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.
Faitheist: Bridging the Divide
June 23, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leader: Amy Collins, CLL Musician: Karin Tooley
Chris Stedman wrote the book Faitheist-How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. In it he draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities. We will explore his argument for the necessity of bridging the chasm between atheists and the religious. How do we find common ground and work together to improve our world?
In Full Bloom
June 30, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leaders: Amy Collins, CLL and UUSC Worship Team Musician: Karin Tooley
Come join the Worship team in celebrating the bounty of summer. Summer presents an opportunity to experience joy, respite, and fun; living in the moment. Come find the summer inside of you!
Earth-Centered Spirituality Group
June 23, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
The Earth-Centered Spirituality Group meets at the calendar quarters. Our Summer Solstice gathering will be Sunday, June 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. at the Schatzman’s home, hopefully in the back yard. There will be a special guest this time. Barb Krecic from West Shore UU is a beekeeper and she will be with us to talk about bees, from mythic to behavioral, to environmental threat. This is intensely timely, as you may know from media stories about bee colony collapse and Europe’s ban on neonicotinoids. The energy-focusing part should be sweet—most likely involving honey. This is an open group and a great way to get to know people. If you have any questions, see Peggy Lagodny or Mary Schatzman. (click here for printer friendly flyer)
Religious Education Committee Meeting
June 24, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Members of the church year 2012-13 Religious Education committee will meet from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. at the Society to discuss our plans for the year and to review the committee’s progress with the Society’s long-range plan. If you are interested in joining this group – show up!
Adult Religious Education UU Common Read Book Discussion
June 30, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
There will be an Adult Religious Education UU Common Read Book Discussion on Sunday, June 30th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Society. The book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander (The New Press) has been selected as the 2012-13 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. Alexander, an attorney who is a civil rights advocate and litigator, asserts that crime-fighting policies and systems in the U.S., such as the “war on drugs” and the incarceration system, disproportionately and intentionally affect Americans of color. She describes multifaceted, lifelong discrimination and disenfranchisement that affect people who are branded “felon.” Has America moved into a post-racial era? What are your assumptions about the criminal justice system? Come and discuss these questions and learn about opportunities to join with other groups to work on the issue of mass incarceration. Sign-up sheets are on the long table in the Fellowship Hall.
Intergenerational Movie Night
June 30, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Movie Night for June will be Sunday, June 30, at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. The movie is "The Iron Giant". Made in 1999, rated PG, and lasts 86 minutes. After finding a colossal but disoriented robot, a 9-year-old boy forms a strong bond of friendship with the gentle giant. Before long, however, a paranoid government agent is on their trail -- and he's intent on destroying the iron giant. Kids are invited to bring a blanket and sit on the floor (or chairs). We will have pizza.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Training
July 26-28, 2013
Adults interested in learning more about the Young Adult/Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL) training to be held in Cleveland July 26th - 28th please join Rina at the "OWL Table" during the potluck. She will have information on the training and the registration process. So far we have three members who are attending and we have room for 1-2 more!
March in the Cleveland Gay Pride Parade
June 29, 2013
March in the Cleveland Gay Pride Parade—June 29: Interested in marching in the 2013 Cleveland Gay Pride parade on Saturday, June 29th? See Rina at the aforementioned "OWL Table" during coffee hour. If we get 10-12 folks signed up we can join forces with other area UU congregations at the march.
Smart Church Workshops
June 29, 2013
UUSC will co-sponsor a leadership development workshop with East Shore UU focusing on leadership through change and growth. The training takes 4 Saturdays (9am-4pm on 8/24 and 9/14 at East Shore, 10/12 and 11/16 at UUSC) and is open to anyone in our congregation. For more information and to register for the event, please click here. If you have additional questions, please contact Rev. Doug or a member of the board of trustees.