CVIMoutreach2013Associate Minister Rev. Morgan McLean recently visited Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, PA to present a donation in the amount of $1,814 as part of the church’s Offering Outreach campaign, which directs half of the congregation’s Sunday collection to a different charitable organization each month.

Rev. McLean met with Maureen Tomoschuk, President of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), and Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development. CVIM is a volunteer nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County. Tomoschuk explained that even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many people will remain uninsured and will continue to rely on the services provided by CVIM.

“We have long been an advocate for our patients ‘graduating’ from using our clinic to having their own healthcare insurance,” Tomoschuk said, “and it is our hope that some will be able to take advantage of the plans offered by the Affordable Care Act. However, these new plans may not be realistic for our patients, and regardless, the new act does not address the health crisis caused by lack of access to dental care, so we do not anticipate any change in the number of patients we serve.”

That number of patients and services was at a record high in 2013, as CVIM accepted 1,232 new patients and processed more than 28,000 visits for a variety of medical, dental, and preventative services. This treatment is made possible by tens of thousands of hours volunteered by hundreds of licensed clinicians and professionals.

Rev. McLean recognized that the success of organizations like CVIM hinges on continued support from the community at large.

“Access to healthcare is one of the fundamental issues throughout our country and right here in our own community,” she said. “The services provided by Community Volunteers in Medicine are needed more than ever, and the congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church is proud to contribute to their mission.”

Main Line Unitarian Church Offering Outreach recipients are nominated by members of the congregation and selected by a committee. Selections are often coordinated with themes of sermons, educational programming, or service opportunities at the church. A list of past recipients is available on the church website at www.mluc.org/social-action/offering-outreach.

Photo: Member Dana Navaline and Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church present a donation of $1,814 to Maureen Tomoschuk, President of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), and Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development. CVIM provides primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County.

MeditationRetreatIn Your Body, In the Moment
A Half-Day Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Do you make regular visits to yourself?”  ~ Rumi

The Main Line Unitarian Church Meditation Groups are pleased to present “In Your Body, In the Moment”, a half-day meditation and mindfulness retreat. The event is designed for interested individuals from first-timers to experienced meditators. It is complimentary and open to the public.

Register with Sue Compton or Marc Balcer (610-389-0912) so we can prepare the room appropriately. The day will include guided sitting practices, movement and breathing exercises, music, and walking meditations.

Our daily life is fast-paced, full of stimuli and decisions to make. It is difficult to make the time to listen to what our body is telling us, and when we do, it may be difficult to interpret what it is trying to say. We will explore several approaches that may allow us to connect more deeply with ourselves. Through our practice, we will seek to become aware of our body and mind in the present moment.

A meditation retreat is a powerful tool for spiritual growth through which we hope you will gain a solid foundation of the mindfulness meditation practice. Please join us in MLUC’s McGinness Room on December 14. If desired, bring a mat or cushion.

YRUU2013Sunday, November 17, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Get to know MLUC's Youth Group, the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU). Our high-schoolers are preparing a feast for the entire congregation in the Fireside Room this Sunday, so stop by, grab some food, and say hello!

YRUU has been learning about sustainability and food production in anticipation of the congregational trip to Haiti, so many items will feature organic, locally-produced, and/or fairly-traded ingredients.

This event is also a fundraiser for the youth who plan to go to the UUA General Assembly in Providence this June. Donations are appreciated, and will go toward transportation, housing, and registration costs for their trip to GA. We thank you in advance for coming by and supporting the youth! 

MusicWorks2Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church recently visited MusicWorks in Havertown, PA to present a donation in the amount of $1,811 as part of the church’s Offering Outreach campaign, which directs half of the congregation’s Sunday collection to a different charitable organization each month.

Rev. McLean met with MusicWorks Executive Director Lori O’Leary, who explained the mission of her organization.

“MusicWorks provides music therapy services to all kinds of individuals throughout the Delaware Valley who might be challenged by autism, special needs, illness, or aging,” O’Leary said. “Grant funds awarded from MLUC will allow us to provide financial assistance to children or young adults who do not qualify for medical assistance programs in the state of Pennsylvania.”

The music therapy sessions take place at the treatment center on West Chester Pike, where volunteers and visitors are always welcome. Visit www.musicworkswonders.org to find out more.  

Main Line Unitarian Church Offering Outreach recipients are nominated by members of the congregation and selected by a committee. Selections are often coordinated with themes of sermons, educational programming, or service opportunities at the church. A list of past recipients is available on the church website at www.mluc.org/social-action/offering-outreach.   

Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church presents a donation of $1,811 to Lori O’Leary, Executive Director of MusicWorks, an organization that provides music therapy to individuals throughout the Delaware Valley.

UUMinistersLoveWhen the news first broke that Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) was abuzz with excitement. The church has a long history of advocating for marriage equality, and is designated as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means MLUC has taken specific steps to welcome individuals of any gender identity or sexual orientation.

The issue of marriage equality is also very important to Rev. Morgan R. McLean, Associate Minister at MLUC. She and her new husband chose to be married in Maryland to demonstrate their disagreement with Pennsylvania’s marriage law. When Morgan was asked to sign one of the marriage licenses issued by Hanes, she agreed without hesitation. Fully aware of potential legal complications and personal consequences, Morgan chose to stand on the side of love, and will continue to sign licenses, perform marriage ceremonies, and speak out on this extremely significant topic.

McLean says, “The couples I have married this week have shown exactly what I hope to see whenever two people come to me for marriage. They are loving, committed couples.”

She continues, “Many members of Main Line Unitarian Church, people I love and care for, face the heart-breaking reality that their love cannot be legally recognized in Pennsylvania. It is past time to treat couples in love equally under the law.”

McLean has the full support of the MLUC congregation. Rich Fritzson, longtime member and current President of the Board of Trustees, says, “I and the members of this congregation are very proud of Rev. Morgan for her willingness to lead on this important matter. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We’re honored that our church can host this affirmation of love, worth, and dignity for this couple, and in support of all couples who deserve to have their loving relationships legally recognized.”

Rev. Morgan and MLUC members will continue to monitor the ongoing legal suits filed by the state Department of Health, Montgomery County, and the ACLU. All are hoping that love prevails.

Local News Coverage

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Main Line Media News - July 29

Main Line Unitarian Church minister marries Paoli same-sex couple despite state lawsuit
Main Line Media News - July 31

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PhillyBurbs.com - August 1

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Philadelphia Inquirer - August 2

Couple Makes Wedding History at Local Church
Radnor Patch - August 5

Main Line minister marries multiple same-sex couples
Main Line Media News - August 6