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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, May 24, Service – “Flunking Sainthood”

11 AM Sanctuary

In her wry memoir, Jana Reiss shares a year-long quest to become more saintly by tackling 12 spiritual practices, including fasting, centering prayer, Sabbath-keeping, gratitude, and generosity. Though she begins with the question, “How hard could that be?” Reiss finds to her growing humiliation that she is “flunking sainthood.” In this sermon exploring the myth of enlightenment and the rigors of real spiritual growth, we’ll examine how we might quest for, and even be satisfied with a process-oriented path. It’s May—what’s happened to your well-laid January resolutions? Are you making progress or have you given up because you flunked sainthood, sometime in mid-February? Toss your halo, keep your wings, and come discover the benefits of “failing better.”

Worship Leader: Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker

Worship Associate: Gina DeAngelo

Musician: Darlene MacBenn

Sunday, May 17, Service – “From Reverie to Revelry, the Power of Music”

11 AM Sanctuary

From music’s ability to put us in a trance, to its use in getting the troops ready for war, music is a powerful, human experience.  While other species use songs to communicate, music can touch us in so many emotional ways.  We will explore how music affects us personally.  Please be ready to share some song lyrics that are meaningful to you (no, you will not have to sing them!).  This is our annual Music Sunday and a multigenerational service.

Worship Leader:  BeckyAnn Harker

Worship Associate:  Sarah Lown

Musicians:  Musicians from church

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Sunday, May 10, Service – “Bucking Tradition”

11 AM Sanctuary

May 10 is Mother’s Day, and we’ll be reflecting on how we are honoring the women in our lives as a society. There is still a gender gap in pay, reproductive rights are increasingly challenged, and violence against women continues. How do we keep moving forward toward equality in women’s rights and reproductive justice?

Worship Leader: Kristina Spaude

Worship Associate: Gina DeAngelo

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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May Theme – Soul Matters: “A People of Tradition”

What does it mean to be a people of Tradition? To what degree do we recall, honor and practice that which was left to us by our ancestors? We UUs tend to struggle with tradition, but ignoring tradition has its costs. For May, we’ll look at how we might properly engage with tradition.

 

 

Sunday, May 3, Service – “The Invention of Tradition”

11 AM Sanctuary

At my alma mater, we joked that if you did something two years in a row, it became tradition. How much of what we consider tradition is truly handed down from the mists of time, and how much is fabricated, distressed, to look much older? Does it matter? How might we select among traditions, perhaps creating new ones as needed?

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Molly Toth

Music: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, April 26, Service – “To Lose the Bonds of Injustice”

11 AM Sanctuary

The ancient prophets implore us to “lose the bonds of injustice.” Yet, when we begin to try to untie these bonds, we discover the interconnectedness of oppression. We find similarities in patterns of sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, environmental destruction. We explore the nature of intersecting oppressions, and how advocates for social change in each area might work together for a common end.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Monica Hite

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, April 19, Service – “Correcting the Course in the Anthropocene”

11 AM Sanctuary

Using the wisdom of the Sufi poem “The Conference of the Birds,” we’ll explore the challenges we face in the Anthropocene, when our human actions begin to take their toll on the environment. Each of us possesses unique gifts and great potential to create change. How can we come together to correct the course we are on?

Worship Leaders: Patricia Dunbar and Molly Toth

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Flapjacks and Fellowship – Saturday April 11, 5 – 8 PM

This Saturday – Flapjacks and Fellowship, a pancake dinner—yes, that’s right, a pancake dinner—to raise money to bring Rev. Clark Olsen, Unitarian Universalist minister and Civil Rights Activist, to Youngstown.

10986862_10153253304660530_9159912626144756600_oRev. Olsen marched in Selma and witnessed fellow Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. James Reeb beaten to death by white racists. Rev. Clark will share his story with the public on Saturday, September 26 and share a sermon and fellowship at UUYO on Sunday, September 27.

This is a collaborative effort with The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, YSU Dept. of History, Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, and the Shipka Speaker Series.

All funds raised will go towards covering Rev. Olsen’s travel costs and speaking honorarium.

Tickets can be purchased at the door:

$7 Adults | $5 Young Adults/Children | FREE Children 5 and under

Sunday, April 12, Service – “Growing Apart: Income and Wealth Inequality in America”

11 AM Sanctuary

Americans are just beginning to accept the reality that the middle class is shrinking, and that economic inequality is increasing. We’re gradually accepting this data, but have yet to integrate this understanding into our values and our cultural identity. What might a culture of greater equality look like? What might this hold for the future of our country, and our world?

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Sarah Lowry

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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