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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 Services

"Mexican Cosmovisions"
August 24, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

Worship Leader:  Rina Shere, Director Lifespan Faith Development                                                    Musician:  Karin Tooley

On my recent study trip to Mexico I was introduced to the Naua people, the indigenous, pre-Aztec inhabitants of Mexico. I was also introduced to the term “cosmovision” which is a world view that links the supernatural, the natural and the human world to each other to form a seamless living community. In this context, spirituality is not a private matter; it is lived, communal, experience. What I found so beautiful about the Naua cosmovision is that everyone has a role in maintaining the harmony within this grand scheme. Come and explore this unique world view and learn about the Naua people through their art and stories.

"Bless This House"
August 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m.

Worship Leader:  Rina Shere, Director Lifespan Faith Development                                                    Musician:  Karin Tooley

On Sunday, August 31st, we will meet at the Society at 9 a.m. to clean house and bless our space.  The facilities team will provide a modest breakfast.  We will work until 11:30 a.m. at which time we will have a special service to bless our space.  Then we will have First Sunday lunch as usual.  All are invited to participate!

 

Upcoming Events

Religious Education Committee Meeting
August 21, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

Members of the Religious Education committee will meet in the UUSC library to plan our fall schedule and discuss the vision of our program for this new year on Thursday, August 21st at 7:15—8:30 p.m.

Religious Education Teacher Training
August 23, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

On Saturday, August 23rd, volunteer teachers will gather together at 8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. to review curriculum, spiritual practices and safety policies. Breakfast and snacks are provided.

Circle Supper
August 23, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

The next Circle Supper will be Saturday, August 23rd, at Sally Hanley’s home (see directory for address). There’s a pool, so for those of you who’d like to swim (or just hang out) any time after 4:30 p.m. is fine, with the supper starting as usual at 6:30 p.m. Come straight up the driveway and around to the back where you’ll find us outside (unless it rains—then buzz #3). There’s parking in the back also. Please RSVP by email (yrpalsal@copper.net) and let me know what you’re bringing or ask what I still need. Love to see you!

Movie Night
August 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Movie Night for August will be Sunday, August 24th, at 5:00 pm at the UU Society. The movie will be a documentary called Inequality for All. It features Robert Reich and is one of the clearest explanations of the issue of the increasing gap in the US between rich and not-rich. This will be interesting, and should spark good discussion. It also is a good focus for the coming year's UUA Study-Action Issue. There will be pizza.

UUSC Music Jam
August 31, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, August 31st, for a UUSC music jam immediately following service. Bring your voices, stringed, vocal, or other instruments to the music jam along with easy songs with both cords and words. We’d really like to have some drums!

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Special Volunteer Day
September 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 6th, at 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. adults and youth 12 and older are invited to help sort and repack nonperishable food items that will be distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Donuts, coffee and juice are provided. Registration is limited to 10 participants and community service hours are offered. See the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is located at 15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio. Volunteers will meet up at this location at 9:00 a.m.

First Sunday Potluck
September 7, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

First Sunday Potluck is Sunday, September 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
September 7, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, September 7th 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.

"In Our Own Backyard: The Immigration Crisis in Ohio"
September 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 13th at 9:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., you are invited to a conference for Northeast Ohio UU’s and faith communities and partners that will be hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron (3300 Morewood Road, Akron, OH). This is an emergency meeting that is being convened by UUA President Peter Morales who has been on the foreground of immigration concerns since becoming UUA president.  Click here to learn more.  To register, go to the Ohio-Meadville District website:

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.