As we aspire to grow and nurture our spiritual lives, we sometimes forget the goodness of facing the more painful feelings we encounter in life. The Beloved Community embraces the range of emotional expression. Rev. Susanne hosts guest preacher Rev. Jennifer Ryu, who will share a reflection on the healing power of emotions.
Rev. Jennifer Ryu (left) was ordained in 2006 by the congregation she served for nearly ten years. After completing that ministry, she shifted to the healthcare setting and has spent the past several years as an oncology chaplain. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jennifer emigrated to the US when she was 6 years old and grew up in Toledo Ohio. She currently lives in Charleston, SC.
Friends of Melrose METCO Scholarships (FOMM) consists of Melrose and Boston families creating relationships of mutual trust and understanding, providing solutions, creating opportunities, and supporting a strong, healthy and diverse educational experience for all.
Thanks to pressure from a citywide antiracism group cofounded by Alastair Moock, Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur has created a task force to work on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the city. Also, the school committee and the mayor recently voted to replace “Columbus Day” with Indigenous People’s Day.
The Melrose Human Rights Commission and several MUUC’ers have created a wonderful way to celebrate MLK Day and Black History Month. Among them is the “MLK 30 Days of Service”. Click here to download a copy of activities to do – on your own or with those in your “pod” – and be the change!
Tell Gov. Baker to remove racist images and text from the Massachusetts state flag. Legislators finally approved the change. Now the bill sits on the governor’s desk. Massachusetts Peace Action asks you to send a message in support, to get those images removed forever.
MUUC has been the volunteer gathering place for Melrose’s annual MLK Day of Service, sponsored by the Melrose Human Rights Commission. This year, the MHRC has begun planning a virtual and socially-distanced Day of Service to be held on Monday, January 18.
Progressive groups across the state are asking you to reach out to Gov. Baker and leaders in the state house to get the strongest possible bill passed. Contact info and a full script is provided here. It’s easy to take this stand for justice in MA!
Check out the new Donate Now button on our MUUC website and see all the great new features in action. We’ve changed our electronic donation provider to serve you better (and, to make it easier on our hard-working collector!) PaymentSpring offers more features/options to donors at a lower cost for the church.
Greetings from the MUUC Anti-Racisim Team (ART) social justice ministry team at MUUC. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., currently via remote video conference. Please visit our Anti-Racism Ministry Team page on the MUUC website for details on our works and activities.
Is there a poem that is helping you through this time? A song, a video, a memory, an image that brings you peace and comfort? To help us prepare for worship in the time to come, the Worship Committee and Rev. Susanne are collecting resources on November’s theme of Healing.
Are you worried about what might happen around the election? For the next 3 Wednesdays (October 21 – November 4), Rev. Susanne offers an online space for us to find connection and support around those concerns.
The quilting group continues to meet virtually every Friday morning on Zoom, and continues making quilts and masks for various organizations. We recently completed a collaborative quilt for the Nahant American Legion auxiliary, who are presenting quilts as Christmas gifts to veterans in Lynn.
Looking for a new way to support the church? Do you like sharing new creative ideas? Is project management your strong suit? If so, the Stewardship Team invites you to join them in preparing the church’s Annual Pledge Drive that kicks off in early March.
Are You Interested in Helping Us Plan for the 2021 MUUC Service Auction? We are gathering our Auction Team and will be having an initial Zoom planning meeting in mid-October. We need your creative ideas!
Through Equal Exchange, Melrose UU Church sells fair-trade coffee, tea and chocolate. By simply emailing your selections to us, we will get your order ready for you, then we can arrange pick-up/drop-off. Click for info.
Due to COVID 19, members of the Metro North Cluster are walking individually this year. All funds raised will help support our asylum seeking clients. Please sponsor Team MUUC at this link so that our Immigration Team can continue to participate in this important work. Thanks as always for all your support! -The Immigration Ministry Team
The MUUC Anti-Racism team recently held its first meeting and welcomed several new members. Discussion included an update from METCO & plans for upcoming activities. Anti-Racism is very grateful for the leadership of Garin B., & Josh S agreed to assume leadership of the team. Click for more info & to get involved!
The refugees that the Immigration Ministry Team is working with are settled into their home, working or seeking work, and in-school. The Team is also looking forward to the 2020 RIM Walk for Refugees (please sponsor our team!) So much good news to share – click for details!
On June 7, in our masks, with our homemade signs and our new Black Lives Matter Banner, we showed up in droves to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all those unlawfully killed by police.
The Pantry of Hope at the First Baptist Church is currently providing pre-bagged groceries to clients outside their church on Tuesdays from 1-3. They are not accepting food drop offs but would be thrilled with financial donations. Click for more details.
Some church folks are hoping to visit one another — while wearing masks and staying 6-feet apart, of course. Do you have a porch that will accommodate visitors? Or a garden/yard? Or would you like to go visiting, or lead a socially distant small-group walk in nature? Click for more info.
Bread of Life continues serving “Meals To-Go” four evenings a week. Instead of preparing and serving at this time, MUUC will donate the funds normally budgeted for a meal. Click to make your own personal donation to Bread of Life.
Are you interested in exploring your spiritual life and getting to know some folks here at church? Covenant groups are now forming. Please stay tuned to your Midweek Update email for upcoming information on Covenant Groups.
In line with our UU principles, our number one priority is caring for the most vulnerable. Public health experts tell us that the only method proven to save lives is social distancing. The MUUC board has now established Guidelines for Gathering, and our Sunday Worship services will be held online-only. Please click for more information.
Welcome to this sacred space, where we strive to live our vision of being a beloved community that is welcoming and inspirational, a place of understanding and acceptance, and where social justice and compassion guide our actions. Sunday Worship 10:30 am Sept – June.
MUUC participates in Soul Matters. The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and religious education resources. Click for more information.
The Melrose UU Church has weekly drop-in activities, which will be held ONLINE during the coronavirus pandemic. All are welcome; you don’t have to be an MUUC member to participate. These activities will provide you with opportunities to be creative, give to others, make connections, center yourself, and emerge refreshed.