At SouthWest UU, you will find a warm welcome.
Your questions, your search for meaning, your desire for community– all are welcome here. We come together with diverse personal beliefs about the sacred. We are united by our desire to grow spiritually, to create a more fair and just world, and to lead lives of meaning and purpose.
Join in our Sunday morning worship and be invited into the presence of the Holy. Join in our Social Justice activities and make a difference in Greater Cleveland and beyond. Join in one of our many Small Groups and find company on your spiritual journey. Bring all of yourself, just as you are right now, and find acceptance and transformation. We can’t wait to get to know you! Learn about Unitarian Universalism here.
Music Director: Pianist and Choral Director
SouthWest UU is seeking an experienced pianist and choral director for the position of Music Director. This is a part time position: 8-10 hours/week for a 90-member congregation with one weekly Worship Service at 10:30 am. Currently, services are all-virtual; transitioning in the next few months back to in-person services. Candidates should have a degree in Music or comparable experience. They should be able to provide diverse musical styles and traditions to support and enhance worship. Salary range: $14.50 – $21/hour, dependent on experience and range of duties agreed to. If necessary, we will consider hiring separate individuals for the Pianist and Choral Director positions. Send resume and cover letter to Rev. Meg Mathieson at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the complete job description here.
Covid-19 Update: Worship Services, Activities Move Online
Our doors are closed but our hearts are open! In this time of social distancing, we welcome you to participate in all of our activities via teleconferencing. For information on connecting, please email us during the week at email@example.com. It is possible that our schedule for online events will change, and in-person events that were planned for the church year will need to be canceled. Please follow our Event Calendar to see the latest information.
Play In The Streets
Rev. Joan Van Becelaere
Last summer, we saw huge crowds of mostly young people take to the streets in protest sparked by the death of George Floyd and systemic racism and violence in policing. In 2016 we saw huge numbers of women peacefully take to the streets in protest at the election of the last president. And in January 2021, we saw a protest turn into a violent insurrection at the White House. What pushes us to take to the streets in protest? Doesn’t voting empower us enough when it comes to public decision making? Aren’t our elected officials supposed to listen to us at town halls, and through letters and petitions? Why do some of us feel a need for the public street theatre of protest? What difference does it really make?
Focus Collection for June:
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
The LGBT Community Center is a leading non-profit advocacy and training organization located in the Gordon Square neighborhood. They are committed to enriching the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in NE Ohio by convening community members, partners, allies, neighbors, and friends in the spirit of advocacy, support, education, and celebration.
The Center has recently reopened, observing social distancing protocols and limited numbers in gatherings. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but the Center community met the challenges by delivering meals, tablets, and hotspots to those experiencing isolation, and advocating for those treated unfairly for being their authentic selves.
PRIDE in the CLE 2021 can be viewed at home on June 4 at 7:30pm on WKYC Channel 3. The broadcast will explore the past, present, and future of Pride and the local LGBTQ+ community. On June 5 you are invited to participate in the socially distanced Pride Ride beginning at 10 am at Edgewater Park. Visit lgbtcleveland.org for more information.
Your donation supporting equity and inclusion can be sent directly to SWUU, 6320 Royalton Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133 or donate online at the Vanco GivePlus website or download the mobile app (Apple Store and Google Play). After the end of June, one check will be presented to The Center from our church family to support their essential services. Thank you for your generosity.
Rev. Meg’s Sermons Are Now Online
Rev. Meg’s sermons are being made available online. Would you like to hear an inspirational sermon once more? Did you miss a particular service? Rev. Meg is uploading her sermons in both text and audio format. You can read and listen to them here. Please note that you will be redirected away from swuu.org to her website.
Our Members and Friends Share
“We are Committed to SWUU”
I‘m committed to SWUU, because it’s a force for good in the world and a place for me to learn and grow. And my number one reason–all my best friends are there!
Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Say #Hello!
Greetings from some of our SWUU family members, who stepped out to
Our Thanks to Rev. Meg and her crew for organizing and creating the video, as well as everyone who participated. Remember, We’re in this Together!
Video provided by the Unitarian Universalist Association
Affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person, SouthWest Unitarian Universalist Church is an LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation, as described by the national Unitarian Universalist Association. Read more on our Welcoming Congregation Page.
Accessible parking and drop-off at the main entrance. Elevator in front lobby to all floors. T-Coil in sanctuary. Listening devices available. Gender neutral restrooms.
New Online Giving Service
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