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.
Upcoming Worship Service
Spirituality and the Brain
August 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Sharon Hogan
What is going on with the nervous system when people have spiritual or religious experiences? What is it about the way our brains are structured and organized that gives us the ability to think about and experience that which is beyond our other senses? Find out what has been learned by studying the brain with regard to spiritual experience.
Sharon Hogan is a School Psychologist with a masters degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University. She has been teaching psychology at Cuyahoga Community College for 17 years and practicing school psychology with preschoolers, adults, and every age in between for over 20 years. She has been involved with Unitarian Universalism since the late 70's.
August 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Join Karl Hopkins-Lutz and friends for Game Night at the Society on Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. "Games/snacks/beverages for sharing encouraged but not required."
Shine and Shadow Support Group
August 9, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
The Shine and Shadow support group will meet at the Society on August 9th from 12:30—1:30 p.m.
Religious Education Committee Meeting
August 11, 2015, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11th 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Religious Education meeting: Members of the Religious Education committee will meet in the UUSC library to discuss the new structure for children, youth and adult religious education activities for church year 2015-16. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Spiritual Writing Group
August 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
This Fall we're launching a new writer's group at the Society. The Spiritual Writing Group will meet once a month and write together on a theme. There are no requirements to join the group. The group will be engaging in exploration with two goals, the first being to offer people an intentional, regular space to explore topics, a form of spiritual practice. The second, and optional, goal of the group is to potentially provide material for Sunday morning worship in the form of readings.
Our worship experience in the past has been greatly enriched by the sharing of our own congregants' writings, and this is one way to continue that tradition.
Consider joining us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14th to be part of the group!
Labyrinth Workshop and Open Walk
August 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
This workshop will be co-led by Rina Shere and Shirley Nelson on Saturday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Join us for an introduction to labyrinths, how they are used and how they might be beneficial to your spiritual development. This workshop will include a presentation about the history and design of labyrinths, time to walk and/or meditate on the labyrinth, and time for journaling and discussion with the presenters. We are planning this workshop in the hopes that we will have a borrowed canvas labyrinth to use in the sanctuary. If we cannot procure a canvas labyrinth, we will meet in the sanctuary for an introductory presentation about labyrinths and then move to a local, outdoor location to walk the labyrinth. Please stay tuned for further updates!
Circle Supper Pool Party
August 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
There will be a Circle Supper and a pool party on August 22nd at Sally Hanley’s home. People who'd like to swim can come at 5 pm or just for the supper at 6 pm. Sally’s place is located right around the corner from the UU and you can park behind her building or on the street. Unless it's raining, you can come straight up the driveway and around to the pool. To RSVP and find out what to bring, please contact Sally (see church directory for contact information).
August 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Movie Night will be Sunday, August 23, at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The movie will be "Pride". Welsh coal miners on strike are supported by efforts of the LGBT community. Movie Night is an open group, watching and then discussing a movie. Pizza is provided.
UUSC Book Club Meeting
September 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
UUSC Book Club Meeting—September 15. So many of us at the last book club meeting had heard Robyn's inspiring sermon "Help, Thanks, Wow" that we wanted to read the book for our next meeting. The book is also titled "Help, Thanks, Wow" and is written by Anne Lamott. It is a short book. You can hear Robyn's sermon on the UUSC web site. Pat Dillard is hosting on Tuesday, September 15th at 7 pm (see address in the church directory) Refreshments provided, everyone encouraged to come.