Upcoming Services

11 am (unless otherwise indicated)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Elizabeth Assenza, Killam Fellow

Religious Education



Please register now for the 2014-2015 school year!  ~Thank you!

"Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind!" -Dr. Seuss


Join us for UU fun with Dr. Seuss stories! 

Geared for Kindergarten through grade 5.

Dr. Suess stories are fun and engaging, but even more importantly, they give us a way to reflect on the things that are common to us all: we all get lost; we can be fearful; we meet people who are on -- and sometimes in -- our way; we like adventure; and we struggle with what is right and what is not; we grow by seeking truth and meaning; and we struggle to be fair and kind.

During Summer of Seuss we will read stories, discuss their many possible meanings and incorporate activities that deepen our understanding of ourselves and the 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles.

Summer of Seuss Schedule, so you won't be left behind!

June 15: My Many Colored Days

June 22: McElligot's Pool

June 29: The Sneetches

July 6: Green Eggs and Ham 

July 13: Horton Hatches an Egg

July 20: If I Ran the Zoo

July 27: Gertrude McFuzz

August 3: Yertle the Turtle

August 10: The Butter Battle Book

August 17: King Louis Katz

August 24: The Lorax

August 31: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

All Classes take place during the Sunday Service (11:00am- 12:15pm).  A light snack will be provided.   

Free Childcare continues to be provided for those under 5 years of age.

Morning Forum 9:30am

A new Community Forums series

begins again this coming Fall...click on the link above for more information.


Friday, September 5, 2014 7:30 pm

Robert Cassidy, Piano
Piano Recital 

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 4pm

Katie DeJohng, flute and Friends
Benefit Concert for Bal Ashram Education Center 

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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. 


The Summer Mitzvah of the Month...

... consists of collections for the Heights Emergency Food Center. Each month highlights a different set of food needs.  See our newsletter for more information.

For Visitors, Guests, Newcomers...

...we have a couple opportunities for you to get to know us better.  The first Sunday of each month, July 6th and August 3rd, 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, July 20th and August 17th, our New Connections is 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

Exploring Our Spiritual Practices

Wednesdays, July 9 - August 6, 7-9 pm in the Library

Join our Killam Fellow, Elizabeth Assenza, for a five week drop-in class on developing spiritual practices. What does it mean to develop a regular, intentional spiritual practice both from our collective identity as Unitarian Universalists and our individual identities as humanists, theists, agnostics, etc.? Together we will explore a variety of spiritual practices and the places they might hold in our lives. Is there a practice you'd like to learn more about? Be sure not to miss the first class; we'll be making some decisions about the particular practices we will explore together!

Volunteer Opportunities at the Gay Games

Volunteers are needed for 2 events at the Gay Games being held in Cleveland August 9-16. On Saturday, August 9, 10 people are needed to help provide hospitality to people at the Festival Village. There is also a need for 10 volunteers to help out with the Closing Ceremony at the Rock Hall on Saturday eventing August 16. If you are interested in helping out with either event please email Cat White at white.cathleen@gmail.com. This will be a great opportunity to represent our church at an important civic event!


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.