Rev. Joseph M Cherry (Rev. Joe)
My name is Reverend Joe Cherry and I am the fairly new minister here at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland. Before moving to Cleveland I, and my partner the Reverend Denis Paul, lived in the Central Valley of California, where we both had ministries. Rev. Denis is currently the Developmental Minister at the East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, OH.
If you’re like most people we’ve met, you’re asking some variation of the following question: “Why would anybody move from California to Cleveland?”
There were several factors in our decision to move to Ohio. Our geographic choice was inspired by our desire to move back closer to our families. But there were many church options available to us, and we chose the two churches we did for good reasons.
I chose to come to the Society because it’s a church that is open, friendly, and looking to break out into a new direction.
We don’t know what that new direction is yet, but we’re gathering our talents to move.
As for my part, if you’re reading this site, consider giving us a visit, I hope you do. In this congregation we have all sorts of theologies, from Atheism and Buddhism to Christianity and Pagan beliefs. Not sure what you believe? That’s okay, too.
I think that people come to a church because they’re looking for something. I know it’s why I did 20 years ago. I hadn’t really ever been to church, and I started going because I’d just moved to a new city and didn't know anybody.
If you claim to be “spiritual, but not religious,” check us out. We are religious, but not in the way perhaps you’re used to. Here you’ll hear the world’s religious texts given equal amounts of respect and reverence. The same goes for secular literature, sociology, history, etc.
Come by any Sunday at 10:45 a.m. for some musical meditation before service, or some coffee and conversation. Service starts at 11:00.
I’m sure I’d be delighted to meet you.
Notes From Our Minister
The Beacon - June 1, 2015
Dear Members and Friends,
I don’t know if you can feel it, but I do.
The excitement about summer is starting to peek around every corner that I look lately. Friends making travel plans, people gearing up for Summer Institute our Metro Parks in their full glory, the list goes on.
I’m writing to you on the heels of a very large social action taken just yesterday. As part of the Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), members of the Society marched to both the Justice Department and City Hall to deliver a call to action, with a deadline for a plan of July 31st, 2015.
It was exhilarating to be part of such a march for social justice, one step in a four year plan of study and reflection that the 30+ congregations of GCC have engaged in together, spanning color, culture and theological lines.
This is part of our work as a religious people, to strike a balance between doing the work we need to do to improve our world, and to take the time to notice and celebrate the things that nurture our spirit.
As we go into full-on Summer, I hope that you will try to remember the balance.
NOTES FROM OUR MINISTER ARCHIVES