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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 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.

 

Sunday, February 1, Service – “Happy Accidents”

11 AM Sanctuary

Happy Accidents and outlandish values help us get through winter. Someone wise once said this. Come and discover the mystery of winter contentment. We will take a journey through the world’s best ideas for inner warmth when there is outer cold.

Worship Leaders: Sarah Lown, with Sarah Lowry, Andy Pfrenger

Music: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

 

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Sunday, January 25, Service – “Weak Signals and Wild Cards”

11 AM Sanctuary

Is the world changing too fast around us? Have the benefits of technology (cat videos, Candy Crush Saga, fitbits) been worth the tradeoffs (cyberterrorism, loss of privacy, global warming)? We explore past worries about change along with predictions for the future (both dystopian and utopian), and try to find a way to navigate technological and societal change.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Ben Barnes

Music by Jeff Bremer, jazz musician

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Explorations – Spiritual Conversations in Small Groups

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Explorations is a new small group ministry program at UUYO.
Try it out!

We’re starting a new program called Explorations at UUYO. These small groups of 6 to 10 will meet monthly for 1.5 – 2 hours to explore a topic together, led by trained facilitators. The focus of these groups is to allow people to share their feelings and observations on the topic, without interruption or debate.
We’ll have Sampler sessions in late January at UUYO (no commitment required). Choose one of these dates:

  • Thursday, Jan 22, 7 PM
  • Sunday, Jan 25, 2 PM
  • Monday, Jan 26, 7 PM

For more information, click here.
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to sign up online: bit.ly/UUYOJanSGM