Social Action

Welcome to Social Action at Main Line Unitarian Church. MLUC has a long history of social action interests, activities, and projects. This page provides 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!

View the Social Action Brochuresocial action website

Annual Church Projects

Fall Community Day
December 1, 2018
Meet at the Church for an afternoon of service.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
January 21, 2019
Team up with MLUC members and other local churches for service projects.

Environmental Care Project
TBA Spring 2019
Church members and friends come together to care for our Earth.

Unitarian Universalist Organizations

UU Service Committee (UUSC)
Craig Farr
UUSC logoThe 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)
Gail Burgess
UUPLAN logoUUPLAN 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)
Nuala Carpenter
UUCSJ logoUUCSJ 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)
Rick Joers
green sanctuary logoThe 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.

Heeding God's Call
Gibbs LaMotte
Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence is a multi-faith, nonprofit group that focuses on activism at the grass-roots level throughout the Philadelphia region. These efforts, which also include letter-writing campaigns, are all aimed at raising awareness of the scourge of gun homicides and getting gun control laws strengthened.

Racial Justice
Lisa Jochum
In keeping with the MLUC motto to transform lives through love, service, and our welcoming faith, the Racial Justice Committee works to promote a greater understanding of the inequities and racial oppression existing in our communities.

Legislative Advocacy
Ingrid Deckman
The Legislative Advocacy Team advocates for justice through changing legislation and is guided by the 5th UU Principle, which calls us to affirm and promote “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” Legislation is selected in conjunction with UU Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN), and the team works in the community through the League of Women Voters and other advocacy groups.

Interfaith Hospitality Network  (learn more)
Bob Batt
Donna Monturo
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)
Gene Ramsbottom
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)
Trevor Drake
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.

Partner Church (learn more)
Bonnie Marzolf
Jane LaMottepartner church logo
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. In fall 2018, MLUC members Jim and Wendy Schmid spent five days in Várfalva. During their visit, they joined our partners for a traditional Transylvania Thanksgiving church service.

Welcoming Congregation (learn more)
Mary Stromquist
welcoming congregation logoThe 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 LGBTQ issues with programs and actions throughout the church year.