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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, 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


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


Sunday, June 29, Service – “Risk to Blossom”

11 AM Channing Hall

Gina DeAngelo and Karen O’Malia will facilitate a “flower exercise,” in which we will look at a series of beautiful flowers on our lists (which will be handed out at the service) and on the TV screen, and make choices.  We will then discuss our choices and determine how they reflect where we have been in the past and where we would like to go in the future; how we can become more ethical people, better partners, parents and friend.

Worship Leaders:  Gina DeAngelo and Karen O’Malia

Worship Associate:  Kadey Kimpel

Music:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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UUYO Picnic – June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 22, Service – “The Psychology of Happiness”

11 AM Channing Hall

(Note: for the summer we will hold most services downstairs, in Channing Hall.)

Navigating the road to happiness – do we need to fasten our seatbelts?  Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. How do we find, choose, or better, create happiness, for ourselves and perhaps for others? Is living a happier life even possible? Is pursuit of happiness a desirable goal?

Worship Leader:  Jan Grigsby

Worship Associate:  Sarah Lown

Music:  Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, June 15, Service – “Father Knows Best? An Exploration of Family Systems Theory”

11 AM Sanctuary

Families are far more complex today than the nostalgic ideal of 1950′s TV shows.  Actually families were always complex — we just didn’t talk about it.  We’ll explore a way to understand this complexity through the tools of Family Systems Theory.

Worship Leader:  Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate:  Andy Pfrenger

Music:  Jon Locketti and his band “Jonny Locomotive and the Engineers”

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We will hold our annual picnic from 12:30 PM until dark. (There will be no coffee hour after the service.) It will be held at Mill Creek Park – Chestnut Hill Pavilion.

Bring sports equipment and any board or card games you enjoy. In the food area, bring a dish to share, cold drinks, and your own table settings. Come and enjoy each other’s company for a relaxing afternoon and evening.

This year’s UUYO picnic will feature a “jam” or musical gathering commencing at 2 PM, and continuing as long as there’s interest. Feel free to bring your musical instrument(s) of choice (voices welcome!) and join in!

All are welcome!!



Sunday, June 8, Service – “Meditations on Beauty: The Flower Festival”

11 AM Sanctuary

What is beauty? Why are flowers beautiful? Wonderful questions, but we won’t try to answer them. Instead, we’ll try to apprehend an experience of beauty, as a mental state, with flowers, as part of our beloved ritual of the Flower Festival.

Please endeavor to bring a flower from home (or garden or shop or field) for our Flower Festival.  We will have extra flowers for visitors and those who don’t have flowers.  (Children will be part of the service.)

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associates: Monica Hite and Gina DeAngelo

Music: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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