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 - April 1, 2015
"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."
— Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926
Our Unitarian Ancestor, Robert Frost (1874 —1963) captures the conundrum of April quite nicely.
April is an exciting month. Because Spring is almost here, and yet we still live under the threat of Winter. Many are the tales of both lovely days and snowy days in April.
And by now we are well sick of snowy days.
April is bursting with possibilities but not guarantees, and maybe we can learn something from it. You can never know from moment to moment what life has in store for you but you can live with determination to appreciate what is offered, even if it’s a hard lesson.
This month we’re preparing for our annual meeting, dubbed this year as “Legacy Sunday.” In preparation our pledge drive will conclude, and new members will be invited to join in our covenant, our beloved community.
I wanted, also, to take a moment to mention our Service of Installation, April 19th, 2015 at 4PM. This is a public ritual, a statement of our relationship as called minister and congregation.
Help is going to be needed with some of the event, so if you’re interested in helping out, please contact Shirley Nelson, our Office Administrator.
If you’ve never had a chance to see a minister installed in a congregation, you shouldn’t miss it!
Yours in faith,
Rev. Joe Cherry
NOTES FROM OUR MINISTER ARCHIVES