Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie

 

 

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Reid McFarlane a past minister of the UUCE is honored as MInister Emeritus during a morning service.
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Robb Hoff, Professor of Psychology, during a recent Sunday service, talks about his study of Gratitude and its importance in our lives.
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Unitarian Universalism

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:

Open Minds

Loving Hearts

And

Welcoming Hands

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

 

 

September 28 - The Gap of Escalating Inequality!


For Unitarian Universalists, a living wage is a moral imperative. Our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, of which many of us are a member, puts it this way: “The current minimum wage is a moral outrage”. We know the gap between equity and inequity is rapidly growing. What can we do to counter economic inequality? Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann, Service Assistant: Mary Zuck, Musician: Jackson Froman.


October 5 - Association Sunday----at First UU, Girard!

Please join us for our annual Sunday Service with our closest UU neighbors. The Service will begin at 11 a.m. The First UU Church is located at 107 Myrtle Street (from Main St. turn onto Myrtle St.) in Girard. Rev. Charles Brock will be leading the service and Rev. Steve will be the speaker. If you need a ride please call our Caring Team Leader, Ginny Sabol, at 454-3015. There will be no fellowship meal after the service.

 

October 12 - Columbus was an Immigrant!

The ebb and flow of humanity across our planet is a continuously endless journey. Indigenous peoples continue to believe that “land” is not be owned but safeguarded for future generations. UUs are devoted to
multiculturalism. With our current resources, how well can we respond to the influx of the many displaced persons and economic and political refugees? It takes courage to “Stand On The Side Of Love!” Musician:
Jackson Froman, Service Assistant: Michele Paich.

 

October 19 - New Direction for The Upper Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris Taylor. Dr. Chris Taylor’s education and varied life experiences have led to his selection as Director of the Upper Room. He will tell us about his reasons for seeking that position and some of the highlights of his first six months. He will also give us some insights about his goals and hopes for the future of the Upper Room. Musician: Jackson Froman, Service Assistant: Michele Paich.

 

October 26 - Our Relationship with Death

Speaker: Margo Wolfe. We have many birth stories, many life stories, but our death stories are ones we tend to keep in a drawer, hidden from view. As we mark the end of this Celtic cycle and the slow waning of the sun, we will examine our end-of-life stories and how we can develop a more comfortable relationship with death. Musician: Jackson Froman, Service Assistant: Michele Paich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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