Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie




Memory Café To Launch in Erie 

Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease can take its toll physically, emotionally and financially. Opportunities to enjoy the company of others in a relaxed atmosphere are few. A Memory Café provides just such an opportunity, and Erie will soon have one.

Beginning March 5, we will host a Memory Café on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. We are located at 7180 Perry Highway in Erie, just one mile north of the I-90 & State St. interchange. Attendance is free and open to the public.

At our Memory Café, participants will have the opportunity to socialize, learn and share their experiences with others in similar circumstances in a stigma-free environment. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and support is greatly needed in our community. The friendships and joy that resonate from these cafés bring light and life to both people with dementia and their caregivers.

Reservations are preferred but not necessary and can be made by calling us at 814-864-9300. For more information, call Tom Schlaudecker at 814-969-8622.


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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


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


March 1 - "Back to the Future" - with the Stewardship and Connect Teams

Service Coordinator: Leigh Kostis. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck. Musician: Jackson Froman.

March 8 - "On ‘Faith’ : Outdated Relic or Ancient Jewel?"

Guest Speaker: Evin Carvill-Zimmer

Few words cause as much consternation among Unitarian Universalists. For some, it has great meaning; for others it only refers to beliefs for which there is no evidence. Yet, if we side-step our post-enlightenment minds and look to the world’s religions for wisdom, there is an older concept of faith which might be a guide on our ongoing spiritual journeys. Service Coordinator: Mary Desmone. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck. Musician: Jackson Froman.

March 15 - "The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap"

Guest Speaker: Corrine Egan

Corrine Halperin Egan has more than 40 years of experience in small and large group facilitation and consulting with businesses and organizations in both the public and private sectors. She is a facilitator for Great Books discussion groups and lectures at Jefferson Educational Society. Corrine currently serves as Public Policy Chair for the Erie Branch of AAUW. Service Coordinator: Al Richardson. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck. Musicians: Janet Krack and Amy Vidmar.


March 22 - "Intergenerational Relationships: The Key to Restoring a Community"

Guest Speaker: Edinboro University Professor Elvage Murphy, Esq.

Professor Murphy will talk about the current state of the Erie community, what it takes for a community to survive violence and conflict, and the capacity of intergenerational relationships to serve as the key to restoring our community. Service Coordinator: Steve Sullivan. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck. Musician: Jackson Froman.

March 29 - "Gender Stories and Journeys"

Guest Speaker: Susan Galle-Boyko, MA.

Susan Galle-Boyko will lead us on a journey to understand gender in the twenty-first century. Gender is no longer a binary construct where we are limited to fitting into a female or male role. Through research and personal communications, Susan will explore gender today and how UU sources one and two as well as UU principles one, three, and four promote resiliency in gender identity development. Musicians: Margo Wolfe and Willow Hurlburt. Service Assistant: Mary Zuck. Service Coordinator: Willow Hurlburt.



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