The Seven Eight Principles
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

  8. And Restoration's Eighth Principle... We affirm and promote the following 8th Principle:

    Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

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From the Board of Trustees

In the first half of the 2017 - 2018 program year, the board has met regularly, usually on the first Sunday of each month. We had a Board Orientation in lieu of the August meeting, and held a Board Retreat led by board members and long time church friend and supporter, Andy L..

Here is a listing of our meetings so far:
Board Meetings: July 9, July 30 (Board Orientation), 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3, 1/7, 2/4
Town Halls: 10/15 and 2/4
Congregational Meetings: 11/12
Board Retreat: 12/1 and 12/2

Anyone in the congregation can read the official minutes from the meetings once they are approved at the following month's meeting. They are posted on the church bulletin board in the hallway nearest the Church Office. The most recent approved minutes are also on the web page under Board of Trustees.

We lost our Board Trustee Jesse R. in January. He was not feeling well in late November and after we couldn't make contact for the Board Retreat and Board Meeting weekend at the start of December, Tim went to his home that Sunday, after the Board meeting. Tim met a relative there who explained that Jesse was in the hospital. We were able to visit and chat with him some, but it was difficult to stay in touch as they moved him back and forth between the hospital and a rehab facility. He died on January 12. His Memorial Service was held that next Thursday, Jan. 18, for family, friends and church members.

We are currently looking to appoint an interim Trustee to serve out the rest of Jesse's term which would have ended on June 30, 2018.

Our By Laws require that the Board provide a Trustee to serve on the Nominating Committee, I serve in that capacity. This year we expanded that idea and have individual Board members serving as liaisons to our most important standing structural groups such as the Justice Council, Finance Committee, Building and Grounds, Hospitality Teams and the Committee on Ministry. We have Board Members on the Search Committee and serving with the Worship Associates group.

Additionally we have a Board Member as a contact for the Religious Exploration Coordinator and one for the Music Program too. These Board members serve as a conduit for information flow and support. They do not have any direct authority for the work of the various groups.

Along with searching for and hiring our RE Coordinator, Joanna S., this fall, we are focused on supporting the work of the Search Committee to locate a consulting minister for the church. We are working hard to understand and promote the fiscal health and capabilities of Restoration to make this a reality.

In addition, the Board continues to work to streamline and create clear policies and practices to promote membership and caring committees for our community. As we go forward, we hope to create a delegation of 8 to 10 folks to attend the Cluster training on March 24 entitled The Path to Membership. It will be from 9 to noon and is free to our church as part of our participation in the Greater Philly Cluster of UU Churches. We will be able to learn both from the Central East Region facilitator but also from the practices of churches of all sizes in our cluster.

Important Dates for the Spring:
March 24, 2018, Path to Membership training at UUCDC in Media from 9 to noon. We will create car pools for the event.
April 7, 2018, Greater Philly Cluster Choral Workshop/Gathering Sat. afternoon at the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA
April 29, 2018, Sunday afternoon is the annual Greater Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation.
May 2, 2018, Mount Airy Day.
May 19, 2018, a brief Cluster meeting followed by participation in the Bucks County Gay Pride Parade and Picnic.

The three final listings are all opportunities for Restoration to be seen and known. We have banners and signs we can use to promote ourselves. We will need people to be in attendance, representing our wonderful congregation and presence in East Mount Airy!

The Board welcomes your ideas and participation! Let us hear from you!
— Fern C., Assistant Moderator


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