Are you a fan of Harry Potter?

How about engaging our children in social justice? I have found an amazing, brand new curriculum for 4th and 5th graders that uses the wizarding world of Harry Potter as a vehicle to engage children in social justice work. I am looking for people who are interested in helping me bring this program to our kids at both the 9 and 11 time slots on Sunday. If you might be interested, please let me know! Contact Rev. Julie-Ann ()

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As of now, all spots are taken for our August 8 training at MLUC. However, another training has been scheduled for the preceding Saturday, August 1, in Cherry Hill.

If you were interested in our training but had a schedule conflict, please let Este (), our Religious Education Assistant, know ASAP so she can register you for the August 1 training. Register before it fills up!

We are thrilled to see how much interest there is in Spirit Play!

 

Dc803Photo (left to right): Rev. Morgan McLean, MLUC member Trevor Drake, Katrina Wagner and Carol Metzker of New Day Drop-in Center

It is estimated that 50,000 women and children are brought to the United States for trafficking every single year. Despite these numbers, human trafficking is an issue plagued by avoidance, minimization, and victim blaming. But since its inception, The Salvation Army's New Day Drop-in Center has never turned a blind eye to women in need.

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 .

Main Line Unitarian Church Supports Positive Mentorship

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Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean (left), and church member Bonnie Bristow (right), present a donation of $1927 to The Center Foundation Program Director, Jane D. Todd, (middle).

Associate Minister, Morgan R. McLean presented a donation of $1,927 to The Center Foundation. The check, given on behalf of MLUC’s Offering Outreach program, will help the foundation continue to support Delaware County and Philadelphia area residents through mentoring.

The Center Foundation offers two mentoring programs - one supporting women in transition, and another for young parents. Program participants have access to emotional and financial support, as well as educational guidance and tutoring.

Jane D. Todd, Program Director at the Center Foundation stated, “We were excited to share our mission and mentoring work with the church. The congregation’s generous response will help support women and teen parents as they work on personal goals toward self-sufficiency. Both our Fair Chance Fund and life skills workshops will have the much-needed funding to continue to offer support for a better future to all of our participants.”

Bonnie Bristow, MLUC member who was present for the event, stressed the value and necessity of mentoring programs like The Center Foundation.

To learn more about The Center Foundation, or to make a donation, visit them online at www.thecenterfoundation.org.