Worship: Sunday February 28, 10:30am — Willing To Feel: The Healing Power of Emotion

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.

Giving Beyond Our Walls for February: Friends of Melrose METCO Scholarship


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Feedback on the Service

MUUC (Virtual) Auction February 27 at 7pm

The MUUC Live Virtual Auction Party is happening TOMORROW (February 27) at 7pm! You’ll need a ticket to attend the live auction, so buy yours at charityauction.bid/muuc

Finance Forum & Annual Pledge Drive

Mark Your Calendars!
Plans for the church’s Annual Pledge Drive are falling into place. Watch for these special events…

MUUC Votes To Grant PPP Money!

MUUC voted to grant $34,000 PPP money to the Bread of Life in Malden.  This vote took place at a special meeting of the congregation on February 17.

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. Beloved Conversations…

February GBOW: FOMM Scholarships

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.

“On Tyranny” Discussion Group Thursdays, February 4 and 11, Noon and 7pm

DRE Katie and Rev. Susanne will lead two different groups in a discussion of On Tyranny starting Thursday, February 4 at noon and 7pm and Thursday, February 11 at noon and 7pm.

Past Event: Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14! Order Your Equal Exchange Now!

To order your fair exchange chocolate through Melrose UU church, email your order to [email protected]

Melrose Mayor Creates Anti-Racism Force and School Committee Votes to Rename Columbus Day

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.

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. 

MLK Month of Service

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!

Giving Beyond Our Walls for January: Black Lives UU

January’s Giving Beyond Our Walls is Black Lifes UU. Learn more here.

Green Sanctuary Upcoming: Tracks and Scat Winter Trail Walk (Date TBD)

Green Sanctuary is watching the weather for a promising weekend to take a winter hike on the Saugus River Trail at Breakheart, or another nearby trail.

Can You Give a Meal to Our M+4 Family?

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.

Fix the MA State Flag and Seal Now

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.

A Thank You from the UU Urban Ministry

We were floored by the support we received for the survivors we work with through Renewal House and Believe in Success. We are so grateful to Melrose UU Church for hosting this collection drive.

Giving Beyond Our Walls for December

Co-founded by our own Margaret Grometstein, and The Second Step is December’s recipient of our GBOW program.

MLK Calendar of Service for January

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.

Do You Care About Policing in Melrose?

The AntiRacism Team invites conversation.  Want to make a personal pledge to reduce the chances of police misconduct leading to unnecessary death or injury?

Make Your Voice Heard on MA Police Reform

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!

Christmas Week 2020 at MUUC

Christmas Week 2020 brings online services — and one in-person gathering! — from Sunday, December 20 through Sunday, December 27.  Click to read for more details

Sermon Talk Back: Let’s Talk about Worship

Join in a lunch-time online chat with Rev. Susanne and friends from the Worship Committee on Wednesdays, 12-1pm.

MUUC Advent Calendar

Stay Connected with Church this Holiday Season. Church leaders made you a gift! Download and print this handy advent calendar, full of ways you can find, savor, and spread holiday joy this year.

Year-End Reminders from the Collector

Plan ahead for tax deductible contributions. As always, in 2020 your contributions to MUUC (checks or electronic payments) must be dated by December 31, 2020.

New Way to Donate!

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.

MUUC Auction: Save the Date

Join your church friends at the annual MUUC Service Auction, which will be held for the first time over Zoom! It will be held in two parts, February 21 & 27.

Greetings from the MUUC Anti-Racism Team (ART)

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.

Safety Task Group Research and Guidelines

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.

MUUC Quilters Make Isolette Quilts for Newborns at MWH

This week the quilters delivered nine (9) quilts to the Coordinator of the  Maternal – Newborn unit at Melrose Wakefield Hospital.

What Brings You Comfort? Preparing for Post-Election Worship

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.

Circle of Caring: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

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.

Quilting Group Keeps On Sewing

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. 

Stewardship Team Seeks New Members

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.

Safety Task Group Takes on Covid Planning

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.

2021 MUUC Service Auction

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! 

Order Equal Exchange Products Online at MUUC

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 — Demand Police Reform

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.

2020 RIM Walk for Refugees Is On!

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

MBA Charitable Foundation Wants You To Decide Where To Donate

Bread of Life is among the very worthy charities competing for the most votes.
The MBA Charitable Foundation is donating $5,000 to local charities. Please vote for your favorite!

Anti-Racism Ministry

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!

Immigration Ministry

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!

60 Folks from MUUC Stand Out for Racial Equity

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.

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.

Covid Connections?

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 Meals to Go!

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.

Want To Know More About Covenant Groups?

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.

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.

Soul Matters Monthly Themes

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.

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.