Green Sanctuary Films

July 25th, 2018

Over the course of several years, the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church has sponsored a free environmental film series each spring. Here is the list of some of the films, with links to learn more:

(Note: MUUC has purchased each film, and has been granted approval from the film-makers to show these to the public, free of charge. All photo credits and copyrights belong to the film-makers; all rights are reserved)


Denial“, by film-maker Derek Hallquist, shown May 26, 2018 (church link HERE, film link HERE)

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change“, directed by Josh Fox, shown on June 9, 2018 (church link HERE, film link HERE)

The True Cost“, produced and directed by Morgan, et al. (complete list of names on film link), shown Saturday April 7, 2018 (church link HERE, film link HERE)


Just Eat It“, directed by Grant Baldwin shown June 17, 2017 (church link HERE, film link HERE)

Bidder 70“, produced by Gage & Gage Productions, shown April 22, 2017 (church link HERE, film link HERE)


Catching The Sun“, executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, shown Saturday, June 11, 2016 (church link HERE, film link HERE)

A Will For The Woods“, produced by Browne, et al. (a complete list of names on film link), shown May 14, 2016 (church link HERE, film link HERE)

I AM“, by film-maker Tom Shadyac, shown April 16, 2016 (church link HERE, film link HERE)


Children’s Activity Boxes

If your children are young and “squirmy” during Worship, there are activity boxes located on the top shelf of the coat cupboard in Parish Hall that can be brought into the Sanctuary during the start of the Worship Service if your child needs some quiet drawing time. Boxes contain crayons, pencils, stickers, paper, pipe cleaners, […]

Friends of the Fells – Trail Adopter Program

The Green Sanctuary Committee invites all to join the MUUC’s Trail Adopter group. Through the Friends Of The Fells organization, MUUC has adopted a portion of the Crystal Springs Trail at the Middlesex Fells Reservation, abutting Melrose and surrounding communities. Trail Adopters are responsible for basic trail maintenance and keeping the trail free of litter and […]

Vigil: One Community, One Nation Open to All. Friday June 29, 6-7 pm at Ell Pond

There will be a peaceful community vigil against the federal immigration policies and practices responsible for the separation of children from their parents. Sponsored by the Melrose Human Rights Commission, Melrose Interfaith Clergy Association, Melrose Alliance Against Violence, and Melrose Organizes for Real Equality (MORE). Click for details.

Bread of Life

Thank You for your interest in our Bread of Life Hunger Ministry! Below are more details about the “nuts and bolts” regarding dates, times, locations, and tasks. Please Join In! There is food shopping and often a “cook-ahead” the night before or afternoon of the scheduled serving date. Typically, shopping is done around 930-1130 am (the day-before […]

A Letter To The Congregation From The Ministerial Search Committee

Dear MUUC Members and Friends, Just about a year ago, your Ministerial Search Committee embarked on a journey…a journey to find a Ministerial Candidate to serve our congregation. Someone who will honor our traditions and grow together in ministry, and someone who will love our congregation. Together we spent many, many hours exploring what this […]

A Letter From Our Ministerial Candidate, Rev. Susanne Intriligator

Dear Friends at Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church,  I am beyond thrilled to be named your candidate for ministry. You know that feeling you get — when a hunch turns into a hope, the hope turns into a prayer, and then, by a miracle, that prayer turns into a plan? That’s the feeling I have. And it is […]

Melrose Human Rights Commission 2018 Flyer

Diversity: Ability

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RE Weekly Update

This will continue to be updated once MUUC is “back in session” in the fall. Meanwhile, here is the information from the last RE Weekly Update, which took place just prior to our R.E. Sunday, celebrating the success of our church school year. This past week in RE the Spirit Play class joined the older […]

Remind Me Again!!

I have been writing my “monthly column” since the fall of 2012 and as I sat down to prepare my January submission I was struck with the fact that this past year and especially this fall we have welcomed a large number of new friends to our church. As they scan the Lightbearer or see […]

UU Mass Action – Our Faith Calls Us to Change the World

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Regionalization – Benefits to Local Congregations

Last month I talked about the many efforts in which UUs are involved on a global level. This month I’d like to focus on what is happening within our New England (NE) UUA Region. To give you a brief history, after the Unitarian and Universalist merger a number of geographical districts were created throughout the […]

UUs Acting Globally

UUs Acting Globally For some of us, walking through the front door of the “church across from the library” was our first introduction to Unitarian Universalism. Maybe we were seeking a liberal religious education for our children and a neighbor mentioned how different and special this church is or we saw stories about UUs being […]

Mass Bay Votes to Dissolve District; Create Region

  Mass Bay District Congregations Vote to Dissolve the District. Last month I explained that this year’s Mass Bay District (MBD) annual meeting was focused on the proposal to dissolve the District. As I described, the four New England Districts had come under the umbrella of the New England Region with the Reverend Sue Phillips […]

The Corruption of Our Democracy

“The Corruption of Our Democracy” Selected by General Assembly Delegates as Congregational Study/Action Issue Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs) are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action. This process is congregationally-driven and facilitated by the Commission on Social Witness. This past winter our congregation voted on four proposals, […]


FAITHIFY is a UU Crowdfunding Platform. Crowdfunding – using the internet to attract funding for commercial and nonprofit projects from countless individuals – and crowdsourcing – using the internet to engage an almost limitless number of people to share ideas and services – have become global phenomena. Several years ago UUA District staff and congregational […]

Musical Notes

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher who had romantic relationships with both men and women) From The Music Director: Back in January while we were still deep in our discussions of “Race, Power & Privilege,” I asked the choir to begin to think ahead with me to the upcoming Gender topic. […]

Closed for Summer Services

During the summer months, MUUC does not hold regularly-scheduled Sunday worship services. Several UU churches in the area, however, do hold regularly-scheduled services. Click HERE to find a few of the UU churches in our general area that will have services all summer long.

Come To The Next Property Party! Saturday July 14, 8:00 am

We’re having a PROPERTY WORK PARTY on Saturday July 14, from 8am-12pm. Come for whole the day, or for part of the day. Breakfast and cleaning supplies provided! Click for more information.

Green Sanctuary Film, Saturday, April 22, 7:00 pm: “Bidder 70”

Multiple award-winning film “Bidder 70” will be shown by the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church Green Sanctuary Committee on Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 pm in the Parlor. Please join in and see this important film on Earth Day.

Women’s March in Boston, Saturday January 21, 2017 (9:00 am)

The Melrose UU Church will be participating in the Women’s March in Boston on Saturday, January 21 2017. We will meet at 9:00 am at the Oak Grove “T” Station. Click for more information.

Sunday, September 9, 2018: MUUC will be at the Melrose Victorian Fair

The Victorian Fair is “a joyful celebration of community” including residents, local organizations and merchants. MUUC will have an informational table at the fair, which runs from 11:30am to 4:30pm. If you’d like to help out for an hour or two, please let click here for more details.

Women’s Retreat

Registration will begin in the spring for the Annual Women’s Retreat held at Craigville Conference Center at Craigville Beach on Cape Cod. Dates are approximately last weekend in April (more info to come later). The cost is about $200 for the weekend, and includes all meals, room, and activities. (see bottom of this web post for financial aid […]

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Please join the Green Sanctuary Committee for the second film in our Environmental Justice Film Series: A Will for the Woods. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Church Parlor. Click here for more:

Green Sanctuary Film: I AM – Saturday, April 16 at 7:00pm in the Church Parlor

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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.

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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.

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The Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church is seeking a Church Sexton to care for the building and grounds. This is a part time position, 15-20 hours per week, negotiable and flexible, based on needs. A benefits package is possible with certain arrangements. Click for more information.

Holding On To Our Principles, From Rev. Anita

…however you are feeling about the state of the world or of our country, I invite you to join me in remembering that there is work for us to do – the work of love and justice … but … also to look inside and do the work that is ours only to do.