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January 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Congratulations to Worship Arts Associates

I would like to thank all of those who have been part of organizing and leading our services during our Minister's sabbatical - I have found the topics relevant to our times, thoughtful and thought-provoking.  The choir, the music selection, the other many components of the service have been a joy on many, many levels.  Thanks again to all of you who are involved in this endeavor.

Added by CAROL JESSUP on January 30, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Financial Update: Operations Budget

(Presented at the Jan 27th Congregational Meeting)

We are 6 months into our current 2012-2013 fiscal year, and overall, I am really pleased with where we are.  We passed what I would consider a very realistic and conservative budget last spring, and so far, we have been successful in avoiding any budget cuts.

Norman Fouhy just completed an extremely thorough analysis of our financial outlook for the remainder of this fiscal year.  I will spare you the analytical…


Added by Eva Baker on January 27, 2013 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Support Guest at Your Table and Learn About Restaurant Worker Justice

From the UUSC blog, the following post was written by Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh, editor of the forthcoming anthology The Joy of Just Eating: Food for Personal, Public, and Planetary Well-Being.

Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh.

Do you eat? If so, this…


Added by Lee Paczulla on January 24, 2013 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Ethical Consumption and Restaurant Worker Justice

$2.13 an hour. That is how low some tipped workers are paid in many of our nation’s restaurants. That minimum wage has not seen an increase in the past 20 years. And paid sick days? Not likely. Workers are forced to choose between staying home to heal and not getting paid or coming in and risking their health (not to mention others' health) to earn a living.

Learn more about the ways in which restaurant workers face…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 23, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Financial Update: Recognition of the EIWG

We are only half way through the current financial year, and the Board and myself have had to call on the Endowment and Investment Working Group’s (EIWG's) help an extraordinary number of times these past six months.  Not only have we tasked them with non-stop financial research endeavors, but the group is working significantly understaffed.  The Board’s most recent research request came less than a week before Christmas and they worked hard to be able to provide guidance to the Board in…


Added by Eva Baker on January 22, 2013 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

What We Love

“What do Unitarian Universalists believe?” I imagine many of us have been asked this question at some point in our lives. And I’m sure I’m not the only one that has had that internal flutter of panic or mental scrambling as we search for the best four-sentence description that almost always works in the words “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Rev. Peter Morales while attending a conference in Boston, and he gave those of us…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 16, 2013 at 1:54am — No Comments

Meet the Candidates for UUA Moderator









Added by Michael McKee on January 14, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Upcoming Road Closure Info

Road closures on: Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20th

Hunter Roberts Construction, the group building the tower across the street from the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, is beginning to dismantle their tower crane. Activity will begin on the morning of the 10th and will continue through the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday.

As for next weekend, Jan 19th & 20th,  Hunter Roberts has permits in place to close…


Added by Michael McKee on January 9, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Are you taking the Food Stamp Challenge?

First U is taking the Food Stamp Challenge from January 7-13, 2013!

The Food Stamp Challenge asks individuals and families to eat on the budget of those who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – aka food stamps – for just one week.  

For one person, the Food Stamp Challenge budget for the week is $35, or $5 per day – the average food stamp benefit for a person living in Philadelphia.  Visit…


Added by Lee Paczulla on January 8, 2013 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Change of Dates: Synergy Sundaes

Greetings to all, especially to leaders who attend the Synergy Sundae leadership workshops:

Due to overwhelming demand the Board has changed the dates of the next two Synergy Sundaes.  Instead of January 20, the next Synergy Sundae will occur on Sunday, February 10. Instead of March 17, the following Synergy Sundae will occur on Sunday, March 24. This change supersedes the information found in the January Beacon.

Happy New Year!

Dan Widyono

Added by Daniel Widyono on January 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

January UUA Bulletin

Notifications and Information

UUA’s Green Sanctuary Program is Evolving

Green Sanctuary (GS) is making a number of changes including:

• Information gathering to increase UU capacity to do environmental work in the world. Fill out the UU Ministry for Earth Survey.

• Green Sanctuary staffing has gone from full to ¼ time program coordination with the Rev. Karen Brammer,…


Added by Michael McKee on January 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Nominations for Outstanding UUs

Joseph Priestley District Awards…

Added by Michael McKee on January 7, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pledge to Love!

Standing on the Side of Love invites all to participate in its Thirty Days of Love campaign!

In 2010, Standing on the Side of Love sought to turn Valentine’s Day into a social justice holiday, to lift up the power of love, compassion, inclusion, and respect. Their vision has since evolved into the National Standing on the…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

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