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.

Meet our New Minister!

Ali Peters is thrilled to be joining Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church in August as our next minister.  Ali comes to us after serving at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin, first as their intern minister and then as assistant minister.  She grew up in New Jersey and is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned her Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Interreligious Engagement.  She has previously served as a student minister at First Unitarian New Jersey in Fanwood, NJ.  Ali discovered Unitarian Universalism as an adult, finding her home in this living tradition that holds relationship as a spiritual center.  

Prior to seminary, Ali had a career as a middle school math teacher in Newark and Plainfield, NJ.  She also has experience working in the nonprofit sector.  Ali shares her daily life with her husband, Justin, and their sweet Chihuahua mix, Jess.  She enjoys improv comedy, exploring nature, and dog snuggles.


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

August 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Beginning Together
Ali Peters

On this first Sunday with our new minister, Ali Peters, we lift up the important threshold of beginnings.  Life is an endless stream of beginnings.  At the same time, every beginning is also a continuation of a story already in progress.  What does a moment of beginning offer us?  How do we meet this moment together? 

August 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Unicorns and the Theory of Everything
Ali Peters

In Unitarian Universalism, we support a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  Does this look the same for everyone?  How do we nurture community together when it doesn’t?  Join us this Sunday to find out what we might be able to learn from scientists and unicorns as we wrestle with these questions.

August 28, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Being & Becoming
Rabbi Eddie Sukol, founder of The Shul, Cleveland’s Open Synagogue

August 28 coincides with the beginning of the month of Elul on the Jewish calendar. This is exactly one month before we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In Elul we enter a period of introspection and self-reflection. We face the questions: Who am I? How have I failed to be the true me? Spiritually and psychologically this is a meaningful time. I will share stories and texts that can serve as a guide for all who embark on this pilgrimage to oneself.

August& September Focus Collection

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund

During these two months, we will collect monetary gifts to benefit the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. These current financial times have been challenging for all of us, and more people in our SWUU Family have needed assistance to meet their own basic financial obligations. While we did just have a Focus Collection in April for this purpose, the fund is nearly depleted. By collecting for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund during August and September, we will be able to welcome our new minister, Ali Peters, with funds that she has discretion to give to our SWUU members and friends who need it the most. As many in our church community know, a private appointment may be made with our minister to confidentially discuss a special monetary need. Donations may be made by check at a church service or by mail to SWUU, 6320 Royalton Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133. Please write Focus Collection on the memo line. Or you may use the Vanco GivePlus website and just check Focus Collection. Thank you for your generosity.


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

Online Giving


You can make donations to SWUU through the Vanco GivePlus Website. When giving for the first time, please click on the “Create Profile” button and follow the prompts. After you create your profile using an email and password, you can simply log in at the top of the site.

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