MLUC Supports Budding Artists

Associate Minister, Morgan R. McLean and MLUC member, Mary Stromquist presented a donation of $1526 to the Center for Creative Works this past week. The check, given on behalf of MLUC’s Offering Outreach program, will help the center build upon its already flourishing program.

"Center for Creative Works is a unique, studio-based OOvocational art program for adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities. We are committed to an environment in which our participants learn, engage, create, build skills, take ownership & pride in their work as well as their place in the community."

Located in Wynnewood, PA, the center offers three types of valuable opportunities to participants: Vocational, Art, and Community. The Vocational aspect of the program gives participants access to a professional silk screen print shop, a ceramics studio, a full art studio, and a commercial kitchen (They even have their own line of all-natural dog treats!). The Art aspect gives participants a chance to learn painting & drawing, ceramics, printmaking, music, and more. The Community aspect allows the artists to participate in Art Reach, as well as other cultural events and activities around the area.

The center reguarly holds exhibitions at their location and around the Philadelphia region, and participants were featured as MLUC's Artists of the Month in the Fireside Room in December 2014.

“These funds will go toward our new woodshop,” said Lori Bartol, Executive Director. Along with two other grants received by the center, MLUC’s donation will allow for the completion of a functioning woodshop with workbenches for the artists.

To learn more about the Center for Creative Works, or to make a donation, visit them online at www.centerforcreativeworks.org .

A Week With Our Partner Church Visitors

Partner Church Varfalva

Don’t miss the many opportunities to enjoy meals with our partner church visitors from the village of Várfalva, Transylvania, Romania. The eight visitors arrive October 20. Stop by the Partner Church table in the Atrium on October 12 to sign up to attend the pancake breakfast, Thursday, October 23, at 9:00 a.m., and lunch, Friday, October 24, at noon. Chef Neil Chippendale will prepare both meals. Also, sign up to bring food to the multigenerational potluck dinner and evening of music, Saturday, October 25, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up after the potluck dinner. Contact Jane LaMotte (; 610-687-1474).

Schedule of Events

Thursday October 23:

Pancake breakfast in the Fireside Room - 9:00 a.m.

Friday October 24:

Social Action Haiti Presentation - 10:30 a.m.

Upper Merion High School football game - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday October 25:

Multigenerational Community Service 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Multigenerational Church Potluck - 5:00 p.m.

Multigenerational Music Program - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday October 26:

Sunday morning services celebrating our partnership - 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Lunch at our Congregational Cafe, hosted by MLUC Youth


Main Line Unitarian Supports Immigration Justice

VamosJuntosDonationThe members of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) have been working hard on several fronts to advance the cause of immigration justice in Pennsylvania. In addition to assuming leadership roles within Unitarian Universalist organizations dedicated to effecting legislative change in Harrisburg, the church has also partnered with the Philadelphia-based non-profit Vamos Juntos (We Go Together).

Rev. Morgan McLean, Associate Minister of MLUC, recently visited the South Philadelphia offices of Vamos Juntos to meet with Executive Director Erika Almiron and Lead Organizer Jasmine Rivera. Along with church members Pax Riddle and Hiro Nishikawa, she presented Juntos with a donation of $1,889 on behalf of the church’s Offering Outreach program, which each month selects a different non-profit to support, based on an organization’s demonstration of Unitarian Universalist values.

Almiron is the daughter of Paraguayan immigrants, and has personally witnessed what the U.S. immigration system can do to families and communities. She has worked in a variety of organizations to help change and improve that system.

“We’re so happy to have the support of Main Line Unitarian Church,” Almiron stated. “This donation will help to build our organization as we plan to move our offices to the 9th Street corridor in order to be more visible to Latino businesses.”

Almiron and Juntos were instrumental in achieving a major victory for immigration rights in Philadelphia this year, as Mayor Michael Nutter recently signed into law one of the nation’s most progressive pieces of legislation regarding “ICE holds,” effectively barring the city’s police or prisons from handing over detained individuals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

To learn more about and make a donation to Vamos Juntos, visit them online at www.vamosjuntos.org.

Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (right) presents a donation of $1,889 to Vamos Juntos, a Philadelphia non-profit dedicated to immigration justice. Also pictured (from left): lead organizer Jasmine Rivera, executive director Erika Almiron, and church member Pax Riddle.