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Sunday services at 11 AM.

1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois)

Youngstown, OH 44505

A Joyful Community, Spiritually Engaged, Changing the World.

Welcome! We are a home for liberal religion 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, August 31, Service – “Aphrodite vs. Athena: the Treatment of Goddess Archetypes by Contemporary Men and Women Artists”

11 AM Channing Hall

Karen O’Malia will present a program prepared earlier for a Creativity and Madness seminar.  She will compare three women artists:  Judy Chicago, the mother of feminist art; Lalla Essayidi, a 21st century artist who grew up in Morocco and lived in Saudi Arabia; and Mickalene Thomas, a 21st century African American artist, with three men artists:  John Currin, a 21st century artist best known for satirical paintings dealing with provocative sexual and social themes;  Francesco Clemente, a 21st century artist,who interprets reality based upon his perceptions; and John Swannell, a British photographer interested in abstract beauty.

She will use photographs of their art works to illustrate differences in male and female interpretations of women subjects.

Worship Leader: Karen O’Malia

Worship Associate: Sarah Lowry

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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Sunday, August 24, Service – “Finding My Voice”

11 AM Channing Hall

Everyone has a voice. I started finding my voice after a series of events left me stranded in the desert singing for my supper. I’ll share some of the challenges I face, the spirits that guide me, and the songs that come out of me.

Worship Leader and Musician: Megan Wormz Bihn

Worship Associate: Monica Hite

As a UU naturalist, farmer, and traveler, Megan Wormz Bihn offers a curious perspective on life though her songcraft. A homespun rootsy voice delivers songs of environmental issues, flirtatious satire, and a raw love for the land. Wormz has been writing and performing live since 2007 around campfires, in coffee shops, at festivals, in desert squat towns, and in living rooms around the country. Her “Little Birdie” EP (2011) was recently followed up by the full-length album “Grow” in the summer of 2013.

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Sunday, August 17, Service – “The Source of Genius”

11 AM Channing Hall

The ancients thought that genius was a gift of the gods, while Enlightenment humanists concluded that genius was a rare and exceptional individual quality. We’re beginning to rethink that, realizing that exceptional creativity more often arises in collaboration or in group efforts. We’ll explore how we might use relationship to promote genius in all of us.

Worship Leader: Rev.Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Gina DeAngelo

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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Sunday, August 10, Service – “Creative Choir”

11 AM  Channing Hall

The UUYO Congregation is unusually rich in creative and accomplished individuals. Everyone is an artist, at some level. Let’s gather and hear about some of our people’s creative process.

Worship Leader: Sarah Lown

Worship Associate: Sarah Lowry

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, August 3, Service – “My Improvised Life”

11 AM Channing Hall

During summer institute a few weeks ago, I attended a workshop on Longform Improvisation, a theatrical form in which the players make up the scenes as in the spur of the moment. It was scary and embarrassing and creative and great fun! Moreover, I saw many parallels between improv and life, which we’ll explore in this service.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Ben Barnes

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, July 27, Service – “Wealth in the 21st Century” Lessons in Spirituality of Money

11 AM Channing Hall

For twelve sessions a small group has met and explored a course called “The Wisdom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life.” We explored aspects of faithful earning, spending, saving, and giving away money. This Sunday, we’ll consider some of the lessons on spirituality and money in our lives and in our society.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Musician:  Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, July 20, Service – “Why Should I Have Less?”

11 AM Channing Hall

The first concept in our Seven Principles states: “We … covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”   Our nation is facing a serious challenge as social and economic inequality increases.
During this message titled “Why Should I Have Less?” we’ll examine the meaning of the phrase “inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

Worship Leader: Tom Beck

Worship Associate:  Gina Vance

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

Tom Beck worked at The University of Akron as an administrator responsible for the operation of WZIP-FM and also served as a teacher instructing courses in Broadcasting, Radio Production, Speech, Radio Station Programming and Operations, and Business and Professional Speaking.  Tom has been presenting Sunday services at Unitarian Universalist Churches in Ohio during the past ten years.

Sunday, July 13, Service – “Inherent?”

11 AM Channing Hall

How does our commitment to the first principle inspire and complicate our engagement with social justice work?  We will examine social justice as a spiritual practice through the lens of Wendy’s experiences working on poverty and educational access in a local Appalachian county.

Worship Leader:  Wendy Pfrenger

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

 

Sunday, July 6, Service – “A Moral Debt – Reparations for Slavery”

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A recent Atlantic Magazine article called for the nation to make reparations for slavery and systematic racism.  We explore sociological and theological aspects of this proposal.

Worship Leaders:  Rev. Matt Alspaugh and Sarah Lowry

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall