Experience the Partnership

What did we do all week with our Partner Church visitors? We're glad you asked! 

Their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. They ran up the art museum steps, visited a community garden, toured Independence Park and Valley Forge Park, visited a retirement community, a farmers market, a potato chip factory, and on their last day, they saw Times Square, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. 

They demonstrated traditional dances at our Multigenerational Music night, shared meals in our homes, and made new friends at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. They tasted shrimp, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, local beers, and Chinese food.

They cheered a local high school football team to victory. They raked our leaves and planted bulbs, and they participated in our Sunday morning service. Above all, they shared their deep passion for our partnership.

Above all, they shared their deep passion for our partnership.

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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


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. 

MLUCMarriageEqualityRev. Morgan McLean and the entire congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) are celebrating the recent decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

To show her support of this landmark ruling, Rev. McLean has offered to officiate same-sex weddings free of charge on three upcoming dates: Sunday, May 25 (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.), Monday, May 26 (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.), and Saturday, May 31 (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.).

“I know I speak for everyone at Main Line Unitarian Church when I say how thrilled we are as a congregation that Pennsylvania can now legally recognize what we’ve all known for a long time, that love is love,” Rev. McLean stated enthusiastically. “This is a small way for us at MLUC to stand on the side of love and celebrate with our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers.”

Couples will need a marriage license, and the church will provide flowers, cake, and a photographer. Interested parties can call the church at 610-688-8332 to reserve a time for their ceremony.

MLUC is a designated Welcoming Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Rev. McLean officiated several weddings in August 2013 before the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County was halted.

If any couple, same or opposite sex, wishes to schedule a wedding at Main Line Unitarian Church on another date, they are welcome to contact the church and set up a time of their choosing. 

Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (center) joins hundreds in a celebratory rally at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Tuesday, May 20, as a federal judge’s decision paved the way for marriage equality in Pennsylvania. On the left is church member Rachael Milles, and on the right, church member and Rev. McLean’s husband Dan Kirsch.

Amparo de la Ninez DonationRev. Morgan McLean recently visited the Philadelphia offices of neighborhood non-profit Amparo de la Niñez, or Children’s Safe Harbor. McLean was there to present a donation to the organization’s directors, Felipe and Iris Myrtha Castro, on behalf of the church’s Offering Outreach program.

Felipe and Iris Castro founded Amparo de la Niñez 26 years ago, with the intention of keeping children focused, educated, and engaged in positive activities throughout their lives. The successful non-profit is rooted in the community, offering music, art, poetry, and computer classes to children ages 6 through 12.

Felipe was happy to show Rev. Morgan around the facilities, describing Amparo’s many classes and activities, including a weekly radio program.

“It helps get the word out,” Castro said. “Kids train with the equipment, then are interviewed and play music or read poetry.”

Castro also commented on the impressive longevity of the organization. “Been going 26 years,” he chuckled, “now some kids are back as adults to volunteer.”

All of Amparo’s programs, including the extremely accomplished Celestial Voices Choir, are run by volunteer staff. The operating budget comes completely from donations such as the one provided by Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC). Amparo de la Niñez was chosen as the church’s Offering Outreach recipient for the month of March, resulting in a $2,292 donation from the congregation’s Sunday collections.

Rev. McLean said of her visit, “It was a pleasure meeting Felipe and Iris. Their commitment to the community is inspiring, and Amparo de la Niñez does an amazing job of instilling good values in young people. I’m so glad MLUC has been able to partner with them.”

Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (left) presents a donation of $2,292 to Felipe Castro, Founder and Director of Amparo de la Niñez, with assistance from church member Mimi Collins, who also volunteers with Amparo.