Upcoming Services

11 am (unless otherwise indicated)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beginning Again
the Rev. Daniel Budd

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The New Jim Crow
the Rev. Daniel Budd

Religious Education

Thank you to all of the teachers, volunteers, and parents who helped make the first day of Fall Sunday School a success!

Coming of Age Orientation, 

September 21 at 12:30 in Room 203

If you have not done so, please register your child for Sunday School! 

You may register here for the 2014-2015 school year!  ~Thank you!

"Unitarian Universalism (UUism) can be your partner in raising your kids the way you 

want to raise them—kind, respectful, caring, responsible, open-minded, and strong 

enough to stand up for what is right. A Unitarian Universalist (UU) community 

reinforces what parents teach at home, nurturing the progressive moral values and 

spirituality that will guide our children as they grow." 

~Unitarian Universalist Association Webpage

Please register now

Morning Forum 9:30am

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Communities & Foundations: Investments That Count
David Abbott 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Locked Up & Locked Out: After Serving Time, Then What?
Brandon Chrostowski 


Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 4pm

Katherine DeJongh, Flute and Friends
Benefit Concert for orphanage and environmental center in Varanasi, India 

Friday, November 7, 2014. 7:30pm

David Roth, Singer/Songwriter
Concert at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary. Suggested Donation, $15 (no on turned away). Reception to follow. 

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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. 


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.

The September Mitzvah...

... benefits the Heights Youth Club in Cleveland Heights.  Their program serves 7500 students in all and focuses on academic success, character, citizenship, and healthy life styles.  The mitzvah seeks school supplies that are desperately needed.  A list may be found in the September Newsletter.  

For Visitors, Guests, Newcomers...

...we have a couple opportunities for you to get to know us better.  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!

General Assembly Highlights and Coverage
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001sgDlapMZkCQMhwXv_T9GamRk9UeJdKr7N_nwvmUmRn1PVWoldTErm306i0jON-0IQnpcqy_NGAAaabfki54eSSBntn4Y5r-0fQrfLqA6-5d9SyxHAmO-qMOgoUmKNw59rZaQ-4eS-uRTjdZvftTkIgmG4gFaPmgiZ9Ap1q5SAhHb1xTf20LsIw==&c=tQ6z4CRTAcVxcvFiUC8CGkosYIR097hbCll5FViN4M3NMZn1J6_M_g==&ch=tJ5jK_AvvXn880YgUBlw09nt20X1Kk_s0Y7ABtm3-kcjjHPakDHE9g==Over 4,700 people attended this years General Assembly (GA) in Providence, RI for five days of featured worship, workshops, public witness, and UUA business. Detailed coverage of the agenda, justice work, and worship from GA can be found on UU World's dedicated GA blog. Highlights from GA can also be found in a post event wrap up, and a GA press release from the UUA


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".


July 6-12, Goldmine West, East Shore UU, Kirtland

July 13-19, Summer Institute, Oberlin

July 18-20, Jr/Sr OWL and Elementary OWL Training, Murray Grove, NJ
Aug. 8-10, Jr/Sr OWL Training, Media, PA
Aug. 22-24, All Levels OWL Training, Arlington, VA


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.  This year's General Assembly, A Meeting of Congregations, takes place June 25-29, in Providence, RI. GA 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. First Church can send eight delegates who must be approved by the Board. The theme for General Assembly 2014 is Love Reaches Out. General Assembly will offer just shy of 200 programming choices over the five days of GA. The 2014 Ware lecturer will be Sister Simone Campbell, a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In 2012, she was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour.  Many of the GA events can be accessed online.  Go to, http://uua.org/ga/virtual/2014/index.shtml  to find out how.


Recent articles on Unitarian Universalist Growth may be found at:




Read Daniel Budd's latest 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.