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.


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.
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Reid McFarlane a past minister of the UUCE is honored as MInister Emeritus during a morning service.
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Robb Hoff, Professor of Psychology, during a recent Sunday service, talks about his study of Gratitude and its importance in our lives.
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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


November 29 - Giving Thanks - for what?

Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson

Deer Season, Dear Memories, White Christmas, Black Power, Life, Love, Loss and Learning. Musicians: Pat Lorei and Janet Krack. Hear ye! Hear ye! The Children and Teen Religious Education program will explore UU principles and/or sources with Susan Galle-Boyko and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin at the Hogwarts branch campus (our normal classroom). Wizard robes will be provided for this Harry Potter and Hermoine Granger-themed activity. You need not have read the books or seen the movies to participate. All you need is your imagination!

December 6 - Universalists on the Underground Railroad and in the Women's Suffrage Movement: Lessons for Today

Guest speaker: Chris Duro

In a world where millions of people flee oppression and millions more live under it, can just a few motivated individuals make the world a better place? If so, how? And can change come from small towns, far from the seats of government power? For answers, look no farther than northwestern Pennsylvania and upstate New York for profound evidence in examples of our conductors on the Underground Railroad and the Universalist suffragette Olympia Brown. Chris takes a closer look at their historical impact, the strategies they successfully employed, and ideas on how to adapt those strategies to modern day struggle for social justice. Musicians: Jackson Froman and Pat Lorei. Susan Galle-Boyko and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin will conclude Chalica practice with the school age youth, including decorating of the chalices. The Teen program will work with Mary Desmone and Jack Blount on their current service-learning project. * Pot Luck lunch after the Service, hosted by The Inspire Mission Team

December 13 - Chalica

Speakers: Sue Galle-Boyko, Rev. Pam, RE Children.

Please join us for our fourth annual Chalica celebration. Organized by Sue Galle-Boyko and Rev. Pam, 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 this uplifting service. Youth and teens that are part of the service are asked to arrive NO LATER THAN 9:40am so we can do a quick run-through of the service together.

December 20 - Incarnation?!

Guest speaker: A. Daniel Frankforter, Ph.D.

Our congregation has never celebrated the “Feast of Incarnation,” and it’s unlikely many congregants know anything about that pre-Christmas event. Nevertheless, Daniel is coming into our “lion’s den” to see if he can reveal something in the Trinitarian doctrine that we might agree with. There will be ample time for “talk-back.” Musician: Jackson Froman. Susan Galle-Boyko and Mary Zuck will host a game and activity day as they explore UU principles and sources with the school age youth. Leigh Kostis and Doug Russell will continue their exploration of UU sources and principles with ethical questions and current events.

December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7 p.m.

Come join us for a celebration of the warmth and love of the Christmas Season: Music, carol singing, special stories and poems, ending with the traditional singing of Silent Night in our candle lit sanctuary. All this will be followed by a festive social hour. Lynne Stephens and Jan Krack will coordinate this service. Musicians: James Pearson, Lin Lang Su, Rebecca Olanrewaju, Hannah Olanrewaju, Bryan Hed, Tom Schlaudecker and others. If you play a musical instrument, come be part of our orchestra that will share some carol playing. To get the music for this ahead of time, please call Jan, 866-2040.

December 27 - Daoism: The Integral Way.

Guest Speaker: Shirfu Michael Hronas

The ancient teachings of Daoism and how they affect the modern world will be experienced through, for example, teachings from ancient scriptures, guided meditation, and the story for all ages. This Sunday Service will be given by Shirfu Michael Hronas, in his second service on Daoism for our congregation. Musician: Jackson Froman. NO RE CLASSES! Youth and teens are invited to be with their families in the Sunday Service.





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