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

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July 23: Is There a Place for Me?
Rev. Maria McCabe
Music: Jim and Wendy Schmid, cellists
At a time when immigrants are under intensified attack, where does our religious tradition of Unitarian Universalism call us into action? Why should we talk about immigration justice in our sanctuaries?

July 30: Come As You Are, Then Change
Libby Smith
Music: Elizabeth Keller, piano

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Introducing Our New DRE


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Introducing Our New DRE


13 July 2017

MLUC Caregiver's Support Group


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MLUC Caregiver's Support Group


07 July 2017

Strategic Planning Report


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Strategic Planning Report


14 June 2017

A Single 10:00 Worship Service


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A Single 10:00 Worship Service


11 May 2017

Congregational Meeting


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Congregational Meeting


05 May 2017

Address Climate Change


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Address Climate Change


28 April 2017

Medicare and You: April 16


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Medicare and You: April 16


07 March 2017

Membership Orientation: May 6


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Membership Orientation: May 6


10 March 2017

Picture1During the worship services on April 9, Rev. Dr. Neal Jones introduced to the congregation our new Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt. She will oversee the Religious Education (RE) of our children, youth, and adults, plan and conduct our multigenerational services, and act as our liaison with St. David’s Nursery School.

Dawn draws from a deep reservoir of experience, having served as the DRE of the BuxMont UU Fellowship, the Youth Ministry Coordinator of All Souls Church in DC and the UU Church of Silver Spring, adjunct staff for the Joseph Priestly District, a religious education consultant for Goodloe Memorial Congregation in Maryland, and the DRE of Davies Memorial UU Church, also in Maryland.

She has just completed the Masters Level Program for religious educators, the UUA’s highest level of RE credentials. She has led RE workshops and conferences for UU congregations, clusters, and districts, and she has written RE curricula on environmental stewardship, multicultural values, bridging between age groups, and multigenerational worship. Not only is she obviously qualified, but according to her references and others who know her well, she is compassionate, personable, and has a wry sense of humor.

Perhaps Dawn’s most practical preparation to be a religious educator, however, is the fact that she is the home-schooling mother of four: Wolfy, Robin, Day, and Juniper. They, along with her husband, Matt, served as our Chalice Lighters on April 9. In addition to all of this, Dawn is also a birth doula.

Our new support group for caregivers will begin this month on Monday, July 17, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Because of the summer building construction, we do not have a location yet, but please RSVP to . Parish Nurse, Jan Cauffman will provide more details closer to the date.

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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.

Strategic Plan Graphic
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

 

To learn more, see the Full 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!