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.
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


January 31 - Wisdom in the Interim

Speaker: Rev Pam Allen-Thompson. Musicians: Jan Krack and Pat Lorei.

For our school age youth and teens, we will be working on old and new projects (hats, beads, green team project, 30 days of love, and preparation for the Souper Bowl). It is a catch-all, catch-up day.

February 7 - Bringing our Gifts

Speaker: Rev. Pam
Gifts of love and service, gifts that make a difference in someone's life, gifts that help us find our way through tough times. Bring a friend! Musician: Jackson Froman.
Cabin Fever Fix Service Auction Part 1, bidding before and after the service.
February 7 is the “Souper Bowl”- a national program that takes food donations for local food pantries! Mary Desmone, Jack Blount, Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, and Susan Galle-Boyko, along with our youth and teens, will participate in the annual weighing –of-the-food donations before separating into their respective classrooms for their Sunday lessons.

February 14 - Self-Love, A Journey to Compassion

Speaker: B. Herbert
On this Valentines’ day, we will remind ourselves that in order to love one another, we must first love ourselves. This service will focus on “three tiers” of self-love.
Musician: Jackson Froman
Cabin Fever Fix Service Auction Part 2, bidding before and after the service.
Susan Galle-Boyko and Janet Krack will continue the Green Team project involving racingextinction.com with the school aged children. There will be some green song sung as well. Please bring your charts so we can see your progress on keeping our earth green. Teens will meet with Mary Desmone and Jack Blount to prepare for the Congregational meeting and continue their work with their symbols project.

February 21 - Thoughts on Loving Mercy

Coordinated by: Willow Hurlburt
A video sermon by Rev. Andy Burnette, Valley UU Congregation, Chandler, AZ, delivered on May 3, 2015. "Both Shakespeare and the Hebrew prophet Michah have something to teach us about this month's theme."
Musicians: James Pearson, Hannah and Rebecca Olanrewaju and Lin Lang Su.
Cabin Fever Fix Service Auction Part 3, bidding before and after the service.
Susan Galle-Boyko and Mary Zuck will finish the prayer bead lesson by building our meditation bead wreaths. If you missed the January lesson, you can still participate in this second part. Leigh Kostis and Doug Russell will continue their monthly ethics discussion and UU value system with the teens.

February 28 - Exploring our Covenant

Reverend Pam will explore our recently developed Covenant statement, particularly with an interest in how to make it actionable. We hope you will enjoy an interview format with Mary Desmone and Tom Schlaudecker, who will help Rev. Pam learn about the goals and purposes of the Covenant and what it means for us today. Musicians: Pat Lorei and Jan Krack. Musician: Jackson Froman
Congregational Meeting at noon.
Cabin Fever Fix Service Auction Part 4, bidding before and after the service.
There are no RE classes. Children and teens are invited to attend the Sunday Service with their families.






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