Welcome! We are a home for liberal religion in the Mahoning Valley. Our mission is to build a diverse and transformative spiritual community, help people live lives of wholeness, and promote justice, peace, and religious freedom.
Here’s what’s going on at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown:
11 AM Sanctuary
The beating heart at the center of all great religion is empathy for the suffering of those around us. It takes practice to open the heart, to be aware of this suffering and ultimately respond to it, rather than turning away. We will examine how we can become more compassionate as spiritual practice, a part of our everyday life.
Worship Leader: Rev. Matt Alspaugh
Worship Associate: Janice Elias
Members of the high school class shared their faith statments at this lovely “coming of age” service.
11 AM Sanctuary
Coming of Age is a rite of passage for children who are coming into youth hood. Throughout the year, our youth have been discussing aspects of childhood and adolescence. They have been discussing religion and the big questions. They have been keeping journals of their thoughts along the way. All of this has been in preparation for this service, where they will share their faith statements, what they believe. This is a youth-led service.
Worship Leaders: Madeline Corrette-Bennett, Jillian Crabb, Melissa Crabb, Joslyn Materna, Ryan Materna, Darby McDonald, Davin Stilson
Matt Alspaugh and Karen O’Malia joined congregants in welcoming new members on a Sunday dedicated to feminine and masculine spirit.
Congegants at UUYO who purchased the All-Church Auction BIRD WALK AT CRANE CREEK, led by long-time member Ralph Malmer, enjoyed birding on Saturday.
Saturday June 8, 6:30 p.m. the annual UUYO All Church Auction will be held in Channing Hall. It’s an evening of fun and fellowship and an important fundraiser for the church.
CBS Video “Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society”
CBS News recently created a documentary called Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society to explore the dramatic changes in Americans’ religious behavior. They interview UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales and profile First Parish Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist to better understand what Unitarian Universalism offers to meet the spiritual needs of the growing population of “Nones”- or individuals who have no religious affiliation.
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11 AM Sanctuary
The opening lines of a hymn by the beloved Norbert Capek frames a question for many theists: what are the genders of God? Many ancient people saw their God as feminine; but in the Abrahamic religions, this God became masculine, and many moderns imagine a none- or all-of-the-above gender identity for God. Why might this matter? What makes sense for us?
A new member ceremony will be part of this service.
Worship Leaders: Rev. Matt Alspaugh & Karen O’Malia
As part of the service, congregants walked from the church to other locations in the Wick Park neighborhood.
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