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
"The Faith of Religious Humanism"
September 28, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Rev. Cal Frye, Celebrant Musician: Karin Tooley
The American Humanist Association was organized by a largely Unitarian group centered at the University of Chicago. The philosophy has come to be known by most of the country by one word, "secular humanism," but Humanism remains a strong thread running through modern Unitarian Universalism. What is "UU" about humanism, or for that matter, what is Humanist about Unitarian Universalism today? What is the faith of a religious Humanist? Is there a place where humanism can be religious at all?
Cal is a member of the Oberlin congregation, is a Humanist Celebrant, and works at Oberlin College in the IT department. Those of you who have attended Summer Institute may know him and his wife Phyllis from the publication, the Mockingbird.
UUSC Book Club Returns
September 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Mark the Date! Book clubbers will meet at the home of member Pat Dillard (Address in directory). We are reading the New York Times bestselling novel The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Rina has one copy in her office that can be borrowed for up to two weeks.
English Country Dance
September 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Join Wes Senseman and friends on Friday, September 19th at 8:00—11:00 p.m. at the Society in the sanctuary for English Country Dance. All dances are taught and prompted. No partners are necessary. For more information contact Wes at 216-932-7570.
September 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Do you know about the chili feud? Mary Schatzman and Dave Morrell each make chili. Each thinks theirs is the way to make it. They are quite different. Partisans of various chili’s can meet for a chili cook-off on Saturday, September 27th, at 6:30 p.m. at the UU Society. We challenge Sue McKimm to submit her vegan chili, also. Who else thinks they can make chili? RSVP to Mary. Non-partisan participants are also needed to fairly judge. Some other food items are also needed, as well as libations. So put this important event on your calendar, and bring your bean-o.
Religious Education Adult Forum
September 28, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
On Sunday, September 28th at 1:00 p.m. there will be a Religious Education Adult Forum. UUSC member Lois Romanoff will share her well-honed insights into the issue of the privatization of public schools. This is a national issue with very local implication as Lois will talk about the Cleveland Heights school system in particular and the development of counter models of education reform.
September 28, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Movie Night for September will be Sunday, September 28, at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The movie is "American Violet". This is a drama based on true events. It is about a 24-year-old African American mother falsely accused of a drug crime. It is based on a series of drug sweeps in Texas in 2000 that the ACLU termed "paramilitary". The movie stars Nicole Beharie, Michael O'Keefe, Will Patton, and Alfre Woodard. The movie runs 103 minutes, and we will have discussion afterward. There will be pizza.