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


August 30—Celebrating Community

Small and sweet, sassy and neat, hard working hands, oh... the demands.
But isn't it nice to find your place, in that beautiful building of amazing grace.
For those hugs and smiles I would walk many miles.
When I'm feeling low I know where to go.
Not only on Sunday but also on Monday - I am welcome here.
I celebrate community and this feeling of unity
Won't you come in too, we're waiting for you!

Please join us for this service with Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson.
While life is not always a piece of cake, each day brings something to celebrate. My first Sunday in the pulpit with you will indeed be a celebration - a celebration of the spirit of community. It includes all of us, even those who happen to be out of town or not feeling well that Sunday.
Since I am eager to get to know the people whom I will have the honor to serve in both Erie and Meadville - people who give much of yourself to keep a vibrant community strong, I want to set aside some time in the service to hear from those who would like to share a few words (two or three sentences) about why you are happy to be an integral part of this community. What about it makes your heart sing? Coordinator: Mary Desmone. Service Assistant: Roberta McCall. Musician: Jan Woods.

September 6— “Let’s Revive the Golden Rule!”

Tom Schlaudecker will continue the reflections on the Golden Rule begun by Steve Sullivan . Tom will introduce a TED talk by famed religion scholar Karen Armstrong called 'Let's Revive the Golden Rule'. At the end of the service, Tom will lead congregational reflections on this thoughtful TED talk.
Musician: Jackson Froman.

September 13— “Water and Stones Ceremony”

Speaker: Rev Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson
This service is multigenerational. It is also Religious Education enrollment Sunday. Families that received their Religious Education welcome mailing are encouraged to bring their completed form to this service and enroll their children in our RE program, which starts next Sunday. We do have extra forms at the UU for our new families joining us. Musician: Jackson Froman

September 20—"What Are We Doing?"

Speaker: Lynne Stephens
At the U.U.C.E., and globally, U.U.’s are acting on the side of love. Simple acts, massive efforts, and a shared commitment to progress are making an everlasting difference.

This is the first day of class for RE, and youth and teens will meet separately. They will be introduced to their teachers and engage in activities that introduce this year's themes. Please refer to the Beacon or your Religious Education welcome mailing for more information.

September 27—”Children’s Spirituality”

Speaker: Susan Galle-Boyko
This sermon explores the physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and spiritual needs of children and teens from a developmental psychology perspective.

Susan has recently accepted the position of Director of Religious Education for our youth and teen program at the UUCE. She has served on the Religious Education committee since 2011 as a teacher and as the committee chair since 2012. She will use her insights from these roles, along with research from the book "The Spiritual Child" by Dr. Lisa Miller and research from the 2015 Religiosity Summit to examine spiritual development and weave in our third and fourth principles as well.
This service is multigenerational as well,so there are no Religious Education classes today. Musician: Jackson Froman



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