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Together, we transform lives through love, service, and our welcoming faith.

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February 26: What Can I Do?
Maria McCabe
Music: MLUC Choir

March 5: Pastor Ingqvist and Other Selfless Servants
Rev. Dr. Neal R. Jones
Music:
Liz Bligan, mezzo-soprano
We will visit Lake Wobegon to observe the irresponsibility of being too responsible for others.


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Pathway of Spiritual Maturity Courses 2017


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Offering Outreach - Hurricane Relief


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MLUC's Annual Holiday Workshop


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13th: Film Screening and Discussion


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Staffing Task Force Update


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Wednesdays, March 8, 15, and 22; 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Greeley Library
Led by Rev. Dave Hunter, semi-retired UU minister and MLUC member

With Rev. Bruce Marshall's book, A Holy Curiosity: Stories of a Liberal Religious Faith, as our starting point, we'll consider a number of life's persistent questions in this Pathway of Spiritual Maturity course.

Register ASAP:

take action hands morseLegislative Advocacy Training
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the McGinness Room, lunch provided

Are you concerned about our representation in Harrisburg and Washington DC, but don't know what to do about it? Come to our Legislative Advocacy Workshop.

PA State Representative Mary Jo Daley and UUPLAN Director Anita Mentzer will discuss best practices as we learn how to lobby, visit legislators' offices, make calls, and write letters. Come with your questions, experiences, and ideas about being resilient in the next 4 years while acting on our UU principles. Let's be known as the congregation that puts its values into action.

Questions? Contact Judy Wilson.

Get Involved! MLUC Committees, Groups, and Activities

The following is a comprehensive list of current opportunities to get involved at the church. If interested in any of these projects, simply get in touch with the contact person listed. If you see something missing, email with the name and contact person for your group.

 

Get Involved


A. Church Committees
B. Sunday Volunteers
C. UU Social Action Organizations
D. MLUC Social Action Groups
E. Religious Education Groups
F. Choirs
G. Capital Campaign Committees
H. Annual Events

A. Church Committees/Groups

Committee on Ministry Health (Diane Kyker, )

Membership Committee (Kent Sprunger, )

Publicity Committee (Brianna Johnson, )

Green Sanctuary Committee (Rick Joers, )

Social Action Leadership Team ( )

Church School Committee (Eileen Andrews, )

Small Group Ministry Steering Committee ()

History Committee (Joan Gindin, )

Visual Arts Group (Mary Kane, )

Music Committee ()

Media Services (Peter McDowell, )

Finance Committee (Carl Stevens, )

Personnel Committee (Don Walker, )

Endowment Committee (Michael Daley, )

Building & Grounds (Dave VanOcker, )

Memorial Service Hospitality (Assunta Becker, )

Jazz & Joe ()

Folk Sings (Marile Marshal, )

Small Group Ministry (Jennifer Campbell, )

B. Sunday Volunteers

*email the contact person listed if interested in volunteering

Ushers - Assist with the logistics during Sunday Services. Being an usher requires some training, which is available for interested volunteers. Ushers hand out programs, assist with seating needs, control the doors once the service has started, collect and count Outreach Offering contributions, and count the attendance. Jessica Hirsch Lynn

Greeters - Greet visitors and members as they enter the church on Sundays Alan Scholl

Welcome Table Volunteers - Welcome visitors to MLUC. Welcome table volunteers greet and orient first-time visitors, direct individuals to pamphlets about Unitarian Universalism and church programs, and register visitors interested in signing up for our mailing list. Eileen Moran

Green Stripers - Maintain environmentally sustainable practices. Green Stripers assist during the Sunday morning coffee hours, ensuring that paper/plastic waste is kept to a minimum. Mary Kane

Worship Visuals – Prepares visual displays and decorations for Sunday services
Kim Vanderburg

Summer Worship Leaders – lead services during the summer while MLUC ministers are away. Rev. Neal

C. UU Social Action Organizations

• Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN) - a nonpartisan group whose members get involved in the political and legislative process to try to ensure that state legislation is in accordance with Unitarian Universalist Principles. uuplan.com

• Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) - a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice locally, nationally, and globally. uusc.org

• Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) – an organization focusing on experiential learning and coordinates social justice trips around the world for adults and youth. uucsj.org

D. MLUC Social Action Groups

*email the contact person listed if interested in joining a group

Preventing Gun Violence
Sue Smith ()
Consists of three active groups who hold rallies, memorials, and vigils while simultaneously working to enact sensible gun laws throughout the region.

Green Sanctuary
Rick Joers ()
Implements the UUA requirements to be recognized as a green church, hosting events and educating the community on topics like energy, global warming, and ethical eating.

Racial Justice and Immigration Reform
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Promotes a greater understanding of racial oppression and inequities related to immigration to dismantle racism.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Sally Fritzson ()
Bob Batt ()
The Interfaith Hospitality Network assists homeless families and helps them with training, employment, housing, meals, and child care in a network of local religious communities. Three times a year, MLUC hosts families at the church for two weeks.

Justice in the Middle East
Gene Ramsbottom ()
Justice in the Middle East (JME) works to promote justice in Israel and Palestine with regularly scheduled discussions, films, presentations, and speakers.

Offering Outreach
Trevor Drake ()
The Offering Outreach program directs half of the congregation’s Sunday collection to a different charitable or nonprofit organization each month. Members nominate organizations that demonstrate values in line with Unitarian Universalism.

Partner Church
Bonnie Marzolf ()
Jane LaMotte ()
MLUC signed a covenant with our Partner Church in Várfalva, Transylvania, Romania (a historic Unitarian site) to nurture a partnership based on friendship, respect, and mutual support. The Partner Church Committee communicates regularly with our partners in Várfalva and ensures that the MLUC congregation receives regular reports about their goals, projects, and needs.

UUs for Reproductive Justice
Laura Wright ()
Many people have no choices in the most basic of human rights: to have or not have children, to raise their families in a safe and healthy environment, and to express their sexuality without fear of oppression. Reproductive Justice addresses these inequities through educational programs, advocacy opportunities, and partnerships in the community.

Welcoming Congregation
Holly Alden ()
Implements the UUA official program which designates MLUC as a welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and friends.

West Chester Food Cupboard
Sally Fritzson ()
Food is collected weekly at our church for local shelters.

E. Religious Education Groups

*Email Este Hart to get involved

Church School Committee
Youth Activities Committee
Youth Advisors
Faith in Action Sundays

F. Choirs

*Contact Dr. Vincent Craig to get involved:

Adult Choir
Men's Choir
Multigenerational Choir
Betsy's Bells (holiday performance)

G. Capital Campaign Committees

Capital Campaign Steering Committee – Chair, Dana Wiley,

Capital Campaign Implementation Team - David VanOcker, ; Rich Fritzson,

H. Annual Events

*If you’d like to volunteer to help organize any of these events, email .

Pathway of Spiritual Maturity – a series of member/staff organized events and workshops for adults in the spring and fall

November Auction - Raise money for the church via a themed silent and live auction

Holiday Workshop – celebrate the holiday season, donate, buy, sell, and create gifts

Fall Community Day – spruce up the building, rake leaves, and meet others in the MLUC community

MLK Jr. Day of Service - Team up with local UUs and other organizations for a variety of service projects throughout Philadelphia.

Labor Day Retreat – Relax and enjoy family activities with other members

Environmental Care Project - Join other Church members and friends to help care for our Earth.

Social Action Fair – Learn about new and established Social Action groups at MLUC

The Gospel According to Luke: What Surprises Await Us!
Wednesdays, February 8, 15, and 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Greeley Library, Led by Rev. Dave Hunter, semi-retired UU minister and MLUC member
Luke’s story is the most popular among UUs and other religious liberals of the four New Testament accounts of Jesus. Is that popularity justified? Let’s explore Luke together.

Pathway of Spiritual Maturity

Black History Month Film Series and Discussion: Many Rivers to Cross
This discusses the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.

  • Part 1: Friday, February, 10, 7:30-9:00 p.m. | Into the Fire
    1861 to 1896 | With the breakout of the Civil War the plight of slaves was plunged into chaos, as was the rest of the country. A half million escaped the South. Many fought for and helped the North win. After the war: the struggle to build communities, the quest for citizenship, the desire to hold office—all of this eventually led to the white South’s fear and deadly reaction to the changing South.
  • Part 2: Sunday, February 12, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch served | Making a Way Out of No Way
    1897 to 1940 | This looks at the large migration to the North and West from the South to escape the continued persecution of Jim Crow laws, the Klan, lynchings, and the destruction of black-owned businesses and communities. Several African American pioneers and leaders emerged in this period and forged the way ahead, creating a new black culture.

Pathway of Spiritual Maturity

Who Am I? And Why?
Wednesdays, March 8, 15, and 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Greeley Library, Led by Rev. Dave Hunter, semi-retired UU minister and MLUC member
With Rev. Bruce Marshall’s book, A Holy Curiosity: Stories of a Liberal Religious Faith, as our starting point, we’ll consider a number of life’s persistent questions.

To sign up for a course, email .
Stay tuned for more Pathways offerings in 2017.

Offering Outreach for January 2017hurr

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) is partnering with a respected Haitian relief organization, GARR (Groupe d' Appui au Repatries et Refugie's), to provide humanitarian assistance for marginalized groups overlooked by other relief efforts. This includes cholera awareness and prevention, livelihood support and human rights training for repatriated and stateless refugees living in camps at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border in Anse- a- Pitres, Haiti.

The United Nations has already called Matthew “the largest humanitarian event” in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and warns that more than 4 million children are threatened by cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Despite efforts to relocate camp dwelling populations, when Hurricane Matthew struck, there were 750 individuals, including hundreds of children, living in tents and other temporary structures at Anse-a- Pitres. All of the shelters were destroyed or severely damaged. Shelter, food, medical care and drinking water became even more scarce than before.

GARR works alongside another UUSC partner, Zanmi Timor, to support recently deported minors at the Haiti- Dominican Republic border in Belledere, Haiti. GARR runs the only shelter where unaccompanied minors are given food, shelter, medical attention and psycho-social support.

Capture the spirit of giving and attend a multigenerational, fun-filled afternoon at the Holiday Workshop on Sunday, December 11, 2:00-5:00 p.m. As always, the workshop is a great way to make quality inexpensive gifts for the holiday season for teachers, friends, and family. Many of our favorite craft tables will return this year, and we are bringing back the flea market! Enjoy live music, food, and local vendors. This event is open to the community, so grab your family and friends and get into the holiday spirit.

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In addition, attendees will get a chance to decorate the tree at our first ever MLUC Community Tree Decorating! Bring an ornament, make an ornament at the workshop, or buy an ornament at the flea market to join the fun.

*We are still accepting some donations and looking for elves. Visit us in the Atrium on Sunday, December 4 to find out more. Or contact Rebecca Polss.

 
Donations are being accepted in the following areas:

  • Greens Table - needs baskets and holiday ribbons/decorations. On the morning of December 11, we will accept fresh greens on the back patio. Please let Leslie Wright-Riley or Toni Black know if you plan to deliver greens.
  • Flea Market - needs holiday ornaments and decorations to sell during the workshop. Donations will be accepted in marked boxes starting after Thanksgiving. So if you are downsizing, changing your holiday style, or simply ready to part with unused holiday décor, start a box to donate. Contact Ingrid Deckman.

All donations will be received in the Atrium (space permitting) and/or the 2nd floor landing. Look for boxes labeled "GREENS" or "FLEA MARKET."

 

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution outlawed slavery. However, Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, argues that slavery is being perpetuated through mass incarceration of African Americans in the documentary, 13th.

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Join members of Main Line Unitarian Church, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Central Baptist Church, and Beth Chaim Reform Congregation in watching this extraordinary documentary of racial inequality and the American prison system on Thursday, November 10, 6:30 p.m. at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation: 389 Conestoga Road in Malvern. Refreshments to follow.

Hear the observations and ask questions of three guest panelists:

  • Anita Friday, a member of the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
  • Rev. Frank Allen, Rector of St. David’s Episcopal
  • Rabbi Michelle Pearlman, Rabbi of Beth Chaim

As we begin the new church year and think about our future, the Trustees and the Executive Team are evaluating staffing Color Chalice Letterheadplans and organizational models that meet our community’s needs as

Together, We Transform Lives through Love, Service, and Our Welcoming Faith

Background

During the 2015-2016 Church year, Main Line Unitarian Church experienced vacancies in three senior staff positions: the head of Child and Youth Religious Education, the Director of Administration, and the Associate Minister. In response, MLUC’s Board of Trustees raised a Staffing Task Force to evaluate the Church’s needs, consider various staffing options, and prepare a recommendation for how to respond to these vacancies.

The Task Force – along with consultants suggested by the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association – conducted its work from May 2016 through late August 2016. Although this occurred before MLUC’s strategic planning work happened in late September, the Task Force decided that the proper staffing roles and organizational model for MLUC’s size, needs, and values will allow it to execute on any strategic plan.

Process

The Task Force’s strategic work took place from May through August. During that time, the Task Force:

  • Compiled information about MLUC’s current paid staff roles, their job descriptions, their salaries and benefits, and related information.
  • Conducted research on the organizational models of other UU churches of similar size.
  • Performed brainstorming exercises to analyze all of MLUC’s requirements that support its functions. This exercise uncovered a number of important findings, including identifying gaps where MLUC has no current programming or focus in the areas of volunteer management and leadership development. As well as revealing opportunities for improvement in providing more paid staff leadership in financial stewardship and fundraising.
  • Composed a budgeting template to support various staffing scenarios.

And Now

There is still work to be done, yet the Trustees feel that it is important to communicate where we are in the process at this time:

  • A search committee for a Director of Religious Education has been formed. It is clear to the Task Force, the Trustees, and the Senior Minister that our RE program is a priority and that finding a DRE to help us with visionary leadership is paramount.
  • There is a need to hire an executive director to handle the Church’s administrative duties. Although there are still details to consider about this position, the intent is to begin the search process this fall.
  • The Task Force recommends redefining the associate minister’s role into a minister of congregational life. The Church’s finances, however, do not support this hiring now. In the short term, our needs for additional ministerial support will be met with a part-time, contracted minister and additional guest ministers or lay leadership support as needed.
  • Maria McCabe, who also serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration as Director of Social Justice and Community Ministries, has agreed to be our contracted minister. We look forward to welcoming her warmly to our community.

The Trustees, Rev. Neal, and the Task Force are working together to imagine staffing solutions that meet not only our current needs, but that also serve us well as we continue to grow in our commitment to our mission.