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
August 31 - Labor Day in America
Rosann K. Barker, Guest Speaker. After reviewing the history of Labor Day and how it became a national holiday, Rosann will point out some commonalities of our UU Guiding Principles and the mission and work of Organized Labor. Service Assistant: Irene Morley; Service Coordinator: Al Richardson; Musician: Jan Woods.
September 7 - Grandparent’s Day!
Join our celebration of the wonderment of grand parenting! It takes all generations to nurture a happy and healthy congregation. This special event is presented by the Caring Committee. Please bring pictures of your grandkids, both on paper and electronic devices, to share during potluck! Coordinators: Ginny Sabol and Rev. Steve Aschmann, Service Assistant: Mary Zuck, Musician: Jackson Froman.
September 14 - Family Water Communion Service
From the mist of the jungle, to the cataracts of Niagara Falls, and on to the melting polar icecaps, we find ourselves in a common flow with the water of life. Please bring your water samples from your summer travels, realizing this is not a competition for exotic miles but an exercise in the interdependent web of all existence! Coordinators: Willow Hurlburt and Rev. Steve Aschmann, Service Assistant: Mary Zuck, Musician: Jackson Froman .
September 21 - Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War I
On the Western Front: 1914-1918
The First World War changed everything. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I on the Western Front in Europe, we will examine what caused a war that eventually took 37 million lives and if that Great War was necessary. We will also look at how its conclusion altered the modern world in Western Europe and America. Speaker: Regis T. Sabol; Service Assistant: Mary Zuck.
We ask that you sacrifice a dollar or more to commemorate those who sacrificed their all.
The service begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. !!
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.