Get Involved!

Become involved with a project that has caught your passion: whether it's Green Sanctuary, Gift-Based Ministry, as a worship associate, leading a covenant group, or something entirely different, your congregation needs your involvement in order to benefit from your unique talents and gifts!

Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

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Calls Needed on Payday Lending Threat

The payday lenders are working to weaken our state law through national legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on HR 3299 this week, a bill that would make it easier for predatory payday lenders to try to sneak around our state interest rate cap through a "rent-a-bank" arrangement. Here's a great op-ed explaining more: http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/373031-rent-a-bank-schemes-trample-voters-and-states-rights

ACTION STEP: Please call your Congressperson and urge him to oppose the bill. A sample script is below. Priority targets are Charlie Dent (PA-15), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Patrick Meehan (PA-7), and Ryan Costello (PA-6). Americans for Financial Reform has more materials about the bill available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CHyj7nTSWiMkAffeAppRWfihaPwU1jLxPN5fHAUQ12Q/edit

Your Congressperson is:
Rep. Dwight Evans
(202) 225-4001

"Hi, my name is _______ with ((your organization)). Is your financial services staffer available? I am calling in regards to HR 3299. As your boss might agree, payday lending is a dangerous product that captures people in a cycle of debt. We have heard HR 3299 is going to be voted on this week, and we oppose this bill because it offers the potential of payday lenders to find banks willing to help them get around our state interest rate cap. Have you heard of this bill?

Our state interest rate cap current saves people $273 million each year! This bill will allow out-of-state payday lenders to use rent-a-bank schemes to take away our state's ability to protect people from predatory lenders who prey on people in our state. Now that this bill is coming to the House floor, we urge our Congress member to vote against it and to protect our state's residents from predatory lenders.

Please let the Representative know that I called and thank you for your time.

UUPLAN Advocates for Justice

UUPLAN works for good laws across Pennsylvania, and has had many successes even in the commonwealth’s gerrymandered legislature. UUPLAN is advocating for justice on seven key issues:
  1. Anti-Mass Incarceration,
  2. Economic Justice,
  3. Environmental Justice,
  4. Good Government,
  5. Gun Violence Prevention,
  6. Immigration Justice, and
  7. Reproductive Justice.
Teams are working on all these issues.

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