Social Action

Welcome to Social Action at Main Line Unitarian Church. MLUC has a long history of social action interests, activities, and projects. This page is designed to provide members, friends, and new visitors with a comprehensive overview of the many ways our congregation engages in social action. Listed under each item is the contact information for a leader of that group or activity. Part of social action is meeting new people, so reach out and connect with us!

View the 2015 Social Action Brochure

Communication

Email the Leadership Team:
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All Church Service Projects: 

Fall Community Day
TBA Fall 2015
Meet at the Church for an afternoon of service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
TBA January 2016
Team up with local UUs for a variety of service projects throughout Philadelphia.

Environmental Care Project
TBA Spring 2016
Church members and friends come together to care for our Earth.

Unitarian Universalist Organizations

UU Service Committee (UUSC)
Priscilla Osgood
UUSC logoThe Unitarian Universalist Service Committee originated 70 years ago to help people escape Nazi persecution. UUSC continues to foster social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. Both nationally and globally, UUSC advances a full array of human rights — promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting civil liberties. UUSC also works to deliver aid with dignity, and advance the rights of people left behind during humanitarian crises, which include forgotten conflicts and natural disasters.

UU Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN)
UUPLAN logoUUPLAN is a non-partisan 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. Activities are letter-writing, local media action, rallies, lobbying, and legislative visits.

UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)
UUCSJ logoUUCSJ was launched in June 2012 as a joint collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The organization focuses on experiential learning, and coordinates social justice trips around the world for adults and youth.

Social Action at MLUC

Books Through Bars (learn more)
Books Through Bars logoSally Fritzson
Volunteers read letters from prisoners, pick out books from a donated library, and ship them to prisons.

Cinema To Make You Think

A film series that draws from MLUC’s wide range of social action groups and helps us better understand the injustices that exist in our world today. Films are shown monthly, and are hosted by the relevant group.

Green Sanctuary (learn more)
Rick Joers
green sanctuary logoThe Green Sanctuary Program is an official designation from the Unitarian Universalist Association, and MLUC has made a conscious effort to meet the requirements of this program and be recognized as a community that values the interdependent web of life. The group hosts speakers, movies, and forums on topics such as energy, global warming, clean water, hydraulic fracturing, and ethical eating.

Gun Violence
Sue Smith
Church members and friends who are concerned about gun violence work with an interfaith organization called "Heeding God’s Call." The group holds educational panels, participates in vigils, and works with CeaseFirePA to improve legislation.

Immigration Reform
Hiro Nishikawa
The Immigration Reform group works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizens Coalition (PICC) and the UU Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN) to fight anti-immigration laws and policies at the state and federal levels.

Interfaith Hospitality Network  (learn more)
Julie Chipendale
IHN logoBob 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. Several times a year, MLUC hosts families at the church for a week.

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

Nationalities Service Center  (learn more)
Mimi Collins NSC logo
This non-profit organization in the Philadelphia area provides social and legal services to immigrants and refugees. Volunteers run donation drives, work in the downtown office, organize special events, teach English as a Second Language, and help in the community garden.

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

Partner Church (learn more)
Jon Bass
partner church logoMLUC signed a covenant with our Partner Church in Várfalva, Transylvania, Romania (an historic Unitarian site) to nurture a partnership based on friendship, respect, and mutual support. Partner Church Committee members meet monthly to implement activities which provide ongoing financial support to and communication with our partners in this rural village.

Unitarian Universalists for Reproductive Justice (learn more)
Judy Wilson
Laura Wright
UUs for Reproductive Justice (UURJ) addresses both reproductive healthcare and the availability of services, as well as rights and legislation. Many people have no choices in these 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 Committee (learn more)
Holly Alden
welcoming congregation logoThe Welcoming Congregation Program is an official designation from the Unitarian Universalist Association, and MLUC has made a conscious effort to meet the requirements of this program and be recognized as a welcome space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and friends. Led by a group of gay and straight members, the committee advocates for and educates about LGBT issues with programs and actions throughout the church year.

West Chester Food Cupboard  (learn more)
Sally Fritzson
WC Food Cupboard logoMain Line Unitarian Church collects food weekly for the West Chester Food Cupboard, which is then distributed to local shelters. Requested items change monthly, but all non-perishable food is welcome. Donations are collected in shopping carts at the main and lower entrances of the church on Sunday mornings. 

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children  (learn more)
Sally Fritzson
WePACWePAC's mission is to promote childhood literacy by re-opening and staffing school libraries throughout Philadelphia. Their “Open Books, Open Minds” program renovates school library spaces, collects and donates books, and provides trained volunteers to staff the libraries.