First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!

Back home, back to school, and back to the Beacon! The September Beacon is available online and also in the brochure racks at the church.

Check out the September Beacon for info about upcoming events at the church as well as:

  • Updates from the Social Justice Ministry Team about their summer and fall projects.
  • A note from Treasurer Michael Johnson about online giving
  • Information about upcoming classes for Adult and Children's Religious Education.

Don't forget to get submissions for the October Beacon in by the 15th!

UUA Bulletin
A monthly newsletter from the Unitarian Universalist Association to keep you and your congregation informed.
2013-2014 UUA Common Read

Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman is the 2013-2014 Common Read selection. A groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out, Behind the Kitchen Door invites Unitarian Universalist individuals, groups, and congregations to advocate for just working conditions for the 10 million restaurant workers who bring passion, tenacity, and insight into the American dining experience. Order your copies from the UUA Bookstore and receive 10% off if you order 5 to 9 copies or receive 20% off if you order 10 or more copies.
A discussion guide with options for a single session or three sessions will be published online by October 1. Schedule your congregation or group discussion sometime between now and spring and join UUs everywhere in this project!

Celebrate Marriage Equality with Your Photos
We want you to send your top-notch witness, engagement, and ceremony photos celebrating marriage equality to the UUA! We want to display them, share them on social media, and use them in many more ways to honor and support our work for equality. Images received by September 15 will be considered for a photo display in the lobby of 25 Beacon Street and the UUA president's office.

Find more info and start sharing your photos today.
Join the CLF for Opening Sunday
Turn on your computer and come on in! The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), our UU congregation without walls, opens its online doors and welcomes people from around the world to worship. The theme for Opening Sunday on September 8 is community.  Online worship is held three times each week. Find a time that works best for you and join us!
Is Your Congregation Accessible and Welcoming to All?
The Disability/Ability Action Program is a partnership of Equual Access and the UUA that challenges congregations to welcome, support, and integrate people with disabilities and their families into our congregations. Congregations seeking certification will conduct an assessment of accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities and create an action plan. Ten congregations are already involved in a two-year pilot program.

For more information, please contact Mark Bernstein atmbernstein@uua.org.
New Free Online Curricula Available
The UUA's collection of free online curricula has expanded to include resources for children's religious education, adults seeking to support youth of color, and more. Signs of Our Faith: Being UU Every Day by Jessica York, offers 16 sessions for Grades 2 and 3.  Circle of Trees by Julie Simon, Katie Tweedie Covey, and Pat Kahn, is an eight-workshop program designed to deepen connections to nature and build a sense of environmental stewardship. Youth Identity in Transracial/Multiracial Families uses an animated video and discussion of racial/ethnic identity topics to strengthen the support and ministry UU parents and religious leaders can offer youth of Color being raised in mostly white communities.
One of a Kind Service Learning Trips from the UUCSJ
Join the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) on a one of a kind service learning journey this year, and deepen your own work for justice on the return home. December 4-11, journey to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas to explore immigration issues, meet with fair trade activists, and learn how local communities are organizing for sustainability. Apply by September 22Visit our website for a full list of 2013-14 UUCSJ trips.
Bringing Worship to Life with Story
A Good Telling: Bringing Worship to Life with Story by Kristin Maier, can help you choose meaningful stories and learn how to tell them in powerful ways, whether you are reading stories from a picture book or preaching them from memory in the pulpit. It explains foundational techniques and provides practice exercises. Supplemental material at the back includes a workshop series, complete with five ready-to-go skill-building sessions and a model for peer-to-peer sharing of stories. Whether you are a novice or a storytelling veteran, A Good Telling is an important new addition to any worship leader's library. Pre-order your copy from the UUA Bookstore.
An Invitation the UUCEF Quarterly Call
The UUA's Investment Committee is pleased to invite you to participate in our quarterly conference call for investors in the UU Common Endowment Fund. Congregations considering investment are also invited to join. The speakers will be Tim Brennan,treasurer and chief financial officer, and Carol McMullen, chair of the investment committee. They will be providing a performance update, report on the August Investment Committee meeting and take time to answer any questions you may have.

The call will take place on September 10 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. If you intend to participate, please contact Susan Helbert at shelbert@uua.org or by calling 617-948-4306.
Submit Your Study/Action Issue Proposals
In less than a year, delegates at the 2014 General Assembly in Providence, RI will select a new Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI), which will become a social justice priority for staff and congregations for the next four years. Congregations and districts propose these CSAI topics, and we're waiting to hear from you! Draft a CSAI proposal about a major social issue that is on the mind of your congregation or district. The issue must be worthy of prolonged study and action. Proposals are due October 1Learn more and find the CSAI proposal worksheet.
Mosaic Makers: Leading Multicultural Congregations
Save the date for the second Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations Conference, November 8-10, 2013 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, p of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology, and speaker on the intersections of religion, ethics, race, class, and gender. Auburn Seminary Media Director Macky Alston will also offer media training for religious professionals. Join us in learning together, building intentional multicultural community, and generating new energies in UU congregations, in our communities, and beyond!
For more information, contact Janice Marie Johnson, Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director, jmjohnson@uua.org.
How Do You Keep Up With Unitarian Universalism?

UU World is surveying Unitarian Universalists about the ways they prefer to keep up with Unitarian Universalism, online and in print. Your candid answers to this brief survey will help UU World's editors improve and update the magazine's print and online editions. But your responses will also give the UUA a much clearer demographic picture of Unitarian Universalism today and will help the UUAevaluate its broader communications strategy. Please take a few minutes to complete the UU World Reader Survey, and tell others in your congregation and UU circles about it.

 

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