Upcoming Services

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Senior Sunday
Members of our Senior High Class

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Coming of Age Service
Our 8th Grade Coming of Age Class

Religious Education

HAPPY EASTER! Children and youth will gather in the sanctuary with their families/guardians for worship before heading to the Worship Center to begin our Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Morning Forum 9:30am

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Urban and Suburban Theaters: Trends, Creativity, and Results
Faye Sholitan, Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek, Roy Berko 


Sunday, May 4, 2014, 7:00pm

Cleveland Chamber Music Society Young Artists Showcase

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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. 


Happy Passover and Easter Seasons!

Long Strange Trip: a UU Film Series

Watch for our tour of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history via this new DVD series this coming Fall.  The session originally scheduled for this Saturday, April 19th is cancelled.

The April Mitzvah of the Month...

... is Ohio Guidestone (formerly Berea Children's Home).  Their mission is to provide services that strengthen children and families in need with access to social workers, counseling, foster care services, early education, school based counseling and support programs, and much more.  A list of donation items is in this month's newsletter.  More information about Ohio Guidestone can be found at www.ohioguidestone.org.

New Connections: for Visitors, Guests, Newcomers

New Connections is a welcoming resource 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.  The next meeting is April 20th, 12:15 to 1:30 pm in the Baker Room (on the second floor).


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".


March 21-23 OMD UUYAN Cabin Con, Hocking Hills

March 26, 7:00 pm, Raising the Bar: Designing a UU Introductory Course for Prospective Members webinar

March 28-29, OMD/SLD District Assembly, Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, Erie, PA

May 16-18, Spring Con, First Unitarian of Cleveland

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.

Consider attending these events:
2014 Joint District Assembly with St. Lawrence District, March 28-29, Avalon Hotel, Erie, PA. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Meg Barnhouse: District Assembly is a chance for congregational leaders and ministers to meet, network, ask questions, provide input on the direction of the district and gather resources and information on a variety of topics and programs through workshops, the keynote address, the Gould Lecture and the Marketplace. It is an opportunity for education, leadership development and networking in a stimulating UU setting.

2014 General Assembly, A Meeting of Congregations: June 25-29, Providence, RI: General Assembly (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.

If you wish to know what is involved in attending either event as an official delegate of our congregation, please speak with Rev. Budd.


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 the upcoming Barbara Ford events in March.  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.