Giving Beyond Our Walls 2017-2018

By: Ken Bosma

Photo by: Ken Bosma

Over a decade ago ( !!) the MUUC Board proposed an initiative titled “Giving Beyond Our Walls”. Each month we share 50% of the Sunday non-pledge Plate Offerings. Through this initiative we have supported the work of many worthy causes in our community and beyond.

Thanks to all who have contributed their time and dollars in prior months and years. MUUC has donated thousands of dollars to worthy organizations, putting our 7 principles into action and working on behalf of the dignity of all people.


2017-2018 GBOW

October – November 2017: “Diversity: Ability” GBOW Recipient:

The Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL)

BCIL is a non-profit organization that has provided services to people with disabilities since 1974, when it became the second independent living center in the country. The organization was created by people with disabilities seeking full integration into society. BCIL accomplishes this by empowering people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities with the practical skills and self-confidence to take control over their lives and become active members of the communities in which they live. At the same time, BCIL engages in advocacy and community organizing to promote access and change within society. BCIL’s Mission Statement is: The Boston Center for Independent Living is a frontline civil rights organization led by people with disabilities that advocates to eliminate discrimination, isolation and segregation by providing advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, Personal Care Attendant services, and transitional services in order to enhance the independence of people with disabilities. For more information or to donate to them directly: visit their website:

2017-2018 GBOW Recipient Organizations

In the Cottage Meetings held in Spring 2017 (small group meetings, where MUUC’ers discussed our hopes for our future church and for our future minister), MUUC members clearly stated that we want to be more deeply and honestly involved in all aspects of true diversity, learning where our own experiences are lacking, and gaining understanding and acceptance. To that end, MUUC is going to dedicate this year to exploring diversity together. More information can be found on this important subject on our “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding” web page (including information about each diversity topic).

In conjunction with this diversity initiative, our GBOW recipient organizations will be selected by Diversity Topic Teams. This means the list of recipient organizations will develop as the Diversity Initiative progresses. Each of the Diversity Topic Teams will engage the MUUC community in one of the following topics for several months, and will select the GBOW recipient organization:

  • Ability (currently in progress)
  • Age
  • Race, Power and Privilege 
  • Money
  • Gender


Past Recipients in 2017-2018:

MUUC Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Recipients in Previous Years:

Bread of Life, Elizabeth Stone House, Melrose Mayor’s Emergency Fund, Habitat For Humanity, Housing Families, HomeStart, Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), Project COPE, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), Lucy’s Love Bus, Friends of the Fells, Melrose Humane Society, Melrose Alliance Against Violence, The Children’s Room, ROCA, Papaye Peasant Movement, Hope For Our Sisters, National Alliance on Mental Illness, MassBike, UUSC/UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, UU Ministry Bethany House, UU Church Of The Philippines, Extras for Creative Reuse, Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, Center for Coastal Studies (Cape Cod & surrounding ecosystems), Boston Area GleanersUU Urban MinistryImmigrant Learning CenterHomes for Our TroopsChange Is SimpleCommunity Legal Services and Counseling Center, MUUC Minister’s Discretionary Fund