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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - News
    that we can continue this relationship in the future Photo Rev Morgan R McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church presents a donation check for 1 820 to the Mazzoni Center Ally Safe Schools Program which reaches out to staff and students in Philadelphia schools to create more inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth From left Mazzoni Center Director of Development and Marketing Perry Monastero Rev McLean Ally Program Associate Jaymie Campbell and Executive Director Nurit Shein Main Line Unitarian Church was recently recognized for its commitment to fair trade by Equal Exchange a co operative that has been empowering farmers and consumers for more than 25 years For the past 15 years MLUC has sourced the coffee and tea served after Sunday services from Equal Exchange ensuring fair wages for farmers in Latin America and Africa These partnerships are economically just and environmentally sound and contribute to a more democratic and sustainable world Thank you to the congregation for proving that living our values starts with the choices we make Thank you for making the Wild West Rodeo Auction on Saturday November 3 a huge success This year our event followed on the heels of Superstorm Sandy which proved devastating to many of our members friends and neighbors and their extended families Despite the calamity auction attendees proved unflappable as well as generous in their bidding Live music provided by Meadowlark soothed the crowd Ten and five gallon hats circled the chuck wagons where food donations were greeted with great acclaim Our OK Corral Saloon served sarsaparilla sparking cowhands to rope their favorites in the main arena The Roses Joanne and Ron our Rodeo auctioneers delighted the audience with IMAX images of your donations while singing playing guitar and tickling us silly to pump up the bids The children s cow party was a rootin tootin hootenanny Pizza games film and craft making led to their annual surprise donation an adorned hobby horse Wow It paid off Costume prizes raffle baskets and 50 50 winners rode off into the sunset With your generosity our church raised 34 000 We should all feel proud of our combined efforts in making the auction a huge success Thank you for your contributions Best wishes and see you next year Gene Ramsbottom Auction Committee Chair Auction Committee Cindy Arnold Cohen Carolyn Ballinger Sue Compton Sally Ann Fritzson Sandy Gargus Alyssa and Michael Metz Topodas Joanne and Ron Rose and Scott Turner On Sunday October 21 nineteen youth members of Main Line Unitarian Church participated in AIDS Walk Philly continuing the youth groups commitment to raising awareness about HIV and AIDS Members of the church s Young Religious Unitarian Universalists and Junior Youth Group ranging from grades 7 12 raised 2 608 while walking twelve kilometers through Philadelphia s Fairmount Park system Rachael Milles President of Young Religious Unitarian Universalists when asked what participating in AIDS Walk Philly meant to her answered simply I walked because part of being human is making the world a better

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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - News
    that in Chester County one in ten people skip a meal every day because they cannot afford food Our congregation collects groceries every week for the Food Cupboard but we wanted to make an extra effort this month to share with those less fortunate West Chester Food Cupboard is one of 65 sites coordinated by the Chester County Food Bank Each year they serve more than 123 000 individuals in 32 000 local households in the 24th richest county in the country We are challenged to keep our shelves stocked and must rely upon donations from the community to meet this need At least 85 of what we give has been donated to us said Christine Adams WCFC volunteer We are incredibly grateful to MLUC for sponsoring this food drive at the Devon Acme and for the generosity of the shoppers who donated We want to thank everyone who helped make this food drive such a success said Gail Burgess MLUC s Church School Committee Chairperson especially the Devon Acme and all the shoppers who contributed It was truly a broad community effort which allowed our children to put their beliefs into action As a community we are grateful and proud to have such dedicated and caring families in our congregation and in our faith development program We believe that people have a responsibility to do what they can to make a difference and live their values in a difficult and fast changing world These 3 048 pounds of food is evidence of that belief Rev Dr Justin Osterman and the Associate Minister Search Advisory Committee are delighted to report that Morgan McLean has accep ted our offer to become our new Associate Minister Morgan will initially serve on a two year contract after which the congregation may consider calling

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    interviews combined with archival footage create a comprehensive and evocative portrait of one of the world s most stubborn and enduring conflicts The film asks some crucial questions that are often skirted Can such an occupation be achieved within a legal framework that includes genuine adherence to the principles of rule of law What are the costs that a society engaged in such a long term exercise must bear Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values The Law in These Parts reveals not only the legal architecture of military occupation but also its human impact on both Palestinians and Israelis Sunday February 19 12 30 p m Waking Up to Shatter the Silence All are invited to the McGinness Room for a video screening of Hanan Watson s award winning sermon from the 2011 General Assembly in North Carolina Waking Up to Shatter the Silence was the winning entry for the Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East s UUJME contest which had the theme Why are UU congregations reluctant to discuss the Israeli Palestinian conflict and how can they overcome this reluctance to help our faith community contribute more meaningfully to the cause of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians Hanan Watson of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City was chosen to present her moving sermon at GA 2011 Watson was born in Jerusalem to Palestinian Christian Arab parents and in 1948 became one of the 750 000 refugees from the newly established State of Israel She earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the American University of Beirut After moving to New York in 1966 she worked in the executive search field until retiring to devote herself to volunteer work Thursday March

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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - Main Line Unitarian Church
    Community Small Group Ministry Camp Tockwogh Parish Nurse Auction Artist of the Month Member Login Community Matters Email List Faith Development Faith Development Children Youth Adults Social Action Social Action Partner Church UU Service Committee Social Action Calendar Offering Outreach Haiti Interfaith Hospitality Network Justice in the Middle East Uncategorised 5 Sunday at MLUC 1 Social Action 12 Faith Development 7 Community 8 Sunday Services 4 Visitors 6 About 0

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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - Symposium on Haitian Service
    volunteering in Haiti Born out of a group of church members who visited Haiti on a service trip in 2012 this year s Symposium was organized by Dan DiLucchio whose commitment to the cause attracted 17 different organizations to present their stories on Saturday June 8 with several other groups sending messages of support One of the main rallying points for this year s attendees was current U S legislation affecting Haiti Shelly Moskowitz Manager of Public Policy and Mobilization for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee UUSC provided an excellent briefing on what the Symposium participants can do to influence support of the Assessing Progress in Haiti bill In addition to passionate presentations from organizations like Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia Men Anpil and St Joseph s University the Symposium members were treated to a special Skype call from Amy Wilentz award winning author of Farewell Fred Voodoo Ms Wilentz was very gracious with her time and answered some excellent questions from the audience After a spectacular Haitian lunch catered by Wilfried Gabriel breakout groups shared ideas and experiences along lines of interest such as Education Healthcare and Agriculture The 2nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Area Symposium on Haitian Service truly was

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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - Shining a Ray of Hope on Philly Neighborhoods
    church service event focused on improving the local environment and communities This year the congregation teamed up with The Ray of Hope Project a non profit organization dedicated to bringing hope to those who cannot afford urgently needed home repairs On April 13 two teams from MLUC spent the day in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia working together with Ray of Hope volunteers and local residents to clean up several lots along Cambria St in anticipation of upcoming home repairs Church members of all ages got involved instilling in our youngest members the importance of giving back and helping others See the photo album on Facebook In addition to working with The Ray of Hope Project for the spring service event Main Line Unitarian also chose the organization as its Offering Outreach recipient for the month of April The program directs half of the congregation s Sunday collection to a different charity or non profit each month whose values correspond with those of Unitarian Universalism The Ray of Hope Project was co founded by Raymond Gant in 2002 to address one of the many serious needs for Philadelphia communities the rehabilitation of damaged and unsafe homes The work of Ray his contractors and his volunteers transforms lives and neighborhoods providing a sense of hope and unity Gant and The Ray of Hope Project were recently featured in the book Everyday Heroes 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time Welcome Books 2012 In it Gant shares his story including some tough times and bad choices and details the reasons he now works for positive change Rev Morgan R McLean visited Gant to present him with a donation of 1 723 She said Ray is a shining example of someone accomplishing great things once they commit themselves to

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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - Announcing Interim Senior Minister Evan Keely
    2013 the Reverend Evan Keely will begin his service as the Interim Senior Minister at Main Line Unitarian Church Rev Keely has previously served Unitarian Universalist Congregations in Massachusetts Texas New Jersey Virginia and Maryland five of them as an interim minister His most recent work was two years as Interim Senior Minister of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda Maryland Raised on Long Island New York in a UU home his parents remain active at the UU Fellowship of Huntington Evan is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and lives in Reston Virginia with his family His wife Sarah is a psychotherapist and they have two elementary school aged sons Evan and Sarah met in the mid 90s when they were active members of a UU church the First Parish in Cambridge Massachusetts They both take great joy in this liberal faith Evan has a bachelor s degree in Music History from Boston University He enjoys composing and arranging music and has been known to do some singing He also describes himself as an avid but not very good chess player MLUC plans to have an Interim Senior Minister from August of 2013 through July of 2015 In

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  • Main Line Unitarian Church - Sober Students at The Bridge Way School
    it is much more productive to support these teenagers in recovery and sobriety an outlook that has been integrated into an academic setting at The Bridge Way School Philadelphia s first recovery high school Rebecca Bonner M Ed MUPP and Head of School at Bridge Way helped open the nonprofit in September of 2011 after experiencing the pain of substance abuse within her own family and realizing that there were no local schools dedicated to recovery She works alongside well trained teachers who are certified in their content area and have knowledge of drug and alcohol prevention and treatment Members at Main Line Unitarian Church heard about the important work being done at The Bridge Way School when it was nominated for the church s Offering Outreach program which directs half of the congregation s Sunday collection to a different charitable organization each month As a result Rev Morgan R McLean recently paid a visit to the school located in Manayunk to present a donation check in the amount of 2 336 McLean said The Bridge Way School is an amazing example of what can be achieved when passionate and caring individuals face a challenge head on The students here are blessed to have such a supportive and knowledgeable community around them as they build lives of sobriety and academic success Studies show that 80 percent of youth who return to their previous high schools after substance abuse treatment relapse within the first year so organizations like The Bridge Way School are crucial for students trying to make a fresh start In addition to developing tools and strategies to stay sober students engage in rigorous academics and community service opportunities Bonner said upon receiving the donation We are still a very new nonprofit and the contribution made through the Offering

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