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
February 1 - "Meeting Alzheimer’s: Learning to Communicate and Connect", presented by the Act Mission Team.
Guest Speaker: Kristin Bires (see biography on page 6)
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. No matter what generation you are from, Alzheimer’s disease will impact you. Please join us to learn more. Musician: Jackson Froman, Service Coordinator: Tom Schlaudecker, Service Assistant: Heather Steinbrink.
February 8 - "Taking Back Erie Through Non-Violence"
Guest Speaker: Sonya Arrington
Sonya Arrington, founder of MATV, Mothers Against Teen Violence, shares her experience losing her 19 -year-old son to gun violence. She has struggled to provide a safe space for inner city youth to come through her “L.E.A.D.” program at Booker T. Washington Center. Learn more as she shares ideas on how to combat violence in Erie. Musician: Jackson Froman. Service Assistant: Heather Steinbrink. Service Coordinator: Tom Schlaudecker.
February 15 - "Standing on the Side of Love"
The UUCE has spent the last 30 days participating in the Standing of the Love Campaign to encourage us to collective and individual social action. Rev. Rebekah Montgomery will deliver her sermon Keeping One Hand in the Fire via video. See her biography on page 7. Service Coordinator: Leigh Kostis, Musician: Janet Krack. Service Assistant: Heather Steinbrink.
February 22 - "Dealing with the Unknown"...
which means we will be welcoming a guest preacher TBA and a sermon topic TBA. How well do we welcome new experiences? Come with open hearts and minds. Who knows? Maybe we will find a vision in our midst. Musician: Jackson Froman. Service Assistant: Heather Steinbrink.