Welcome to Social Action at Main Line Unitarian Church. MLUC has a long history of social action interests, activities, and projects. This page is designed to provide members, friends, and new visitors with a comprehensive overview of the many ways our congregation engages in social action. Listed under each item is the contact information for a leader of that group or activity. Part of social action is meeting new people, so reach out and connect with us!
Annual Church Projects
Fall Community Day
TBA Fall 2018
Meet at the Church for an afternoon of service.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
TBA January 2019
Team up with MLUC members and other local churches for service projects.
Environmental Care Project
TBA Spring 2018
Church members and friends come together to care for our Earth.
Unitarian Universalist Organizations
UU Service Committee (UUSC)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee originated 70 years ago to help people escape Nazi persecution. UUSC continues to foster social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. Both nationally and globally, UUSC advances a full array of human rights — promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting civil liberties. UUSC also works to deliver aid with dignity, and advance the rights of people left behind during humanitarian crises, which include forgotten conflicts and natural disasters.
UU Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN)
UUPLAN is a non-partisan 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. Activities are letter-writing, local media action, rallies, lobbying, and legislative visits.
UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)
UUCSJ was launched in June 2012 as a joint collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The organization focuses on experiential learning, and coordinates social justice trips around the world for adults and youth.
Social Action Groups at MLUC
Green Sanctuary (learn more)
The Green Sanctuary Program is an official designation from the Unitarian Universalist Association, and MLUC has made a conscious effort to meet the requirements of this program and be recognized as a community that values the interdependent web of life. The group hosts speakers, movies, and forums on topics such as energy, global warming, clean water, hydraulic fracturing, and ethical eating.
Preventing Gun Violence
Three active groups participate in preventing gun violence in this region. Heeding God’s Call is a regional interfaith group that organizes and participates in vigils, rallies, and memorials around the Delaware Valley. CeaseFirePA is a nonprofit statewide legislative advocacy group working on behalf of citizens and the media to change legislation. DelcoUnited advocates sensible gun laws for all through rallies, marches, legislation, speakers, and roundtables throughout the region.
Racial Justice and Immigration Reform
The Racial Justice and Immigration Reform Committee, in keeping with the MLUC motto to transform lives through love, service, and our welcoming faith, are teamed together to promote a greater understanding of the inequities and racial oppression existing in our communities and to work to overcome them. The Immigration Reform Committee works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizens Coalition (PICC) and the UU Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN) to fight anti-immigration laws and policies at the state and federal levels. The goal is to promote passage of laws that welcome foreign newcomers to our communities and provide them safety, humane treatment, and opportunities for a just life.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (learn more)
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. Several times a year, MLUC hosts families at the church for a week.
Justice in the Middle East (learn more)
Justice in the Middle East (JME) works to promote justice in Israel and Palestine with regularly scheduled discussions, films, presentations, and speakers.
Offering Outreach (learn more)
The Offering Outreach program directs half of the congregation’s Sunday collection to a different charitable or non-profit organization each month. Members nominate organizations that demonstrate values in line with Unitarian Universalism.
MLUC signed a covenant with our Partner Church in Várfalva, Transylvania, Romania (a historic Unitarian site) to nurture a partnership based on friendship, respect, mutual support, and shared values. 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. The committee has organized several trips by members of MLUC to Várfalva, and in 2014 hosted a visit from eight of our partners to MLUC. Plans are under way for a trip to Várfalva in 2018.
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.
Unitarian Universalists for Reproductive Justice (learn more)
UUs for Reproductive Justice (UURJ) addresses both reproductive healthcare and the availability of services, as well as rights and legislation. Many people have no choices in these 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 (learn more)
The Welcoming Congregation Program is an official designation from the Unitarian Universalist Association. MLUC meets the requirements of this program, which recognizes the church as a welcome space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and friends. The Welcoming Congregation Committee advocates for and educates about LGBT issues with programs and actions throughout the church year.