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The Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland is a joyful, welcoming, religious community. We strive to be a sanctuary for all who enter, to reflect the diversity of the local community, and to work toward a more just and sustainable society. We are located in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights and are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

As a Unitarian Universalist congregation we are a non-creedal community. We do not require anyone to subscribe to a specific set of beliefs to be a member of the Society. Instead we live by a covenant that encourages ethical behavior, affirms democracy, celebrates the worth of each individual and unites us in a search for meaning and in reverence for the great mystery that is life.

We are a welcoming congregation and all persons are warmly invited to participate in the life and activities of our community, regardless of color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental abilities or economic status.

We hope that you will join us as we strive to create a diverse, spiritually-uplifting, life-affirming and justice-centered community.


Worship Services

February 1, 2015 ~ 11:00 AM
"I Blame Jane Austen"
Worship Leader: Rev. Joe Cherry

In the early 19th Century a very smart young woman wrote a series of novels as widely read today as they were in her day. How is it a woman who never married almost literally wrote the book on romance that we still read from today?

February 8, 2015 ~ 11:00 AM
Worship Leader: Rev. Joe Cherry

This Sunday we will explore ideas around caring for our fellow humans, our human institutions and the sometimes surprising things that one discovers while living a spiritual life.


Upcoming Events

First Sunday Potluck
February 1, 2015,  12:30 p.m.

First Sunday Potluck will be Sunday afternoon, February 1st in the Fellowship Hall immediately following service.  If you don’t bring a dish, the cost is $3 per person or $5 per family. First time guests are free.

The Dao Study Group - What Makes for Peace?
February 1, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Join Dietz Ziechmann and friends in the Dao Study Group this afternoon at 1:30 PM in the sanctuary following the potluck luncheon and services to discuss the topic of “What Makes for Peace?”

Men's Superbowl Party
February 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

The Men’s Annual Superbowl Party will be held at Ryan Sullivan’s pad. The festivities begin at 5:00 PM with game time at approximately 6:30 PM. Bring your own beer or drink and a snack to share. Glenn Altschuld will again graciously prepare his famous chili (both for vegetarians and carnivores). There will be the usual wagering and immature behavior in a PC free zone. It’s always lots of fun and we look forward to seeing you there. Contact Ryan Sullivan at 216-798-8292 or entropan@netzero.net for further details.

Greater Cleveland Congregations General Assembly Meeting at Olivet Baptist Church
February 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this Public Action meeting to transform the Criminal Justice System. At this meeting GCC will publicly state our recommendations for the Consent Decree between the Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland in regards to changes in the Cleveland Police Department. U.S. Attorney Dettelbach will be in attendance to hear our
recommendations. The Society has pledged that 10 members will be present for the meeting.
Rev. Joe and Rina Shere will each be carpooling folks who need a ride in their vans. We will meet
in the Society parking lot at 6 p.m.

Daytimers Meeting
Every Wednesday at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Daytimers would like to announce a new meeting time. We will start this week (February 4th) meeting from 3-5 PM every Wednesday. This week we will explore the question “What are you curious about?” and we will try to focus our efforts in the direction of those curiosities. A quick survey of this week’s group who met for lunch yielded answers such as “How does the Media affect our young people,” and “Industrial Design.” Who knows what wide and varied topics might come up if you also participate.  If you can’t make next Wednesday’s meeting, worry not! You can always contact Rev. Joe, (minister@uucleveland.org) and he will carry your answers to the meeting on your behalf.

Shamanic Journeying Circle
February 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

The next Shamanic Journey Circle will be held on Sunday, February 8th at 3:00—5:00 p.m. at the Society in the sanctuary. This circle is offered to provide an opportunity to explore Shamanic Journeying in a comfortable group for meditation, self-healing and personal or spiritual development. Donations are gratefully accepted to help defray facilities rental, etc.  The circle is facilitated by Neal Szpatura and Michelle Gilbert.  Class size is limited.  RSVP to Neal Szpatura at 216-371-3433 or email nealdragon@aol.com. 

February Movie Nights
February 15th and February 22nd

Intergenerational Movie Night—February 15: Intergenerational movie night is Sunday,
February 15 at 4:00 pm. The movie is “The Incredibles”, which is an animated movie about two hours long. After a string of lawsuits forces a family of superheroes to rein in their powers and go into hiding in suburbia, a mysterious source asks the out-of-shape patriarch, Mr. Incredible, for help -- but it's a trap. We will have pizza. Please note the earlier time to accommodate family schedules. All are welcome, and kids need to have an adult along who is responsible for them.

Adult Discussion and Movie Night—February 22: Sunday, February 22 is adult discussion and movie night at 5:00 pm. The movie is “The Day After Tomorrow”, which is an action movie from 2004. After years of unabated global warming, the greenhouse effect is wreaking havoc all over the globe in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and, most ominously, the beginning of the next Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) tries to save the world while also shepherding to safety his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in New York when the city was overwhelmed by the beginnings of the new big freeze. We will have pizza.

District Assembly 2015
March 27-28, 2015

District Assembly 2015 will take place on March 27-28, 2015 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY as a joint event with the St. Lawrence District. The theme is Strong Roots, Broad Wings and the keynote speaker is Rev. Scott Tayler, Director of Congregational Life of the UUA. Gould Lecture will be presented by Rev. Tom Chulak, retired District Executive of the OMD and SLD districts. Registration is now open.  Click here for more information.