New Year’s Day Hike at Pine Banks

New Year’s Day Hike at Pine Banks – Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 10:30am
Join us for a New Year’s Day walk! Please meet in the small Pine Banks parking area just past and across from Jitters Cafe. The walk is an intergenerational/family-friendly activity, hosted by Green Sanctuary. We will be making an “offering” to nature on our hike, please bring a piece of fruit (apple, orange, etc.), seeds or nuts to share with the wildlife during this cold time of year. We will tailor the walk depending on the weather and attendees. Please wear appropriate foot wear. Questions please contact Liz M.

PAST EVENT: 2022-12-03 10am-2pm: “Alternative Fair” during “Home for the Holidays”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! MUUC will be hosting the Alternative Fair during Melrose’s “Home for the Holidays” on Sat Dec 3rd from 10-2. The Alternative Fair is a great place to shop for “gifts with a conscience” – supporting local & small businesses, non-profit organizations, & charities. Click for more info & to volunteer!


A big “Thank You” to everyone who donated to this year’s Giving Tree! Your generous donations will benefits families served by the UU Urban Ministry (UUUM), and will spread holiday cheer. Gift cards will be purchased & given to UUUM on Wednesday, so clients can do their own shopping. Thank you for caring and for sharing.

Opening Doors Hosts Pamela Means Concert in Our Sanctuary, Friday January 13, 7:30pm

Come see an “Out(spoken), Biracial, Independent artist whose ‘kamikaze guitar style’ and punchy provocative songs have worn a hole in two of her acoustic guitars.” Both in-person and online.

Margaret’s Memorial Service: Saturday March 11, 10am, Hybrid

Randall and John invite church members and friends to their memorial service for Randall’s mother, Margaret Grometstein. If you can help with the reception afterward, please contact Mary D.

To watch the service on Zoom, please see the link sent in this week’s Midweek Update.

Vegetarian Chili/soup Cook off

Sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Saturday, February 11 @ 5:30pm in Parish Hall All are welcome!

Monday January 16th – MLK Day of Service

Once again, the City of Melrose is participating in the MLK Day of Service. Numerous activities will be available throughout the City, including here at MUUC. There will also be an evening presentation with music and a presentation by Dr. Roland Gibson. Click on MORE to learn the details and to SIGN-UP ONLINE!

Clothing Drive! February 5 to March 5

Our 10th to 12th Graders will be participating in CityReach, a homeless outreach program, in March. As part of our participation we will be collecting clothing and other items. We will have a bin on the porch by the church office during the week and in the front entrance on Sunday mornings. Here is a […]

PAST EVENT: MAAV’s 27th Walk & Candlelight Vigil, Sunday Oct 23, 2022

The MUUC Team is getting ready to walk for the 27th Annual MAAV Fund-Raising Walk & Vigil, Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 4pm. Click for more info.

PAST EVENT: 2022-08-22: UU Summer Adventure: A Week of Magic

Wow!! MUUC is hosting its first Summer (day) Camp from August 22-26! Along with FP Malden, we will welcome kids ages 5 to 13 for five days of fun, with leadership opportunities for High School Youth.

PAST EVENT: 2022-06-12 & 13: RE-Set for Religious Education

The RE Committee and Committee on Ministry want to hear your hopes and dreams for the future of RE. We are planning two forums, one for the whole congregation (6/12) and one for parents with kids in RE (6/13). Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-06-11: Opening Doors Festival

Come on out for the Opening Doors Festival, a celebration of diversity and inclusion through music and art! Saturday, June 11 @ 3pm in front of Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, with music by Alastair Moock, Reggie Harris, and Boston City Singers. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-05-25: Understanding the Complexities of Racial Trauma

Join members of the MUUC Anti-Racism Team on Wednesday, May 25 for this important discussion, sponsored by the Melrose Human Rights Commission and the Foundation Trust. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-05-06: Opening Doors Welcomes Kemp Harris

Join us online or in-person for an evening with The Kemp Harris Trio followed by a live Q&A session hosted by Alastair Moock. This free event is on Friday, May 6 at 7:30. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-03-28: MUUC Green Sanctuary Book Discussion: “Nature’s Best Hope”

The MUUC Green Sanctuary COmmittee will be leading a book discussion on Monday, March 28, 7:30-9pm. You can promote conservation in your own backyard by gardening with native species. Join Green Sanctuary to discuss Douglas Tallamy’s engaging book, “Nature’s Best Hope.” Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-03-23: Opening Doors Welcomes Rissi Palmer LIVE!

Hosted by member Alastair Moock and created in collaboration with our Anti-Racism Team, the “Opening Doors” series features top national and largely BIPOC talent playing music and discussing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join In! Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-03-06: Junk Sculpture

Green Sanctuary is coordinating a K-6 RE class on “the wisdom of simplicity” that will include creating a “junk sculpture.” We invite you to contribute small items to repurpose for our sculpture. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2022-02-14 (& before): Warm Stuff & Toiletries Drive

MUUC is running a collection drive to support MWC. Please gather your contributions in a plastic bag, label it “MWC” and drop it off on a nearby porch before February 14.

PAST EVENT: 2022-01-09: Opening Doors Welcomes Dom Flemons

LIVE on Sunday January 9, 8pm
Alastair interviews Grammy winner, two-time Emmy nominee, and 2020 United States Artists Fellow Dom Flemons. Co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-12-24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Online)

Welcome in Christmas joyfully, with all your church friends. We’ll tell the traditional story, illustrated with photos from our congregation. We’ll sing favorite carols, accompanied by our choir and our organ, plus we’ll hear live music from a guest cellist and a harpist!  Click MORE for details including link to the program.

PAST EVENT: 2021-12-21: MUUC All-Ages Christmas Party

On Sunday December 12, after Worship, we’ll gather on the lawn for Coffee Hour — this time with coffee, treats, and carols! Then we’ll head back in to decorate the tree and the Sanctuary. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-12-05: Opening Doors Welcomes Briar & Joe Seamons

Join us for a LIVE stream on Sunday, December 5 at 8pm. Alastair interviews old-timey jazz and blues masters Briar and Joe Seamons livestreaming on Facebook and YouTube. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-12-04: Alternative Holiday Fair

The Alternative Fair is coming back to Parish Hall!  Come join us any time from 10am-2pm. There will be no food served this year, but lots of gifts will be available. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-11-28: All Church Carol-Singing

Immediately following service this Sunday, November 28, all who are gathered are encouraged to sing a carol or two together as a joyful kick-off to the holiday season. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-11-21: Melrose Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Clergy from six churches — plus the rabbi and choir from Temple Beth Shalom — invite you to a community Thanksgiving service. Centered on themes of giving thanks and giving back, they will invite you to engage in conversations across faith traditions. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-10-24: “Opening Doors” LIVE!

Alastair Moock interviews jaw-dropping virtuoso violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, lead soloist for the Grammy/Tony-nominated 2016 Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Show starts at 8pm and streams live on Facebook and YouTube. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-10-24: MAAV’s 26th Walk & Candlelight Vigil

Come walk with us on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4:00 pm to raise funds for the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. Our goal is to raise $1000! All activities will be outside this year, starting and ending at the middle school. Click MORE for details.

PAST EVENT: 2021-10-10 & 11: Indigenous People’s Day Events

The Anti-Racism Team urges MUUC members and friends to mark Indigenous Peoples Day in Melrose this weekend by attending one of these events. Click More to learn about the events happening this weekend. Click MORE for details.