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
November 30 - The INSPIRE team presents "On Being Grateful/Thankful ”
Service Assistant: MIchele Paich. Musician: Jackson Froman.
December 7 - "A Glimpse of a Credible Jesus"
Can one be a “Jesusian” without being a Christian? Ordained in a liberal Christian
tradition on this date in 980, Rev. Steve will share his personal search for a
potentially believable Jesus. Join us for Pot Luck and supersize it! Service Assistant:
Doug Russell. Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann. Musician: Jackson Froman.
December 14 - "Advent—Reveling in Expectations"!
Here we are in the throes of the annual season of longing and waiting, and singing
songs of hope and promise. Join us in sharing the joys and uplifting our friends and
Service Assistant: Doug Russell, Speaker: Rev. Steve Aschmann,
Musician: Jackson Froman
December 20— " Yule Ritual"
7:30 p.m.—Join member Amy Bishop in celebrating the
return of the light. Light refreshments to follow..
December 21 - "Chalica"!
Join us for our third annual Chalica celebration. Organized by Willow Hurlburt, this
will be a multi-generational service featuring music performed by Janet Krack, Pat
Lorei, and Bryan Hed. The children, along with youth and adults, will help present
seasonal readings and stories to inspire us to uphold each of our Seven Principles.
Musicians: Pat Lorei, Janet Krack, and Bryan Hed.
December 24 - Christmas Eve: "The Gift Bringers"! 7 p.m.
The Christkind, the Magi, the Italian Befana, the Russian Baboushka, St. Nicholas,
Father Christmas, Santa Claus, and a wide assortment of others, exemplify
generosity throughout the world. We will celebrate with a medley of carols, and
readings, culminating with a traditional Candle Lighting. This is a special “family
friendly” service with something for everyone!
Service Assistant: Doug Russell. Musicians: Kelly Armor and Jan Krack.
Service Leader: Rev. Steve Aschmann.
December 28 -" New Orleans Jazz Funeral For 2014"!
Besides our tradition of “drumming” the Old Year out, we will anticipate the New
Year with the Naming Ceremony of Finnegan (“Finn”) Ulysses Schauffele. Service
Assistant: Doug Russell. Musicians: Jackson Froman, Doug Russell, Pat Lorei and
Tammie Johnson. Service Leader: Rev. Steve Aschmann.