The 2020 Men’s Retreat was cancelled as a precaution against coronavirus and COVID-19. The safety of everyone in our church is important. Although this is a disappointment for all, we will have other events when it is safe to do so. More info will be sent via Midweek Update, and make sure you have signed up for the Men’s Group mailing list for planning activities.
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 masculine, LGBTQ+, cis, trans, fluid, queer, non-binary, androgynous or other is welcome to attend all group events. We’re working on learning and creating both more inclusive wording and a more inclusive community.
Any one associated in any way with the Melrose UU church can attend the Men’s Retreat. Church membership is not required.
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!
There is fun, food, fellowship and all the thoughtful conversations that seem to spontaneously break out everywhere and anytime
The Men’s Retreat weekend is typically 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!
The cost is usually $220, which covers lodging, meals & gratuity. The group car-pools 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 all who want to come should be able to, regardless of circumstances. Discrete & confidential scholarship assistance is available. Please reach out to Reverend Susanne for this.
Feel free to reach out to 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: