We are pleased that you are seeking information about the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church. We hope you find this community to be warm, welcoming, and inspiring.
We are a lively multi-generational community of spiritual seekers. The Universalist Church first gathered in Melrose in 1849 and the Unitarian church opened its doors in 1867. The two congregations joined together in May of 1974.
As a church, we are motivated by our history, inspired by the present, and planning for our future. We are a non-creedal congregation, which means we do not have any single authoritative formula of religious belief. Instead, in all our variety, we convenant with each other, which means we support one another in our individual spiritual exploration, and we live our faith in the larger world. We are bonded together by our dedication to the Unitarian Universalist 7 ethical Principles. Each of the Principles below has a link to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website, which defines each in more detail:
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Our roots are in the Judeo-Christian tradition; yet our membership affirms a variety of sources for spiritual inspiration and religious education. The UUA outlines 6 Sources that guide us in our search for understanding and meaning:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Our programs in religious education for children and adults, social concerns, worship, and pastoral care support us in our journeys as we seek wholeness in our individual lives within the compassion and strength of a liberal religious community.
We invite you to explore the information we have provided here and hope that you join us in our activities, learn more about us and let us get to know you a little better as well. Check out the links on the left for more information about how we worship and celebrate Unitarian Universalism.
The Board of Directors