Summer Sundays 2024

Welcome to MUUC’s Summer Sundays!

Below you will see a (current) schedule of summer activities. Stay tuned because things may change! All are welcome to attend!

All events start at 10:30am, and are held at MUUC unless otherwise noted.

June 23: Summer Solstice

Please join Liz M. for a summer solstice celebration, where we will honor water. While the days may be getting shorter, they are getting hotter. Water is essential to life and an integral part of staying cool and hydrated during these hotter days. We will have a short hike to gather by the water for singing, poem reading, and drumming. We will gather at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Medical Building on Woodland Road (GPS: 42.452551, -71.088522)

June 30: Pickleball! 

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of pickleball?  Janice B, Erin H, and Nyla M have reserved an outdoor court at Foss Park (Malvern Street, Melrose) to teach you the basics. Up to seven people can sign up for each hour (please sign up for only one hour at least until we get a sense of how many folks are interested). Everyone is welcome to come hang out  (BYOC – as in chair) any time throughout the two hours! Wear sturdy sneakers and bring a water bottle with you. Paddles and balls will be provided. Obviously, the outing is weather-dependent. If it’s raining and/or too warm, we will be in touch that morning (and we will hope to reschedule to a another date this summer). We hope to see many of you there!  SIGN UP HERE

July 7: No Summer Sunday activity

July 14: Vote Forward!

Let’s write some postcards! We will be writing postcards as part of UU the Vote. Postcards are non-partisan and are written to encourage individuals to vote and give them information on local polling places. We will give detailed instructions on how to write the postcards, and will have take-home packets including 30 postcards (with stamps!). Our goal is to send out 1000 cards! For more information, contact Ann E or Lee D.

July 21: Paint Yourself Calm

There is much serenity in merely adding water to paper and, by adding a few blobs of paint, the painter may watch the paint move through the water and imagine lots of things!  By letting our feelings enjoy the colors, rather than trying to control the paint to being something preset, painting becomes pleasurable rather than demanding! As the process continues, we may see something in these colors and follow it through, or we may simply allow our minds to love the colors as they blend together. Supplies will be provided, but if you want to do more than one painting, bring some watercolor paper, please. Joyce R. will lead us on this journey in the MUUC dining hall…and bring an apron! 

July 28: Storytelling

Come share, listen and learn as we tell stories in the tradition of MOTH, a celebration and honoring of diversity and commonality of human experience.  Remember…MOTH stories are told, not read, so that the storyteller can connect with others without a page between them. There is no pressure to share a story; witnessing others’ stories is part of the experience.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, and we will meet at Bowden Park – the park at the cross-section of Vinton and W. Emerson.  Feel free to tell us a story from one of the following prompts (or share on another topic):

  • Tell us about a childhood hero.
  • Tell us about a time you were determined to do something, even if it felt dangerous.
  • Have you ever had friends or family members push you to do something new?
  • Tell us about an important person in your life and what you have learned from them.
  • Tell us about a time you realized there was more to yourself than you knew.

Aug 4: Learn How to Make Your Own Kombucha

Aug 11: Learn the Basics of Karate

Aug 18: Cooking With Scraps

Aug 25: Backyard Natives

Come on a native plant scavenger hunt in Beth and Tug’s new garden. In 2022, Beth and Tug adopted 39 plants, 27 of which are native. We will gather in their backyard to hunt and share our collective wisdom about native plants. Learn about (and use on the hunt) the free image recognition app, Seek by iNaturalist, to identify plants (and animals).  Their address is 21 Geneva Road, Melrose. Please consider walking or biking, and please park cars only on one side of this narrow and busy road. 

Sep 1: Contemplative Music

Join Kathy K., Tom K., and their friend Nouri N. as they share a contemplative music gathering singing.  Christine S.’s backyard – 50 Howard St, Melrose.  BYOC (chair). Please park on the side road, not on Howard Street.