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.

Folk Factory Coffeehouse

Folk Factory had our first People’s Choice Open Stage/Open Circle (with audience voting; top vote-getters get invited to perform in our People’s Choice Concert in June!) since COVID lockdown in January, and we will have 3 more from February through April, plus a regular Open Stage/Open Circle in May (always 4th Thursdays, at 7:30pm, in-person and via Zoom) – please join us!

On January 7, we had a wonderful concert by Sistahs Laying Down Hands, with our own Karen S, Tamara Anderson (who was involved in our Jazz Bridge event recently), and Mariama O’Brien. You can also put May 20-21, 2023 on your calendar – Reggie Harris will be doing a Folk Factory concert Saturday evening as part of the (national) Universalist Convocation, which we are hosting, and will do music for the Sunday service. He may also make a presentation about his upcoming book, which Linda Hansell is helping him write.


People’s Choice Open Stage/Open Circles: 4th Thursdays, 7:30pm:
A low-pressure, supportive chance to perform or just enjoy good live music. Since March, we have been doing this via Zoom. Our next Zoom Open Circle of this season is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th (the 4th Thursday, as usual), starting at 7:30pm. We will probably continue on the 4th Thursdays in June and July, and possibly August, but that will depend on the level of interest.

In pre-pandemic times, we skipped the summer, but our participants seem to value this time to share music together, so we will continue as the energy is there. Keep an eye on the e-newsletter to know for sure for June and beyond. We hold this (at least for now) via an online Zoom meeting, with only an Open Circle (no Open Stage or People’s Choice audience voting).

Our motto is “music and progressive social change”; anything that is not in conflict with that in spirit is fine. If you want people to see lyrics while you share a song, you can have a document ready so you can copy them and paste them into the Zoom Chat just before you start. Hope to see you there!

You may also visit The Folk Factory Facebook page. Email Bruce PJ or call 215-848-6246 for the Zoom link. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Bruce at the same email/number.

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