Social Justice

For the 2018-2019 Church Year, the congregation voted to support two main Ministry Teams. These teams will focus our involvement on the concerns about Immigration and Anti-Racism. Click on these links to learn more about these Ministry Teams:

Immigration Ministry Team
Anti-Racism Ministry Team

The Church also supports the following Social Justice initiatives.

Social Justice Sunday (November 2018)

During Social Justice Sunday, the distribution of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (“UUSC”) “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, 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 UUSC program has made a difference. Boxes will be collected later, in December.

(photo from UUSC website)

Alternative Fair during Melrose Home For The Holidays (December 2018)

MUUC will be hosting the Annual Alternative Fair from 10 am – 230 pm. 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 [email protected]

City-Wide MLK Day Of Service (January 2019)

MUUC will be the city-wide MLK Day of Service. MUUC’s Anti-Racism Ministry Team will lead MUUC in once again being the the signup/volunteer/host meeting place for the MLK Day of Service projects in Melrose. A great way to honor the legacy of Dr. King. For information about the MLK Day of Service events, click HERE.

Pride Parade (June 2019)

The Melrose UU Church will march in the Boston Pride Parade – Come and celebrate!

Other Activities

Habitat for Humanity: In recent years, MUUC has been 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.

Bread of Life: 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 about 75 guests, every 5 to 6 weeks.

2010 MAAV WalkMelrose Alliance Against Violence: For 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.

Participated in or sponsored (or both!): Women’s March in January 2017, 2018, & 2019, Black Lives Matter events, and City-wide vigils against hate by ANSWERING THE CALL OF LOVE

Please contact the Social Justice Committee if you are interested in any of these events by emailing [email protected].

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