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.
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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


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


October 4 - Association Sunday: Our turn to host annual Joint Service with Girard Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Rev. Charles Brock will speak about “The Daoist answer to the American binary political and religious situation.” Service Leader: Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson; Service Coordinator: Al Richardson. Musician: Jackson Froman. Potluck lunch after the service.
Susan Galle-Boyko and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin will explore religious beliefs and cultures with the school age children through various head wear. This is a two part lesson that will be completed on the third Sunday of this month. Mary Desmone and Jack Blount will continue with their teen service learning project.

October 11 - Hinduism: A Way of Life

Speaker: Dr. Kiran P. Misra
Dr. Kiran Misra is a practicing Hindu. Her talk will include a brief historical overview of Hinduism. She will discuss some very basic ideas of Hinduism, key Hindu scriptures and dispel some misconceptions about it. Musician: Jackson Froman.
No classes for all Religious Education students. Students are welcome to attend the Sunday service with their families Janet Krack and Susan Galle-Boyko will have the teens and school age children meet together for music and singing, learning about our UU heritage through hymns and song.

October 18 - Heroes.... and the Rest of Us

Speaker: Bob Rhodes
Joseph Campbell famously described all religious movements as having a hero with di-vine or magical credentials, who successfully confronts evil and suffering in his lifetime, suffers, and returns to a heavenly home. But where do we ordinary people fit in? Are we spectators? Are we dependent on heroes to solve our problems?
Bob Rhodes, a long-time member of our Congregation, is an EUP professor emeritus in political science, with a profound interest in religion. Service Coordinator: Al Richardson. Musicians: Hannah Olanrewaju, Tammie Johnson.
Susan Galle-Boyko and Mary Zuck will complete the second half of the lesson from earlier this month exploring religious beliefs and cultures with the school age children through various headwear. The completed projects will be donated to the appropriate recipients. Leigh Kostis and Doug Russell will work with the teens through open discussions of how to live ethically from a Unitarian Universalist perspective.

October 25 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Speaker: Reverend Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson. Whether in your rocking chair or on your roller skates, you will enjoy some of the highlights from The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Come join us as we imagine a virtual tour through this extraordinary museum, enhanced with a few personal stories from Reverend Pam. This will give us some good energy for the Congregational Meeting at Noon. Musician: Jackson Froman.





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