The MUUC Gender, Identity & Orientation Topic team invites the church community to read Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More, a memoir by transgender journalist and activist Janet Mock.A discussion of the book will be held Tuesday, May 29 at 7 pm.Content Note: Contains frank discussion of child sexual abuse and adult sexual experiences.For more information on the book, please click HERE.For more information on the author, Janet Mock, please click HERE.
MUUC presents “Denial”, by film-maker Derek Hallquist, on Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 pm. “Denial” follows the story of Dave Hallquist, CEO of a Vermont electric utility, seen through the lens of his filmmaker son Derek, who tells exactly the kind of complex, deeply personal story about climate change needed at this moment.
Green Sanctuary Film: “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” June 9, 7:00 pm
The Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice Film Series presents it’s final spring film, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 pm
“Boys can’t be princesses!” Or can they? This colorful and engaging original play follows the friendship of two young people as they explore ideas and expectations about gender. Kids and grownups alike are invited to laugh along, and to join the conversation about how we can all be who we truly are.
“Expanding the Box: How Communities Can Support LGBTQ and Gender Nonconforming Youth”, Tuesday, May 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Expanding the Box: How Communities Can Support LGBTQ and Gender Nonconforming Youth. May 8, 7pm. Stories from and real-life experiences, panel presentation, and Q&A. Come and learn the tools for promoting acceptance & resilience. Click for more information.
On Sunday, May 6 after church, the Transition Team will host a luncheon in the Supper Room. All are invited to come listen and share as we explore how our history has formed who we are and who we are called to be as a church. Please click for more info including how to RSVP.
On Sunday, May 6th, Mimi Lemay will be delivering a guest sermon. She is an eloquent writer and speaker, and will talk about her own spiritual journey as the parent of a transgender child.
2018 Ell Pond Restoration Day: On Saturday, May 5 (9-12), the Ell Pond Improvement Council, in collaboration with MUUC’s Green Sanctuary Committee, will sponsor its annual cleanup and restoration day at the Memorial Knoll shoreline. Click for more information.
Save the Date….and Show Us Your Talent! Saturday, May 5, 7 – 9 pm, the Annual MUUC All-Ages Talent Show is coming at you! It’s time to wow us with your song, dance, poetry, instrumental solos and combos…or any other talent you would like to showcase. And All That Jazz!
On Sunday, April 22, the MUUC Green Sanctuary Committee will be leading our Worship Service. Our guest preacher will be Laura Wagner. Laura joined UU Mass Action in 2014 as the Executive Director.
On Friday, April 20th, MUUC is hosting “Art For The Heart”, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at 6:00 pm. Please come for a night of comedy, music, and dancing. Click for more information.
MORE (Melrose Organizes for Real Equality) will be holding a workshop at MUUC open to the larger Melrose community. Reverend Karlene Griffiths Sekou, a BLM organizer, will facilitate the workshop, which will focus on the history of Black Lives Matter, current priorities and how Melrose can participate.
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. “The True Cost” is a groundbreaking documentary film that asks us to consider, “who really pays the price for our clothing?”
Very Successful Auction! Spring Fling: The 2018 MUUC Auction, Saturday, March 24, 6:30 pm. Flaunt your floral finery and chase your winter blues away at our biggest fundraising event of the year. Tickets sold at the door. Want to help? Looking to donate something? Click for info!
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”.
The Race, Power, and Privilege Diversity Topic team planned three dates for a book discussion of “Waking Up White“, by Debby Irving. All 3 discussions are open, and all are welcome to attend. Click for more info.
Find out how you can help provide food boxes for children in need during the upcoming school vacation. Each box will contain enough nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack items for 2 children for 5 days. Click for more information.
The Annual Women’s Retreat Chocolate Sale is now in its 18th year! Please come and BRING something to sell, BUY some goodies, and GIVE lovingly to yourself or your sweeties! Just in time for Valentines Day! Feb 11th after Worship.
We’re having a 2nd work party to spruce up the church in preparation for a new minister. Saturday January 27, 8:30 until 2:00. Breakfast and cleaning supplies provided! Click for more information.
This year’s community singing night will focus on songs that energize movements for social change. We will learn stories about familiar songs, practice experimenting with harmonies, and also learn newer ones that can strengthen our resilience today.
Please join the MUUC Social Justice Committee on Sunday, January 22 at the AMC Assembly Row 12 movie theater to see “Hidden Figures”, 4pm show. They will also be hosting a discussion on this movie on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 pm at the church. Click for more information.
2018 MUUC Chili/Chowder Cook-Off! Saturday January 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Be a competitor! Be a judge! Eat something! But do come to this annual event! Click for more information.
Once again, Melrose will celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with a Day of Service. Service projects will be all around Melrose. Melrose UU Church is the host for the starting point, a discussion from 10-11:30, and lunch. The day will end with a City-wide pot-luck and MLK program. Click for more information.
Dance Party to benefit Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts, Sat. Jan 13, 7-10 pm at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Please consider supporting our neighboring church in this important effort. 21+ event, $20 per ticket, 100% to recover efforts. Click for ticket information.
On Sunday, Dec 31, 2017, the Green Sanctuary Committee invites all to gather at the church at 10:30 am 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.
Classical Music followed by English Country and Contradances from the last 400 years! Monday, December 25, 2017, 7:00 pm. Click for more information.
On the morning of December 24th, 2017, we will sing into a Winter Solstice service together. This morning service is inspired by the traditions, meditative songs, and chants of a nonsectarian Christian community based in the village of Taizé, France.
Annual Men’s Potluck and Yankee Swap. Monday, December 4 @ 6:30 pm in the Church Supper Room and Kitchen.
All men of the church are encouraged to attend for fun, fellowship and food!
Join in an evening of fun on Saturday, December 2nd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. as we all play games and snack together in Parish Hall. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Bring some food to share if you wish. But certainly bring your favorite kid and adult games to play with others.
The Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church invites all to the Alternative Holiday Fair and Café on Saturday December 2rd from 10am to 230pm. The Alternative Fair is an “alternative” to mall shopping. Please click for more important information!
CONGRATS TO THE “ZOEY MOMS” TEAM WHO WON THE TRIVIA NIGHT!
Thank You to the Fellowship Committee for organizing this event, and to all who volunteered, participated, cooked and served pub-grub, and bought raffle tickets. Fun for all!
The Melrose UU Church, as part of its year-long initiative entitled “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding”, is excited to be able to offer a viewing of this important film on Saturday, October 28th, at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
On April 2017, MUUC held its annual Auction. Two Men’s 4x4s and a Women’s 4×4 were sold at the auction. What’s a 4×4, you ask? Here’s the updates from the lucky winners. Thanks to all of our 4×4 volunteers, the bidders, and those who organized the Auction. See you in the spring!
The Melrose Alliance Against Violence’s (“MAAV”) 22nd Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil will be held on Sunday, October 22, starting at 4:00 pm at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. Click here for more information.
The Ability Topic Team and the Fellowship Committee would like to invite all members and friends of the church to attend a special Circle Supper on Saturday October 21st for dinner and discussion around the Diversity Topic of “Ability”.
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.
On Saturday, October 14, a dozen hearty souls showed up on a somewhat dreary day to bring a little sunshine into our church home. Our leaves were raked, our silver was polished, our Supper Room was painted and trim was added, our Sanctuary Windows were washed, and much more.
Walk and Wheel in Wonder was a Success! On Saturday, October 7th, twelve enthusiastic souls walked and enjoyed the wonder of Breakheart Reservation, including wondering what we would notice differently were we unable to see. It sharpened our sense of touch and hearing!
Our church served a yummy dinner to wonderful folks at the Bread of Life on Friday, October 6th. It takes many hands to live out the words to our convenant, “Service is our prayer”. A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!
It can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process. Please join on 09/24 for this important program. Click for information.
Thanks to all who dropped by MUUC’s Victorian Fair booth. Many came for a Peace crane (or a Twizzler) and many stayed to sign our sign — affirming that #hatehasnohomehere. You’ll find us on Sundays 10:30am at “the church across from the library.”
The UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) and the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) have set up a fund to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Please click for more information and a link for donations. Thank You!
Please join the community of Melrose as we stand against hate.
The attached flyer has more information about this important event, sponsored by many Melrose organizations.
The Green Sanctuary Committee will lead a “Summertime Walk-in-the-Woods” along the Crystal Springs Trail in the Middlesex Fells on Sunday, July 16th at 12:00 noon. Click for more information.
Join MUUC on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm for this family-friendly movie. We all love food. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste.
Please join the Green Sanctuary Committee for the next film in our 2016 Environmental Justice Film Series. “Catching The Sun”. This film tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands.
On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Musician & Community Organizer, Matt Meyer will be leading a service of rhythm and song as we celebrate this beautiful and complicated faith journey together.
The Green Sanctuary Committee invites everyone to join the MUUC Trail Adopter group! We are responsible for basic trail maintenance of the Crystal Springs Trail in the Fells Woods, keeping the trail free of litter and clear of fallen branches or brush. Our next walk/cleanup is May 20. Click for more information.