Social Justice

The Social Justice Committee coordinates the social justice work of the church and sponsors events and forums open to the general public. For more information, please contact [email protected] or join us for one of our meetings, held the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 am in the Church Library.

Some of our activities include…

Supporting our community:

  • About once every six weeks, volunteers from Melrose UU cook and serve meals for more than one hundred guests at the Malden-based Bread of Life. Dinners are held at St. Paul’s and First Baptist churches in Malden. Watch for emails asking for volunteers about a week before we are scheduled to cook and serve dinner.
  • Melrose UU Church belongs to the North Metro cluster of churches that are part of Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM). RIM is an Interfaith, community-based organization based in Malden that helps resettle refugees and asylum seekers. Melrose UU members have aided RIM by contributing clothing, furniture, money, and household goods; teaching English as a second language; and providing transport to medical and social service appointments.
  • Through our Food Is First initiative, Melrose UU collects and delivers canned and packaged food to the Melrose First Baptist Church’s Pantry of Hope. We encourage donations be left in the church’s front hall on the first Sunday of the month, but donations are welcome at any time. Protein items such as canned meat, shelf-stable milk, and peanut butter are especially needed.

Supporting Fair Trade:

  • About once a month, SJC members sell fair trade coffee, tea, nuts, chocolate, and other products at coffee hour after church. The “Fair Trade” mark means producers and traders have met Fair Trade Standards, offering small farmers a better deal and improved terms of trade. Fair Trade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.
  • The popular Melrose UU Alternative Fair, held the first weekend of December during Melrose’s citywide “Home For The Holidays” celebration, features a wide selection of products from vendors offering fair trade “gifts with a conscience.” The Alternative Fair features items from Africa, South America, Central America, as well as from local farms and community organizations.

Supporting the larger UU community:

  • Melrose UU supports the activities of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world.
  • Melrose UU is in a Partner Church relationship with a Unitarian church in the village of Ikland in eastern Romania, in the ethnic Hungarian area known as Transylvania. Melrose UU members have traveled to Ickland to learn about our Unitarian heritage and to work with the minister and members of the congregation to support the Ikland Church and Transylvanian Unitarianism both spiritually and financially. We sponsor a student’s tuition to attend a Unitarian High School and we are assisting the Ikland Church in renovating their parish house.
  • Bob Jones Lecture: Every year Melrose UU sponsors a social justice lecture in honor of a prior pastor, Bob Jones.
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Lowell: Melrose UU has just begun a relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. Volunteer opportunities may include fundraising, helping on a build site, and helping at Habitat’s ReStore.