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.


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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


November 1 - Evolution of the Golden Rule

Guest speaker: Jim Wise

Last August Steve Sullivan presented “Ethical Metallurgy” which traced the intellectual history of the Golden Rule and it variants. In September Tom Schlaudeker presented a TED talk and a good discussion on the theology of the Golden Rule. Jim will examine evidence supporting the hypothesis that Golden Rule behavior, much like our other traits, has evolved. Jim Wise, a long-time member of our Congregation, is a retired public school science teacher. Musician: Jackson Froman . Susan Galle-Boyko and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin will start prepara-tions for Guest at Your Table Program and the Chalica Service with the school age children. This is a multi-class lesson. Mary Desmone and Jack Blount will continue with their teen service learning project.
* Pot Luck lunch after the Service, Hosted by the Act team. * Time changes this weekend; set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!

November 8 - Veteran Success, a Community Effort

Guest speaker: Andrew Matt, Veterans Success Coordinator, Edinboro University

Veteran Success is more than getting our military veterans their educational benefits; it's about supporting them through the entire educational process. The process involves the veteran connecting with the community and vice versa. Andrew will explain how the Edinboro Veterans Success Center works with veterans and the community at large to help veterans succeed. Musician: Jackson Froman. Janet Krack and Susan Galle-Boyko will have the teens and school age children meet together for music and singing. We will also finish the Guest at Your Table program. This is our once per month opportunity to learn about our UU heritage through hymns and song, and also with this service project.

November 15 - Responsible Consumption

Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson

For those of us who have easy access to quality food, how might we "Green" our way to Para-dise? Can we help those who are interested see the options ahead and consider how our choices might harm or heal? Rev. Pam will have time after the service for a brief Q&A session, in the Olympia Brown Room. Musician: James Pearson. Susan Galle-Boyko and Mary Zuck will complete the Chalica preparations with both school aged children and teens. Leigh Kostis and Doug Russell will work with the teens through open discussions of how to live ethically from a Unitarian Universalist perspective.

November 22 - Living the Tradition; Unitarians in Transylvania

Guest Speaker: Leigh Kostis.

Unitarians have been worshiping in Eastern Europe since the 1500's. Today, despite centuries of persecution, over 50,000 ethnic Hungarian Unitarians live in the Transylvania region of Ro-mania. In September Leigh Kostis spent a week in Transylvania and will share her experiences and reflections about our Unitarian brothers and sisters. Musician: Jackson Froman. No classes for all Religious Education students. Students are welcome to attend the Sunday service with their families.

November 29 - Giving Thanks - for what?

Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson

Deer Season, Dear Memories, White Christmas, Black Power, Life, Love, Loss and Learning. Musicians: Pat Lorei and Janet Krack. Hear ye! Hear ye! The Children and Teen Religious Education program will explore UU principles and/or sources with Susan Galle-Boyko and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin at the Hogwarts branch campus (our normal classroom). Wizard robes will be provided for this Harry Potter and Hermoine Granger-themed activity. You need not have read the books or seen the movies to participate. All you need is your imagination!





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