Anti-Racism Ministry Team

MUUC is committed to social justice for all and we understand that we must work proactively to achieve this goal, including the work of dismantling the system of white supremacy.

Our goal is to foster a congregational and community-wide understanding of white supremacy as a dominant culture that “privileges white people over others, regardless of the presence or absence of racial hatred.” For us, being anti-racist includes an open examination of our own actions, biases, and behavior, as well as reflecting on ways in which we have benefited from structural and institutional racism. These actions align with our Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism.

Please reach out via email or email Rev. Susanne if you have a question. All are welcome!


Acknowledgement of Land and People

The Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church is located on the traditional and ancestral land of the Pawtucket people of the Massachusett (Massachuseuck) Federation of Tribes. We honor and give thanks to the people of the Massachusett past and present, the original stewards of this land on which we gather.

In October 2021, Reverend Susanne Intriligator presented the story of our church’s land, acknowledging the painful history leading to its transfer to European colonizers in 1637 from Squaw Sachem of the Mistick, leader of the last Native people to hold it (October 10, 2021 MUUC Worship Service). You can learn more and support Indigenous neighbors by visiting the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness at https://www.mcnaa.org and the Massachusetts Indigenous Legislative Agenda, which lobbies for native justice at the state level, at maindigenousagenda.org. Learn more by reading the ART Land Acknowledgement Background FAQs

 

Organizations We Support

BLM Banner at MUUC

Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter banner on the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church’s lawn is a public proclamation of our church community’s ongoing anti-racism work and support of equity and justice in Melrose and throughout the world.

Read our statement here.


Melrose Human Rights Commission

(image credit: Melrose Human Rights Commission)

In the process of planning for the MLK Day of Service, the Anti-Racism Ministry Team has established strong connections with the Melrose Human Rights Commission (www.cityofmelrose.org/human-rights-commission) We will continue to be a part of this organizations efforts, including attending their meetings and being on their email lists so we are notified whenever MUUC can take action and be of service.

BLUUStronger Connections with BLUU

The Anti-Racism Team is looking to establish deeper connections with “BLUU: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism” (www.blacklivesuu.com/). Our goal is for presentations and church-wide commitments to come from these connections. Rev. Susanne is committed to keeping us connected to BLUU, using their resources for our worship and programs.
(image credit: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism)

Local Anti-Racist Resources We Support

*     Melrose Racial Justice Community Coalition. The Melrose Racial Justice Community Coalition (RJCC) is an anti-racism organization founded in May 2020, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. We are committed to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the city of Melrose, with a specific focus on racial and ethnic representation at all levels of city government and in our schools.
Click here for the RJCC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/melroserjcc

*    Fighting for Black Lives in our Neighborhoods (FBLN).
Click here for the FBLN Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FBLNMelrose/

*     Mayor’s Anti-Racism Task Force
Click here for the Mayor’s Anti-Racism Task Force website:
www.cityofmelrose.org/home/news/mayor-brodeur-announces-diversity-equity-inclusion-and-anti-racism-task-force-selection

*     Melrose METCO and Friends of Melrose METCO (FOMM) has partnered with Metafold in Boston. METCO is a voluntary school integration program working with Boston families and suburban schools. Click here for more information about FOMM:
www.melroseuu.org/friends-melrose-metco/
Click here for the Metafold website:
www.metafoldnonprofit.org/
Click here for the METCO website:
metcoinc.org/

*     North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc. is a group of community leaders seeking to create awareness about the Juneteenth holiday, educate the broader community about positive aspects of Black American culture, and dismantle racism by using events and programming as a tool for change. Visit the website for more information on how you can get involved and to see what programs we have hosted
Click here for the North Shore Juneteenth Association website:
north-shore-juneteenth-assoc.constantcontactsites.com/

*     Malden Community Organizing for Racial Equity (MaldenCORE) is a volunteer-led group in the City of Malden that is dedicated to undoing racism in our public schools and community.
Click here for the MaldenCore Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/MaldenCORE/

 

Documentaries & Podcasts:

College Behind Bars“College Behind Bars”

A great PBS documentary about the criminal justice system and what is and what is not meaningful and real rehabilitation. People of color constitute the majority of the 2.1 million people who are imprisoned today in our country. An in-depth, 4 hour documentary that details the struggles and successes of inmates who are also students working towards college degrees while serving time in the New York correctional system.

Click for the online viewing of each of the four PBS episodes.


"White Lies" Podcast

“White Lies” Podcast

We invite everyone to listen to the incredible podcast series, “White Lies”, created by NPR regarding the murder of UU Minister Rev. James Reeb during the Civil Rights events in 1965.

Click for the podcast & more information.