UU Congregation of Cleveland Calls Rev. Dr. Randy Partain as its Minister

Rev. Randy Partain is the first Called Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland (UUCC), in Shaker Heights, Ohio. UUCC was formed in February, 2019, the result of a reunification of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland and First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.

Rev. Partain currently serves as minister for the Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Houston. He earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Rice University and holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Houston Graduate School of Theology. Rev. Partain and his wife Joy will move to Northeast Ohio over the summer months, and he begins his ministry in August.

“Rev. Partain demonstrated his commitment to building a spiritually nurturing and actively engaged congregation”, said Carol Gay, President of the UUCC board of Trustees. ‘”We have called a minister who will lead us and advance our vision: to be a large vibrant, spiritual community known for our warm welcome and fierce, compassionate commitment to justice.”

Laurie Albright, Co-Chair of the Ministerial Search Committee added, “We believe Rev. Partain will bring compassion, courage, and commitment to our mission: ‘to build community within and without; to search and grow spiritually; and to promote justice in action’. He has answered our call to ministry with a warm heart, an agile intellect, a generous spirit, and a willingness to work in collaboration with all.”

Rev. Partain commented, “I am excited to partner in the continuing work creating wholeness within the congregation and the community it serves.”

UUCC welcomes all persons who choose 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.

Our congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We do not require anyone to subscribe to a specific set of beliefs to be a member of the Congregation.

We abide by a covenant that encourages ethical behavior, affirms democracy, celebrates the worth of each individual, and unites us in a search for truth and meaning as well as ways to serve the larger Northeast OH community. We find inspiration from a broad spectrum of traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Humanism, Earth-centered spirituality, Eastern Religions, direct experience and more.

At the heart of Unitarian Universalism is the commitment to learn, to search, and to serve. We foster a community guided by curiosity and emboldened by the questions themselves. We provide children, youth, and adults opportunities to explore, reflect, and learn in a safe, nurturing spiritual community.

We invite you to learn more about our congregation and consider making it your spiritual home.