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
June 29 - Mission Accomplished!
Come join us for a non-traditional Service celebrating our Mission successes this year!
Congregational Meeting at Noon.
July 6 - A Minister’s Odyssey
In just six short months, Rev. Steve will be taking the advice of Walt Whitman: “Afoot
and lighthearted, I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me!” Recapping
three decades of ministry, our minister will share episodes of funny stories and
meaningful events. Service Assistant: Doug Russell, Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann,
Musician: Jan Woods.
July 13 - Sifting the Sands of Time
Perceived history plays a very important role in the Abrahamic religions of Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam. Unitarians and Universalists also gain perspective by demarking
a timeline in our existence. For some contemporary folks, their personal spiritual
journey is also linked to history. Join us in exploring this method of connection for
spiritual growth. Service Assistant: Doug Russell, Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann,
Musician: Jan Woods.
July 20 - I'm OK, You're OK
Betty Amatangelo, a local yoga instructor and university interfaith coordinator, will
share the story of her journey from childhood trauma to adult "ok-ness." Her hope is
to guide listeners to a spiritual understanding that suggests that being OK is a good
place to be. Service Assistant: Doug Russell.
July 27 - Why I Want to Live to be 120!!
There is something new to enjoy every day. Advancing medical technologies are making
the prospects for living longer more active lives a reality. Bob Guthrie, a member
of our UU Congregation, will touch on some of the current medical approaches to living
a longer life. He will also examine cultural changes that he feels are making wisdom a
valued asset again. Service Assistant: Doug Russell, Musician: James Pearson.