UUCGL has several dedicated groups of people engaged in the work of the church. A Ministry Team is a collection of church volunteers who work and play together in groups to create positive, progressive change, help the planet, and live out our liberal religious values in meaningful community with one another. Much of the activity that goes on at UUCGL, happens through the hearts, hands, and minds of our trusty Ministry Teams.
Church History Faith Development Membership and Hospitality Denominational Connections Green Sanctuary
Church History Ministry Team
As custodians of the church’s archives, the Church History Ministry Team catalogs and preserves historical documents and other items related to the congregation and its antecedent churches. It also promotes awareness of the history of the congregation and that of Unitarian Universalist thought and institutions.
Many people think Unitarian Universalism is a new religion that might have had its start in the last 100 years or so. The fact is that Unitarian Universalism has roots that go back to the founding of Christianity. This congregation has roots that go back to the first settlers of Lynn and Swampscott by Europeans in the 16th century. These sections of the website will tell you a little bit about this rich history:
History of this Congregation: Our church can trace its roots to the very first church established in Lynn in 1629. Learn about the nearly 300 years of history of this congregation.
History of Unitarian Universalism: Our faith tradition is actually the merger of two faith traditions that occurred in 1961. However, Unitarianism and Universalism goes back to the very early days of Christianity and played a key role in the founding of this country.
Faith Development Ministry Team
Our Faith Development Ministry Team works with the Director of Community Life and Learning to fulfill the mission of Lifespan Religious Education. This includes Sunday programming for children and youth, Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education for youth grades 7-9, and classes for adults. The team also coordinates special events designed to support and connect families throughout the year.
Lifespan Religious Education is rooted in our Unitarian Universalist tradition that respects the individual conscience of each participant and seeks to provide support and resources for the discovery, emergence and cultivation of the individual and collective spiritual journey.
Membership & Hospitality Ministry Team
Hello and welcome!
The purpose of the Membership/Hospitality Ministry Team is to nurture a spirit of hospitality within our community and to help newcomers integrate into the life of the church.
We will invite you to be a Sunday morning greeter.
We provide nametags and remind folks to wear theirs!
We coordinate Coffee Hour/Fellowship Time, which members and the friends of congregation take turns hosting in small groups and sometimes as ministry teams.
We coordinate Path To Membership orientation sessions so that those who are interested in making a deeper commitment to the church can understand the benefits and responsibilities of full membership.
We work with the Minister and Director of Community Life and Learning to encourage all participants in the life of the congregation to move along the path from Connection to Engagement to Covenanting to Leadership/Ownership. We want all individuals to have the deepest experience of religious community they feel called to have.
Where are you on the Path of Engagement? We want to know what YOU need to know in order to make your experience at UUCGL meaningful.
If you want to know more about membership procedures, please click here.
Our congregation is connected to a broad network of justice work in the larger liberal faith community. We seek to foster awareness of, support for, and participation in the programs of several Unitarian Universalist organizations.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is your first stop to finding out more about our historic denomination. All Unitarian Universalist congregations are governed independently and finance themselves independently but are in covenanted fellowship with one another through the Association.
Members of our community have traveled to Transylvania, where we have a relationship with the Unitarian congregation in the village of Keményfalva, located in the Transylvania region of Romania. We provide scholarships for high school and university students from Keményfalva, supply staff and resources for a summer camp for village children, and supplement the village minister’s salary.
A selection of images from Transylvanian Unitarian Churches can be viewed here.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The church provides financial support for the social justice and human rights program of the Service Committee and communicates action alerts to members of our congregation.
Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
As one of about twenty Boston area Unitarian Universalist churches, we provide financial and other support for community service programs for the underserved in Boston.
Fair Trade Sales
We sell Equal Exchange fairly traded beverages, chocolate bars, snacks, olive oil and other items during Sunday morning Fellowship Hour as a way to promote small ecologically sound family farming. Recently we’ve added environmentally friendly coffee filters and water bottles for purchase. In addition, we have a good selection of books from Beacon Press and Skinner House for sale.
New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association
We participate in national and district annual meetings, conferences, and workshops and poll the congregation on issues for the annual General Assembly. The church also hosts and organizes conferences for area Unitarian Universalist churches around topics of mutual interest.
An important principle of Unitarian Universalism is “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Because of this principle our church organized a ministry team to discuss how we as a church might better follow this principle both as an organization as well as in our individual lives.
The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team is committed to building awareness of environmental issues and generating an interest for personal lifestyle changes among our fellow UUs as well as the general community. Its members strive to build a sustainable world as well as a connection between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness.
To accomplish these goals, among other things, the Green Sanctuary does the following:
Collaborates with the Properties Ministry Team to ensure that use of our buildings and grounds is done in such a way as to lessen our impact on the earth.
Accomplishments have included converting to high-efficiency lights throughout the church, eliminating in-ground sprinkler watering of the lawn, and reducing our air conditioning use.
Chooses a yearly theme to focus the work of the team. We are currently continuing with our theme “Faith and Climate Change.” To educate the congregation and community members on the theme, the Green Sanctuary hosts many events, educational opportunities, and leads an Earth Day worship service.
In 2014, UUCGL was formally accredited as a “Green Sanctuary” by the national Unitarian Universalist Association. For more information see the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Program.
Jack Butterworth & Martha Curry
Because our congregation has historic roots in the city of Lynn, we are particularly dedicated to having a supportive presence with other faith communities and community organizations in that city. We feed hungry folks in partnership with food pantries in Lynn and Swampscott, prepare and serve a special holiday meal every year for My Brother’s Table, support literacy programs for children through financial and volunteer involvement, and participate in the many initiatives of the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO).
In the past couple of years we have worked with partner organizations to advocate for the rights of immigrants, a higher minimum wage, earned sick time for all Massachusetts workers, and to support the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement.
We are a Welcoming Congregation with gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members.
We believe that, in the words of Cornel West, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”
We meet once a month and you are welcome to join with us, or participate in any of our sponsored activities. You can keep up with our events and volunteer opportunities by signing up for the newsletter and checking the What’s Happening page on this website.
UU Women of Greater Lynn
The Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn (UUWGL) are devoted to service to the church and the community. They welcome women of all ages to join them in fellowship, service and giving. Their philanthropic efforts give donations to charitable organizations as well as some scholarships to college-bound students.
Membership Renewals and New Membership Invitation
We'd love to have you join us!
Much of what the UUW has done in prior years will have to change this year due to the pandemic, BUT your input is important to us, we'd love to hear from you! Your ideas for programs, fundraisers and fellowship are always welcome! Please join us at our next virtual meeting in early 2021. Details will be sent in advance.
Please begin or renew your UUW membership by sending $25 payable to UUWGL- c/o Joanne Brine, 4 Lake View Place, Lynn, MA 01904. Dues (along with investment and fundraising income) are used primarily for philanthropic purposes. This calendar year we donated a total of $5,000 to 18 charitable organizations and a total of $4,500 for several college scholarships.
Every member of our community is on the Caring Ministry Ministry Team!
Reaching out to support one another is one of the most important commitments we make to each other as a church. Our special spiritual friendships here invite us to move beyond small talk and into closer relationships. Every week in our worship service, we are invited to share our joys, sorrows and milestones with the congregation. At this time, we may find out about the need for cards, calls, visits, rides or meals. Everyone should expect to both give and receive within community.
If you have a pastoral need or know someone who does, please contact: 781-595-8836, ext. 16 or email Claire Wilson.
2019-2020 Members: Sally Clapp, Bob Daddario, Bonnie Fishman, Ruth Griffin, Gloria Kozlosky, and Kelly Slater.