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.


We are fully open. Services will continue to be broadcast via Zoom for those who cannot or choose not to attend in-person. To request the Zoom link, email

While the Covid situation has vastly improved, the risk is not zero. Therefore, attendance at Services or other church act ivies is at your own risk. Each individual must make decisions based on their own health and the health of their family. We ask that you be fully vaccinated, including a booster when applicable. Children under 5 are exempt. Masking is optional.

In addition, please be mindful of others’ tolerance for close contact. While many of us are eager to walk in and embrace everyone, please ask before you hug!

Finally, while we hope the worst days of the pandemic are behind us, it remains likely that new strains of the virus will develop. The Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the Covid situation and recommendations of health experts at the CDC and other trusted sources. Should it become necessary, the Board will revise these guidelines.

The Eighth Principle has been adopted by SWUU!  

Thank you to the Anti-Racism Task Force, led by anastasia birosh and Adrienne Ellis, and to all those who spoke throughout this year in support of the Eighth Principle and/or attended the many discussions sponsored by the ARTF. A special thank you to Rev. Meg, who made adoption of the Eighth Principle at SWUU a goal of our shared ministry this year!

Upcoming Services

July 3, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Living Joyfully!
Christine Smith

Joy is an inner essence within every one of us. Yet, sometimes life and all the things we need to deal with, may dampen or hide our Joy. Let’s refresh and remember how to live Joyfully every day!

July 10, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
From Competition to Community
Rev. Gwendolyn Thomas

In the USA, the idea of independence is at the core of our national identity. We just celebrated Independence Day, and before that, Juneteenth. Of course, those days are important. But somehow, we’ve gone from the natural rights to be free people, to the unfortunate tendency of individuality. So let’s consider the importance of communal collectiveness.

July 17, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Halcyon Domanski, Director of Faith Development

July 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
You Don’t Fear the Person Whose Story You Know
Isam Zaiem, Cleveland Chapter, Co-founder Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Islam is one of the most misunderstood faiths in the West. For centuries, some politicians and private industry, have propagated misinformation about Islam. Getting to know your Muslim neighbor goes in concert with the adoption of the 8th Principle in helping us build a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community. Knowledge is the power to realize some of our implicit biases and a step towards our journey to dismantle all forms of oppression.

July 31, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Works Without Faith
Rev. Joe Donatone

Many of us come from traditions that warn us that “faith without works is dead.” UU’s hold many views on faith. Though we may not agree on the source, nature, or need for faith, as activists striving for justice, we often whole-heartedly agree on our works. But are these good works sustainable on their own? Is the simple quest for justice enough?

July Focus Collection

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Youth Enrichment Center

We will be supporting the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Youth Enrichment Center for the July Focus Collection. It is so fortunate that a National Park is in our “backyard” for the residents of Greater Cleveland and Akron areas to enjoy. Financially assisting the Park is consistent with our 7th Principal, and reflects the environmental values of our Congregation. The goal of educating youth will create responsible adults. Many of our members are actively involved with
CNVP. Contributions can be made by sending a check to SWUU, 6320 Royalton Rd.,
North Royalton 44133 or sent using your Vanco Account. Please support this local
asset, and go out and enjoy the park system this year. Thank you!


Religious Exploration for All Age Youth Happening Now!

From Preschool- to High School, all ages are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings. All youth start in our service and then are sung out to class for a bit of religious exploration and community building. We also meet on most Wednesday evenings, at 6:30p.m. on Zoom. All ages and grades are welcome as we discover and uncover things about our Unitarian Universalist faith and how to make the world a better place! Please email with any questions or for the zoom link.

We also have a staffed nursery for our youngest friends.

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!
-Ellen Hanson-Ellis

Video provided by the Unitarian Universalist Association


Welcoming Congregation


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.

Directions, Parking and Visitor Information

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