Get Involved! MLUC Committees, Groups, and Activities

The following is a comprehensive list of current opportunities to get involved at the church. If interested in any of these projects, simply get in touch with the contact person listed. If you see something missing, email with the name and contact person for your group.

Get Involved

A. Church Committees
B. Sunday Volunteers
C. UU Social Action Organizations
D. MLUC Social Action Groups
E. Religious Education Groups
F. Choirs
G. Capital Campaign Committees
H. Annual Events

A. Church Committees/Groups

Committee on Ministry Health (Diane Kyker, )

Membership Committee (Sandy Gargus, @comcast.net)

Green Sanctuary Committee (Rick Joers, )

Social Action Leadership Team ( )

Church School Committee (Eileen Andrews, )

Worship Committee (Terry Dixon, )

Small Group Ministry Steering Committee ()

History Committee (Joan Gindin, )

Visual Arts Group (Mary Kane, )

Music Committee (Marile Marshal,  )

Media Services (Peter McDowell, )

Finance Committee (Carl Stevens, )

Personnel Committee (Don Walker, )

Endowment Committee (Michael Daley, )

Building & Grounds (Dave VanOcker, )

Memorial Service Hospitality (Assunta Becker, )

Jazz & Joe (Pilar Poal, )

Folk Sings (Marile Marshal, )

Small Group Ministry (Jennifer Campbell, )

B. Sunday Volunteers

*email the contact person listed if interested in volunteering

Ushers - Assist with the logistics during Sunday Services. Being an usher requires some training, which is available for interested volunteers. Ushers hand out programs, assist with seating needs, control the doors once the service has started, collect and count Outreach Offering contributions, and count the attendance. (David Hucker, )

Greeters - Greet visitors and members as they enter the church on Sundays (Alan Scholl, )

Welcome Table Volunteers - Welcome visitors to MLUC. Welcome table volunteers greet and orient first-time visitors, direct individuals to pamphlets about Unitarian Universalism and church programs, and register visitors interested in signing up for our mailing list. (Jessica Michael,
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Green Stripers - Maintain environmentally sustainable practices. Green Stripers assist during the Sunday morning coffee hours, ensuring that paper/plastic waste is kept to a minimum. (Mary Kane, )

Worship Visuals – Prepares visual displays and decorations for Sunday services

Summer Worship Leaders – lead services during the summer while MLUC ministers are away. Rev. Neal

To reach the current contact person for each of these groups, click here.

C. UU Social Action Organizations

• Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN) - a nonpartisan 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. uuplan.com

• Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) - a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice locally, nationally, and globally. uusc.org

• Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) – an organization focusing on experiential learning and coordinates social justice trips around the world for adults and youth. uucsj.org

D. MLUC Social Action Groups

*email the contact person listed if interested in joining a group

Preventing Gun Violence
Sue Smith ()
Consists of three active groups who hold rallies, memorials, and vigils while simultaneously working to enact sensible gun laws throughout the region.

Green Sanctuary
Rick Joers ()
Implements the UUA requirements to be recognized as a green church, hosting events and educating the community on topics like energy, global warming, and ethical eating.

Racial Justice and Immigration Reform
()
Promotes a greater understanding of racial oppression and inequities related to immigration to dismantle racism.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Sally Fritzson ()
Bob 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. Three times a year, MLUC hosts families at the church for two weeks.

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

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

Partner Church
Bonnie Marzolf ()
Jane LaMotte ()
MLUC signed a covenant with our Partner Church in Várfalva, Transylvania, Romania (a historic Unitarian site) to nurture a partnership based on friendship, respect, and mutual support. The Partner Church Committee communicates regularly with our partners in Várfalva and ensures that the MLUC congregation receives regular reports about their goals, projects, and needs.

UUs for Reproductive Justice
Laura Wright ()
Many people have no choices in the 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
Holly Alden ()
Implements the UUA official program which designates MLUC as a welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and friends.

E. Religious Education Groups

*Email  to get involved

Church School Committee
Youth Activities Committee
Youth Advisors
Faith in Action Sundays

Pathway of Spiritual Maturity - A series of member/staff organized events and workshops for adults in spring and fall 
Mary Stromquist (mail@marystromquist.com)

F. Choirs

*Contact Dr. Vincent Craig to get involved:

Adult Choir
Men's Choir
Multigenerational Choir
Betsy's Bells (holiday performance)

G. Capital Campaign Committees

Capital Campaign Steering Committee – Chair, Dana Wiley,

Capital Campaign Implementation Team - David VanOcker, ; Rich Fritzson,

H. Annual Events

*If you’d like to volunteer to help organize any of these events, email .

November Auction - Raise money for the church via a themed silent and live auction

Holiday Workshop – celebrate the holiday season, donate, buy, sell, and create gifts

Fall Community Day – spruce up the building, rake leaves, and meet others in the MLUC community

MLK Jr. Day of Service - Team up with local UUs and other organizations for a variety of service projects throughout Philadelphia.

Labor Day Retreat – Relax and enjoy family activities with other members

Environmental Care Project - Join other church members and friends to help care for our Earth.

Social Action Fair – Learn about new and established Social Action groups at MLUC

The Gospel According to Luke: What Surprises Await Us!
Wednesdays, February 8, 15, and 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Greeley Library, Led by Rev. Dave Hunter, semi-retired UU minister and MLUC member
Luke’s story is the most popular among UUs and other religious liberals of the four New Testament accounts of Jesus. Is that popularity justified? Let’s explore Luke together.

Pathway of Spiritual Maturity

Black History Month Film Series and Discussion: Many Rivers to Cross
This discusses the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.

  • Part 1: Friday, February, 10, 7:30-9:00 p.m. | Into the Fire
    1861 to 1896 | With the breakout of the Civil War the plight of slaves was plunged into chaos, as was the rest of the country. A half million escaped the South. Many fought for and helped the North win. After the war: the struggle to build communities, the quest for citizenship, the desire to hold office—all of this eventually led to the white South’s fear and deadly reaction to the changing South.
  • Part 2: Sunday, February 12, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch served | Making a Way Out of No Way
    1897 to 1940 | This looks at the large migration to the North and West from the South to escape the continued persecution of Jim Crow laws, the Klan, lynchings, and the destruction of black-owned businesses and communities. Several African American pioneers and leaders emerged in this period and forged the way ahead, creating a new black culture.

Pathway of Spiritual Maturity

Who Am I? And Why?
Wednesdays, March 8, 15, and 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Greeley Library, Led by Rev. Dave Hunter, semi-retired UU minister and MLUC member
With Rev. Bruce Marshall’s book, A Holy Curiosity: Stories of a Liberal Religious Faith, as our starting point, we’ll consider a number of life’s persistent questions.

To sign up for a course, email .
Stay tuned for more Pathways offerings in 2017.

Offering Outreach for January 2017hurr

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) is partnering with a respected Haitian relief organization, GARR (Groupe d' Appui au Repatries et Refugie's), to provide humanitarian assistance for marginalized groups overlooked by other relief efforts. This includes cholera awareness and prevention, livelihood support and human rights training for repatriated and stateless refugees living in camps at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border in Anse- a- Pitres, Haiti.

Capture the spirit of giving and attend a multigenerational, fun-filled afternoon at the Holiday Workshop on Sunday, December 11, 2:00-5:00 p.m. As always, the workshop is a great way to make quality inexpensive gifts for the holiday season for teachers, friends, and family. Many of our favorite craft tables will return this year, and we are bringing back the flea market! Enjoy live music, food, and local vendors. This event is open to the community, so grab your family and friends and get into the holiday spirit.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution outlawed slavery. However, Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, argues that slavery is being perpetuated through mass incarceration of African Americans in the documentary, 13th.

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Join members of Main Line Unitarian Church, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Central Baptist Church, and Beth Chaim Reform Congregation in watching this extraordinary documentary of racial inequality and the American prison system on Thursday, November 10, 6:30 p.m. at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation: 389 Conestoga Road in Malvern. Refreshments to follow.