International Student Outreach: Friendship Partners

Please join Sevim McCutcheon and an international student to learn about opportunities for UUs to connect with college students from around the world!

Informational meeting on Sunday, July 19th, at 12:45 p.m. in Fessenden Hall. 

Snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a lunch.

For more information, contact Sevim McCutcheon.

If you can’t make it to this meeting but want to get involved, contact Sevim.

Nearly 3,000 international…

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July 2015 Chalice Flame Newsletter

 

 

 

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Black and Blue - July 5, 2015

Led by Dani Beale and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

Unitarian Universalism’s first principle calls for us to uphold and protect the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and our second principle requires us to seek out justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Recent events, such as the horrific mass shooting at the Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, SC, and the numerous highly publicized killings of unarmed black people at the…

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What’s in Your Head? - June 28, 2015

Led by Sharon Hogan and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

How does the way your brain is structured give you a sense of spirituality? How does thinking, learning and feeling develop each individual’s unique experience as a spiritual being? How does your brain respond to knowledge, ideas and feelings as you experience, learn and grow. Some surprising ideas from a neurological perspective.

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Our 'Freedom to Marry Celebration' is On! - July 3, 2015

 

 

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Documents Needed to Apply for a Marriage License in Ohio:

ID Requirement:  Government issued ID such as drivers license, visa, passport, state ID. You need to know your social security numbers.
Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Ohio. You must apply in the county in w…

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Unitarian Universalism; Building A New Way - June 21, 2015

Led by Kevin Lowry and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
As we witness a shift from mainstream church to a re-imagined sense of community and gathering, Unitarian Universalist are working in various emerging ministries to offer a generation of seekers and explores an inclusive liberal religious community that is spiritually diverse, radically inclusive and Justice centered. Our tradition is uniquely suited to meet people where they are on the life’…

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Time to Play! - June 14, 2015 9:45 AM Only


DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE SERVICE AND PICNIC HAVE BEEN MOVED BACK TO THE CHURCH.  WE HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE!
Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Director of Relgious Education Karen Lapidus, and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

One service only at 9:45 am at Plum Creek Park, weather permitting*

Once each year our whole church gathers together for one joyful, multigenerational service.  Please join us at Plum Creek Park for a service celebra…

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The Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality & Portage County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division

Judge Robert Berger of the Portage County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division has issued an Order in preparation for the upcoming Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.  Although the copy of the Order shown below is not signed by Judge Berger, it is in effect.  At Judge Berger’s request, we are sharing this information to help inform as many people as possible on the process of applying for a marriage license and the ability to be marrie…

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This is the Church of the Loving Heart - June 7, 2015

Led by Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus, the Religious Education Committee, the Students, and their Teachers

This Sunday is Religious Education Sunday when the children and their teachers will be sharing insights and learnings from their classroom experiences.  There will be special music and our graduating High School Seniors will be honored, as well.

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June 2015 Chalice Flame Newsletter

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Visitors

Photo by Brad Bolton

Welcome visitors! We hope that you will find a spiritual home here and that you will be enriched in the liberal religious practice and heritage of Unitarian Universalism. The members of this church take pride in the fact that we embrace people of all races, ethnicities, ages, creeds, sexual orientations, and abilities. Unitarian Universalism is a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles and many sources of wisdom. Our congregation is where we come together in religious community to discern our values and live lives in alignment with them. Ours is a living tradition and we put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world. In addition, we are a “Welcoming Congregation” which means we have taken part in a special program, designed by the UUA, for congregations that see a need to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people. The congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Newcomers are always welcome to visit our congregation. There is no formal conversion process, so becoming a Unitarian Universalist is simply a matter of self-identification. Membership is voluntary and does not require renouncing other religious affiliations or practices.

We invite you to explore our website, visit our congregation, and discover Unitarian Universalism!

There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and 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 congregations 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.

Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.