Immigration Ministry Team Update: Feb 25, 2019

Immigration Ministry Team

(Breakheart Reservation photo is property of

February 25, 2019

A week ago Sunday, two members of our team took our sponsored refugee family for a hike in Breakheart Reservation (pictured). The children had a wonderful time. They played on the equipment, they walked; they ran; they slid on the ice. We even met up with some pet goats that were out for a stroll with their owners! It was a joyful afternoon.

All that was forgotten when a potential 3 bedroom apartment fell through in Melrose, a terrible disappointment for this weary, traumatized family. Fortunately an incredibly compassionate member of our cluster agreed to take them in for up to two months starting March first. We continue the search with the help of two big-hearted realtors at Brad Hutchinson Real Estate who are as smitten by the family as we are.

We need help driving Mom to various local food pantries. Please contact Nancy F. who has a list of pantries and hours of operation. [email protected], 781-420-3282

And now for something new! Each week we hope to share with you the story of an Immigrant Entrepreneur from the Immigrant Learning Center’s (“ILC”) Website. As we learn more about the work of this Malden-based organization we will inform you of how we can participate in their mission.

We invite you to read the story of Rafael Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant who founded Genesys Works, a nonprofit that aims to transform the lives of under-privileged high school students. Click here for Rafael’s story.

Your Immigration Ministry Team,

Paul B
Michelle D.
Nancy F.
Kathy K
Barbara L.
Carol N.

Tropical Getaway! The 2019 MUUC Service Auction, Saturday, March 9

Get out your tropical attire and come to the MUUC Service Auction to bid on some of the wonderful items that have been donated. These include dinners and desserts, concert tickets, help with home projects and gift certificates galore. For a complete list of auction items, click below: 2019 MUUC Auction Program Booklet If you […]


When the City of Melrose declares a snow/weather emergency, that means NO PARKING on any city roads. That also means that ALL activities at the MUUC will be cancelled, since most of the parking for church activities is on city roads. Click for current cancellation info.

Immigration Ministry Team Update: Dec 2018

Dear MUUC Community, Thank you for voting in support of an Immigration Ministry. Our small group has been very busy exploring opportunities to support refugees and has already taken action towards this goal. Now is the time for us to report what we have learned and share with you what we as a community can […]

Immigration Ministry Team Update: Jan 2019

Immigration Ministry: Request for Household Goods We are beginning to collect household items to furnish the apartment into which the family will eventually settle. At this time we are asking for kitchen and tableware that is in good condition, including pots and pans, plates, flatware, cooking utensils, etc. If you have something new or used […]

Worship: Sunday December 23, 10:30am

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Religious Education Blog

(photo credit: MUUC, taken during a visit from Megan Kennedy and her hearing service dog Ras, from “Canine Companions”, and Lanie Cantor, who is raising a service dog) From our DRE, Katie Camire: February Highlights: Pre-K to 2nd Grade & 3rd to 5th Grade: We had two classes together this month. We explored having trust in yourself […]

Green Sanctuary Films

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Friends of the Fells – Trail Adopter Program

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A Letter To The Congregation From The Ministerial Search Committee

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Melrose Human Rights Commission 2018 Flyer

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Remind Me Again!!

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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

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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

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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

Music Sunday is March 17th! It’s always very exciting prepping for this big event, but I’m especially excited to see what unfolds this year. Our Soul Matters theme is Journey and I’m looking forward to see where centering our Music Sunday on this topic leads. On my most recent trip to Victoria, song was infused […]

MLK Day Of Service, Monday January 21, 2019

The Melrose Human Rights Commission and Mayor Gail Infurna invite you to join the Community of Melrose on for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21st, 2019. Registration begins the day at the Melrose UU Church, followed by service opportunities and events all around Melrose. Click for more information.

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

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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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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: December 24, 5-6 pm

Come to the Melrose UU Church on Monday, December 24 for a wonderful candlelight service, where we will join our voices and lift our spirit in song, engage in personal reflection, and listen to the telling of the ancient story told through the years of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

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MUUC will be preparing and serving dinner for Bread of Life on FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST. The meal will be prepared at MUUC and served at the First Baptist Church in Malden. Please click for more information on how you can help, especially serving the meal! Thank You!

“Food Is First” Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sunday, March 3rd, please bring non-perishable food and non-food personal items for distribution to those in need. Click to find out more about how MUUC donates to our local food pantry. And Thank You for your donations!

The Installation of Rev. Dr. Susanne Intriligator, Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Susanne Intriligator’s Installation Ceremony and Reception; Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson Street, Melrose MA.

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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.

The State of Our Democracy – UU Statement Discussion, January 27, 12-1:30pm

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

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