My first memory of this church is of nervously arriving here with Mary and our three very young, active and often noisy children.  I was anxious about our kids annoying folks, but instead, we felt warmly welcomed, and even appreciated, throughout the service.  For the past 20-plus years your warm welcome has never faltered, and for that I am deeply grateful.

If that’s my first snapshot of UU Medford, there are more.  The sight of our minister and other UUCM members greeting and cheering on couples at city hall on the first morning of legal gay marriage sent shivers up my spine.  I can’t tell you what the weather was that day, but it felt like one of the sunniest days in history!

Another day, not so sunny, in Medford Square, saw our members out in numbers to protest war & violence, in the face of a majority bent on revenge.  How are we not to be moved by our congregation’s courage and conviction?

In the black days after 9/11, our church was open, and I came here to seek some kind of comfort and solace.  The quiet peacefulness of the sanctuary helped to give me some clarity, as I searched through the readings at the back of our hymnal.  Ultimately, I found a reading that spoke to me, that helped me move forward again.  I read through it a couple of times, finally glancing down at the source.  Surprise, puzzlement, and inspiration swept over me simultaneously—the reading was from Islam!

Another snapshot, of our rainbow flag and our “Black Lives Matter” banner.  Every time I go by the church, I also picture my children going by, and all the other citizens of Medford going by, and I feel pride and joy for the statement that we are in this city, and in this country, and in the world.  This church must not only exist, not only survive, it must thrive.  We must thrive, because we are an essential and much-needed beacon of love and open-mindedness for each other, and for our community at large.  This is why I support UUCM with all that I can.

Melissa and I first came to UUCM four years ago.  I immediately felt welcomed by everyone at the church and knew that this was a supportive and loving community.  We’ve been coming nearly every week since then, and my Sundays don’t feel complete without it.

Beyond fostering my spiritual growth, I’ve found opportunities to get involved in church life in various ways.  For instance, I’ve joined the choir, though I didn’t have previous choir experience.  I’ve learned and experienced so much through music at the church – it has really been a great opportunity for me.

Melissa and I are happy to support the church in any way we can.  We have found a strong and special community and we want to foster its growth.  I’m proud to say I’m a member of UUCM.

[in response to the question, “Why do you pledge?”]

It might sound clichéd but this place means a lot to me and I want to see it survive and thrive.

[in response to the question, “Why do you pledge?”]

UUCM accepts me wholeheartedly; pledging is one way I give back.

[in response to the question, “Why do you pledge?”]

I pledge because I want to support the community that has supported Sophia and me for so many years.

We came to UUCM 30 years ago seeking a community to support us in raising our children to develop a strong moral compass and a meaningful spiritual life. We found that and more. We continue to reap the benefits of belonging to a beloved community that supports the growth of its members of all ages as well as the care of our neighbors and planet.

This is a very welcoming community. When I, my former partner, and my son—all of us misfits in one way or several—walked in here, the friendly acceptance was palpable. Also, we are small and flexible enough that a few people with some energy can make a difference. You can speak up about your vision and spark something good!

Raising my son in the loving embrace of the UUCM was one of the best decisions I ever made. Though he has not attended for some time now, we still talk about its members regularly with a warmth and an affection that will undoubtedly never fade. Thankfully, we share a deep sense of belonging to the UUCM that only deepens as time marches on.