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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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


August 2—What About God?

Guest Speaker: Bud Brown, retired professor philosophy at Mercyhurst University.
"Suppose each of us is the central character in a story authored by his or her brain. Then we are self-created. We are responsible for ourselves and, thus, for the entire human narrative. Where does that leave religions? And what about God?" Coordinator: Steve Sullivan. Service Assistant: Roberta McCall. Musician: Jan Woods.

August 9—Ethical Metallurgy (Musing on Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Brass Rules.)

Guest Speaker: Steve Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Philosophy, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Steve, a member of our Congregation, is an ethicist. He will ponder problems and prospects of the Golden Rule and some of its variations. Coordinators: Tom Schlaudecker and Al Richardson. Service Assistant: Roberta McCall. Musician: Jan Krack.

August 16—Inspirational Thoughts from Some Erie Atheists and Agnostics

Guest speakers from the Erie Atheists & Agnostics Group that meets in our building Friday evenings will present three short sermons: “There Is No Hell to Pay,” “A Celebration of Life without Religion,” and “Do Atheists Really Believe In Nothing?” This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the secularist view that there is more than one path to take and more than one way to live. Coordinators: Jim Wise and Al Richardson. Musician: Jackson Froman.

August 23—Deep Listening

Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson, our new interim minister, will be with us for her first official UUCE service. She will deliver the homily, Deep Listening. Members of the Buddhist Sangha will lead the service, which will include a variety of meditation options. Coordinator: Leigh Kostis. Service Assistant: Roberta McCall. Musicians: Jan Krack and Tom Schlaudecker.
This service will take place at our Annual Corn Roast, Presque Isle Park, Beach 11 shelter at 11 a.m. (Please note time change.) Complete information on the Corn Roast is located on page 7 in the August issue of the Beacon.

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.



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