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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, December 21, Service – “A UUYO Solstice Ritual”

11 AM Sanctuary

The winter solstice is a significant one for earth-centered religious traditions for it marks the return of light, warmth and life, and thus is a time for celebration and festive moods.  We will celebrate with a ritual created for our community.

Worship Leader:  Tim Malone II

Worship Associate:  Audra Carlson

Music:  Sue Bulaschak & Lin Sanders of Burning Sage’

(UUYO member Tim Malone has led rituals in the local pagan community and taught workshops at local festivals.)

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Sunday, December 14, Service – “Hope in Time of Darkness”

11 AM Sanctuary

In the Christian world, Advent is a time of hopeful anticipation for the birth of Jesus, and for some Christians, preparation for the second coming. We expand on these feelings of hope and preparation, seeking a more nuanced understanding of the Advent season.

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate:  Sarah Lown

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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December Theme – “When Hope Is Hard to Find”

As the nights grow long, and the days become cold, we can easily fall into despair and hopelessness. The ancients knew this and created their biggest rituals and celebrations for this time of year. We counteract acedia and dysthymia with conscious acts of hope — we gather, light candles, we feast, we sing. We also turn inward, waiting, anticipating, dwelling in silence to listen for our “still small voice.”

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Sunday, December 7, Service – “Christmastime Blues”

11 AM Sanctuary

The holiday season brings on the moods of joy, hope and celebration for most of us, but these can be hard for many who live with painful memories of Christmases past, or with grief, loss and suffering. How can the holiday times become satisfying and meaningful, if not joyous, for everyone?

Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Music: Third Class, a quirk-pop band from Youngstown

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Sunday, November 30, Service – “Ferguson, America — Thoughts on Race and American Identity”

11 AM Sanctuary

On Monday, November 24, a grand jury refused to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, a young black man, on August 9. The response, nationwide, reflects our deep unease, even dis-ease, over the social concept of race in America. What is the extent of institutional racism in America? What is the path to justice and healing?

Worship Leader:  Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate:  Sarah Lown

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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Sunday, November 23, Service – “The Secret of Saying Thanks”

11 AM Sanctuary

For our multigenerational Thanksgiving service, we will explore what might be surprising “secrets” about gratitude, about saying thanks. We’ll follow this with a communion of bread and fruit, before we retire downstairs for our traditional UUYO Thanksgiving Dinner.

Worship Leader:  Rev. Matt Alspaugh

Worship Associate:  Kristina Spaude

Musician:  Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

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Wordle from “Deep Conversations”

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This Wordle provides a quick summary of what people said in our “Deep Conversations” on November 2. In the Deep Conversations, we used the techniques from Open Space Technology to raise up areas of interest, and then discuss these in groups. The groups made notes, which were used for this Wordle.

A Wordle shows the words that people used. The bigger words are words used most often.

Where do we go from here? We’ll seek to reconvene the groups (plus anyone else that is interested) at the Adult Forum time, Sunday mornings 9:30 – 11 AM. Out of these, we hope specific teams will emerge to work on the topics of interest.

 

Sunday, November 16, Service – “In the Hearts of Our Neighbors”

11 AM Sanctuary

We Unitarian Universalists pride ourselves in being a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome all people – no matter your size, shape, color, sexual orientation. But what about the guy next door? What about the people with whom we disagree? We will explore what tolerance means to us.

Worship Leader: BeckyAnn Harker

Worship Associate: Andy Pfrenger

Musician:  Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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