Greater Cleveland Congregations

We are a member of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.  Visit them at  

Growth Through Service Opportunity

Greater Cleveland Congregations First U Team Member

The vibrant GCC Core team is looking for First U members and friends to work with others at First U and with members from the 40+ GCC congregations in helping Cuyahoga County become a more just community.

Detailed Description:

The GCC team has several opportunities in several types of activities:

- When a large action occurs, attending to enhance turn out to achieve win-able goals in the county.

- Serve on research/action teams with members from other congregations

Current opportunities include the areas of Education and Criminal Justice/Gun Violence

- Assist the First U Core Team with Communication

- Serve on the Core Team, which meets periodically throughout the year.

Service Term: 

2 years

This opportunity will enable you to: 

Live out your values. This is a great opportunity to Serve, as in “To Search and to Serve.” If you choose to join an issue team, you will have the opportunity to work with others from different faith traditions and areas of the county toward a common good. We can do so much more good together than we can accomplish individually, or even as one congregation. Training in this role will help you be more successful in your position, and may also be useful in your work and personal life.

Skills Needed: 

Desire to work with others to research/understand and develop actions that will improve our community. Skills needed range from showing up to oral and written communication skills, to facilitating small groups, to organizing/supporting congregational meetings, ranging from food to program.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

GCC offers periodic community organizing trainings called GCC University a couple of times each year.


Computer skills


Work at home

Work with adults


Work in Groups

Community Organizing

Contact Person: 

Laurie Albright and Pam Gibbon

Contact Person Email:;

# of positions available: 



Position Open



Member Involvement

Individual members at First Unitarian are frequently very involved in community, state-wide, national and even global issues.  As in so many other ways, you will find us an active and diverse community.  From the League of Women Voters to Planned Parenthood to Bioneers, our folks walk the talk in many different ways.

Social Justice Ministries Council

The Social Justice Ministries Council (SJMC) coordinates and supports the congregation's social justice ministries by setting policy, allocating the budget allotment, reviewing current ministries and establishing new ones, and providing for networking opportunities.  The Council also serves as a communication link with the Ohio Meadville District and the Unitarian Universalist Association social justice committees and departments, the congregation and the wider community.  Our congregation participates in additional community projects from time to time.


 Our current program is focused on Mary B. Martin Elementary school, serving students from Pre-K to 8th grade in the Hough neighborhood.   Every Tuesday morning, 9 tutors arrive to work with "their" students, who have been chosen by their teachers.   Teachers provide specific instructions indicating the focus of the work for that day.   Please let us know if you would like to join us in making a difference !

Multicultural Action Committee

Members of our congregation and East View United Church of Christ come together to further interracial understanding and relationships by working together to plan major community cultural, educational and service programs as well as social events that bring members of both congregations together.

IMPACT Afterschool Enrichment Program

Members of the congregation join with other volunteers to provide after-school tutoring, enrichment, study, and social skills through mentoring relationships Monday through Thursday afternoons for selected students from the Shaker Middle School.

UU Ministry for Earth

The mission of this committee is to guide the congregation and individual members to integrate respect for the interdependent web of all Life (the UUA seventh principle) into worship, education, social justice, and advocacy in the community and sustainable policies and practices in everyday behavior. The committee successfully applied and worked for our congregation to have official Green Sanctuary status in the UUA.  We have also built a Permaculture Garden (which was dedicated in October 2011) which will have its own page soon on this site.


This is a test blog July 16, 2015