Fifteen Years of Fair Trade Coffee

equalexchangefairtradeMain Line Unitarian Church was recently recognized for its commitment to fair trade by Equal Exchange, a co-operative that has been empowering farmers and consumers for more than 25 years. For the past 15 years, MLUC has sourced the coffee and tea served after Sunday services from Equal Exchange, ensuring fair wages for farmers in Latin America and Africa. These partnerships are economically just and environmentally sound, and contribute to a more democratic and sustainable world. Thank you to the congregation for proving that living our values starts with the choices we make.

Wild West Rodeo Auction Recap

AuctionThank you for making the Wild West Rodeo Auction on Saturday, November 3 a huge success! This year, our event followed on the heels of Superstorm Sandy, which proved devastating to many of our members, friends, and neighbors and their extended families. Despite the calamity, auction attendees proved unflappable, as well as generous, in their bidding.

Live music provided by Meadowlark soothed the crowd. Ten and five gallon hats circled the chuck wagons, where food donations were greeted with great acclaim. Our OK Corral Saloon served sarsaparilla, sparking cowhands to rope their favorites in the main arena.

The Roses, Joanne and Ron, our Rodeo auctioneers, delighted the audience with IMAX images of your donations, while singing, playing guitar, and tickling us silly to pump up the bids. The children’s cow party was a rootin’ tootin’ hootenanny. Pizza, games, film, and craft-making led to their annual surprise donation: an adorned hobby horse. Wow! It paid off. Costume prizes, raffle baskets, and 50-50 winners rode off into the sunset.   

With your generosity, our church raised $34,000! We should all feel proud of our combined efforts in making the auction a huge success. Thank you for your contributions. Best wishes and see you next year!

Gene Ramsbottom,
Auction Committee Chair

Auction Committee: Cindy Arnold-Cohen, Carolyn Ballinger, Sue Compton, Sally-Ann Fritzson, Sandy Gargus, Alyssa and Michael Metz-Topodas, Joanne and Ron Rose, and Scott Turner.

Youth Raise Awareness at AIDS Walk Philly

On Sunday, October 21, nineteen youth members of Main Line Unitarian Church participated in AIDS Walk Philly, continuing the youth groups’ commitment to raising awareness about HIV and AIDS. Members of the church’s Young Religious Unitarian Universalists and Junior Youth Group, ranging from grades 7–12, raised $2,608 while walking twelve kilometers through Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system.

Rachael Milles, President of Young Religious Unitarian Universalists, when asked what participating in AIDS Walk Philly meant to her, answered simply, “I walked because part of being human is making the world a better place for others.”

The leading fundraisers for this year’s MLUC team were Kaitlin Hatch, Tyler McDowell, and Julia McDowell. Special thanks also go to the church members who made donations to support the team as a whole.

Sam Wilson, an adult leader of YRUU, brought a little levity to the walk by dressing up as a fierce lion, but was quite serious when he reflected on the depth of understanding shown by the youth who walked.

“It was clear that these youth were keenly aware of why they were participating in this walk.” Wilson said. “They had obviously spent time on their own reflecting on the significance of this walk for them. These young UUs are a constant inspiration and source of confirmation that we are doing something right!”

AIDS Walk Philly is presented each year by the AIDS Fund, which works with 30 partner organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area to provide critical HIV prevention education and care services. Their philosophy is centered on the idea that working together is the best way to fight against this disease, and thousands of volunteers mobilize each year. To learn more, visit www.aidswalkphilly.org.