Social Action

StreamClean1Welcome 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!

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Communication

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All Church Service Projects 

Fall Community Day
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Church for a morning of local service, and afterwards share lunch and fellowship.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 2014
We will team up with local UUs for a variety of service projects throughout Philadelphia.

Environmental Care Project
April 2014
Church members and friends come together to take care of our Earth.

Unitarian Universalist Organizations

UU Service Committee (UUSC)
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uusclogo 180x135UUSC is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice locally, nationally, and globally. During the annual Guest at Your Table fundraiser and membership drive, the Stories of Hope booklet helps families learn together about real people who are succeeding in their struggles for justice.

UU Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN)
UUPLANUUPLAN 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)
UUCSJUUCSJ 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  (link)
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Volunteers read letters from prisoners, pick out books from a donated library, and ship them to prisons.

Cinema To Make You Think
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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 (link)
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greenchaliceThe 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
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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
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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  (link)
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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
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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  (link)
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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 (link)
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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 (link)
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VarfalvaMLUC 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
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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
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welcomechaliceThe 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  (link)
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WCFoodCupboardMain 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  (link)
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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.

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