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.
"To Everything There is a Season..."
August 3, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leaders: Worship Team Musician: Karin Tooley
Lughnasadh is the first of the Celtic harvest festivals, during which thanks are given for the first grain harvest. Seeds have been planted, we begin to reap the benefits, but there is still work to be done. We will explore this theme as we reflect on our own lives, our congregation, and the greater rhythms of the earth. In the spirit of harvest, we invite you to bring something from your garden, (or local farmers market) to put on the altar. Much like our flower ceremony, you will leave with something someone else has brought. This will be a 1st Sunday potluck as well, so you will have more opportunity to incorporate contributions from your garden. Finally, as we celebrate our bounty, please bring some non-perishable bounty for the food bank box.
August 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leaders: Amy Collins, CLL with Members & Friends of the Congregation Musician: Karin Tooley
In the spirit of soap box speeches in London's Hyde Park, we will enjoy listening to the opinions of our community members as they share prepared remarks about their passion topics. This is always a lively and interesting service!
First Sunday Potluck
August 3, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
First Sunday Potluck is August 3rd 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.
August 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
The next Circle Supper will be Saturday, August 3rd at Sally Hanley’s home (see church 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 is fine, with the supper starting as usual at 6:30. 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 and let me know what you’re bringing or ask what I still need. Love to see you!
Cleveland Peace Action Event
August 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund presents the 2014 PAND Concert, "Brahms Not Bombs," 7:30 pm, August 6th, at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights. Tickets $20.00 advance, $25.00 at the door. An evening of Brahms, performed by the areas brightest and most accomplished musical talents (including members of the Cleveland Orchestra) - Brahms String Quartet #2, Horn Trio and Songs for Soprano and Piano - plus Hungarian folk music, the poetry of Daniel Thompson and the message that nuclear weapons must never again be used.
Contributors Needed for Hyde Park Service on August 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
The service for August 10th is a "Hyde Park". This refers to a tradition in London's Hyde Park of people getting up and speaking on a subject of importance to them. For our service, we will have a sign-up ahead of time, a 3- 5-minute time limit, and some parameters (eg: must follow UU Society's congregational covenant). Are your friends and family tired of hearing about it? Tell us! For more information, or to sign up, communicate with Amy Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Multigenerational Movie Night
August 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
There will be a multigenerational movie night on Sunday, August 17 at 5:00 pm at the UU Society. The movie is "Frozen". Kids will love it, and it's a chance for adults to see what all the buzz is about. There will be pizza.
August 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Movie Night for August will be Sunday, August 24, 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.
UUA H-UULTI Leadership Training Program
The Unitarian Universalist Association has developed a leadership training program, H-UULTI, that consists of on-demand webinars, live, web-based "process circles, and 3 in-person Saturdays. This training is open to all church leaders and starts in the Fall of 2014. the Society has leadership development funds to cover the cost of participation for those who are interested. If you are interested in attending, a sign-up sheet has been placed on the back table at the Society in the sanctuary. For more information click here.