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.
"Revisiting Old, Old Stories, Easter"
April 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leader: The Rev. Douglas Wadkins Musician: Karin Tooley
Easter is one version of a very ancient and meaningful story. It is an invitation to imagine life and possibility in a certain way. Join us as we honor this story and envision ways to encounter powerful old stories with a new perspective.
English Country Dance
April 18, 2014, 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Join Wes Senseman and friends on the third Friday of every month for English Country Dance at 7:30-11:00 p.m. at the Society. Remember to bring those first-time dancers! Pick them up; bring them with you! They will thank you in the end!
April 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Circle Supper for April is Saturday, April 19th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Schatzmans'. Circle Suppers are potlucks in either homes or at the Society, and are open to members and friends, and are a good way to meet people and have an enjoyable meal. Contact Mary Schatzman to get an idea of what to bring.
April 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Our next movie night is Sunday, April 27th, at 5:00 p.m. We will venture five hundred years into the future where the Old West meets Space travel in "Firefly". The crew of the Firefly class vessel, Serenity, are mostly outlaws who will take on almost any job to keep their ship flying and their bellies full. Along the way they take on the totalitarian Alliance regime and flesh-eating Reavers - adventures you don't want to miss. "Firefly" was a short-lived TV series created by Joss Whedon. After watching just one episode, you'll wonder what the execs were thinking when they canceled the show and understand why it is now a cult classic.
UUA Common Read Book Discussion
May 1, 2014 and May 25, 2014
The UUA Common Read 2014 book is Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman. This book uncovers what is often invisible, inviting restaurant patrons to consider the low wages and poor working conditions of those who prepare and serve the meals. It asks the reader to consider not only the origin and goodness of the food we eat, but also the well-being of those who serve it. The Society has one copy of the book available to check out for up to two weeks. See Rina Shere if you would like to borrow the book. Our local Cleveland libraries also have the book, and a Kindle edition is available. We have scheduled the following dates for discussions here at the Society: Thursday, May 1st from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 25th from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the library. This should give everyone time to read the book.
First Sunday Potluck
May 4, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
First Sunday Potluck is May 4th 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.
Introduction to Shamanism
May 4, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
The second introductory session of an Introduction to Shamanism and Shamanic Journeying will be held at the Society on May 4th at 4:00 - 5:30ish p.m. This session is being offered to briefly introduce Society members and community friends to Shamanism and the Shamanic Journey. For the introductory sessions, donations are optional for Society members. Additional circles will be offered later for ongoing exploration of Journeying as a personal tool for meditation, self-healing and personal or spiritual development. Shamanism has been called the first spiritual practice of humanity. Each session will be led by Neal Szpatura and Michelle Gilbert. Class size is limited so your RSVP is required. Please contact Neal at 216-371-3433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a printer friendly flyer click here.
OPUS 2014! Hands To Work, Hearts To Faith
August 13 - August 17, 2014
Attention Young Adults! OPUS is a 5 day spiritual retreat and summer camp experience for Unitarian Universalist young adults, age 18-35. It's held at one location for a year or two, and then moves to another part of the US or Canada. This year it's in OHIO on August 13 - August 17th. To learn more click here for a link to the website, and click here for a printer friendly flyer.