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This Week's Service
“In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow”  

with Mark Weber, Rev. Joe Cherry, Jack Ulman & Mike Carney

Sunday, June 16th at 11:00 am
Music Notes for June 16th

Printed copies are available from the Ushers on Sunday morning (by request)
Beverages and Banter
Thursday, June 13th

The next installment of Beverages & Banter with Rev. Joe and Allan is Thursday the 13th.

We'll be hanging out at the Uptown Panera Bread ( 11490 Euclid Ave) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Stop by for a casual conversation about life, the universe and everything.
UUCC Finance Committee Update:
Automated Giving Options

The Finance Committee has been working to consolidate all things Financial since the merger. Out of that effort, we have decided to discontinue ACH (First U) and Vanco (Society) at the end of this fiscal year, June 30. If you are still using either of these payment options, you will need to make other arrangements for your giving for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. You can set up automated payments using UUCC Vanco, which you can get to via our Realm database, by PayPal, or by setting up automated payments through your own bank's Bill Pay system. The Bill Pay option is the only one of those that has no fees. If you have any questions you can contact Don Stimpert or Shane Millette.
Worship Associate Program
Applicaitons are Due June 16th!

We are now accepting applications for the worship associate program for the term beginning in August.

Are you passionate about the importance of meaningful worship as a central part of the UUCC experience? Are you looking for ways to deepen your experience and understanding of being a Unitarian Universalist? Are you looking for a consistent and painless way to add a regular spiritual practice into your life? Perhaps you already enjoy public speaking or wish to gain confidence in this area.

Hard copies of the Worship Associate job description and application can be picked up (and returned!) from the green folder near the mailboxes in the second floor elevator alcove.

You can also download the description here and follow this link to the online application.

To apply, please complete either a hard copy or electronic version of the application and turn it into the minister by June 16th.
Musical Guests on June 23rd

We’ll have a special musical treat during the service next Sunday, June 23 rd . UUCC’s own Yarden Faden, a retired member of The Cleveland Orchestra, will be leading a trio of guest musicians who will play in our service that morning. Yarden (viola) will be joined by Dolores White (piano) and Jason Fuh (baritone), and the trio will perform  Zwei Gesänge  (2 songs for voice, viola and piano, op. 91) by Johannes Brahms. Be sure to come to church on June 23 rd  to enjoy the wonderful music!   
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.

Our next meeting is Sunday 7/14/2019 at 12:30 in the Baker Room. 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 renewable electricity, and create community through concern and reverence for all life.

Dawn Arrington was highlighted on Ideastream 6/13/2019 “Can a poem help revitalize Buckeye?” A poem, written by Dawn, was etched on a park bench in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood is an attempt to connect a largely African-American community with its Hungarian past. It’s part of a new park on the city’s east side that’s due to debut Friday.

Join Tom Gibson 6/26/2019 at 6:30pm at the Cleveland Heights Rec Center to learn about the Insect Sanctuary project planned for the Nobel Neighborhood. This is part of a larger project to transform this troubled neighborhood one small pocket garden at a time.
Any questions contact: Debbie Wright

UUs in the News
Fighting for Religious Freedom, standing up to defend our seven principles

Like our congregation, the UU Church in Fresno, CA serves as a polling place. Check out this article from the Washington Post about what happened when they hung a Black Lives Matter banner and how they're standing up for our Seven Principles and Religious Freedom

This issue was also covered by the ACLU:
Summer Solstice Celebration
June 21st at 7:00 pm

We will be gathering to celebrate the Summer Solstice on Friday, June 21 st  at 7:00 p.m. Outside if the weather is good…in Fellowship Hall if it’s not. Bring drums, rattles or things that make a joyful noise. Dress in your Solstice finery. Please bring a finger food or beverage to share for after the ritual. This is an eclectic group, and you are welcome whether you have experience in Earth-Centered/Pagan ritual or are simply open to something new. For more information please contact Peggy Lagodny at .
Are you receiving all our communications? Are your friends?

There are two electronic communications that UUCC sends on a regular basis.

  1. The eblast is a weekly email communication sent to members, newcomers, and others who have requested it. The eblast has information on upcoming services and events – and is often the only source of this information. It is usually sent on Thursday evenings.
  2. The Hawk is our monthly newsletter that contains a minister’s column, board president column and other less time sensitive information. Larger events more in the future are included in The Hawk. The most recent Hawk newsletter was sent electronically on Thursday evening, May 30.

Are you receiving these? We think we have worked out some ongoing distribution challenges and want to make sure everyone is receiving these.

If you or a UUCC friend are not receiving one or both of these please contact Erin Justice ( and let her know what email address we should send these communications to.
Just for Fun - Drum Circle!
June 24th

No experience necessary! There will be extra drums for all(or bring your own).

Relieve stress with hand drumming; enjoy the meditative quality of the vibrations.

We will meet Monday, June 24 at 7:15. Fellowship hall.

Questions? Contact Laurene Smith  or Felisa Anthony  /  440-247-2956
An Invitation to Join a Community of Activists

You've been reading about conditions at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Have you been curious to know what the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail has been up to? Maybe you'd like to participate but aren't sure how to take the first step?

This invitation is for you. Our next meeting will be held Thursday, June 27 at 6pm.

Meet me here at UUCC at 5:15 and we will drive together. I will stay by your side and help you meet people. It will be a potluck. Call me to talk more. You can do this! Eileen
Common Ground Event
What Constitutes a Healthy Neighborhood Environment?
June 30th at 5:00 pm

The topic of “What constitutes a healthy neighborhood environment?” will be explored at a picnic barbecue  at 5 pm  at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland at  21600 Shaker Boulevard East at Belvoir. While the topic will be explored generally, we are especially inviting people in the Mercer and broader Shaker Heights community to attend and to consider how the church property can be a neighborhood resource. The conversation will include a table for children over the age of eight who want to explore what they think is important to have in their neighborhood.

Check out the flier below, or click the link here for more info!
Registration for Central East Region Summer Institute (CERSI)
is Open!

CERSI - the Central East Region Summer Institute, takes place from July 7-13 at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH.

This year's theme speaker is Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, who is speaking on Building the Vocal Community.

Workshop options cover a range of topics and the week includes time for sharing, listening, singing, and playing.

Scholarships are available! Deadline to apply is May 31.

Learn more at
Sunday Book Group Summer Potluck
July 14th

Join the Sunday Book Group on July 14 for our annual potluck when we will make our selections for next year's book list.   We usually try to have a picnic outside, weather permitting, and start at 6 PM instead of our usual 7 PM.  Each person can make up to 2 nominations and we then select 9 books.  

If you cannot attend the potluck, you can send an email to Brian Larson ( ) with your recommendation(s).   Contact Brian by phone at 216-371-8163 if you have questions.
The Well
A Family-Friendly Retreat Tending the Wounds of Racism
July 24-27 in Saco, Maine

What is the Well?
The Well is an intentional gathering space of spiritual healing for individuals and families who are directly impacted by racism. It is a culturally proud, welcoming and unapologetic space that centers the experiences and expressions of communities of color.

The Well is a life-giving retreat. Just like a communal well in ancient times, we gather at the Well, share wisdom and learn from each other, talk about things that matter, and fill our vessels with resources that sustain us.

As a rare multi-generational opportunity for children, youth, and adults, programming of the Well explores our spiritual paths, including rites of passage that bear witness to our experiences. There will be food, music, sports, history, arts, and bodywork that nurtures our souls, and worship, rituals and networking that uplift our spirits.

Who can attend the Well?
The Well welcomes those who are directly impacted by racism: families and individuals of color, as well as white families raising children of color, and multiracial families. 

Although you do not have to be a UU to attend, we ask participants to resonate with the Unitarian Universalist values of equity, justice, inclusion, and compassion. 

We recognize that the imperfect and complex ways we talk about our racial identities is how “racism” continues to cause spiritual harm. The Well hopes to be a mediating space of guidance, support and reconciliation for those who experience the sting of racism in their everyday lives.

Historically, that list refers to those who have experienced social and structural oppression: African Americans/Blacks, Caribbean people, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Middle Easterners, Latin America/Latinx, Indigenous peoples across the Americas, and mixed-race people.

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
We've Launched our new Facebook page as UU Congregation of Cleveland!

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