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 - November 1, 2014
Dear Members and Friends,
‘Tis the season of pumpkin flavored everything, and cleaning winter coats as temperatures drop from down through the 50’s and into colder still yet.
By the time you read this, hopefully, you’ve come down from your Halloween Candy inspired shenanigans, and you’re beginning to look forward to the Holiday Season. (See an article later in the newsletter about Thanksgiving Dinner.)
As we come into a time of a life lived more indoors than out, I share with you a gift from Johnny Mercer.
Mr. Mercer never lived to hear his words to “October Goes” matched to music. He wrote:
And when October goes
The snow begins to fly
Above the smoky roofs
I watch the planes go by
The children running home
Beneath a twilight sky
Oh, for the fun of them
When I was one of them.
October has just gone by us, and we are faced with November. The song, as sung by Barry Manilow and also by Nancy Wilson plays in my mind as I think about the approaching month and gratitude for such music as this.
The song, in it’s entirety, talks of both loss and noticing the changing landscapes of a person’s life, and that also, every twelve months the cycle repeats itself and the feelings return.
As nights grow longer and the weather more chilly, I recommend that you pay even more attention to that for which you may be thankful. And should you be gathering with your family, by birth or choice, may safe travels be yours at Thanksgiving.
Yours in faith,
Rev. Joe Cherry
NOTES FROM OUR MINISTER ARCHIVES