The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed earned his M.A. from the University of Chicago and D.Min from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He served as co-minister with his wife, Donna Morrison-Reed, in Rochester, NY and Toronto, Canada. Currently he is an Affiliated Faculty at Meadville Lombard and Coordinator of its Sankofa Archive. In addition, he writes and leads workshops. In much demand as a preacher, he has spoken at nearly 200 UU congregations and conferences in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. To read entire bio click here.
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.
Upcoming Guest Speakers
Shine and Shadow Support Group
October 5, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Shine and Shadow Support Group (formerly the Living and Losing group) will meet on Sunday, October 5th at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.. Join us for this ongoing support group for people facing loss and change. We will meet in the UUSC library. Newcomers welcome.
Decorate Mexican Sugar Skulls
October 12, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
On Sunday, October 12th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. we will decorate Mexican Sugar Skulls. This is a Multigenerational Arts Activity in Preparation for Day of the Dead during Social Hour in Fellowship Hall.
Join us for a time of preparation for the October 26th worship service which will explore the theme of Memory and Spirits. Members and friends are invited to decorate a sugar skull in memory of a loved one or pet to be displayed on our congregational Day of the Dead Ofrenda (altar) on Sunday, October 26th. Generally ofrendas are set up on a table decorated with sugar skulls, candles, flowers, and skeletons. The items on the ofrenda carry memories of people who we love who have died. Many members bring in photos of loved ones to place on the ofrenda during a special time in the service.
Pre-registration for this activity is encouraged. Rina will be making enough sugar skulls for those who sign up! Look for the sign-up sheet on the religious education divider in the Fellowship Hall. If there is anyone in the congregation who LOVES to make royal icing – Rina could use some help! Sign-up on the orange sheet in Fellowship Hall.
OWL Workshop - Sexuality: The Mind/Body Connection
October 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We are holding an OWL workshop on Sexuality: The Mind/Body Connection on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Our first Adult OWL workshop explores connections between our minds and bodies in three areas: the language we use to describe sexuality, our feelings about our bodies, and how we develop our own personal values around issues of sexuality. Whether or not you attended any OWL sessions last year, you are welcome to join us this year. This workshop is open to adult members of the congregation. Childcare is available but must be requested by Sunday, October 12th.
October 19, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Movie Night is Sunday, October 19th, at the Society in the sanctuary. The movie is "The Stones Cry Out". This is a 2013 documentary from Yasmine Perni. "Cristianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land. For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression. The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events. This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today."
Religious Education Committee Meeting
October 24, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The UUSC religious education committee will meet at the Society to discuss upcoming programs and classes. All are welcome to attend this committee meeting.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed Potluck Dinner and Presentation
October 25, 2014, 545 - 9:30 p.m.
Details about this event are listed at the top of this page and can also be found in Monday Sparks and the Beacon.
Religious Education Adult Forum - General Assembly Update
October 26, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
This past summer Barbie Jones, our current board president and member Mary Schatzman attended General Assembly in Portland, OR. This is a time for Barbie and Mary to share information about the workshops they attended and future trends of our denomination.
OWL Workshop Two: Exploring Transgender/ Cis-gender
November 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This OWL workshop will provide opportunities to gain a greater understanding of the current transgender reality. How can Unitarian Universalists be allies to our transgender community and gain a greater understanding of what cis-gender privilege means to both the heterosexual and the LGBTQ community? We have partnered with the LGBTQ Center to offer this workshop.
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.