Social Justice

Greetings! For the 2017/2018 church year, our Social Justice/Social Action Committee will be focusing on a few activities that are not only a great deal of fun, but also a great way to get involved and help out.

Sunday, November 19 will be the Social Justice Service Sunday. At that time, the distribution of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee “Guest at Your Table” boxes will take place during the worship service. To be involved with Guest At Your Table, at each meal for the next month or so, you are asked to place into the box the amount it would cost for one additional guest to join in your meal. Flyers will be handed out during this Social Justice service with more information and inspirational stories of how this Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) program has made a difference. Boxes will be collected later, in December. To learn more about the UUSC’s Guest At Your Table program, please click HERE.

(photo from UUSC website)

Saturday, December 2nd, MUUC will be hosting the Annual Alternative Fair from 10am – 230pm. MUUC is a stop for the “Melrose Home for the Holidays” trolley. trolley. A great place to shop for Christmas with great local & small businesses and non-profit organizations. For more information, click HERE to see the Alternative Fair web page or email us at alternativefair [at] melroseuu [dot] org

Monday, January 15th (2018) will be the city-wide MLK Day of Service. MUUC will once again be the the signup/volunteer meeting place for the MLK Day of Service projects in Melrose. A great way to honor the legacy of Dr. King. More information to follow as the day approaches.

The weekends of Feb 16-19, April 13 – 16 (2018) MUUC will again sponsor a Vacation Food Box Project. Without school lunch programs available during school vacations, kids need access to nutritious food. Recipients of the Food Boxes are families served by Bread of Life, who live in temporary housing in Melrose and Malden. Shoppers, packers, loaders: we have plenty of opportunities to get involved. More information to follow as the day approaches, but you can see general information on our Hunger Ministries page by clicking HERE.

Saturday, June 9 (2018) the Melrose UU Church will march in the Boston Pride Parade: Come and celebrate! More information to follow as the day approaches.

Please contact the Social Justice Committee if you are interested in any of these events by emailing SocialJustice [at] melroseuu [dot] org.

Our commitment to Social Justice is strong in the Melrose community, with support and participation we can be stronger.

 

In recent years, activities have included working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. The SJC has sponsored work days with Habitat, recently building a wheel-chair accessible ramp and repainting the house of WW2 veteran. The SJC invited a representative from Habitat to address our congregation at our annual Social Justice Worship Service. At that time, the SJC also conducted a “Buy-a-Board” fund raiser to buy materials for our work at Habitat.

For many years, the SJC has been involved with the Bread of Life organization (see our Hunger Ministries page), based in neighboring Malden. Through Bread of Life, the SJC organizes, cooks and serves a dinner (including purchasing the food) along with other MUUC volunteers, for over 100 guests, every 5 to 6 weeks. In past years, the SJC participated in a blanket collection for Bread of Life clients.

2010 MAAV WalkFor over 10 years, the SJC has led the charge for the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) Walk to End Domestic Violence, held in the fall. This walk, around Melrose’s Ell Pond, reminds us of all those lost to domestic violence during the year, in an effort to raise awareness and end this tragic loss.

In recent months, we have participated in the Women’s March in January, Black Lives Matter events, and city-wide vigils against hate – and importantly – ANSWERING THE CALL OF LOVE.