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
March 30 - 'House of Love' and other songs and stories
Rev. Meg will sing her original songs and read from her books. People say that listen-ing to her makes them proud to be UUs, and her writing puts into words the things many of us have thought but not spoken aloud. Her compassion has an edge, and her edginess has kindness in it.
April 6 - The Church of the Latter Day Heretics
Please set aside this Sunday to invite your “spiritual but not religious” friends to get a taste of our innovative UU Sunday Services. Entreat them to stay afterwards to mingle and partake in our nutritious Potluck and get to know more about our liberal religion!
Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann, Musician: Jackson Froman, Service Assistant: Deb Haire..
April 13 - Children’s Palm Parade With Others; Walking That Lonesome Valley by Yourself
The formula for Christian Holy Week is palms and passion. Jesus, Sojourner Truth, Lincoln, Olympia Brown, Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai and many others have maintained their integrity throughout the challenges of their social and private lives. What can we learn from their agonies and ecstasies that might improve our own lives?
Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann, Musician: Jan Krack, Service Assistant: Deb Haire..
April 20 - Resurrecting Easter!
For many, belief in Jesus’ resurrection does not depend on what happened to his body. It is a symbol of hope for the renewal that can happen in human hearts, minds, and bodies. The image of an empty tomb leaves room for all kinds of visions for rejuvenating our lives. Come and help us re-imagine Easter!
Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann, Musician: Jackson Froman, Service Assistant: Deb Haire.
April 27—Green Sanctuary, Green Earth
Please join our Green Sanctuary Mission Team, as we discover and enhance our place in the “interdependent web of all existence.” Musician: Jackson Froman, Service Assistant: Deb Haire..