PAST EVENT: MUUC Alternative Fair Sat Dec 2, 2023 – TODAY

The Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church (MUUC) will host an Alternative Holiday Fair on Saturday December 2nd from 10:00am  – 2:00pm at 70 West Emerson Street, in Melrose.

The Fair will feature over 17 different vendors selling thoughtful andunique gifts that support sustainable living, social justice, and charitable causes. Many of the gifts are hand-made or specialty items for the hard-to-buy-for person onyour list.  In addition to all the great shopping, there will be kid-friendly shortmovies shown and a lunch cafe on our lower level.

The Alternative Holiday Fair is held by the MUUC in conjunction with the Melrose Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Home for the Holiday’s festival and will be a featured trolley stop.

The fair provides an alternative to the typical commercial holiday gift buying options like
big box stores, shopping malls, and online shopping. Buying from the vendors at the Alternative Holiday Fair supports a diverse array of social and economic justice efforts. Shoppers can support fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolates by shopping with Equal Exchange at the Fair. Support economic sustainability for women and families with Project Have Hope and Mayan Hands selling beautiful, handmade, home goods and craft items made by women led cooperatives in Uganda and Guatemala. Shoppers can also support a new collective business model for a local new-comer women’s group to gain economic stability with guidance from the New American Association of Massachusetts (NAAM) located in Lynn, MA. NAAM will be selling handmade items made by the Collective with all proceeds going back to the Collective and to provide financial support for the women who make the crafts.

MUUC is thrilled to partner all of the following vendors to support socially conscious holiday shopping in Melrose:
Trove Green Provisions
Project Have Hope
Book Wonder
Really Just Shae
Mayan Hands
HOPe Unlimited
Woven Stories 
Natural Chemist Candles

The New American Association of Massachusetts
Scarlett Timm handmade knitted items (to benefit)
Cookie sale (to benefit)
Equal Exchange
Bake Sale (to benefit)
MUUC Quilters
White Elephant Table (to benefit)
MUUC Green Sanctuary Committee


Ell Pond Cleanup Day

2020 Ell Pond Restoration Day is TBD – Stay Tuned! The Ell Pond Improvement Council, Melrose UU Church, and Zero Waste Melrose will sponsor the annual cleanup and restoration day at the Memorial Knoll shoreline. Make Ell Pond A Well Pond! Click for more information.

Very Sucessful Climate Justice Workshop and Luncheon!

Very sucessful event: MUUC’s Green Sanctuary Committee chili and chowder luncheon was followed by UU Minister, climate activist and singer-songwriter, Rev. Fred Small who led us in an interactive workshop entitled, “Give Light:  Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism”.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:30 am: “Winter Walk in the Woods”

On Sunday, Dec 30, 2018, the Green Sanctuary Committee invites all to share a “Winter Walk in the Woods”, followed by a lunch of hot soup, bread, and conversation. If you can’t make the walk, please come for lunch! Click for more info. No Regular Sunday Worship.

Planting Native Plants

MUUC’s Green Sanctuary Team is offering resources to learn more about how to plant native species and attract pollinators. Click MORE for details.

Diversity Topic: Race, Power and Privilege

The Melrose UU Church Diversity Topic Team for “Race, Power, and Privilege” invites all of us to participate in several efforts in the coming weeks: the MLK Day of Service, reading a Boston Globe Series on racism, and a book by a local author on white privilege. Please click for more information.

Diversity Topic: Money

The Melrose UU Church Diversity Topic Team for “Money” invites the whole congregation to participate in its planned efforts in the coming weeks. Please click for more information.

Family Game Night: Saturday, March 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s time to break out your favorite games and head to Parish Hall for an evening of family fun. Doors open at 6 pm; pizza and soft drinks will be available at 6:30 pm. Bring a game, perhaps a dish to share, and meet the family we are supporting through Immigration Ministry.

Giving Beyond Our Walls

The Giving Beyond Our Walls recipient for December 2023 is The Melrose Emergency Fund, that disburses hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to Melrose families, with a focus on basic needs such as food, rent, and utilities. Click to learn more.

RE Lunch: Hear About Our Vision Sunday, January 27, 12-1pm

Wondering what is happening in RE? Join us after church Sunday January 27 for a lunch hosted by the Religious Education Committee. Learn about our program goals, current offerings, and what’s on the horizon. Click to RSVP!

Successful Canine Companions Program, Sunday, October 15, 2017!

As part of our year-long initiative on “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding”, we were delighted to have Canine Companions, a service dog organization, with us on Sunday October 15. Megan Kennedy and her hearing service dog Ras, and Lanie Cantor, who is raising a service dog, spent the morning with us.