The Men’s Group of the Church meets to plan activities for the year, such as the Men’s Retreat, game nights, and the annual Yankee Swap Christmas Party. Please note that anyone who identifies as male, masculine, LGBTQ+, cis, trans, pan, fluid, queer, non-binary, androgynous or other is welcome to attend all events! We’re working on the appropriate wording.
The picture below is of the 2015 Men’s Annual Potluck and Yankee Swap. A great time was had by all!
Men’s Annual Retreat
Each year the men of the Church are invited to attend a weekend retreat in early Spring. A team is assembled to select activities to work on during the retreat.
The guys head to Senexet House, Woodstock, Connecticut for a great weekend of fellowship, relaxation, conversation, food, games, and music. And upon departing, we enjoy our “re-entrance wafers,” also known as fresh, warm, home-made cookies!
2020 Annual MUUC Men’s Retreat date is TBD! Stayed tuned!
The Men’s Retreat weekend will be held at the Senexet House, which is situated in the northeast corner of CT. This 1886 Victorian features a fireplaced living room with an adjoining library, chapel, a large bright dining room, a screened porch with views to Roseland Lake and 11 bedrooms containing two to 5 beds each with shared toilet and bath facilities. Set on 11 acres of pine forest and fields this facility offers a tranquil and inspirational setting for our activities. The food is excellent with vegetarian alternatives available. The buildings used for the Men’s Retreat are all wheelchair accessible. Here’s a photo of the 2018 Men’s Retreat!
Please note that anyone who identifies as male, masculine, LGBTQ+, cis, trans, pan, fluid, queer, non-binary, androgynous or other is welcome to attend all events! We’re working on the appropriate wording. Any one associated in any way with the Melrose UU church can attend the Men’s Retreat. Church membership is not required.
Registration is open for the 2019 retreat. A retreat planning meeting will be held in March.
The cost is typically about $220, which covers lodging, meals & gratuity. The group will car-pool down (car-poolers can determine how to split that cost) on the afternoon or evening Friday and return Sunday afternoon, after a fabulous lunch with world famous “re-entry wafers” (i.e. warm cookies!). A $110 deposit (non-refundable) when registering reserves a spot for you, and the balance is due to the organizing committee about a month before the retreat. (you can also pay the full amount when you register). Checks should be made out to the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church (or MUUC) with a memo “Men’s Retreat”.
NOTE – We believe any man who wants to come should be able to, regardless of circumstances. Discrete & confidential scholarship assistance is available. Please reach out to Reverend Susanne for this.
The organizing committee includes John P., Austen F., and Muncie M.
Below is a photo from the 2016 Men’s Retreat:
Below is a photo from the 2013 Men’s Retreat: