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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.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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

First Sunday Potluck will be Sunday afternoon, March 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.

Shine and Shadow Support Group
March 1, 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 at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Newcomers welcome.

The Dao Study Group
March 1, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Join Dietz Ziechmann and friends in the Dao Study Group Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary following the potluck luncheon and services to discuss the following topic: "How much do we need to separate from the "unholy", the uninspired, the un-awakened, and unaware? When is the best time to do so?"

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

The next Shamanic Journey Circle will be held on Sunday, March 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 Michelle Gilbert. Class size is limited.

Young Adult/Adult Our Whole Lives Workshop: The Arts, Sexuality and Spirituality
March 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Join us on Saturday, March 14th for an exploration of how the arts help us shape our ideas about love, spirituality and sexuality. For centuries the arts have been used to celebrate the joy and diversity of our sexuality and spirituality. This workshop will begin by exploring the early erotic love poetry from the Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible and move into modern day music, visual arts, dance and spoken word depictions of sexuality and spirituality. We will also look at sexual stereotyping through the arts, how body images are portrayed in the arts, and encounter works of art that lift up the lives of sexual minorities. We will meet in the UUSC sanctuary.

Intergenerational Movie Night
March 15, 2015

Intergenerational Movie Night—March 15: Intergenerational movie night is Sunday, March 15th 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.

Religious Education Committee Meeting
March 18, 2015, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Members of the Religious Education committee will meet in the UUSC library to finalize curriculum for church year 2015-16. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Urban Hope Dinner
March 22, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, March 22nd, join members and friends of the Society for dinner at Urban Hope (4241 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland). We will host the dinner which starts at 4 p.m. All who are available to prepare and present food, please let Rev. Joe know (minister@uucleveland.org). If you plan to attend and can assist in serving and cleaning afterwards, add your name to the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.

Greater Cleveland Congregations
March 26, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Greater Cleveland Congregations Delegate Assembly meeting will be held March 26th at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  This is a follow-up meeting to the Department of Justice recommendations.  The location TBA.

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.

Standing on the Side of Love T-Shirts

SSL is a Unitarian Universalist Project begun by young adults, inspired by the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, which was targeted because they are welcoming to LGBTQ people and have a liberal stance on many issues.  Rev. Joe's sermon on February 15th referred to how goldenrod t-shirts changed how we see each other, and how the world sees us. To listen to the sermon, click on the podcast.   The yellow Standing on the Side of Love T-Shirts that Rev. Joe referred to in his sermon, can be purchased by calling the UUA at 800-215-9076 or going online to their website.

Micro-Aggressions Workshop
April 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join members of the Beloved Conversations group to learn more about what micro-aggressions are and how they function in our society. This is a very interactive workshop. Be prepared to participate and learn! We will meet in the UUSC sanctuary on Saturday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m.