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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:

Fast Conversations – Saturday Oct 18 at 7 PM

Fast Conversations
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Over Wine and Cheese – Saturday Oct 18 at 7 PM

This is a series of short, speedy conversations with each other about the state of UUYO, its future and what we want and need.

All are welcome. (We will, of course, have other beverages and snacks available)

A second, similar session will be held:

Over Fruit and Chocolate – Sunday Oct 26 at 12:30 PM (after the service)

Sunday, October 19, Service – “The HEROINE’S Journey UU Style”

11 AM Sanctuary

In her introduction to The Heroine’s Journey, author Maureen Murdock wrote in 1990 “My desire to understand how the woman’s journey relates to the journey of the hero first led me to talk with Joseph Campbell in 1981.  I knew that the stages of the heroine’s journey incorporates aspects of the journey of the hero, but I felt that the focus of female spiritual development was to heal the internal split between woman and her feminine nature.  I wanted to hear Campbell’s views. I was surprised when he responded that we don’t need to make the journey.  ‘In the whole mythological tradition the woman is there all she has to do is to realize that she is the place that people are trying to get to when a woman realizes what a wonderful character is she’s not going to get messed up with the notion of the pseudo-male.’”

Worship Leader: Melissa Smith

Sunday, October 12, Service – “Unexpected Heroes”

11 AM Sanctuary

Most of us choose to live an existence that is “life-sized” rather than “larger-than-life.” While occasionally we may be thrust into public greatness, more often we quietly embody everyday heroism for those around us. Using Jungian archetypal theory, we consider the heroic motif in the context of our own lives.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate: Kristina Spaude

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Monday Oct 6: Michael Dowd – “Climate as the Great Awakening”

Oct 6 – 7:00-8:30 PM

FREE Program: The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness: Climate as the Great Reckoningwith Rev. Michael DowdMonday, Oct 67pm – 8:45pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, OH 44504 / 330-746-3067http://www.uuyo.org

Child care will be provided.
This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion,” and also expands on material in his bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our Worldwhich was endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics and atheists, and by religious leaders across the spectrum: http://michaeldowd.org/endorsements/
The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness
Science and religion are not enemies; indeed, they must work together if humanity is to survive the 21st century. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this will also be The Great Homecoming: the prodigal species coming home to Reality. This presentation will focus on 6 points of agreement held in common by tens of millions of religious and non-religious people across the globe — and how to stay inspired in the face of changing climate and other large-scale challenges.
Rev. Michael Dowd is a climate hawk, bestselling evolutionary theologian, and one of the most inspiring science and religion speakers in America today. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have spoken to some 2,000 secular and religious groups across North America since 2002.  Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and has also spoken at the United Nations. He recently created a 5-part ‘Factual Faith / Sacred Realism / Religious Naturalism’ discussion course for church groups, titled, “God in Big History.”
If you’d like, you can sample Rev. Dowd’s prophetic climate message here (12 min).
Michael and Connie’s work has been featured favorably in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wired, Skeptic, Discover, and on CNN, ABC News, and Fox News. Their work has also been featured on the cover of the UU WORLD twice:
   2006 “UU WORLD” cover article: http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/2679.shtml
   1997 “UU WORLD” cover article: http://www.thegreatstory.org/science.pdf
Michael’s bio and publications: http://www.thegreatstory.org/MD-writings.html
Michael’s wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dowd
Connie’s bio and publications: http://www.thegreatstory.org/CB-writings.html

October Theme – “Hero’s Journey”

Joseph Campbell articulated a common narrative in which a person ventures forth from the ordinary world into a supernatural or mystical world where they overcome many obstacles, returning with some gift or boon for others in this world. Campbell claimed the stories spiritual leaders like Jesus, Moses, Buddha fit this narrative.

Perhaps our own ordinary lives contain seeds of the hero’s journey, as we journey (physically or metaphorically) beyond the everyday, hopefully returning with wisdom or other boon to share.

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Sunday, October 5, Service – “Climate: The Great Reckoning / Homecoming”

11 AM Sanctuary

Speaking along the west-to-east route of The Great March for Climate Action in 2014, Rev. Michael Dowd draws upon legacy consciousness to encourage a commitment to “get right with reality.” Those who fail to understand that evidence is modern-day scripture, and that the world we live in is an honorable world, betray the future in the most egregious of ways.

Rev. Michael Dowd is the author of the bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, along with noted skeptics and religious leaders across the spectrum. Will also present on Monday, Oct 6.

Worship Leader: Rev. Michael Dowd

Worship Associate: Monica Hite

Musician:  Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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Sunday, September 28, Service – “Breaking Out of the Three Boxes of Life”

11 AM Sanctuary

In the classic “The Three Boxes of Life,” Richard Bolles suggests that we abandon the model of school, work, and retirement as three distinct sequential phases of life. Not only is that model unfulfilling for most people, it is increasingly untenable in today’s economy. We’ll explore how to best navigate school, work and life with a clear sense of purpose. We will also introduce and welcome Kristina Spaude as our student minister and intern.

Worship Leader:  Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate:  Michael Hill

Musicians:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall and Joseph Kromholz

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Sunday, September 21, Service – “Night and Day in the Balance”

11 AM Sanctuary

At Equinox, we sit at the moment of balance between light and dark, day and night. This is a time to prepare for the shift of momentum and focus, to consider what inner resources we can gather to prepare for the dark and cold that are coming.

Worship Leader – Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate – Gina DeAngelo

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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Sunday, September 14, Service – “Preparation: The Jewish Days of Awe”

11 AM Sanctuary

This is the month of Elul in the Jewish calendar, a time of preparation for the Days of Awe – Rosh Hashanah (Day of Judgment) and Yom Kipper (Day of Atonement). The Days of Awe invite us into serious introspection, examination of the past year, repentance, reconciliation, so the coming year may be a good one.

Worship Leaders:   Andy Pfrenger and Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate:  Karen O’Malia

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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