On the Banks of the Cuyahoga – May 17 , 2015

150th logoLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

As we look forward to our church’s upcoming 150th anniversary, we will look back at some of the traditions that have shaped the life of this religious community over the years.  What can we learn from the traditions of another time?

Flower Ceremony: A Unitarian Universalist Tradition – May 10, 2015

flowers-1Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

This Sunday we will celebrate one of the very few traditions unique to Unitarian Universalism.  The Flower Ceremony is an opportunity to affirm the gifts of diversity and the beauty of the one making up the many.  Please bring a cut flower or two to church with you today.

Faith in Bluum: Coming of Age Sunday – May 3, 2015

spiralchaliceLed by the Coming of Age Youth, with their Mentors and Facilitators
This morning our youth will be sharing their personal statements of faith.  As we learn what is in their hearts and on their minds, we will celebrate their accomplishments and blooming maturity.

Podcast speakers, in order –

Welcome – Allison Norris
Chalice lighting – Ian Mack
Call to worship – Rebekah Swango, Alan Kerns
Sharing by facilitator – Andrew Rome, Elaine Bowen
Sharing by Mentor – Eric Van Baars, Lori McGee
Prayer – Salvatore Smith, Mason Lorch
Hal improv
Statements – Lila Goehring, Mason Lorch, Connor May, Salvatore Smith, Angelika Marsh, Rebekah Swango
Statements – Alan Kerns, Hunter Jepson, Cordelia Wheatley, Kaley Mack, Sydney Haines
Offering – Connor May
Hal – Go Your Own Way to Shine
Benediction – Connor May

Now that You Know – April 26, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Some revelations open us up to exciting new possibilities.  Other revelations might make us wish for a return to innocence.  How can we deal with unwelcome revelations in a way that helps us make room in our lives for positive, life-affirming change?

Revelations of Beauty – April 19, 2015

Triliums Eagle Creek 5.2014Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

As you have learned more about the environmental justice movement over the years, have you found that you see beauty in new ways?  Has your imagination of the beautiful been re-shaped by your growing environmental consciousness?  In celebration of Earth Day, this service will include several members of the congregation sharing stories of their revelations of beauty.

Revelation is Not Sealed – April 12, 2015

Revelation is openLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

The affirmation that revelation is not sealed has long been cherished in Unitarian Universalism.  So where does revelation come from?  And how can we prepare ourselves to notice when it comes?





Photo: Rev. Renee Ruchotzke


My Ears Awake, My Eyes Are Opened – April 5, 2015

IXthankXXeeXcummingsLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

The title of our Easter services are drawn from the beautiful e.e. cummings poem, “i thank You God for most this amazing.”  This year Passover and Easter fall on the same dates.  Both have central stories about revelation.  This morning we will tell those stories and consider what revelation might mean for our own lives.

Failure’s Gifts – March 29, 2015

failureXsuccessXquoteLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy

It’s often been said that failure is an essential ingredient in growth.  How can we learn to embrace failure as a gift and use it as a catalyst to greater resilience?

Lean on Me – March 22, 2015

integrityXdiscussion-6-X2Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

When we ask people why they come to church, community is one of the most frequently cited responses.  This morning we will consider the critical role of communities in helping people cultivate and maintain resilience.

What if You Don’t Have Boots? – March 15, 2015

bootsLed by Lori McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

We’ve all heard, and probably used, the expression, “Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps.”  But have you even considered what that implies?  In order to pull yourself up by these proverbial bootstraps, you must first have boots. In this service, I will use my personal “success” story to consider how and from where we get our “boots” in American society and why some people don’t have them at all.

Selma Sunday – March 8, 2015

edmund pettus bridgeLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.  As thousands travel to Selma, we will join millions of others in expressing our solidarity with the work that remains for us to do.  Resilience is not just a solo act.  Collective resilience is part of what it takes to “bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.”

It Starts At Home – March 1, 2015

Lift up Booker T WashingtonLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

The stories we hear and the lessons we learn about resilience in the places we call home have a tremendous capacity to lift us up or bring us down.  How can we get better at lifting each other up?

Music Sunday: The Power of Music – February 22, 2015

Power-of-music-wallpaper1Led by Music Director Hal Walker and Friends

Through Song, Story, Reflection and Music, we explore the role that music plays in our lives.

You can hear better versions of “Be Still My Soul” and “Carry it On” here –

Wings Set Me Free – February 15, 2015

faitn and wings 2Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

Faith can be like wings, the strength that lifts us up when we long to fly. From those heights we often find connections and have visions that just aren’t possible when life is viewed from the ground. What is the faith that lifts you up?

Faith Defined – February 8, 2015

faith defined 2Led by Elaine Bowen

What’s your religious language baggage attached to “faith”?

How do you see faith through a UU lens?

Is it blurry and vague, crystal clear or somewhere in between?

Do you mean what I mean?

What do you have faith in?

So many questions . . .