The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland offers many ways to connect with others in the congregation and the larger community. The list below is organized by different types of activities and contains information about the groups. Some listings include contact and meeting information.

If you are interested in a group that does not list a contact, please email leadership.development@uucleveland.org for more information.

The Mission of the UU Congregation of Cleveland includes “Community: Within and Without,” which sums up the importance of our connections with each other. We gather in many ways and for many reasons. Here are some of the groups that connect on a regular basis.

  • A Novel Idea (All Fiction Book Club)
    There is a small group in the UUCC community where you can meet hundreds of new friends and have friendships that last a lifetime. You can go places you’ve ...
  • All Around Town
    This is a group for adventurous diners who enjoy eating out at restaurants throughout the Greater Cleveland area. We welcome all adults, any gender, single, partnered, etc. Each person must register ...
  • Authentic Diversity
    This covenant group creates space to support each other in doing the personal and congregational work to manifest the Beloved Community that welcomes everyone. This group meets on third Mondays from ...
  • Cheers to a Night Out I
    Women meet for eats, drinks, and conversation at a different restaurant each month during the year.   1st Thursday at 5:00 PM . (10 Maximum )  This group is full. ...
  • Circle of Friends
    Circle of Friends is a friendly, welcoming group for those who identify as female in all stages of life. We create friendships by discussing mutually agreed upon topics. We strive ...
  • Couples , Cuisine, Conversation
    Our Couples groups are so popular we are looking to start a third group. Group members have the opportunity to develop deep, meaningful friendships over shared meals in ...
  • Couples Connection
    Couples take turns hosting the group either in their homes (potluck,)  a restaurant, a park, or other agreed-upon venue for friendship and meaningful conversation. This is a great opportunity to ...
  • Friendship for Women
    Women’s group to deepen friendships and discuss topics chosen by a different member of the group each month.  The group meets the second Monday of each month from 2-3:30 in ...
  • Harry’s Kitchen Crew
    Who is “Harry’s Kitchen Crew”? The crew got started over 10 years ago.  Harry took over the preparation of the Sunday morning breakfast with a vow that he will serve a ...
  • Laughter in our Lives
    Women gather for breakfast as they share experiences, poetry, music, books, articles and humor that reflect the lighter side of life. Bring your positive energy to learn, laugh, and smile ...
  • Men’s Group
    The Men’s Group provides an opportunity for men to discuss common issues. Meets on the second Monday from 7:00- 9:00 PM (10 Maximum).  This group is full. Would you like to start an ...
  • Needlers: Knitting, Crocheting, other Handwork
    Do you enjoy doing handwork with others?  Want to learn a new skill, or get advice from others with more experience? Do you just want to gather with others, meet ...
  • Poetry
    Poetry Each month we meet to share poems. Participants bring their favorite author’s work to share, or poems they are working on, or have written in the past. We welcome ...
  • Post Retirement
    This group is for women of post-retirement age who would like to explore together the issues relevant to their lives and society from the vantage point of life ...
  • Pride for All Ages: An Intergenerational LGBTQ+ Group
    This intergenerational LGBTQ+ group is a social group that includes activism and serves as a congregational resource. It is an expression of our 1st, 3rd and 6th principles which affirms ...
  • Second Saturday Walking Group
    This group is for folks who are lovers of the outdoors and walking who would like to participate in moderate hikes at local parks and woody areas.  2nd  Saturdays  9:30-11:30 AM (15 ...
  • The Golden Ticket Auction
    Will you be the one? Will you be the winner of the lucky golden ticket? To find out you must join us on Saturday November 4th from 6 pm – ...
  • The Golden Ticket Auction
    Hold your breath Make a wish Count to three Come with me And you’ll be In a world of Pure imagination Take a look And you’ll see Into your imagination Will you be the one? Will you be the winner ...
  • Third Saturday Walking Group
    Please join our welcoming group of walkers every third Saturday at 9:30 am. We walk at a moderate pace for about an hour or so once a month in parks ...
  • Wisdom Seekers Virtual
    We are a group of men on the back nine of our lives. There is no stated age limit and we welcome anyone who wishes to seek and share wisdom ...

The UU Congregation of Cleveland is grateful for the generosity of its members and friends who contribute their time and talents to the success and sustainability of our community.

  • Committee on Shared Ministry
    Established by the Board to assess the overall ministry of the congregation, including support and feedback to paid ministerial staff. Contact: Rev. Randy Partain (email) 2023-24 Committee on Shared Ministry Rev. Randy Partain Laurie ...
  • Facilities Task Force
    Team established by the Board of Trustees that is charged with selling the Lancashire property, and completing a property assessment of the Shaker property. Contacts: Tadd Pinkston (email) and Tom McKenna ...
  • Finance Committee
    Committee of the Board that oversees UUCC finances. The Finance Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Contact: Don Stimpert (email) 2023-24 Finance Committee: Don Stimpert, chair Mark Assel John Bacon Carol Gay Ray Gonzalez David ...
  • Investment Committee
    Committee that oversees and directs the investment of UUCC’s investment portfolio. Contact: Tom McKenna (email) 2023-24 Investment Committee Pat Dillard David Kantor Brian Larson Tom McKenna (chair) Glen Solomon Don Stimpert Cynthia Taylor The Investment Committee shall supervise the custody ...
  • Leadership Development Committee
    Committee that develops and implements plans to support members who are interested in evolving into leadership roles within UUCC and identifies and nominates individuals for positions that require a Congregational ...
  • Membership Committee
    Committee that plans and implements activities to enhance Congregational fellowship and strengthen relationships among our members. Contacts: Carol Gay (email) and Amy Glesius The Membership Committee shall support the recruitment of new ...
  • Operations Council
    The Operations (formerly Leadership) Council is made up of Lay and Staff Members and is responsible for the managing the operations of our congregation. The Operations Council Core meets on ...
  • Stewardship Committee
    Committee that plans and executes the annual Stewardship Campaign for UUCC. 2024-2025 UUCC Stewardship Campaign Committee This committee operates during the 2023-2024 Congregation Year and conducts the stewardship campaign for the ...
  • Strategic Investment Task Force
    The Board appointed the Strategic Investment Task Force to develop a program to make significant investments in a limited number of initiatives that further the mission, vision, and strategic plan ...
  • UUCC Board of Trustees
    UUCC is governed by an elected Board of Trustees.  The Board is responsible for determining and upholding the mission and vision of our congregation, as well as for making financial and legal ...

At UUCC, there are many ways to help individuals and the community thrive

  • Childcare Policies
    Childcare runs from 9:00 – 1:00 pm on Sunday, for ages toddlers (age 1) through kindergarten (age 5) only. Childcare runs from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, for ages toddler to 10 ...
  • Committee on Shared Ministry
    Established by the Board to assess the overall ministry of the congregation, including support and feedback to paid ministerial staff. Contact: Rev. Randy Partain (email) 2023-24 Committee on Shared Ministry Rev. Randy Partain Laurie ...
  • Communications Task Force
    Board-called committee that deals with internal communications.
  • Finance Committee
    Committee of the Board that oversees UUCC finances. The Finance Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Contact: Don Stimpert (email) 2023-24 Finance Committee: Don Stimpert, chair Mark Assel John Bacon Carol Gay Ray Gonzalez David ...
  • Friendship for Women
    Women’s group to deepen friendships and discuss topics chosen by a different member of the group each month.  The group meets the second Monday of each month from 2-3:30 in ...
  • Harry’s Kitchen Crew
    Who is “Harry’s Kitchen Crew”? The crew got started over 10 years ago.  Harry took over the preparation of the Sunday morning breakfast with a vow that he will serve a ...
  • Membership Committee
    Committee that plans and implements activities to enhance Congregational fellowship and strengthen relationships among our members. Contacts: Carol Gay (email) and Amy Glesius The Membership Committee shall support the recruitment of new ...
  • Ministry for Earth
    The UUCC Ministry for Earth is inspired by the 7th principle:   Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. The Ministry for Earth offers a ...
  • Newsletter & Website Team
    The UU Congregation of Cleveland website is maintained by volunteers from the congregation who are are content managers and editors. If you are interested in joining our team, contact Cat ...
  • Playground
    The Playground is a collaborative project between the congregation and the community. It was originally built many decades ago and, while still attracting UUCC members, students from the IMPACT program, ...
  • Racial Justice Leadership Team
    The Racial Justice Leadership Team (RJLT) aims to lead the congregation in developing and living out an intentionally anti-racist identity in all aspects of church life, in line with the ...
  • The Angus MacLean Memorial Garden
    The Memorial Garden is a reminder of the inter- connected web of life.  As a final resting place for members who have gone before us, it is a place to ...
  • The Community Garden
    The Community Garden was started in 2009. Folks can reserve one or more beds in the spring or fall and organically grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers. The plots are available ...
  • UUCC Apple Orchard
    May 2022: Help needed planting perennials between our apple trees. Come plant alongside IMPACT kids.  We will be planting some 500 perennial flowers in our fledgling apple orchard—all recommended specifically ...

Unitarian Universalists affirm the Fourth Principle, “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” That quest takes many forms, from delving more deeply into the week’s sermon topic to discussing a new book to engaging in meaningful conversation. Consider expanding your horizons with the following UUCC groups:

  • Laughter in our Lives
    Women gather for breakfast as they share experiences, poetry, music, books, articles and humor that reflect the lighter side of life. Bring your positive energy to learn, laugh, and smile ...
  • Post Retirement
    This group is for women of post-retirement age who would like to explore together the issues relevant to their lives and society from the vantage point of life ...
  • Pride for All Ages: An Intergenerational LGBTQ+ Group
    This intergenerational LGBTQ+ group is a social group that includes activism and serves as a congregational resource. It is an expression of our 1st, 3rd and 6th principles which affirms ...
  • Soul Matters – Sunday
    UUCC subscribes to a themed curriculum that provides resource materials for several aspects of church life including worship, religious education, and Small Groups. This small group will provide an opportunity ...
  • Soul Matters – Wednesday Evening
    UUCC subscribes to a themed curriculum that provides resource materials for several aspects of church life including worship, religious education, and Small Groups. This small group will provide an opportunity ...
  • Soul Matters – Zoom
    UUCC subscribes to a themed curriculum that provides resource materials for several aspects of church life including worship, religious education, and Small Groups. This small group will provide an opportunity ...
  • Tuesday Readers – Virtual
    The group gathers to discuss a monthly book selection, via Zoom 1st Tuesdays at 7pm.  We will choose books to read, and each month have a discussion about the current book.  Fiction ...
  • Wisdom Seekers Virtual
    We are a group of men on the back nine of our lives. There is no stated age limit and we welcome anyone who wishes to seek and share wisdom ...

Working with and supporting the goals of the communities that surround the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland is an important way that we live out the Principles of Unitarian Universalism.

  • Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail
    The Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail is a group of community activists organized to demand change and accountability from elected officials responsible for conditions at ...
  • FDR Partners
    FDR Partners – Since February of 2017, UUCC has had a partnership with Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy to bring youngsters and oldsters together in service to students’ academic achievement and ...
  • Greater Cleveland Congregations
    Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together for social justice. As a catalyst for systemic change, GCC challenges Greater ...
  • Green Noble Project
    The Green Noble Project – The Noble neighborhood of Cleveland Heights has become a prime site for UUCC’s commitment to environmental justice.  Bordering East Cleveland, this northernmost section of Cleveland ...
  • IMPACT Youth Enrichment Program
    The IMPACT Youth Enrichment Program is an afterschool prevention program for Shaker Heights Middle School 7th and 8th graders in collaboration with UUCC and the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The program promotes ...
  • Mini Cyber Auction – Fresh Fork Market
    Fresh Fork Market has donated 3 shares of their food subscription service and we will auction off those shares this weekend. The Auction website goes live on Friday, May 26 ...
  • Ministry for Earth
    The UUCC Ministry for Earth is inspired by the 7th principle:   Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. The Ministry for Earth offers a ...
  • Newsletter & Website Team
    The UU Congregation of Cleveland website is maintained by volunteers from the congregation who are are content managers and editors. If you are interested in joining our team, contact Cat ...
  • Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
    Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) is a 501C3 organization that serves the 38 UU congregations and fellowships across Ohio. Their mission is to offer education, advocacy, and action consistent with ...
  • Urban Hope
    Urban Hope is an Ohio City storefront soup kitchen that area Unitarian churches support. It provides a place for needy neighbors to gather inside for a few hours to eat ...
  • UU The Vote
    UU the vote offers workshops and actions to encourage voting and voting awareness through out the country.  UU the Vote in Ohio is partially supported by the Unitarian Universalist Association ...
  • UUCC Recycles
    We recycle Glass Bottles, Paper, Plastic Bottles, Cans, Plastic Tubs and Food Waste Our new Paper recycle bins are owned by River Valley. Our Rust belt Rider Bins, and Repeat ...

The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Part of living out that value is committing to taking care of our environment, structures, and each other.

  • Buildings & Grounds
    Oversees planning & operations of the physical facilities. Contacts: Ken Kuehm (email) and Tom McKenna (email) 2023-24 Buildings & Grounds Committee Ray Gonzalez Ken Kuehm (co-chair) Ryan McGuire Tom McKenna (co-chair) Dell Salza Cliff Wire Victor Young (staff) Rentals Coordinates rental ...
  • Facilities Task Force
    Team established by the Board of Trustees that is charged with selling the Lancashire property, and completing a property assessment of the Shaker property. Contacts: Tadd Pinkston (email) and Tom McKenna ...
  • Green Noble Project
    The Green Noble Project – The Noble neighborhood of Cleveland Heights has become a prime site for UUCC’s commitment to environmental justice.  Bordering East Cleveland, this northernmost section of Cleveland ...
  • Permaculture Garden
    Seasonal volunteer opportunity assisting with the maintenance of the garden between the parking lot and the UUCC building. Wednesdays from 10 AM – 12 PM from spring thru fall. Sign ...
  • The Angus MacLean Memorial Garden
    The Memorial Garden is a reminder of the inter- connected web of life.  As a final resting place for members who have gone before us, it is a place to ...
  • The Community Garden
    The Community Garden was started in 2009. Folks can reserve one or more beds in the spring or fall and organically grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers. The plots are available ...
  • UUCC Apple Orchard
    May 2022: Help needed planting perennials between our apple trees. Come plant alongside IMPACT kids.  We will be planting some 500 perennial flowers in our fledgling apple orchard—all recommended specifically ...