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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, July 5, Service – “Celebrate Religious Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness”

11 AM Channing Hall

Our founding fathers, whom we celebrate on July 4, exhibited resilience which gave them strength to break free from England. If all of us work to develop this resilience, we will be able to live well and to thrive even during rough patches in our lives.

Worship Leader: Ralph Malmer

Musician: Marcellene Hawk Mayhall

 

Sunday, June 28, Service – “Keep on Loving Boldly”

11 AM Channing Hall

Many of us are anxiously waiting for news from the Supreme Court, who will likely rule on marriage equality in late June. During the service, we’ll be hearing from Representative Nickie Antonio, the first openly gay member of the Ohio General Assembly and member of West Shore UU Church about her experiences in the legislature. Together, we’ll be reflecting on how marriage equality will – and will not – change things, with particular attention paid to the importance of continuing work on LGBTQ issues – that is to say, marriage equality isn’t the end of the conversation, just one step closer to a more just and equitable place in the world. Regardless of the decision, we need to keep on loving boldly into the future.

Worship Leader: Kristina Spaude

Worship Associate:  Darby Webster

Musician: Tom Smotzer

 

Sunday, June 21, Service – “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

11 AM Channing Hall

In thinking about rebellion, this month’s worship theme, decisions made by congregational members and the congregation itself have gone against some common expectations about living in a place of disinvestment. Choosing to stay in places of challenge carry implications for us personally as well as our values as Unitarian Universalists. While also celebrating Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice, the service offers a look at church history, living our values in times and places of challenges, and the decision to the question, as the Clash put it in 1982, “Should I stay or should I go?”

Worship Leader:  Gary Davenport

Musician:  Tom Smotzer

 

 

 

Sunday, June 14, Service – “The Thing We Call a Rose: The Secret Language of Flowers” (Flower Festival)

11 AM Sanctuary

The Flower Festival, deeply rooted in UU history and created by Rev. Norbert Čapek in 1923, was intended to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the flowers, which symbolized our diversity, and how we all can make a contribution to the church community with our diverse gifts.

This year, we will celebrate the Flower Festival with a deeper look into the symbolic meaning of flowers. In Victorian England and America during the 19th Century, it was common practice to express one’s feelings through the giving of tussie-mussies, small bouquets of flowers. Floriography tells us that flowers can mean anything from celebrating life, mourning death, expressing love or sorrow, and everything in between. Some flowers can even hold two wildly different meanings: the deep red rose and its thorns have been used to symbolize both the blood of Christ and the intensity of romantic love.

For this service, let’s revive this old-fashioned tradition. Bring a flower, or two or three, that mean something to you that you may share with someone to tell them what they mean to you. Or, bring a single stem or nosegay to honor the memory or spirit of someone who is not sharing the day with us today.  Additional flowers will be provided if needed.

Worship Leader:  Sarah Lowry

Worship Associate:  Kadey Kimpel

Musician:  Tom Smotzer

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Sunday, June 7, Service – “Blame it on the Dog: An Appreciation of the Animals Who Love Us Anyway”

11 AM Sanctuary

Our deep relationships with our pets are sources of great joy, comfort, and humor; but it’s also true that they see us when we’re not at our best. On this day, we honor the animals who love us unconditionally and know us better, sometimes, than we know ourselves.

Feathery, furry, finned, and scaly friends are welcome. You may also bring a photo or stuffed animal for a critter who can be there only in spirit.

Worship Leader: Molly Toth

Worship Associate: Ben Barnes

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

Sunday, May 31, Service – “Religious Education Day at UUYO”

11 AM Sanctuary

We have been intentional in trying to make UUYO inviting to persons of all ages, from children and youth to elders. This Sunday, we will explore what it means to be part of the younger generations at UUYO. How do they learn and grow? Come find out, by doing! Casual dress is recommended.

Worship Leader: BeckyAnn Harker assisted by RE teachers

Musician: Nanette Kaplan Solomon

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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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