Main Line Unitarian Church Offers Free Same-Sex Weddings

MLUCMarriageEqualityRev. Morgan McLean and the entire congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) are celebrating the recent decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

To show her support of this landmark ruling, Rev. McLean has offered to officiate same-sex weddings free of charge on three upcoming dates: Sunday, May 25 (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.), Monday, May 26 (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.), and Saturday, May 31 (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.).

“I know I speak for everyone at Main Line Unitarian Church when I say how thrilled we are as a congregation that Pennsylvania can now legally recognize what we’ve all known for a long time, that love is love,” Rev. McLean stated enthusiastically. “This is a small way for us at MLUC to stand on the side of love and celebrate with our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers.”

Couples will need a marriage license, and the church will provide flowers, cake, and a photographer. Interested parties can call the church at 610-688-8332 to reserve a time for their ceremony.

MLUC is a designated Welcoming Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Rev. McLean officiated several weddings in August 2013 before the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County was halted.

If any couple, same or opposite sex, wishes to schedule a wedding at Main Line Unitarian Church on another date, they are welcome to contact the church and set up a time of their choosing. 

Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (center) joins hundreds in a celebratory rally at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Tuesday, May 20, as a federal judge’s decision paved the way for marriage equality in Pennsylvania. On the left is church member Rachael Milles, and on the right, church member and Rev. McLean’s husband Dan Kirsch.

Offering Outreach: Children's Safe Harbor

Amparo de la Ninez DonationRev. Morgan McLean recently visited the Philadelphia offices of neighborhood non-profit Amparo de la Niñez, or Children’s Safe Harbor. McLean was there to present a donation to the organization’s directors, Felipe and Iris Myrtha Castro, on behalf of the church’s Offering Outreach program.

Felipe and Iris Castro founded Amparo de la Niñez 26 years ago, with the intention of keeping children focused, educated, and engaged in positive activities throughout their lives. The successful non-profit is rooted in the community, offering music, art, poetry, and computer classes to children ages 6 through 12.

Felipe was happy to show Rev. Morgan around the facilities, describing Amparo’s many classes and activities, including a weekly radio program.

“It helps get the word out,” Castro said. “Kids train with the equipment, then are interviewed and play music or read poetry.”

Castro also commented on the impressive longevity of the organization. “Been going 26 years,” he chuckled, “now some kids are back as adults to volunteer.”

All of Amparo’s programs, including the extremely accomplished Celestial Voices Choir, are run by volunteer staff. The operating budget comes completely from donations such as the one provided by Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC). Amparo de la Niñez was chosen as the church’s Offering Outreach recipient for the month of March, resulting in a $2,292 donation from the congregation’s Sunday collections.

Rev. McLean said of her visit, “It was a pleasure meeting Felipe and Iris. Their commitment to the community is inspiring, and Amparo de la Niñez does an amazing job of instilling good values in young people. I’m so glad MLUC has been able to partner with them.”

Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (left) presents a donation of $2,292 to Felipe Castro, Founder and Director of Amparo de la Niñez, with assistance from church member Mimi Collins, who also volunteers with Amparo.

Coffeehouse Featuring Orion Freeman

OrionSaturday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

The Coffeehouse at MLUC returns! This month we will be featuring the talented singer-songwriter Orion Freeman. Open mic sessions will precede and follow Orion’s performance. Sign-up begins at 6:30; music kicks off at 7:00. No admission charge; free snacks and soft drinks; wine/beer available for a donation.

Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to allow your soul to shine.

Hovering somewhere within the chasm between the worldly and the divine, his music is an intimate glimpse into the spiraling states of freedom and folly, playfulness and prayer. Orion has been hard at work on his debut full-length, fully orchestrated record, The Divine Game, due out later this year.

Maura Dwyer accompanies on cello and fiddle, creating sonic tapestries of harmony and texture, swirling out from within the core of Orion’s heartfelt tunes. Perched upon her active world of performance and teaching, from classical cello to Irish fiddle, Maura is also the mother of two future rock stars!

Events sponsored by the Music Committee of MLUC.