First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!

Happy spring to you and yours! There are TONS of events and activities coming up at First Unitarian in the month of April, so please be sure to check out this month's edition of The Beacon!

The April issue contains all kinds of church news, as well as:

  • information about the Interweave stakeholder's meeting
  • a reflection on The New Jim Crow and info about our UUA Common Read book group
  • an update on the preservation project

Enjoy, and please remember that your submissions for the May edition of The Beacon are due on April 15!

April 2013 UU Bulletin
A monthly newsletter from the Unitarian Universalist Association to keep you and your congregation informed.
UUA Purchases New Headquarters
On Thursday, March 14, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees authorized the sale of the UUA's four buildings on Beacon Hill after they unanimously voted to purchase a new headquarters at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston, MA. The Board has issued this statement concerning this development.

In a message to UUs, UUA President Peter Morales wrote, "This new facility will reflect and promote our values and aspirations. It will allow staff to collaborate and work more closely with colleagues and constituents across the world." Watch this video highlighting UUA staff's unique insight into this important and historic opportunity. Read more about this transition in UU World.
Register Now for GA
Join us for General Assembly (GA) in Louisville, KY, where we will worship with the Rev. William F. Schulz, witness with Wendell Berry, and elect a new UUA Moderator. Housing is still available, including home hospitality by local UUs.
New and Classic Books for You!
Beacon Press offers Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College, by Scott Korb. Available on April 16, Light without Fire is an extended look into Zaytuna College, the nation's first Muslim institution of higher education. Pre-order your copy today!

This April marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in which he wrote, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Read this letter and more of MLK's account of the civil rights movement in his best-selling book Why We Can't Wait, available from Beacon Press.

A period of interim ministry poses unique challenges and opportunities for both congregations and ministers. In the Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations, edited by Barbara Child and Keith Kron, offers insight from interim ministers and congregational leaders and aims to help congregations get the most from a period of transition. Find this newly available title from Skinner House Books at the UUA Bookstore. 
Summer Programs from the UUCSJ
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is proud to be hosting three unique and transformative programs for youth and young adults this summer. The deadline for applications is April 15. Answer the call for justice and apply now! Visit the UUCSJ to learn more about these opportunities.
Earth Day 2013: Building Sustainable Communities
UUMFE Earth Day is Monday, April 22! This year, the UU Ministry for Earth's (UUMFE) collection of Earth Day resources explores the issues of sustainability and building sustainable communities. All congregations are invited to share their planned Earth Day activities with others by registering online. One lucky registered congregation will win a $50 gift certificate to the UUA Bookstore!

More information and online resources are available. Contact UUMFE Board member, Cindy Davidson, at with any questions.

Register for the UU Leadership Team Institute
This summer, the Central East Regional Group offers two opportunities to participate in their five-day team-based leadership school. The UU Leadership Team Institute (UULTI) is a multi-day residential learning experience that seeks to renew and deepen understanding of the call to leadership and to equip individuals and congregational teams with practical tools and powerful ideas that can transform their congregation.

The UULTI offers two opportunities for you to attend. July 31-August 4 in Canandaigua, NY, or August 14-18 in Stony Point, NY. Learn more and register today!
Sign Up for the Multicultural Leadership School
Designed specifically for UU youth and young adults of color, the Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) trains participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or continental committee. The 3 ½ day school, August 2-6 in Boston, MA, features the leadership of experienced facilitators and opportunities that will foster relationship building, racial/ethnic identity development, leadership skills, inter-cultural collaboration, and deepening of faith. The application deadline is May 15. For more information visit the MLS page.
Virtual Gathering for UUs of Color
UU people of color of are invited to participate in a monthly virtual gathering. All you need is a phone or computer, 90-minutes of free time, and the desire to form a community across the barrier of geography. The first meeting will be Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. ET. For more information, visit Living Mosaic or contact Jessica York at
2nd Annual UU History and Heritage Convocation
This year, the UU Collegium and the UU History and Heritage Society will hold a joint convocation on November 7-10 in Washington, D.C. May 15 is the deadline to submit your scholarly paper, workshop, exhibit, performance, or sermon proposal.
Visit UU Collegium to learn more.
Worship Online with the CLF
Online worship and conversation is available to you from the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF). Worship with hundreds of UUs from all over the world on Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET, with a repeat on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET. Join us and stay connected!
UUA Budget Decisions and Staff Changes
Recently, the UUA's Leadership Council (the senior leadership comprised of the heads of our staff groups) met to work on the budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). Unfortunately, leadership came to the conclusion that there was no way to balance the budget without reducing the size of staff. While staff reductions are difficult, the UUA will strive to make sure that congregations and constituents continue to receive quality services. Read the full message from UUA President Peter Morales.
2014 Pledge Letters from the APF
Your pledge letters for FY 2014 will be arriving in May! In the meantime, please let us know your Annual Program Fund (APF) contact person's information by emailing with their name, email, and phone number.
IRA Charitable Rollover Extension

IRA gifts now can be accomplished without tax complications. The recent tax bill has extended the IRA Charitable Rollover through 2013. Individuals over the age of 70½ can make annual tax-free deductions in 2013 of up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to their congregation, the UUA, or other UU entity. Visit this page for more information or contact with any questions.

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