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July 14th through September 1st
SUNDAY July 14 through September 1 Worship Services will be held at the Lancashire Rd building (2728 Lancashire Rd, Cleveland Heights) which has air conditioning! There is also a stair lift, but no elevator.

Parking at the building is limited, but there is a lot of street parking, as well as a few nearby city lots. In case you need them, bring quarters for parking in the city lots which are on both sides of the Lancashire building.

The Lancashire building has a stair lift for those are not able to climb stairs alone. It does require that you are able to get into and out of a seated position (with assistance).

While we're celebrating in a smaller space, please remember to place your purses, bags and other belongings on the floor to free up seats for others.

We'll return to the sanctuary in Shaker on September 7th for the big Reunification Service and the Water Communion on September 8th.
This Week's Worship Service
The Oracle of Lorain

Service Lead by Rev. Joe Cherry, Dr. Allan Georgia, and Peggy Lagodny
Music by Michael Carney, Director of Music, with Anne, Geoffrey and Steve Sanford

Sunday, August 11th at 11:00 am
At the Lancashire Rd location - 2728 Lancashire Rd, Cleveland Heights
Beverages and Banter returns on Thursday, August 8th!

Meet us at the University Circle Panera Bread ( 11490 Euclid Ave, Cleveland ) from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for some unstructured conversations about life, spirituality, and more.

The next session of B&B is Saturday, August 24th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Merwin's Wharf (1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland). This is a dog-friendly spot, so feel free to bring your pups!
A Big THANK YOU to All for Our Revitalized Playground!

On Saturday, July 27th, a team of worker bees from our congregation and our neighborhood put the finishing touches on our updated playground.

This project was started by a group of neighborhood kids who enjoyed playing on our equipment, but were getting splinters and be stings. They asked if we would make the space safer for them and we gave a resounding YES!

You've given generously of our time, talent, and treasure to create a fun, inviting space for young people. Through a crowdfunding campaign with IOBY, you gave $4,409 for supplies. You showed up for work days to pull down the old equipment and put up the new.


We have to give a special shout out to Leila, Jackson, Jaryn, Arlo, Rachel, Jonah, Devin, and Alexa and their parents, Staci, Lindsay, and Laura for first proposing this project almost a year ago; to Nancy King Smith, Dell Salza and Ray Gonzalez, who were the leaders of this project; the Arrington, Burkel, and Ogbuji families for their input in planning; and Dawn Arrington and IOBY for the fundraising; and all who showed up for work days.

It is amazing what we can do when we do it together.
Sharing our Joys and Sorrows
From the Worship Team
As members one great joy is that we love and support each other in joy, sorrow and life challenges. One opportunity to hold and embrace those in our community is through Joys and Concern Stones. 

As the service has evolved some members have shared they feel more disconnected with fewer being read by the worship associates. Please remember you can email Erin Justice ( with recent events you wish to celebrate, honor or acknowledge even if you will be in attendance or not. 

Although we have the book in the back, the emails are helpful to worship associates because it’s sometimes hard to read the handwriting in the book.  
Save the Date!
Inception Celebration and Reception
Saturday, September 7th at 4:00 pm.

Before we officially kick off the church year at Ingathering on September 8th, we warmly invite you to join us for a special worship service and reception celebrating the reunification of First U and UUSC, and the inception of UUCC!

We've invited our UU siblings from across Northeast Ohio, as well as leaders from our nearby faith communities. We hope you can join us!

Please RSVP by August 26th to Erin Justice ( or 216-751-2320 x102). Or RSPV online here!

UUMFE  Ministry for Earth

"Connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.”

 If this calls to you, please join us at our next meeting and learn how you can become involved with the Ministry for Earth. We are a group of individuals working in many “In my own back yard projects” making the world better one step at a time. Join us! We teach kids to grow food, protect pollinators, read about and learn how to garden, promote 100% renewable electricity, and create community through concern and reverence for all life.

Our next meeting on Sunday 9/8/19 at 12:30 in the Baker Room. We will gather and report on our ongoing projects, suggest new projects and seek help if needed.

Have you Signed up for 100% renewable electricity yet??  

all it takes is a simple phone call. Signing up for 100% renewable electricity is an easy way to support the 7 th principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. NOPEC started offering the 100% renewable electricity at a lower rate than their standard program price in January 2019.

NOPEC, Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, is a non-profit organization of over 225 local governments in Northeast Ohio provides cost savings electricity for individuals and small businesses by buying electricity in bulk. NOPEC buys electricity for about 510,000 residential and commercial customers in 15 Ohio counties.  Since January 2019 only 158 households have made the call and signed up for 100% renewable electricity. This is a very small number, disappointingly small which includes: 17 in Shaker Heights, 10 in South Euclid, 2 in University Heights, and 9 in Chagrin Falls. We can do better than this.  Making the switch to 100% renewable electricity will decrease your household carbon footprint by about 2 tons, which is like taking a car off the road for 5 months.

Please checkout this website to learn more about signing up 100% renewable electricity and decrease your carbon footprint.

If you are NOPEC call 855-667-3201 talk to a knowledgeable operator 24/7 and ask for 100% renewable content electricity 24 month fixed rate term to get the best rate (this may change incel the passage of SB6, so call soon). 
If you are not in a NOPEC community you have other options for buying 100% renewable Electricity. Check the website above to learn more about your options.

 Any questions contact:
 Debbie Wright
Ohioans for Gun Safety (OFGS)

Over the last five years, deaths due to firearms have increased by more than 35%. Ohioans for Gun Safety (OFGS) is a grass-roots, citizen’s organization committed to changing this tragic situation.

Beginning in August, 2019, citizens representing OFGS will be circulating petitions among Ohio voters to place a proposal on the Ohio ballot for 2020 that would close most of the loopholes in regarding background checks and, for the first time, would mandate background checks for firearms purchased at gun shows across Ohio.

OFGS needs our help. If you have the time, please consider circulating a petition.

To read the entire text of the proposal, please go to .
To volunteer to petition, please contact Susan Reis at .

Submitted by Mark Weber
Two Black Men a Week  
the next movie in our Racial Justice Film Series 

We had a good group for the first of our Racial Justice Film Series – please join us for the next one! The Authentic Diversity Covenant group is hosting this Racial Justice Film Series where we will screen thought provoking films followed by facilitated discussions. We’ll meet once a month at 6 pm on Friday evenings at the Lancashire building (it’s air conditioned!), share some pizza, and start the film around 6:30. Please join us! Contact Laurie Albright ( ) with questions.
Two Black Men in a Week
Friday, August 16, 6:00 PM
2728 Lancashisre Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH (upstairs in the sanctuary)
Future Screenings (mark your calendars!)
  • Friday, September 20 – Crash
  • Friday, October 18 – Race, the power of an illusion, part 2
After Church Potlucks are moving to 4th Sundays in September!

Our communal meals will continue during the 2019-20 Congregation year as the “4th Sunday Potlucks.” The date was adjusted to create a bit of space between the 2nd Sunday Breakfast and the Potluck. Here are the 2019-20 dates:

September 22 2019 (adopted by Strategic Planning)
October 27, 2019
November 24 2019
December 22 2019
January 26 2020
February 23 2020
March 22 2020
April 26 2020
May 24 2020

Groups are needed to adopt Potlucks. What does that mean? If you would like to use the Potluck event for a presentation or discussion with the congregation, please send a note to to get it on the calendar. Groups that adopt a Potluck will need to recruit volunteers to staff the meal--the volunteers do NOT need to be limited to group members.
AUGUST 13, 2019

The Second Tuesday Book Club is skipping July and our next meeting is August 13. We will be reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling . It has ten reasons we are wrong about the world and why things are better than you think. It is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases. This is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world. We will be meeting in the Library at the Lancashire Building at 7:00 pm. 
UU The Vote Webinar - August 14th

If you were at GA you heard our President give an impassioned call to 'UU the Vote' and engage in voter registration, GOTV & electoral justice.   

Join us for a Webinar on Democracy & Electoral Justice 2020 - Wednesday, August 14th, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.

Speakers include:
  • Adam Eichen--Co-Author of Daring Democracy (Beacon Press, 2007)
  • Charlene Sinclair--Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy
  • Everette Thompson--Side with Love Campaign Manager  
  • UU State Action Networks & UUSJ in DC representatives 
  • Susan  Leslie--Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director

We will explore strategies and share resources from now through Elections 2020 and beyond, focusing on three phases of engagement from massive voter registration, ballot initiatives and advocacy, and all out Get Out the Vote!

North Union Farmers Market Needs You!

North Union Farmers Market, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is looking for volunteers for our 10th annual Garlic Festival to be held in Shaker Square on August 24th and 25th. With additional help needed for set up on the 22nd and 23rd. This is a really wonderful community event, a lot of fun, and three free tickets are available for each volunteer to give to family or friends.

For more info visit:

Or to sign up for a volunteer position:

It’s summer at UUCC and the Welcome Office needs you!

Everybody seems to like to take a little break in the summer - even our office volunteers! With that we need some substitutes in the Welcome Office. You can help out as little as a single 2-hour shift to as much as a day each week. The work is easy – mostly answering the phone, helping out visitors, and making the occasional copy. We have a handy reference guide so even if you feel like you don’t know everything you can still be useful. It’s easy work, but extremely valuable – callers really appreciate having a person answer their call!

Please sign up for open shifts on our SignupGenius page. Contact Carol Gay ( ) with questions.
Panel Discussion - The Challenge of Islamophobia
September 19th

“The Challenge of Islamophobia” is the title of a panel discussion program that is sponsored by Cleveland Peace Action. It will be held at the CH-UH Main Library at 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

This program will be held on September 19th with registration at 6:00 pm and the program at 6:30 pm. Panelists will include the following: Isam Zalem, activist on issues affecting Arab Americans; April Stoltz member of Westshore Unitarian Church and coordinator of Teatime for Peace; and a Board Member of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations). The program is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Mark Weber at 440-519-0220.
New Staff Phone Extensions!

We recently updated our phone system, so the extensions for staff members have changed.

Rev. Joe Cherry, Minister - 104
Dr. Allan Georgia, Director of RE - 106
Mike Carney, Music Director - 107
Shirley Nelson, Office Administrator - 103
Angie Coats, Bookkeeper - 105
Erin Justice, Community Relations Director - 102
Welcome Office - 101

Our phone number has not changed. Give us a call at 216-751-2320!
Save the Date for UU Justice Ohio's Annual Assembly
Nov. 9, 2019
Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware

UUJO Needs Your Support
UU Justice Ohio needs your support to continue to amplify our UU values for justice in Ohio.  Please join us today at
UUJO needs needs your support as we engage in –
  • ongoing Ohio Statehouse policy advocacy and education work,
  • organizing for voter registration/education/support, 
  • congregational coaching, 
  • organizing our Nov. 9 Annual Assembly in Delaware OH (information is coming soon!)
  • organizing to support immigrant families traveling through Ohio by bus
  • creating our new website under construction, and expansion of our social media outreach
  • and working to increase our volunteer base to meet the demands of the 2020 election season
Your direct donations to UUJO help pay for these many other programs as well as the expenses that keep things running (software, online meeting subscription, salary for our one part-time staff person, registration and bookkeeping software, travel, workshop supplies and more). All of the necessary but unglamourous things that enable us to serve you here in Ohio.
Will you help UUJO continue to offer its programs in Ohio? 
Will you help UUJO keep operating?
We need your support now as we prepare programs and plan for the Fall.
We've Launched our new Facebook page as UU Congregation of Cleveland!

July 14th through September 1st
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