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 our 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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I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a momentum and youthful energy in our Sanctuary on Sundays that is exciting and inspiring! Having Rev. McKinley and Shaie leading services with our wonderful Worship Associates is a joy, and the number of people (including lots of visitors, many of whom have come multiple times) who are filling our pews every week is wonderful!

Have you visited our new Mt. Airy Community Pantry (soon to be Fridge and Pantry) yet, created and organized by our own Courtney H and her friend Nicole W? We had wonderful press coverage at the Grand Opening on December 19, and the volume of use in these early days is already three times what they had expected it to be, based on similar operations in the area! What a beautiful embodiment of our commitment to Radical Hospitality! We have talked Justice Council about how we can think of our Pantry as a kind of "land back" reparations to the Lenni Lenape people who lived here before the European colonizers came, since we are opening our space and resources to the community, in harmony with the spirit of the Lenni Lenape.

If you would like to be trained to be a volunteer for the Pantry, contact Courtney to be trained, and sign up! You can also of course donate food (within a year of its sell-by date; nothing needing refrigeration yet), or take what you need, at any time.

On February 12, we had our first 2nd Sunday Potluck since COVID lockdown, combined with a Valentine's Day party and a 200th Birthday celebration (200 years from when we were officially chartered, in 1823). We now have a

system for hosting weekly Coffee Hours and monthly Second-Sunday Potlucks! Please sign up to help make them happen – the sign-up is in Fellowship Hall, near the Kitchen area.

Similarly, please sign up to help with Greeting and Ushering on Sundays (or contact Cathy McC).

And we are planning to cap off our 3-year 200th Birthday celebration with a Homecoming event on Saturday, May 20, as part of our hosting the (sort of national) Universalist Convocation. The official Convocation will be from 8:30am-5pm, and will feature a plenary presentation by Dan McKanan. We are also planning a session featuring books by our own Kathy B, Linda H, and Ione V. The Homecoming portion will include a dinner in Fellowship Hall, to which we will be inviting friends and members who are no longer in this area, and a Folk Factory concert by Reggie Harris!

We are still looking for a Music Director – please spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested! At this point, we will probably have someone serve as an Interim while we look for a permanent person, given that the labor market is still tight right now.

The Pledge Drive will kick off on March 12, with the theme of Opening Doors/Rebuilding Community. Keep an eye out for your mailing, and please respond on our website or by mail at your earliest convenience if possible. We really appreciate your support!

May this be the beginning of another 200 years of our being a positive force in this neighborhood, city, country, and world!

Your humble servant,

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