Join your MUUC friends for conversation. We’ll have a few words of blessing from Rev. Susanne — and cake (served safely)! We’ll gather at site 5, where we had the Bridging Ceremony. All welcome!
Vivian Montgomery is back! She’s working with Tara and Susanne, focusing on how to enrich the MUUC music program — and she wants to hear from YOU and everyone in the MUUC community. When it comes to our music, what are your wants and needs? Join the Listening Sessions!
MUUC has been invited into a worship collaborative for the summer. Every Sunday at 10:30am, an MUUC member will open a Zoom room, light a chalice, lead Joys and Sorrows, and then enjoy a pre-recorded reading and sermon. We’re looking for hosts for two dates: August 1 and 22. Can you help?
Watch CB’s Sermon on YouTube! Who belongs in our congregation? How can we know if people from different groups truly feel comfortable worshipping with us?
Follow Your Art’s “Arts for All” program provides scholarships to students for classes and workshops at a reduced rate or for free. The support of MUUC helps in assuring that our program continues to make the arts accessible to all who want it.
Thank you to everyone who pledged to support the ongoing work of MUUC during the upcoming ‘21-’22 fiscal year, starting on July 1, 2021. For those who are using Bank Pay to have your bank send your checks automatically (preferred method for pledge contributions), your bank will need the following information from you…
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.
With the generosity of the faith communities that make up RIM’s Metro North Cluster, we have been providing Saturday night meals for M+4 since January. The last meal was delivered on May 22, and we are asking anyone who’d like to provide a meal during the summer months to sign up here.
To get ready for Tuesday’s Annual Meeting, when we’ll vote on leaders and budget for next year, please read our new Annual Report 2021. This document contains reports from the minister, staff, church leadership and other church programs and activities. It also contains the proposed budget and the nomination slate for 2021-22.
ART Asks You To Sign the Pledge! We see that a lot of people from MUUC have already signed Fighting for Black Lives in our Neighborhood’s “Alternatives to Policing” policy statement.
Our MUUC choir is looking to add some new members — especially anyone who can sing tenor or bass. Rehearsals are online from 7:30-8:45 on Wednesday evenings.
The Property Committee is seeking members who are interested in improving our church building. Join a focus group to help!
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.
At least 140 people tuned into the debut broadcast of “Opening Doors: Race, Conversation, and Song” on Sunday evening, with 800 views total by Thursday. Viewers donated over $1400.
Your Pledge Is Still Needed!
If you have not yet submitted your pledge of support for next year’s programs, please do so ASAP!
Would you like a chat? With the spring weather returning, Rev. Susanne is able to re-start 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.
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.
75 Party-Goers Raise $14,424! Last Saturday night, led by the intrepid yet super cool Ann E and Doug D (above), MUUC folks gathered online to travel through the decades and bid on all sorts of fun items.
Plans for the church’s Annual Pledge Drive are falling into place. Watch for these special events…
Giving Sunday is this Sunday, March 8
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.
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.
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.
We are organizing volunteers to prepare or purchase and deliver Saturday night dinner for four to the family. You may sign up one time or commit to a schedule.
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.
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.
Concerned about congregation and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MUUC Board has established a Safety Task Group to research and document safe use guidelines for the church building.
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.
The Board has commissioned a new Safety Task Group to review building access policies during the pandemic. They will be meeting regularly. Contact any group member with your questions or concerns.
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.
Join Black leaders across the state to learn about how we can get the legislature to move on a bill that will make MA a national leader in criminal justice.
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!
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.
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.
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.