 3:00pm
CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm. Volunteers work with the Germantown
Participatory Defense Hub which helps people navigate the criminal justice system. All volunteers must have training. Please contact to learn about the meetings.  
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed
You can make a difference.

You Can Make a Difference, Too...

You can be a part of USG's Social Justice activities by:
  • Participating in one of our many Social Justice activities.
  • Following UUPLAN’s legislative priorities and activities on its website.
  • Contacting the Social Justice Council Co-Chairs. Please email if you would like more information about USG’s Social Justice activities.  

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 Greater Philly UU’s  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

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