MUUC’s “Next-Steps” Process

Next Steps

Update Week of 2022-10-31:

Our Next Steps Process is moving towards conclusion this month with a weekend of events planned to take place here in Melrose. Our Next Steps consultant, Liz Coit, will be at MUUC the weekend of November 11-13 having a dinner with the Board, a lunch with church Past Presidents, conversations with more congregants, and a meeting with church leadership to talk about coming back together and building community: the here and now and the near future. The weekend will conclude with a special Sunday service led by Rev. Susanne and Liz so be sure to mark your calendar to attend either in person or via Zoom to hear highlights of Liz’s Next Steps’ analysis to date.

An important part of Liz’s research has been the conversations she has had with more than 60 church leaders, staff, and other members of the congregation, representing all our various church committees and special groups. These conversations were focused on general reflections, observations, and stories about MUUC overall, plus some information on various engagements and work with the church/congregation. If you have not yet had an opportunity to have a conversation with Liz and would like to share your perspective, please sign up for one of the final sessions Liz will host when she is in Melrose with us:

Session 1         Friday, November 11                 9:30 – 10:30am             Parish Hall

Session 2         Saturday, November 12             9:30 – 10:30am             Parish Hall

Sign-up to attend either session is required. A maximum of 10 participants will be included in each session so that all attendees may fully participate. If you wish to participate in one of these conversations, please email, including which conversation session you prefer and if you can attend only one or either one. A confirmation will be emailed to you confirming the session you are registered to attend.

Thank you for your support of and participation in our Next Steps program. If you have questions or want to discuss it further, please feel free to contact Jenny W., Rev. Susanne, or Cathy S. directly at

2022-10-17 Next Steps Update
2022-10-03 Next Steps Update
2022-09-26 Next Steps Update
2022-09-18 Next Steps Original Announcement

Look Up, Step Up: Interactive Talk by John Burkhardt

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Rethinking Thanksgiving Toolkit

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Texas Freedom Network: September Giving Partner

Founded in 1995, the Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 150,000 religious and community leaders who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education. Based in Austin, TFN acts as the state’s watchdog for monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders. The organization has been instrumental in defeating initiatives backed by the […]

Water Communion: Sunday September 12, 12:30pm, Pine Banks Park

AT 12:30pm, join MUUC at Pine Banks Park to celebrate our annual tradition of the Water Communion ceremony. Bring water from some special place and we will join the waters just as we join ourselves into one larger community.

MUUC Dressed Up for Pride

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Rev. Susanne Receives Full Fellowship

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Quilters Donate 30 Quilts to Tufts Children’s Hospital

This week the quilting group delivered more than 30 quilts to Kim Smith of Tufts Children’s Hospital (formerly named Tufts Floating Hospital Pediatric Care). Kim was very grateful, telling us, “Your quilts really mean so much!“ Here is a picture of Kim with Martha Borkan and one of the quilts.

Nourishing Our Asylum-Seeking Family

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.

Do You Care about Policing?

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“Opening Doors” Debut a Big Success

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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

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

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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.

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?

Sermon Talk Back: Let’s Talk about Worship

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60 Folks from MUUC Stand Out for Racial Equity

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“White Lies”: NPR Podcast about the Murder of Rev. James Reeb, UU Minister

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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.

Trans UUs Respond to UU World Article

From Our DRE: In response to a UU World Article, the staff is wondering what steps MUUC can take to provide a more welcoming community. If you’re wondering this too, let’s talk and get started.

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