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Welcome

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 Service

Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

There will be a traditional UUSC Christmas Eve service on Wednesday, December 24th at 7 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Intergenerational Game Night
December 20, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to attend the intergenerational game night on Saturday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Society. Participants are encouraged to bring a guest or two, a game or two, a snack to share or two, or all of the above (or two). Contact Karl Hopkins-Lutz for more information (karlhl@hotmail.com).

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.

Movie Night
December 28, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.

Movie Night for December will be Sunday, December 28th at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The movie is a PG-13 anime film, Tokyo Godfathers. When an alcoholic, a transvestite and a young runaway happen upon an abandoned baby in a dumpster on Christmas Eve, they go in search of the child's parents, encountering an assortment of oddball characters along the way. Come to movie night for an enjoyable evening. We will have pizza.

Shine and Shadow Support Group (formerly the Living and Losing Group)
January 4, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for this ongoing support group for people facing loss and change. We will meet in the UUSC library from 1:00—2:00 p.m. Newcomers welcome.

The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit and Life!
January 10, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.

The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit and Life! — January 10: Members of the Finance Council and Stewardship committee will begin this 12-session curriculum that focuses on how we align our money with our Unitarian Universalist spiritual and ethical values. This meeting will be held on Saturday, January 10th, at 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Greater Cleveland Congregations Teach-in at Antioch Baptist Church
January 13, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

This is a teaching session to present the findings of the 58-page Department of Justice Report and to further develop plans for public action to move the city of Cleveland toward comprehensive, systematic law enforcement and criminal justice reform.

Beloved Conversations Cohort 1 and 2 Serial Witness Workshop
January 18, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.

Beloved Conversations Cohort 1 and 2 Serial Witness Workshop—January 18: The purpose of this workshop is to help Beloved Conversations participants process the events of the last several months that have taken place in Ferguson, MO and Cleveland around police brutality and systemic racism. Join us on Sunday, January 18th at 1:00—3:00 p.m.

Love Takes Many Forms: Understanding BDSM/Kink/Fetish Sexuality for Unitarian Universalists
January 24, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

This workshop is designed to provide our community with a basic understanding of BDSM, kink and fetish sexuality and identity. We are offering a session on this topic to broaden our discussion around safe, sane and consensual sexual behaviors that are often misunderstood and even discriminated against by others. This workshop is also being held before the release of the film Fifty Shades of Gray, a film that mischaracterizes BDSM sexuality. Please join us at 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24th.

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.

UUSC Now Has a Hearing Loop for Hearing Aid Users

Hearing loops allow people who wear hearing aids to directly receive the sound from the church’s PA system in their own hearing aids without having to pick up a separate listening device. Please click here for more information.