The Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, an open welcoming church.
147 High Street Medford, Massachusetts 02155 webinfo@uumedford.org 781-396-4549
Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford!
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Our Church Staff
Rev. Susan Milnor
Interim Minister
Sara Bossen
Director of Religious Education
Vivian Montgomery
Music Director
Thank you for taking a moment to check us out. We are an open and welcoming spiritual community serving Medford, Somerville, and surrounding communities. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whomever you love, you are welcome here.
Worship Services – Sunday Services are at 11:00 a.m.

Worship Theme for May: Faith

May 4 – “Oh, Ye of Much Faith”  Rev. Susan Milnor

Religion and Faith. Do faith (or religion) and science inevitably run conflicting courses? Can there be any mutual enhancement? We start with considering whether they seek to answer the same questions. Music by the choir and Cheryl Forest Morganson, Time for All Ages and sermon by Rev. Susan.

May 11 – “This I Believe”  Coming of Age Participants and Rev. Susan Milnor

Our teens will be recognized for their participation in the Coming of Age Program. Coming of Age is a yearlong curriculum that helps teens to learn more about Unitarian Universalism as well as to articulate their own beliefs. Let us honor their transition from childhood into their teen as well as their contribution to our religious community. CoA participants will share the credos they have written, and Rev. Susan will give a homily on our Unitarian Universalist faith.

May 18 – Intergenerational Music Service

Choir Member Nancy Kurtz and Acting Music Director Cheryl Forest Morganson will lead a service of music that will include congregational participants, hymns, and readings.

May 25 – TBA  Dan McKanan
Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. – Annual Church Auction

Be sure to attend our ANNUAL CHURCH AUCTION on SATURDAY, MAY 17, 6:00-8:00 P.M. There will be lots of terrific items to bid on – a couple by silent auction bid sheets but all the rest by $5 raffle tickets. So you don’t have to be rich to attend this auction! Everyone can bid and walk away with some great things! Auction items include a house on the Cape for the weekend of June 21, a cottage in Maine for a weekend, two veterinarian check-ups worth $200 each, Boston Duck Boat tickets, a professional photography shoot, three personalized piano lessons, five hours of weeding, a meal delivered to your house, Tanglewood tickets, an individualized nutritional consultation, a night at a Westin hotel, lots of restaurant and merchant gift certificates, and much much more! PLUS there will be entertainment and food! So come on MAY 17 and bring your friends and neighbors. It will be a lot of fun, an important fund-raiser for our church, and an opportunity to bid on lots of fabulous items! More details are available here, in the church newsletter.
Friday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. – LGBT Film Series: “Brother Outsider”

The LGBTQ film series concludes with a of Bennett Singer’s award-winning 2003 documentary. Since its premiere this film has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin – a visionary strategist and activist in the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. This film chronicles his life and work.

UUCM is Wheelchair Accessible UUCM is wheelchair accessible
UUCM is LGBT Friendly UUCM is LGBT Friendly
We are child friendly, with a religious education program for children of all ages and a nursery for toddlers. Children are always welcome in our sanctuary. Also we have a Quiet Room adjacent to the sanctuary where parents with young children can bring them and still hear the service through our speaker system.

We have been welcoming visitors through our doorways since 1630. Today we are a lively congregation that is community-oriented and socially conscious. We warmly invite you to join us for Sunday morning worship and then our Social Hour following the service.
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Other Events and Announcements
See the church calendar for a detailed listing of events.
Monday and Saturday mornings : tai chi classes Tai chi chuan classes with tai chi master Arthur Goodridge. Classes at 9:30 a.m. Monday and 10:00 a.m. Saturday are open to all levels; tai chi patterns class at 11:30 a.m. Saturday is for advanced level students. The new children’s martial arts class (kids and adults) at 2:00 p.m. Saturday starting on April 12. More information is available here and here.
Weekdays at 12:00-1:00 p.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:30-9:00 : Al-Anon group meetings.
Fridays 7:30-9:00 p.m. : Men’s AA meeting (closed)
Saturdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. : AA meeting (big book)

Sunday morning at UUCM
UUCM Staff Office Hours
Rev. Susan Milnor

Tuesday 11:00-2:00
Wednesday 1:30-3:30
Thursday 1:00-2:00, and by appointment
Sara Bossen, Director of Religious Education

Tuesday 11:00-1:00
Church offices are in the Osgood House, on 141 High Street across Powder House Road from the main church building. Entry is through the rear door.
What We Believe / The Living Tradition Which We Share
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots, while drawing on many different theological sources and practices. It has no creed. It affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.
We believe that an individual’s theology is best discovered through his or her own inquiry into spirituality and via the integration of life experiences, rather than by obedience to an external authority. We believe that each person’s experience matters, that everyone has something to contribute.
Rev. David O. Rankin wrote a summary of what he thought were ten essential UU beliefs, which are presented by the Unitarian Universalist Association:
  • We believe in the freedom of religious expression. All individuals should be encouraged to develop their own personal theology, and to present openly their religious opinions without fear of censure or reprisal.
  • We believe in the toleration of religious ideas. All religions, in every age and culture, possess not only an intrinsic merit, but also a potential value for those who have learned the art of listening.
  • We believe in the authority of reason and conscience. The ultimate arbiter in religion is not a church, or a document, or an official, but the personal choice and decision of the individual.
  • We believe in the never-ending search for Truth. If the mind and heart are truly free and open, the revelations which appear to the human spirit are infinitely numerous, eternally fruitful, and wondrously exciting.
  • We believe in the unity of experience. There is no fundamental conflict between faith and knowledge, religion and the world, the sacred and the secular, since they all have their own source in the same reality.
  • We believe in the worth and dignity of each human being. All people on earth have an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice - and no idea, ideal, or philosophy is superior to a single human life.
  • We believe in the ethical application of religion. Good works are the natural product of a good faith, the evidence of an inner grace that finds completion in social and community involvement.
  • We believe in the motive force of love. The governing principle in human relationships is the principle of love, which always seeks the welfare of others and never seeks to hurt or destroy.
  • We believe in the necessity of the democratic process. Records are open to scrutiny, elections are open to members, and ideas are open to criticism – so that people might govern themselves.
  • We believe in the importance of a religious community. The validation of experience requires the confirmation of peers, who provide a critical platform along with a network of mutual support.
We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Association convenant to affirm and promote these seven principles:
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition which we share draws on many sources:
  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world‘s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community. Further insights into the spiritual, philosophical and intellectual grounding of the UUCM community can be discovered by reading through our sermon archive.
More information on Unitarian Universalism may be found here.
A brief history of our Medford UU church may be found here.