Welcome to the Ohio Meadville District. The district is a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We serve 46 congregations made up of over 5000 adult members in southwestern New York, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and most of Ohio. The district provides resources and trainings for our congregations and their leaders. We have several staff people who oversee various areas of congregational life, such as youth programming, young adult and campus ministry programming, lifespan faith development, and leadership development. Many of our congregations also work in clusters of regional congregations on joint projects.
Our District Staff operate from offices in their homes around the district. You can contact us at office at ohiomeadville.org. You can also directly contact any of our staff via email from their webpage, listed under the leadership menu.
If you are new to our district and looking for a UU Congregation near you, please check the district map, which will show the location of all our congregations. You can learn more about our congregations from the congregations pages and most congregations have links to their own websites.
Confused by all the acronyms we use? Click here to learn what they mean.
If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, you can learn more about the faith by visiting the Unitarian Universalist's visitors webpage. Here you can find a congregation based on your zip code and learn more about our faith and practices. We are a non-creedal faith that adheres to a set of principles and sources.
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
These principles and sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
If you have questions, please contact us at office at ohiomeadville.org and Beth Casebolt, our administrator will assist you.