Sunday services at 11 AM.

1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois)

Youngstown, OH 44505


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A Joyful Community, Spiritually Engaged, Changing the World.

Welcome! We are an oasis for liberal spirituality in the Mahoning Valley. Our mission is to build a diverse and transformative spiritual community, help people live lives of wholeness, and promote justice, peace, and religious freedom.

Here’s what’s going on at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown:

Sunday, March 29, Service – “Walking With Synder”

11 AM Sanctuary

When Tom was a child, his mother was assisted in raising the children by two neighbors, an elderly couple named Mr. and Mrs. Snyder. The Snyders passed away long ago; but when Tom thinks about them, he’s reminded about how important it is for us to deal with people in a way that is meaningful.  The Snyders understood the concept of Spiritual Engagement and took the time to really care about other people … and that made all the difference.

Worship Leader: Tom Beck

Worship Associates: Davita Fitzgerald and Sarah Lown

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, March 22, Service – “The God You Don’t Believe In”

11 AM Sanctuary

When atheists and theists debate the existence of God, they usually debate the existence of a particular kind of God. We’ll explore the qualities of this God, and explore what are other variants might exist. What forms of God, if any, might we choose to believe in?

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Ben Barnes

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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Sunday, March 15, Service – “This is Your Mind on Meditation”

11 AM Sanctuary

Many of us at UUYO have made mindfulness meditation part of our regular spiritual practice, as we find it helps bring calm, equanimity and balance. We’ll explore some basic techniques, and offer advice for those who want to explore meditation as a spiritual practice.

Worship Leaders: Rev. Matt Alspaugh with Kathy Garritano

Worship Associate: Gina DeAngelo

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, March 8, Service – “RE-engage”

11 AM Sanctuary

While at Meadville Lombard in January, Kristina was presented with the question: “In an increasingly secular world, what is the purpose of religious education/faith formation?” As we are reflecting on what being “Spiritually Engaged” means this month, BeckyAnn Harker and Kristina Spaude will offer ideas about the importance of religious education and faith formation in our personal lives and the lives of our congregations.

Worship Leaders: Kristina Spaude and BeckyAnn Harker

Worship Associate: Gina Vance

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Sunday, March 1, Service – “Selma Awakening”

11 AM Sanctuary

In answering Rev. Martin Luther King’s call to come to Selma, Unitarian Universalists put themselves on the front lines of the civil rights movement, and many UUs found themselves energized and radicalized. The journey from Selma to broader racial engagement has been filled with challenge. For this Black History Month, we reflect on our part of that history, and on our future with racial justice.

Bloody_Sunday-officers_await_demonstratorsWorship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Gary Davenport

Music: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall


Sunday, February 22, Service – “Love Reaches Out”

11 AM Sanctuary

Our culture places so much emphasis on romantic love — eros — that other kinds of love often get occluded — philia, storge, agape, and of course hygge. We explore varieties of love, especially those which help make a community joyful.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Ben Barnes

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Building and Grounds Summit – Sunday, Feb 8 – 12:30 PM

We will be talking about both capital improvements and how we go forward with maintenance of the building.There should be discussion about how to increase participation from members and friends. How can we find better ways to schedule and organize our activities to make more efficient use of our energies?

Sunday, February 8, Service – “What Were They Thinking?”

11 AM Sanctuary

The first century of our republic was a time of great cultural experimentation. Numerous “utopian communities” were established, exploring radical forms of relationships, labor, economics, and religious practice. Unitarian and Universalist communities included Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Hopedale Community. We’ll explore these communities in the light of creating a joyful or beloved community.

Worship Leaders: Rev. Matt Alspaugh and Andy Pfrenger

Music: Lee Boyle, guitar and piano

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February Theme – “The Joyful Community”

For the months of February to April, we consider the three parts of our tagline, “UUYO — A Joyful Community, Spiritually Engaged, Changing the World.” The February theme, Joyful Community invites us to explore feelings of joy, delight, happiness, and agape (“brotherly love”). We explore how these qualities are nurtured and encouraged in a community like our church, and in the other groups and communities we are part of.