The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie is a diverse community of liberal religious thought that stands on the side of love and is committed to social justice. What distinguishes us from other denominations is that we adhere to no creed, dogma, or doctrine. We believe that spirituality comes from within and is not dictated by outside institutions.
While we are not governed by dogma, what joins us together are our Seven Principles , which we try to abide by in our own individual ways.
These Seven Principles promote:
*The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
*Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
*Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
*A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
*The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and in society at large.
*The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
*Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
While you may not have heard of us, Unitarianism and Universalism have a rich history.
Unitarianism dates back to the sixteenth century Europe. Universalism came into full flower in late eighteenth century America. The two denominations merged in 1961. Our Erie congregation has been together since 1898. Every Sunday we share in our Bond of Union that dates back to that time.
We unite ourselves together for the study and practice of morality and religion as interpreted by the growing thought and noblest lives of humanity, believing that we may thereby prove helpful one to another, and promote the cause of truth, righteousness, and love in the world.
Our Children's Bond of Union expresses our essence.
We are Unitarian Universalists. A people of:
Our only symbols are the flaming chalice, which represents our faith, and the Mandela, which represents the various religious traditions from which we draw wisdom and spiritual enlightenment.
Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs spring from seven sources:
*The sense of wonder we all share
*The women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
*The ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world's religions.
*The Jewish and Christian teachings that tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
*The use of reason and the discoveries of science.
*The harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.
*The faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage.
Whether you come from a faith tradition or are non-religious, you can find a home at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie.
Sermons - All services start at 10:30am
May 3 -Celebrating Our Sources
Come join the INSPIRE team and celebrate the living tradition of our 6 sources: Our guidance come from: a sense of awe and wonder we all share; women and men whose lives remind us to be kind and fair; ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions; Jewish and Christian teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves; use of reason and discoveries of science; and harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck; Service Coordinator: Mary Desmone; Musician: Jackson Froman.
May 10 - Kindness
9 a.m. Marketplace of the Mind “Let’s Talk About Faith” with Jim Wise
10:30 a.m. Multi-Generational service - presented as sermonettes by four of our teens—Lily Maguire, Hannah Olanrewaju, Danieh Foltz and Becca Olanrewaju. Musician: Jackson Froman. Service Coordinator and As-sistant: Michele Paich.
May 17 - Possibility of Hostility
Casual encounters can lead to constructive conversations. We present Rev. Tandi Rogers’ lively sermon via YouTube and courtesy of the UUA: An Evangelical Christian and a Unitarian Universalist on a Plane. Christine Cedzo sings "Settle Down", a Namoli Brennet composition. Musicians: Christine Cedzo, Doug Russell and Doug Hunsberger. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck. Service Coordinator: Dixie Morrow.
May 24 - Remembering the Sacrifices
Guest Speaker: Brigadier General Mark A. Bellini, U.S. Army (Ret.). Musician: Jackson Froman. Service Assistant: Heather Steinbrink. Service Coordinator: Al Richardson.
May 31 - Post-Memorial Day / The Medal of Honor and Unitarian Universalism!
Guest Speaker: John Galle-Boyko
The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award given to a military service member for going above and beyond the call of duty. "The Medal of Honor recipients demonstrate and articulate many of the abstract principles upon which our nation was founded in a way that makes those principles very real." (MOH Curriculum, 2015). This award has been given out to only 3,468 service men, and one woman, since its conception in 1861. In continuing to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our mili-tary, this sermon will make connections between our UU principles and the national principles acknowledged by the Medal of Honor award. We will also acknowledge UU Medal of Honor recipients like Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Service Assistant: Sherry Syence. Service Coordinator: Leigh Kostis.