Upcoming Services

11 am (unless otherwise indicated)

November 30, 2014

Just Waiting
the Rev. Daniel Budd

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In Defense of Scrooge
the Rev. Daniel Budd

Religious Education

November 23

Christmas Musical Rehearsal


for 11/23 only

November 30


Hanging of the Greens

Mitten Tree

December 7

RE Classes

Attention Junior and Senior High Youth and their parents:

CON Protocol:

1. Check with your parents to see if you can go.

2. Talk to Bethany and have forms signed.

3. Find a sponsor and have him/her sign your form.

4. Find a ride.


Morning Forum 9:30am

December 7, 2014

Health Care Progress: Surprises, Disappointments & Other Outcomes
J.B. Silvers 


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First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
21600 Shaker Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
(216) 751-2320
F: (216) 751-2322

Sunday Worship Service
11:00 am  year round

Religious Education classes begin most Sundays at 11:00 am. Child care for infants and toddlers is available.

Church Office Hours (Labor Day through mid-June):

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Building Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 3 pm

Please note that per church policy, when the Shaker Schools are closed due to bad weather, the church is also officially closed. 


Thanksgiving Bread Communion Service

You are invited to bring a loaf of bread from your family's tradition to share in this celebration of gratitude and thankfulness during this annual ritual of our community, Sunday, November 23rd. 

Hanging of the Greens November 30th!

Join us for this annual gathering to make our church festive-looking for the holidays and to enjoy food and fellowship together.

Hanging of the Greens is an old tradition that represents bringing the green of Life into our spiritual home even as it fades into winter around us.

It's a festive, family time to join together in our faith community and get our church decorated for the Holidays!  You may sign up during Coffee Hour.


Do You Know the Password?


This year's auction, to be held Friday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., will feature the theme: "All That Jazz!"  Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a Roaring 20s Speakeasy. While any password will work to gain entry, those who guess the special password will be eligible for a prize!  Watch for clues in email blasts, newsletters, and our Facebook Page and the website (in fact, look below!).


Also, your Auction Committee (Brian Larson, Mark Bradbourne, Erin Holmes, Greg Nosan, Ken Kuehm and Duncan Tanner, Jr.) is still looking for items, talents, services, crafts, and getaways to be put up for bid.  To donate, simply contact Duncan (dtannerjr@neo.rr.com; 941.713.1645) or fill out a form and email or leave it Duncan's mailbox.

And this just in: Jack Ulman has agreed to serve as emcee/auctioneer!


Please mark December 5 on your calendar . . . a good time will be had by all!



The Next Mix...

...will be Wednesday, December 10th, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary Chancel.  This month, a (rockin') selection from Leonard Bernstein's Mass.

First Unitarian Receives Interfaith Power and Light Award

First Unitarian Church is proud to be the recipient of one of 20 Cool Congregation awards in the entire U.S. from Interfaith Power and Light.
More on this at our To Search & To Serve tab/UU Ministry for Earth.

Our November Mitzvah...

... benefits the Heights Emergency Food Center, which provides emergency supplies of food to families in the Lyndhurst, Cleveland Heights, University Heights, and South Euclid area.  Suggested donations may be found in the newsletter.

Getting to Know Us at First Unitarian...

...is easy through these opportunities:  The first Sunday of each month, we hold a Newcomer Coffee Chat in the Library immediately following the service.  This is a casual gathering where you can meet a few people and ask questions about our congregation.  On the third Sunday of each month, our New Connections group is available for those who would like to meet other new people and learn more about our congregation.  It is an easy way to get introduced to our values, activities, and community and see if we might be a good spiritual home for you.  This group meets from 12:15 - 1:30 pm in the Baker Room (#213, second floor).  Hope to see you at either or both gatherings!


For information about our Solar Panel Array and our Permaculture Garden, navigate to the To Search and To Serve tab and click on Environmental.

First Unitarian Church is a proud member of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC).  See more under "To Search and To Serve/Service & Justice".


The upcoming District Assembly will take place March 28 - 29, 2014, in Erie PA.  For more information, go to:



Attending UU events at the District, regional and national level is a wonderful way to learn more about what our movement is doing and to get energized for how we can be engaged in our own congregation.  The annual General Assembly of congregations is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend—there are typically 4,000-5,000 attendees -- but voting delegates must be approved by our congregation's Board of Trustees (we may send up to eight).  Many of the GA events from this past summer's gathering can be accessed online.  Go to, http://uua.org/ga/virtual/2014/index.shtml  to find out how.  The next GA will be in Portland OR this coming June.


Members Share Their First Unitarian Connection

Members and Friends recently began sharing “Why I Am Here” stories during Sunday services.  As you read these "testimonials", please reflect on what our church means to you and reach out to Daniel or David Kantor if you'd like to share your own story at an upcoming service! As well, we urge you to share these stories with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Shouldn't everyone know what this wonderful place could one day mean to them?

Why am I here?  There are so many reasons, but the simplest way I can say it is this: Love.

I am here to show my children different faces of love. Here, love is a welcome smile, a warm meal, and a safe place for a family to sleep.  Here, love is a garden that endures, and a building that needs less.  Here, love says ‘how are you?’ and ‘good to see you again’ and ‘stick around’.

I am here because sometimes I need to be reminded how to love. How do I love my neighbor? How do I love that coworker who seems determined to tear down everything I try to build up?  How do I love those who seem to lash out against their fellow man with fear and hate?  Coming here reminds me that love always helps, and when it can’t fix the problem at least it heals the pain.

I am here because sometimes - despite all of the blessings in my life - I feel a little empty, and a little lost, and I need something that feels just out of reach. Here, the circle of care and concern embraces me as I am. When I didn’t want to come, when I can’t stay focused, when I need to cry just a bit - Here there is always a loving heart. 

I am here because I need to make the world a better place, and the only way I know to do that, is with love - one smile, one helping hand, one embrace at a time.

 I am here because of love.

 Paul Brietzmann





Recent articles on Unitarian Universalist Growth may be found at:




Read Daniel Budd's Messages of Faith columns:

First Unitarian Church Installs High-tech Solar Array

Great LBGT Welcoming comment at end of review of Omer Quartet concert May 5th:


We encourage you to share any of the links here that catch your eye or interest within your own networks. Oh, and please send a note if you spot First Unitarian in the news and aren't sure that we already know. Thanks! 


Our Website

Welcome to the website of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland! We are glad you stopped by. And we encourage you to explore the pages and information here. Please know that this website is for all of us. So feel free to send a note if you want to add information or make suggestions for content. 

The tab labeled Spotlight On currently features upcoming Ohio Meadville District and UU Association events.  We will be changing this feature periodically to highlight a program or other aspect of our community.  If you are involved with a group, effort or program anchored at First Unitarian that you want others to know more about, suggest that it be explored as a Spotlight On topic. (Just be ready to write the copy to submit!)

The tab labeled Coming Up is updated more frequently, and feature events and other details to inform our members and friends about the next week or two. If a special function or event is happening, this is where you can get the details, plus a link to more information in many cases.

 The tab labeled Press features links to articles about the church in the media so our church community can read and share them, if desired. Social media links and references to the church would be here, too. If you spot the church in the news, send it to us We'll make sure to include it.   

And the Video tab features some short films that have been produced to show what it looks and feels like to be a part of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. As we get more video, from events or other programs at the church, we will add those, as well.