Worship May 29, 2022, 10:30am — The Shape of Love and Justice: Fat Liberation As Faithful Work

“Body Positive” by Kitt Stubbs

While “body positivity” is taking off as a concept, we are still surrounded by the pressure to be flawless, thin, healthy, and active. Dominant culture teaches us that these traits indicate superior morals, better work ethic, and sometimes even basic dignity. This Sunday, our service explores the faithful work involved in loving and respecting the body — our own and those of others — and why “positivity” isn’t enough to ensure justice and fair treatment.

Featuring a personal reflection from Jennie Wengrovius.
Guest Preacher Rev. Molly Hammerhand (fae/faer pronouns) is a Unitarian Universalist minister whose work focuses on navigating the intersections of body size, disability, neurodivergence, and gender. Fae has provided educational programming for the UUA, the UU Ministers’ Association, and the 2021 UUA General Assembly. Rev. Molly lives in New Hampshire with faer spouse and three cats.

 

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You’re welcome in person or on Zoom. (Link in orange button below.)
Masks are required during the worship service.
We can provide KN95s. We will have air filtration machines running.
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Coming Up in Worship
May 29: All Bodies Are Beautiful!
June 12: Flower Communion, our last Sunday service in the Sanctuary
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Soul Matters Theme for May: Nurturing Beauty
Giving Beyond Our Walls for May: Youth On Fire

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Annual Picnic at Pine Banks Park

Our Annual Picnic will be held on Sunday June 19, noon-2pm at Pine Banks Park this year. It will be at the picnic site nearest the sandy playground. We’re hoping to have food, but…

New Governance Group Forming

A Governance Group is forming to take on the work of discussing how we can make MUUC structures more effective moving forward. The group will begin meeting formally next year. Please email Jennie W if you are interested in joining the group next year!

KN95 Masks Required during Sunday Worship

Due to the continued increase in Covid cases in our community, the church is immediately reinstating the mandate that masks always be worn in the building for church activities. Food and beverage consumption in the building is also not allowed at this time for church events. We will continue to carefully monitor Covid conditions in our area and hope that we can soon loosen our safety protocols once again. 

Sharing a Summer Sunday Activity

What Nourishes Your Spirit? This summer the Worship Committee will facilitate in-person spiritual gatherings of our community. We are looking for members of our community to volunteer to lead an activity to offer a space for community and connection. 

UU Summer Adventure: A Week of Magic

Wow!! MUUC is hosting its first Summer (day) Camp from August 22-26! Along with FP Malden, we will welcome kids ages 5 to 13 for five days of fun, with leadership opportunities for High School Youth.

May GBOW: Youth On Fire

Youth on Fire (YOF), a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth, ages 14-24, located inside the UU church in Harvard Square, Cambridge. This recipient of the May GBOW was chosen by the high school youth.

Pledge Drive Update

We are getting close to our pledge drive goal of $210,000, but still need support to get there. If you have not yet submitted a pledge of support for next year, please do so as soon as possible.
 

April GBOW: Extinction Rebellion

Chosen by our Green Sanctuary Committee, Extinction Rebellion is a politically non-partisan international movement that… Click to learn more.

Planting Native Plants

Our Green Sanctuary Team offers you resources to learn more about how to plant native species: List of Native Species for Our EcoRegion YouTube Presentation by Entomologist Doug Tallamy To borrow one of our MUUC copies of Tallamy’s book, contact Liz F. To contact Harvard botanist and native plant consultant Walter Kittredge, visit his page on Facebook.

Green Sanctuary: Book Discussion: “Nature’s Best Hope”

Green Sanctuary will be leading a book discussion on Monday, March 28, 7:30-9pm. You can promote conservation in your own backyard by gardening with native species. Join Green Sanctuary to discuss Douglas Tallamy’s engaging book, “Nature’s Best Hope.”

Wristband to Show Comfort Level!

Let folks know your comfort level about hugs and handshakes. As we regather, are you nervous about getting too close to other people? Grab a wristband in the entry hall. 

Watch the New Opening Doors Trailer!

The Opening Doors Project has a new trailer, professionally edited, to show off the show! Watch and share, to let more folks know about this great music and interview series, hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with our church’s Anti-Racism Team.

Anti-Racism Monthly Discussions

Our Anti Racism Team invites you to monthly discussions around the 8th Principle, on each month’s first Sunday at noon, starting March 6. Click for details.

Charitable Gifts: Tax Advantaged Giving

We want to thank the congregation for the very generous financial support you have been providing the church during these challenging times. This support has truly been invaluable. We would also like to point out two ways that you may be able to give to the church that have special tax advantages.

Food Is First: The Bin Is Back!

Good news! We are once again collecting your donations for the Pantry of Life. Place your shelf-stable, unexpired items in the green bin in the foyer at church: soups and stews, cereals, tuna, canned fruits and juices, etc.

How Is Worship Landing with You?

The MUUC Worship Committee wants to know how you feel about all the changes we’ve made lately. Please participate in our fall worship survey. Click “more” below to get the link to our MUUC Hybrid Worship Feedback form.

MUUC Members Are Being Phished

Be careful.  We’re having more instances of scammers pretending to be MUUC staff or leaders via email.
Click here to read the typical red flags and who to contact.

Sprucing Up Our Building

The Property Committee is seeking members who are interested in improving our church building. Join a focus group to help!

MUUC Anti-Racism Team Supports the AAPI Community

The MUUC Anti-Racism Team stands in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The recent murders in Georgia of 8 individuals, 6 of them Asian American women, reflect the rise in hateful rhetoric, discrimination, and acts of violence against members of the AAPI community. Click to see our complete statement.

Statement about Our BLM Banner

An official statement about MUUC’s public proclamation about Black Lives Matter has been added to the Anti-Racism’s Team page. Please visit this page to read our statement.

Welcome to the Melrose UU Church!

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.