UUA LOGOIn June of 2017 delegates to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly will elect a new UUA President for a term of six years, succeeding current President Peter Morales.  The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the primary public and spiritual leader of Unitarian Universalism and the executive leader of our Association. For a full description of the responsibilities of the president, check out the UUA's job description.

Main Line Unitarian Church can send up to eleven delegates to General Assembly this year to cast our votes for President.

This year there are three candidates for President: Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Rev. Alison Miller, and Rev. Jeanne Pupke.  You can learn about them on the web by following these links:

 

susan frederick gray

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Web Page

Facebook

Interview 

UU World Profile

Food Justice Ministry

On issues of minister misconduct

Ongoing UUA Racial Hiring Controversy

Interview with UU Women's Federation

alison miller

Rev. Alison Miller

Web Page

Facebook

Interview 

UU World Profile

Food Justice Ministry

On issues of minister misconduct

Ongoing UUA Racial Hiring Controversy

Interview with UU Women's Federation

  

 

jeanne pupke

 Rev. Jeanne Pupke 

Web Page

Facebook

Interview 

UU World Profile

Food Justice Ministry

On issues of minister misconduct

Ongoing UUA Racial Hiring Controversy

Interview with UU Women's Federation

 

NEW The Rev. Dr. Deborah Pope-Lance interviewed all three candidates on issues of misconduct. Those interviews are highlighted in the boxes above. 

The Lively Tradition blog ran a second set of interviews with each candidate. You can find those interviews here.

The three candidates have responded to five questions about international U/U engagement posed by the UU International Joint Working Group. Read their responses here.

On April 1st, the three candidates participated in a forum at Cedar Lanue UU Church. The recording of that forum is available below.

 

Please take the time to get to know these three impressive candidates. One of them will be the face of the UUA for the next six years and will provide both leadership and effective management of our denomination.

 

 

Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. at MLUC

This June at the UUA General Assembly, we will elect a new president of the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association). There are three excellent candidates for this position: The Rev. Alison Miller, the Rev. Jeanne Pupke, and the Rev. Susan Fredrick-Gray.

On April 1, the candidates will participate in a discussion that will be live-streamed to our Main Meeting Room. There will be coffee and light breakfast foods. We'll stay on for a discussion of the candidates, voting procedures, attending General Assembly in New Orleans as a delegate, and more. In addition, we've invited members of the Greater Philly UU Cluster. This is a great chance to meet other local UUs and make a connection to the work of our denomination.

Learn more about the candidates

Who Am I? And Why?pp


Wednesdays, March 22, March 29, and April 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m
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 in this Pathway of Spiritual Maturity course.

Register ASAP:

take action hands morseLegislative Advocacy Training
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the McGinness Room, lunch provided

Are you concerned about our representation in Harrisburg and Washington DC, but don't know what to do about it? Come to our Legislative Advocacy Workshop.

PA State Representative Mary Jo Daley and UUPLAN Director Anita Mentzer will discuss best practices as we learn how to lobby, visit legislators' offices, make calls, and write letters. Come with your questions, experiences, and ideas about being resilient in the next 4 years while acting on our UU principles. Let's be known as the congregation that puts its values into action.

Questions? Contact Judy Wilson.

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 
F. Choirs
G. Capital Campaign Committees
H. Annual Events

A. Church Committees/Groups

Committee on Ministry Health (Diane Kyker, )

Membership Committee (Sandy Gargus, )

Green Sanctuary Committee (Rick Joers, )

Social Action Leadership Team (Robert Batt, )

QC2 (Nancy McDowell, )

Worship Committee (Terry Dixon, )

Small Group Ministry Steering Committee ()

Visual Arts Group (Mary Kane, )

Used Bookstore (Leslie Bass, 

Music Committee (Marile Marshal, )

Media Services (Peter McDowell, )

Finance Committee (Carl Stevens, )

Personnel Committee (Don Walker, )

Endowment Committee (Michael Daley, )

Nominating Commitee (Paul Costa, )

Building & Grounds (Dave VanOcker, )

Memorial Service Hospitality (Assunta Becker, )

Jazz & Joe (Pilar Poal, )

Folk Sings (Marile Marshal, )

Worship Visuals (Claudia McBride, )

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. (Nina Selsor,
)

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, )

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

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

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
Lisa Jochum, Dilip Kumar ()
Promotes a greater understanding of racial oppression and inequities related to immigration to dismantle racism.

Interfaith Hospitality Network
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.

Heeding God's Call
Gibbs LaMotte ()
This regional interfaith group organizes and participates in vigils, rallies, and memorials around the Delaware Valley.

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.

Day-End Donations
Peter McDowell
Day-End Donations is a non-profit community service founded and supported by members of the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA. The purpose of the program is “Connecting Businesses That Have Extra with the People Who Need It”. Our focus is primarily on leftover freshly baked products such as bread, rolls, bagels and muffins. Current donors include our local Panera Bread store/cafe in Wayne and the LeBus Artisan Bakery and Outlet Store in King of Prussia. Recipient organizations include the Trinity House low-income seniors housing community in Berwyn, the St. John AME Church in Wayne, Delaware County Housing Authority’s Highland Homes in Wayne, the Fraser Hispanic SDA Church in Exton, First Hispanic Adventist Church of Philadelphia, and the Juniata Hispanic Adventist Church in Philadelphia.

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
Mary Stromquist
Implements the UUA official program which designates MLUC as a welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and friends.

E. Faith Development Programs

*Email  to get involved

Children's Faith Development Committee

Teaching or Assisting in Faith Development Classes for Children

Faith in Action Sundays

Children's Chapel 

Youth Group Advisors 

Adult Faith Development Committee

Adult Faith Development Classes

Sunday Adult Meditation (Katrina Ogilby, )

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 an event, email .

November Auction - Raise money for the church via a themed silent and live auction (Gene Ramsbottom,

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 (Peter McDowell, )

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