Hybrid Worship Sunday October 17, 10:30am: The Social Life of Trees

For centuries people in Eurocentric cultures thought of trees as individuals, competing against each other for sunlight and water. But recent research has revealed a new understanding — long known to some indigenous groups — that trees actually communicate, share resources, and care for weaker relatives, like the best kind of community. Both to celebrate autumn and to explore October’s theme of Cultivating Relationship, this Sunday Rev. Susanne examines how trees exemplify the interdepedent web of all existence.

Plus: Join us for “Meditation on a Leaf,” October’s outdoor worship

Signup for In-Person Sundays: MUUC In-Person Worship
Soul Matters Theme for October: Cultivating Relationship
Giving Beyond Our Walls for October: Women for Afghan Women

Next Sunday, October 24: Rev. Susanne and our Anti-Racism Team introduce the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism

Join us for Worship online Sundays 10:30am

 

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.

Outdoor Worship: Sunday October 17, 2pm, Cedar Park

What do the fall colors mean to you? Does the journey of a leaf shed light on your own life journey, from green spring buds through fiery passion, toward inevitable letting go? Come pause, praise, sing, and reflect with us.

Plans for COVID-Safe Worship for Fall 2021

Meeting several times over the last few weeks, our Covid Safety Team has decided to go ahead with hybrid worship: continuing on Zoom while welcoming a small group of in-person worshippers and creating additional outdoor events. For more information and to join us online, click “MORE”.

Sign up for In-Person Worship

Would you like to join us in person on Sunday?  Currently we have space for 11 “pods” or family units, of up to 4 or 8 people each. Folks can self-select (and take responsibility for) who is in their pod.

Equal Exchange Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Bars

Time to order for the holidays through MUUC! You can see a selection of Fairly traded products…Click More!

MAAV’s 26th Walk & Candlelight Vigil October 24

Come walk with us on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4:00 pm. All activities will be outside this year, starting and ending at the middle school.

Becoming Women of Wisdom Holds a Croning Ceremony

The Becoming Women of Wisdom group (right, minus one) celebrated their Croning Ceremony last Sunday. Our group has ended, but if any other women 50 years or older would like to start a group, the curriculum is available from Nita, Kathy or Martha.

October GBOW: Women for Afghan Women

Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots civil society organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York. To learn more, click More.

Rev. Susanne’s Outdoor Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-7pm

Would you like a chat? With the fall weather, Rev. Susanne is able to hold her weekly office hours on the front lawn. Drop by as you like, or email Rev. Susanne to make a different appointment. In case of rain, see the side porch.

MUUC Dressed Up for Pride

Melrose Human Rights Commissioner (and MUUC member) Liz Ticcioni decorated our church with the colors of the Progressive Pride Flag. Melrose Pride started on June 17.  Read more about Melrose Pride activities happening over the weekend here.

Rev. Susanne Receives Full Fellowship

By completing evaluations over Rev. Susanne’s first two years at MUUC, members here supported her bid to earn Full Fellowship with the UUA. Click “more” below to get a link to watch the service where she was awarded this distinction.

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.

Landmark Series on PoC History in Melrose Mentions Our Church

To honor Black History Month, Bennett published an amazing series, both in the Melrose Weekly News and on Facebook, which includes both positive and negative mentions of the Unitarian church.

MUUC Votes To Give Money to Bread of Life

On March 3, Board President Dan Griscom and Rev. Susanne met with Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, Executive Director of Malden’s Bread of Life, to hand over a big check, the equivalent of the $33,900 we received from the PPP program last year.

Beloved Conversations

Interested in beginning your anti-racism journey, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you have already started and want to go deeper. Join with other UU’s in “Beloved Conversations”. Click for more information.

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.

Greetings from the MUUC Anti-Racism Team (ART)

The Anti-Racism Team is pleased to announce “Opening Doors”, a new music and interview series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with MUUC’s Anti-Racism Team. Starting Sunday, March 28 at 8pm, it will feature top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity, equity & inclusion.

Donations Welcome for the Melrose Pantry of Hope

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.

MUUC Has Closed the Building

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 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.

Creative Drop-In Sessions: Coronavirus Revisions

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.