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

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June 25: Our Transforming Climate 
Alison Cornish, UU Minister & Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a statewide organization responding to climate change.
Music: Liz Bligan, mezzo-soprano
As the Earth’s climate continues to change in both subtle and dramatic ways, our species is being challenged to transform as well. Unitarian Universalism can help us with this change if we dig deep into our tradition and engage in everyday spiritual practices. Join us for this exploration of the power of a faith-rooted response to climate change.

July 2: More Love Somewhere
Lee Paczulla
Music: Joseph Harkins, oboe/James Anemone, piano
Giving and generosity are often set up in our world as transactional experiences: your gift gets you recognition, esteem, a cool new tote bag, or the promise of a particular outcome. So what is it like - and how can we learn - to really give away our love, care, and attention in a world where there are no guarantees?

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Living Our Mission: Strategic Planning Report

In March 2017, the Mission Task Force presented the Board of Trustees with a Strategic Planning Report. The Executive Team and the Board of Trustees are now working collaboratively to evaluate it and consider which elements to implement and how/when. The full report as well as a visual representation of its seven initiatives and four key themes are seen here.

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The congregation adopted MLUC’s inspiring Mission:
“Together, We Transform Lives through Love, Service, and Our Welcoming Faith”

But our Mission cannot be a set of empty words; a lifeless creed. Instead, it must be a call to action – the collective directive that inspires and guides us, and the essential criteria by which we evaluate, develop, and measure the success of our programs and ministries. Our task as a congregation is to make the Mission come alive in our hearts and drive what we do as a loving community now and into the future.

In September 2016, we held a Living Our Mission Summit at which a wide cross-section of the congregation were challenged to address this fundamental question: What is necessary for MLUC to fully live its Mission? Seven key strategic initiatives emerged from that Summit:

1. Inspire Greater Engagement in Our Church;
2. Serve the Needs of Our Local Community;
3. Engage and Support Children, Youth and Families More Deeply;
4. Program for a Diverse Congregation;
5. Become Better Known in the Community;
6. Develop and Sustain Leadership;
7. Fund our Mission.

Following the Summit, Action Groups considered each of those initiatives and proposed concrete plans for accomplishing them. In reviewing the seven action plans, the Mission Task Force identified a four common themes that emerged from and animated the specific plans:
1. Enhance Our Loving Community
2. Engage in Our Local Community
3. Spiritual Growth
4. Sustainability

For more details, please Read the Report!

A Single 10:00 Worship Service logo

After gathering feedback from our Board of Trustees, the Choir, the Church School Committee and other RE volunteers, my Search Committee, two “town hall” meetings, and lots of emails and personal conversations, the overwhelming response I have received is that we should continue our summer schedule of having a single 10:00 worship service throughout the church year. The primary benefits will be:

1. Instead of having one sparsely attended, subdued service at 9:00 and one well-attended, vibrant service at 11:00, the whole congregation will experience one unified, energetic worship service at 10:00. This will be especially appealing to potential new members.

2.  Instead of having duplicated sets of sparsely attended RE classes, we will have unified, well- attended classes and a single set of RE teachers. This will simplify recruiting and planning for our new DLRE and RE volunteers, as well as for our ushers and greeters.

3.  A single 10:00 service will allow us to have meetings and groups before and after the service, and post-service meetings will not interfere with lunch plans. Also, members who normally attend the 9:00 service will no longer have to miss meetings and events scheduled after the 11:00 service.

4.  When our attendance grows again -- and I fully expect that it will in time with a fulltime DLRE and our hosting a Nursery School -- we can always accommodate the larger numbers by going back to two services.

So it appears to be win-win all the way around. I want to thank everyone who has shared their opinions and suggestions (such as asking able-bodied members to park in the Ditmar Park parking lot when attendance spikes this fall).

With the exception of May 21, May 28, and June 4, we will continue to have a 9:00 and 11:00 service until our summer schedule of having a single 10:00 service begins on June 25.

With appreciation for your input,
Neal

Congregational Meeting
Plan to attend MLUC's Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 21 at 11:15 a.m., where all members will have the opportunity to review and approve next year's budget and elect Trustees and members of the Nominating Committee. (There will be one service at 10:00 a.m. on both May 21 and May 28.)

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

As a follow up to Climate Expert Chad Tolman's talk at MLUC on April 23, here are his recommendations for taking concrete action.

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  1. Take classes at local universities (Osher Lifelong Learning (Wilm.) and UD (Newark)

  2. Read good books:
  • Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science. (www.globalchange.gov)          
  • Climate Change Evidence & Causes. An Overview from the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences, National Academies Press, 2014.  At http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18730/climate-change-evidence-and-causes
  • Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. W. W. Norton & Co., NY, 2009.
  • Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Henry Holt & Co., NY, 2010.
  • David Archer, The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s ClimatePrinceton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2009.
  • Kathleen D. Moore and Michael P Nelson, Eds., Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Trinity University Press, San Antonio TX, 2010.

*Books without links are available for purchase at Amazon.com

Find Websites with Reliable Information

Climate Change News (Google “climate Tolman”) to keep up on energy and climate science, public policy, opinion, ethics and economics

Price on Carbon: Putting the Market to Work by Linda Swift, endorsed by US League of Women Voters (LWVUS)

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing. World Bank, Washington D.C., October 2016.

Toolkit for Climate Action, (LWVUS

NOAA Global Climate Change Indicators

NOAA Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide   

Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions. The National Academies  Press, 2001

See Films

The Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science. The Real News Network, October, 2016

Chasing Ice. A documentary about ice loss from largest glaciers, 2014.

Visit Museums with Good Climate Exhibits

American Museum of Natural History in NYC 

Climate Change Museum in NYC

Marion Koshland Science Museum in Washington, DC

Reduce Your Family's Carbon Emissions

- Use book: Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living – Expert Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Island Press, Washington, D.C., 2014.
- Make your home, appliances and cars more energy efficient.
- Reduce your consumption of meat, especially beef and pork.
- If you fly, buy carbon offsets. Learn about them at Green America.
- Find out your carbon footprint 

Support and Volunteer for Organizations Working for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, and Social Justice

  • Your church
  • League of Women Voters
  • Interfaith Power and Light
  • Sierra Club
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • National Wildlife Federation – Delaware Nature Society
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Write Letters-to-the-Editor and Opinion Pieces for Local Newspapers

Meet with Your Public Officials and Legislators at Local, State and National Levels

Question Candidates for Public Office about How They Would Address Energy and Climate Change, If Elected

 

VOTE

Medicare and You: Putting the Pieces Together heartcare
If you are approaching the age when you need to enroll in Medicare and want to understand what choices you have in selecting Medicare options, you are invited to attend a brief program here at MLUC on Sunday, April 16 following the 11:00 a.m. service's coffee hour.

MLUC member, John Maxwell is a licensed insurance agent who will offer a free session to help you understand and navigate this important decision. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about Medicare in the relaxed setting of your own faith community. This will not be a sales pitch and will be a painless way to examine this subject among friends. To RSVP, email .

path and lawnIf you’ve been visiting MLUC for the last few months, or are just beginning to attend services on Sundays, please make note of the next Pathway to Membership Orientation date: May 6. It’s a couple months away, but when the warmer weather arrives time starts going faster and schedules fill up quickly. We hope this orientation will help those new to the church learn more about the community and get to know others on the membership path.

The orientation runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The schedule includes time with Rev. Jones, who will talk about UU history, and a session to explore the ways the work of the church is linked to its mission: Social Action, Pathway of Spiritual Maturity, Religious Education, volunteering, pledging, etc.

We’ll go on a Talk and Tour of the building and hear about some of MLUC’s rich history and future plans, as well as take part in a sample Small Group Ministry session. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other in addition to the staff and volunteer leadership in the church. For those ready to join, there will be an opportunity to do so on May 21.

Breakfast and lunch will be served. Childcare is available upon request by May 1. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Membership Coordinator, Jessica Hirsch Lynn ().


We hope to see you there!

MLUC’s Family-Oriented Spring Day of Service
Saturday, April 15

This year, we'll ‘spring’ into action with a little gardening. Neighborhood Gardens Trust, our Offering Outreach recipient for April, acquires and preserves community gardens. On April 15, we’ll assist at Glenwood Green Acres located at 1801 W. Glenwood Avenue in North Philadelphia. Preserved by NGT in 1997, gardeners here grow vegetables and flowers, many of which help feed families and support the local food cupboard.

Carpools will depart from MLUC at 9:15 a.m. We will work onsite from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Light lunch provided. Feel free to bring your own lunch. All work gloves and equipment provided. Children are encouraged to participate. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Email to RSVP or sign up in the Atrium after the service.

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Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.

ReZist is 90 minutes of Roy Zimmermans original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change."

Roy's songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton, and George Carlin. He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

ARTIST WEBSITE: www.royzimmerman.com

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