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.
A Balancing Act: Forgiveness vs. Justice
November 30, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Christie Anderson
Differing perspectives on forgiveness result in variations in how cultures administer criminal justice. This service will explore the American criminal system's foundation of "justice of fairness," compared to the theologies of Buddhism and Amish Christianity which espouse "justice as restoration." We will consider whether America can improve its handling of criminal offenders and how UUs might want to influence our society's understanding of forgiveness and justice.
Multigenerational Service: Stone Soup
December 14, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.
Our all ages service for the holiday season will focus on the classic story of a village that realizes each person can contribute something small to form a large pot of soup that will feed all. Come prepared for a service that gently asks each of us what we can contribute to our community. And, yes, there will be soup compliments of Rev. Joe and the religious education program!
Welcoming a Guest at Your Table
Each year at this time, friends and families in our congregation participate in Guest at Your Table - a decades-long UU tradition. The Guest at Your Table program helps families and individuals learn how the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee puts our shared values into action in the United States and around the world. Through a potent combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots human rights leaders, UUSC promotes workers' rights, rebuilds sustainable communities, advances civil liberties, and heals people affected by disasters. To learn more click here to go to the UUA website or click here for a printer friendly flyer.
Thanksgiving Eve Service
November 26, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Five congregations from the Heights have come together for an ecumenical, community Thanksgiving Eve Service. Like in the days of the Heights InterFaith Council, it will be held Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 26th, at 7:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 2222 North Taylor Road (near the East Cleveland border). The speaker will be the Rev. Leonard Killings of Advent Lutheran Church in Cleveland, who serves as the manager of the Lee-Seville-Miles Ministerial Alliance Hunger Center. The theme is "Giving Thanks by Giving Back"... to the community. Click here for a printer friendly flyer.
Poinsettias for Sale
Poinsettias are available for sale thru Sunday, December 7th, for $20 each. They can be dedicated to or in memory of someone. The Poinsettias will be used to decorate the sanctuary for December and may be taken home after the Christmas Eve service.
December 7, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
We will have a meeting on December 7th after the service. The board needs to present information about potential building improvements to the congregation. We don’t plan to vote on anything during the meeting, but we need to hear everyone’s voice in the discussion as we put together our proposal. Please plan to attend!
First Sunday Potluck
December 7, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
First Sunday Potluck is December 7th 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.
Shine and Shadow Support Group
December 7, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
Shine and Shadow Support Group (formerly the Living and Losing Group) - December 7: Join us for this ongoing support group for people facing loss and change. We will meet in the UUSC library at 1:00—2:00 p.m. Newcomers welcome.
UUSC Holiday Bazaar
December 14, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
Join us on Sunday Dec. 14th after the service for a continuation of intergenerational festivities! Bring money and shop for holiday gifts and personal treasures, guilt free. UU Society artists and crafters (and friends of) will donate a percentage of their profits to the UUSC. Find jewelry, pottery, crocheted items, “Holy” soap, fair trade goods and more. If you would like a space or table to sell your goods, please let Amy know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a printer friendly flyer.
Religious Education Committee Meeting
December 19, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.
The UUSC religious education committee will meet at the Society on Friday, December 19th at 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. to discuss upcoming programs and classes. All are welcome to attend this committee meeting.
Art Opening Reception for Eugenia Vainberg's Exhibit of Embroidery Arts
December 21, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
On Sunday, December 21st immediately after service, join us for an Art opening reception for Eugenia Vainberg’s exhibit of embroidery arts. Eugenia is a neighbor from Musician’s Towers (she just recently moved to Judson Manor) who excels in embroidery. Many of her pieces focus on Russian folktales, ballet and modern art. Join us directly after the service to meet Eugenia and enjoy her beautiful artwork.
UUA Common Read Book for 2014-15
Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square
by Paul Rasor
January discussion dates:
Wednesday, January 14th 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 25th 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
February Discussion Date: TBA
Paul Rasor’s slim book focuses on projecting the religious values of Unitarian Universalism into public discourse. Rasor observes that many liberals are uncomfortable with talking about our faith as the well from which spring our social justice commitments. The book includes insights from our theological heritage and our history that have bearing for us today, and calls us to prophetic, faith-based justice work. The book is available for purchase at MacBacks on Coventry. Get your copy now so that you have time to read it by January! Click here for a printer friendly flyer.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
January 11th at 12:30 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE: January 11th for a"Getting to Know UUSC" Meeting. Interested in learning more about the Society and Unitarian Universalism? Attend this meeting with the Membership Team immediately after the service.
SAVE the DATE! Saturday, February 7th OWLfest at the UUSC at 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Our Whole Lives program is a values-based comprehensive human sexuality program. Through discussion and activities participants and leaders will focus on our sexuality in connection to our relationships, our families and our spirituality. Participants will be challenged to explore sexuality as a creative and connective life force rather than a series of thoughts and actions isolated from other parts of human activity.