Simon Metcalf has been an active climate organizer for a number of years, working with 350 Mass, the Divestment Student Network, and now the Sunrise Movement. Simon has a Bachelors in mechanical engineering, enjoys woodworking, and recently started teaching high school. Simon grew up attending the UU Society of Northampton and Florence and the values he learned there […]
Emily Neuman’s first introduction to social justice came with the onset of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars while in high school. Along with several other students, she helped found “SLUJ” (pronounced “sludge”), “Students of Lexington United for Justice”. Through this and participation in her high school’s Gay Straight Alliance, she was involved in economic and […]
Curt Newton is a volunteer coordinator and State Steering Team representative for the Mystic Valley node of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future (350 Mass), a member-led grassroots advocacy organization working to to build 100% clean energy solutions and to reduce fossil fuel consumption as quickly as possible. Professionally, Mr. Newton is Director of OpenCourseWare at […]
Rev. Robert E. Jones was the minister at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Chuch from 1987 to 1989 when he passed away unexpectedly while hospitalized for surgery at the beginning of the church year. A long-time member of our church, Phyllis B., wrote: “Bob was a “lifelong UU. He was brought up in the Unitarian Church […]
We are glad to report that the refugee family we are helping to support has moved into another temporary housing situation here in Melrose, where they have been invited to stay for two months. This has allowed them to register for school which the children have been desperate to do. Please come and meet our […]
Immigration Ministry Team (Breakheart Reservation photo is property of www.mass.gov/locations/breakheart-reservation) 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 […]
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: 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 […]
Work To Sustain Our Church As MUUC’s Board continues to learn from and support the work of committees, staff, members and friends, part of its job is to foster the involvement of our whole congregation. This work is vital for the operation of our church and the sustenance of our mission. Here is a […]
(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 […]
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. […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our first topic, Ability, is completed. In addition to music and readings in our Worship Services and Religious Education being designed around this topic for several weeks, we had quite a few memorable moments: We shared why ability matters to us in our Worship Services in our sermons and by church members sharing their own […]
What is “Community Engagement”? A focused effort on increasing the visibility of MUUC in the greater Melrose community, to ultimately result in: increased attendance, increased membership, and increased vibrancy of the community. What has Community Engagement been up to? Summer 2018: Postcard mailing to 12K Melrose Households Enlargement of postcard for Brick Hall Helped organize […]
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 […]
My last two articles focused on the international reach of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and its affiliated organizations as well as the local impact of our New England Region. This month I’d like to highlight the work of the UU Mass Action organization which is the state action network organizing and mobilizing 140 UU […]
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 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 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” 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 […]
“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” – Henry van Dyke Wholeness, our Soul Matters theme this month, is a potent topic in the world of music-making. Consider a choir – take a single person and ask them to sing our lovely […]
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.
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. Please click ‘more’ for additional information:
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.
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.
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 […]
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:
On Saturday, April 16, at 7:00pm. please join the Green Sanctuary Committee in the Church Parlor, for the first film in our Environmental Justice Film Series this Spring.
“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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.