Sunday services at 11 AM.

1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois)

Youngstown, OH 44505


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An official LGBTQIA “Welcoming Congregation”

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, October 18 – “Letting Go of Letting Go”

11AM – Sanctuary

At the heart of so many spiritual and religious traditions is the act of letting go, be it through the absolution of sins, through detachment from the material world and society, through forgiveness. The writer Haruki Murakami says, “No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.” What do we make of those moments that stay with us, no matter how hard we try to shake them?

Worship Leaders: Sarah Lown and Molly Toth

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Sunday, October 11, Service – “The End of Work”

11 AM Sanctuary

The July Atlantic Magazine included an article called “The End of Work” (BTW featuring several Youngstown stories) which explored increasing job loss due to technology. If we in America define people though their work, how is this affecting lives and society? What might the future hold?

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Tim Malone

Musician: Jon Locketti


October Worship Theme – “Letting Go”

As people who are letting go, we realize that not everything in life is permanent and unchanging. We sometimes have to let go of cherished possessions, ideas, even people. This sometimes comes with strong emotions of grief, anger, regret, craving. But with spiritual maturity, we can see that for new things to emerge, we have to practice letting go. This may involve forgiveness, letting go of outcome, holding humility about one’s power. We might also use certain spiritual practices to support letting go, such as meditation, journaling, stone rituals, etc.


Sunday, October 4, Service – Letting Go of Church: Being “Spiritual But Not Religious”

11 AM Sanctuary

We explore recent research on the growing group of people who identify themselves as “Spiritual but Not Religious,” who reject church but claim their own individualized spirituality. We explore how these people align with Unitarian Universalism, and how they might connect with us, even if not in church.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Janice Elias

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon



Sunday, September 27 – “In Selma 1965: A Tipping Point in History”

11am Sanctuary

Through a set of simple actions or events, Clark Olsen was with the Rev. James Reeb when they were attacked on the streets of Selma two days following the infamous “BloodySunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The attack became a widely-publicized event which President Johnson used when he urged Congress to pass the Voting Rights Bill of 1965. Clark visited Selma again at this year’s 50th Anniversary, and reflects on the last 50 years.

Worship Leader: Rev. Clark Olsen

Worship Associate: Monica Hite

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

Clark Olsen - Selma 2015 - ©Christopher L. Walton-UUA