Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie




Memory Café  

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.

We are hosting 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.


Fred Beebe, one of our most distinguished members, shares reflections and memories from his fascinating journey... watch

The UUCE adopts a resolution calling for a Moratorium on Death Penalty in Pennsylvania.
read the full resolution ...

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.
Video of the service...


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


July 5 - Guilt. (or.... don't should on yourself)

Guest Speaker: Bob Guthrie

Guilt, many of us are damaged by it. Most of us use it. Some of us are captive to it. Is it good or bad? How do we get rid of our guilt? This talk will discuss the sources of guilt, it's counterproductive nature, and some thoughts on letting go of our guilt. Service Coordinator: Janet Krack. Musician: Jan Woods. Service Assistant: Doug Russell.

July 12 - Day to Explore

Instead of having our usual service at the UUCE, we will car-pool to Chautauqua Hall of Philosophy to hear Rev. David Breeden, senior minister of the UU Congregation of Minneapolis. We will leave from the church parking lot at 8 a.m. The Chautauqua service begins at 9:30 a.m. After the service, we can spend time wandering around the grounds, have lunch and visit the Unitarian Universalist House, which has now been operating for a few years. Page six has more details about the Chautauqua day trip.

If a trip to Chautauqua is not feasible for you, the UU Church in Girard begins its service at 11 a.m. Rev. Charles Brock will speak about Benjamin Franklin. You are invited to stay for the monthly Potluck following the service.
The Meadville Church service begins at 10:30 a.m. and for the summer it is having a series run by lay members called, "This I Believe" held in the Parish House. Emmy Boughton will be leading the service.
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy the day and we'll see you on the 19th.

July 19 - Quickstarter—or how to energize the creative class, stop brain drain, and save Erie from itself

Guest Speaker: Kris Wheaton

Kris runs a Quickstarter program at Mercyhurst University. We will learn how Quickstarter helps creative people in general and talented college students, in particular, launch their projects using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, with the ultimate goal of changing the way we think about Erie. Service Coordinator: Al Richardson. Musician: Jan Woods. Service Assistant: Doug Russell.

July 26 - Unitarian Universalism: Too many options?

Our faith prides itself in being a movement of many beliefs. We are eager to experience the world in many diverse ways and to draw our inspirations from a wide array of traditions and sources. What if, however, too many options make people fearful or paralyzed? Using a Ted Talk by Barry Schwatz, The Paradox of Choice, Leigh Kostis will engage the congregation in thought and dialogue about the concept of choice in Unitarian Universalism. Service Coordinator: Leigh Kostis. Musician: Jan Woods. Service Assistant: Doug Russell..




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