Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie




Annual Garage Sale!!!!

June 17 & 18 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie cordially invites your family to participate in The 2016 MInd, Body, and Spirit Fitness Summer Camp

July 10-14 from 6-8:30 p.m. Grades K-5

Offering: *Arts and Crafts (to stimulate the mind) *Dancing and *Games (to strenghten our bodies) and *Meditation and *Music (to soothe the spirit).

All faith and non-faith denominations are welcome. Come celebrate diversity with us and learn about how we are all connected in the interdependent web of life. For more information and registration forms, please contact Joanne at 814-864-9300 or joanne@uuerie.org.

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.
read the full resolution ...

Reid McFarlane a past minister of the UUCE is honored as MInister Emeritus during a morning service.
full story...

Robb Hoff, Professor of Psychology, during a recent Sunday service, talks about his study of Gratitude and its importance in our lives.
Video of the service...


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


May 1 - “Orange is the New Black”

Speaker: John Hargreaves

John has worked in the corrections field for 35 years, running a group home for alcoholics and an Outward Bound type program for juvenile delinquents, and serving as a Juvenile Court consultant. For almost a decade, he has been Director of Volunteers for the PA Prison Society (www.prisonsociety.org). You will learn how the prison industry finally is getting the attention it deserves. Musician: Jackson Froman.

Susan Galle-Boyko and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin will be wrapping up any previous lessons that we still need to finish. Mary Desmone and Jack Blount will meet with the teens to wrap up projects.


May 8 - “Compassion and Caring”

Speaker: Bob Rhodes

We all have transformative moments of both giving and receiving, compassion and caring--listening to someone for their sake, hugging a friend or child, feeling and sharing someone else’s suffering-- transformative moments that let us get outside ourselves. Sometimes that is all that is needed. Yet, there is another element to caring– knowing what to do to lessen the suffering. Musician: Jackson Froman.
No RE Classes, as most of our volunteers will be with family for the holiday. We may or may not have nursery service as well.

May 15 “Turnaround: Personal Stories of Healing and Change”

Guest speakers Carla Storrs and Jill Varner will share their personal stories of compassion and healing as they turned difficult circumstances into fulfilling lives. Please see the biographies of our guest speakers on page 7. Service Coordinator: Leigh Kostis. Musicians: James Pearson, Hannah Olanrewaju, Rebecca Olanrewaju .
Susan Galle-Boyko and Deb DiPlacido will host a game day with our youth, themed around our principles and sources. The teens are in the service with Leigh Kostis and Doug Russell.

May 22 - “Pity Us Poor Immigrants”

Speaker: Regis T. Sabol, PhD

America is a nation of immigrants. The inscription on The Statue of Liberty declares, “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” As political demagogues inflame the xenophobic fires of hatred, fear, and mistrust, we will explore what it means to be an immigrant and how our Seven Principles enshrine that experience. We will also reflect on Unitarian Universalism’s support for immigrants “yearning to be free.”
There are no RE classes. Children and teens are invited to attend the Sunday Service with their families.

May 29 - “Unshrinking God : Opening Ourselves Up”

Speaker: B. Herbert.

Musician: Jackson Froman.
Teacher and Student Appreciation Sunday! The school aged class will have their end of the year party in their normal classroom. Teens are invited to attend if they like. During social hour, the teachers will be honored by our children. What a great school year we had!







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