Upcoming Services

11 am (unless otherwise indicated)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

On My Mind, In My Heart
the Rev. Daniel Budd

Religious Education

October 24-26

Senior High Con at West Shore, Rocky River

October 25

Halloween Party

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

in Fellowship Hall 

October 26

RE Classes

Christmas Musical Information Session (12:30 pm in Worship Center)

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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Surveying Genomic Medicine: A Quiet Revolution
Shawn McCandless 


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. 

Monday, November 17, 7:30pm

Shuai Wang, Piano and Michelle Abraham, Violin
Concert in our Sanctuary, $15.00 Suggested donation. 

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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. 


Family Promise Week Starts October 19th...

...and we need several more volunteers!  This is a great way to be of service to others whether you have an hour or an entire overnight to give. Contact information may be found in our Newsletter, or by emailing the church:  church@firstunitariancleveland.org, or calling 216 751 2320, or simply clicking on the Contact Us link below. 

Congregational Conversation

  Sunday, October 12th, we held a very successful Congregational Conversation looking forward to the directions we need to be heading as we put together our next strategic plan for the next five years!  Thanks to all who participated; to members of the Board who provided lunch; and to our great facillitators, Laurie and Paul!

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 October Mitzvah...

... benefits PAWS Ohio (Public Animal Welfare Society), a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of stray and abused animals and finding them good homes.  A list of needed items may be found in the October Newsletter.  Also, to donate or learn more, please visit www.pawsohio.org

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.


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.