'JusticeWorks Team' Tagged Posts

'JusticeWorks Team' Tagged Posts

Your Invitation to “Books Set Free” – Our All-Ages Message Series for May!

A Note From Rev. Lee A few years ago we started a new tradition at WellSprings: all of our Sunday services in May are “all-ages” services. That means instead of heading off to YouthSpirit, our younger friends stay with the adults for the whole morning – and together, we create a worship experience that is more participatory, engaging, and accessible to our friends at every age and stage of life.  This May, we are hoping to create as many opportunities…

All About Our “Neighbors & Helpers” Message Series this August

An August tradition at WellSprings returns… We see the world through our own eyes – and sometimes we assume that’s just “the way it is” for everyone. But when we engage with our neighbors, we start to realize how much our own limited perspectives never showed us. There are so many shades and colors of what it means to be “us” – to live in Chester County, or to be a Unitarian Universalist – beyond our own experiences. Once again…

Celebrate Diversity in our Community & Congregation

Over the coming weeks, WellSpringers have several chances to add their voices to an important cause. Dozens of WellSpringers came out last year, for our 1st Annual “United in Diversity” weekend – a Friday night Shabbat service and Saturday afternoon Rally co-hosted by the member congregations of Interfaith Action Community, and the Lionville YMCA.  This year, unfortunately, the need to affirm the value of diversity in all forms is just as strong – in our nation, and here in Chester County. You’re invited…

A Letter of Appreciation to Our Volunteer Leaders

We do not say it enough: thank you volunteer leaders for your work to nurture our spiritual well-being as you also manage the functions of WellSprings. The Leadership Development (LD) Ministry would like to express our deep appreciation to WellSprings volunteer leaders for their support during the year 2022. Every Sunday last year we saw and valued the remarkable work of our WellSprings staff – Carol Breslin our YouthSpirit Director, Jessica Heichel our Membership & Communications Coordinator, and Paula Bower our Office Coordinator. Their flexibility and resilience…

Donate School Supplies to Help Project Libertad

Throughout August, we are asking WellSpringers to help with the purchase of art boxes and supplies for Project Libertad.  As you may remember, Rachel Rutter from Project Libertad was a guest speaker during our Neighbors & Helpers community outreach message series.  Your support will help immigrant families by providing needed supplies for the new school year.  Our goal is to fill up to 120 art boxes, so any contributions will be greatly appreciated!  YouthSpirit will also be supporting Project Libertad…

WellSprings Shows Up for Unity Shabbat and Diversity Walk

This past weekend, WellSprings was honored to participate in two special events in our community. On Friday, June 3rd, members attended the unity Shabbat held at the Beth Israel Congregation. Our own ministerial intern, Beth Monhollen, was among the speakers that night. The following afternoon, 20+ WellSpringers marched in support of unity and diversity at the Lionville YMCA. Revs. Lee and Ken were there to support this inclusive and community-minded event as well. Thank you, WellSprings, for showing up for…

WellSprings and Beth Israel Co-Sponsor a Performance of “Only A Girl”

On Thursday, April 28th, WellSprings Congregation and the Beth Israel Congregation co-sponsored a performance of the show “Only a Girl.” Held in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, this special presentation was created and Performed by Janet Rodgers. The 100+ attendees, both in-person and online, heard the inspiring true story of a young Catholic Polish girl who saved the lives of twelve young Jewish professionals during WWII. The 50-minute solo performance told the true story of Irena Gut Opdyke…

“Neighbors & Helpers” Our New Message Series

We see the world through our own eyes – and sometimes we assume that’s just “the way it is” for everyone. But when we engage with our neighbors, we start to realize how much our own limited perspectives never showed us. There are so many shades and colors of what it means to be “us” – to live in Chester County, or to be a Unitarian Universalist – beyond our own experiences. This Winter, we’ll bring members of the community…

Thank You for a Successful MLK Day of Service

Well done, WellSprings! Thanks to your generosity, our team was able to donate hundreds of much needed items to Media Fellowship House. Over the last week, WellSpringers dropped off essentials like diapers, laundry detergent, hand soap, and shampoo at three different locations. WellSpringers also donated a total of $825; all of which was put towards the purchase of more supplies. The YouthBridge Ministry along with the JusticeWorks Team organized this event, which benefitted organizations such as Pathways CFF, Wesley House,…

WellSprings Works to Get Out the Vote

So far, in the lead-up to the extremely important 2020 election, Wellsprings members have sent over 400 letters to registered voters encouraging them to vote this election.   Several of our members have signed up to be poll watchers – folks who volunteer their time on election day to observe the polls, and make sure voters encounter no issues.   Members are also devoting their time to phone and text banks, encouraging marginalized voters to make their voices heard.   Have you done…

JusticeWorks Joins the Vote Forward Campaign

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase voter turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. The letter is a concrete action you can take, no matter where you live, to get fellow citizens who might be unlikely-to-vote, to the polls. Fellow WellSpringers have already been writing letters, and we’d love to get more people involved. Vote Forward has a goal of…

Interfaith Action Community’s Response to the Murder of George Floyd

WellSprings is proud to join with our neighboring faith communities today, signing on in support of the words below… The Interfaith Action Community (IAC) is a grassroots organization in Chester County, PA with a mission inspired by all our different faith traditions. We stand with communities of color and against all civic, societal, cultural, governmental, or religious policies, laws, and practices that maintain systemic racism and the myth of white supremacy. We add our voices to the call for justice…