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Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church Advocate Update | January 31 2018

Celebrating life, nourishing the spirit, and inspiring a commitment to justice!


=========== Upcoming Sundays =========

Our Spiritual Focus for February is Perseverance

Sunday Feb 4 – Allegheny UU and The Struggle for Black Lives – Shane Freeman
Reflections on where we are now and where we’d like to be.

Sunday Feb 11 – Allegheny’s Taize-Inspired Worship
Chant & silence, prayer & meditation for the heart, mind, and soul. Guided by Jay Polizani.

Sunday Feb 18 – Valentine’s Sunday – Love Never Dies – Rev. David McFarland
Worship for All Ages.

Sunday Feb 25 – Rev. Deryck Tines


======= Allegheny UU Announcements ==========

Share The Plate
Our Share the Plate Partner for January and February is the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network or PIIN. PIIN is dedicated to social justice in the Pittsburgh region as well as throughout Pennsylvania. Current PIIN task forces are focused on the issues of stopping gun violence, improving public transit and education, and immigration reform. Our Share the Plate program began in 2010 and has given away more than $29,000 since! More:

Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement
The Rev. Kate Lore of First Unitarian Portland designed this class for white people in UU churches who want to get involved in the work for racial justice and especially in the Black Lives Matter movement. The goal of the class is to help us: 1) understand the structural roots of “whiteness”; 2) explore how being white has affected how they/we move through the world and interact with others; 3) learn to experience race through multiple perspectives; 4) experience the benefits of practicing allyship as a spiritual practice; and 5) minimize the harm they might do to folks of color via micro-aggressions, etc.  The next workshop is Sunday Feb 11 at 12pm in Founders Hall.

Guest At Your Table
Guest at Your Table is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC’s work to advance human rights. Since UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that UUSC members make possible. This campaign is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and to learn about some of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table. The 2017-18 theme is “Small Change is Big Change”. There are GAYT collection boxes available in the Emerson Room. We’ll collect your donation boxes on February 18. More:

Vanderbilt University Alternate Spring Break
College students from Vanderbilt University will be staying at Unitarian House and performing community service on the North Side. March 3-10.

Membership Deadline for May Annual Meeting
Sign the Membership Book by April 15 to be eligible to vote at the Sunday May 20 Annual Congregational Meeting.


========== Faith & Justice Partner Events ==========

General Assembly
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; only congregational delegates have voting privileges.  June 20-14 in Kansas City MO. Early registration begins on March 1. Talk to Laura Conkle. More:

Daring Democracy Book Tour – Join the Democracy Movement in Pittsburgh!
Saturday March 10 9am-12pm at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. A UUs of Greater Pittsburgh event. Talk to Mark Tomlinson.

PIIN Annual Banquet
Sunday April 15 5pm at the Westin Convention Center. Talk to John Engberg. More:


========== Regularly at Allegheny UU ===========

Sunday Worship and Religious Education
Every Sunday at 10:30am

Get Woke + Stay Woke Discussion Group
Please join us as we continue to explore White Supremacy and other systems of oppression and seek to better understand our role in these systems and how we can move through our histories to a place of healing and action. Monthly on 2nd Sundays at 12pm in Founders Hall. Talk to Shane Freeman or Sonia Reed.

Mindfulness Meditation
With Dr. Richard King. Weekly on Tuesdays 12pm – 1pm at Unitarian House behind the church

Pleasant Valley Shelter Meal
Coordinated by Chris McKeever. Monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 8pm

Board Meetings
Anyone is welcome to attend and speak. Contact Board President Greg Blackman. Monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 7pm


======== About Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church ==========

We are a welcoming, urban congregation that puts Unitarian Universalism into action by celebrating life, nourishing the spirit, and inspiring a commitment to justice.

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