The Social Justice Committee (SJC) meets at 9:00 am in the Church Library on the first Sunday of every month.
The SJC has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. The SJC has sponsored work days with Habitat, recently building a wheel-chair accessible ramp and repainting the house of WW2 veteran. The SJC invited a representative from Habitat to address our congregation at our annual Social Justice Worship Service. At that time, the SJC also conducted a “Buy-a-Board” fund raiser to buy materials for our work at Habitat.
For many years, the SJC has been involved with the Bread of Life organization, based in neighboring Malden. Through Bread of Life, the SJC organizes, cooks and serves a dinner (including purchasing the food) along with other MUUC volunteers, for over 100 guests, every 5 to 6 weeks. In past years, the SJC participated in MUUC’s blanket collection for Bread of Life clients.
For many years now, the SJC sponsors the annual “Alternative Fair”, held during Melrose’s “Home For The Holidays” event, held the first Saturday in December. Open to all, this event provides members of the greater community an opportunity to purchase fair-trade, organic, cruelty-free, and hand-made items. Some items come from small businesses in the local area; others support the work of local and international efforts which focus on preventing domestic violence, protecting animal rights, and providing people in many countries with fair pay for their work. Hand-made items from church members are also sold to support specific efforts within the church, such as our Quilting Program (which provides free quilts to veterans and to children in temporary housing and hospitals) and to support our Partner Church in Ikland, Romania.
The SJC has also sponsored MUUC’s efforts in the Melrose MLK Day of Service. In recent years, this city-wide day of service starts at MUUC, where volunteers from around the city can sign-up for various service activities throughout the city.
For over 10 years, the SJC has led the charge for the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) Walk to End Domestic Violence, held in the fall. This walk, around Melrose’s Ell Pond, reminds us of all those lost to domestic violence during the year, in an effort to raise awareness and end this tragic loss.
The SJC organizes MUUC to march in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade each June. We are strengthened by being a Welcoming Congregation and long-time advocates for Equal Marriage and LGBTQ rights.
Recently, the SJC organized a church-wide reading and discussion group around Bryan Stevenson’s book “Just Mercy”, an account of his fight to obtain justice for vulnerable and unjustly charged prisoners.
Please join us at our next meeting!