ADVOCATE UPDATE

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

ADVOCATE UPDATE
Weekly updates for Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
November 1, 2017

Spiritual Focus for November – ABUNDANCE
========== THIS SUNDAY =========

CELEBRATE SAMHAIN create an “ALTAR TO THE BELOVED DEAD”
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Entering a worship series exploring “TRADITION!”, celebrate abundant life through remembrance of the dearly departed. Bring a momento… a picture, a story, a personal item, a memory, a song… to contribute to our “Altar to the Beloved Dead Among Us.” We will then pray and sing and celebrate at this altar as a reminder of the legacies we have received, and the legacy we leave.

SHARE THE PLATE
OUR PARTNER for November and December is THE SUMMIT AGAINST RACISM, a multicultural initiative of the Black & White Reunion and is celebrating its 20th year on January 20, 2018! Centered on growing racial justice in the Pittsburgh-region and beyond, The Summit Against Racism was formed in response to the murder of Jonny Gammage, an unarmed black man who died of positional asphyxiation at the hands of several white police officers during a traffic stop on October 12, 1995. This one-day conference is intended for those who want to understand the impact of individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural racism, and the need for systemic change in the Greater Pittsburgh region. This is an opportunity to put your social justice beliefs to work and volunteer now for this monumental event in OUR city. The only qualification required is your desire to disrupt and dismantle racism.The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. For more information go to our website at summitagainstracism.org or feel free to call us at (412) 444-8436.

SAVE THE DATE
Take a Breath: a Holiday Season Worth Celebrating!
Rev. Dave shares tools for bringing more joy (and less stress) to the holidays. Tuesday, November 14, 7:00PM, UHouse, 1110 Resaca Place (15212) behind the sanctuary.

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

“FINDING SPIRITUALITY THROUGH FOOD” – Carrie McCann
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
When Carrie McCann got sick and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was going on, she decided to make diet and lifestyle changes. When started using food as her medicine she got more than she bargained for. As someone who spent much of her teenage years and early twenties rebelling against anything that remotely mirrored religion, she was surprised when she found spirituality through learning how to cook and eating nourishing foods. Peter Farb and George Armelagos posited that “food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.” Carrie will talk about her own experiences around food and nourishing her body and finding community and spirituality in the process.

======= ALLEGHENY ANNOUNCEMENTS ==========

ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH SELECTED NCM’s OUTSTANDING CONGREGATION OF THE YEAR!
Allegheny UU Church was selected by the planning team for this year’s Celebration of Caring as the outstanding congregation of the year! Based on AUUCs committment to social justice in the Northside including work on shelter meal, food pantry collections, share the plate donations, work with the local recreation center, with local immigrant communities and planning of the “We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor” picnic, AUUC lives out NCM’s mission to care for our brothers and sisters in need.
Congratulations to Doctor Edward Kelly, Daniel See and the congregation of Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church the winners of the 2017 Celebration Caring Award which recognize the good works of volunteers who are helping the hungry and the homeless.

CELEBRATION of CARING AWARDS Friday, November 3, 1997
The awards swill be presented November 3, 2017, 6:00PM, at a dinner to be held at the Grand Hall of The Priory on the Northside. Visit <www.ncmin.org> for tickets to the dinner.

“KEEPING IT GREEN”
Do you like to “Keep It Green” at home? We do, too. It’s time to help keep it green at your spiritual home. These old windows leak a lot of heat. With the cold months upon us, our window insulators need to be repaired and installed. And YOU can help! (Yes, you!) Contact Charlie at <house@alleghenyuu.org> or just ask around, we’ll hook you up.

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK
Allegheny’s THANKSGIVING POTLUCK will follow the service on Sunday, November 19. All are welcome. Bring a dish, bring a friend, just come. Sign up sheet is available this Sunday. Dishes should be cooked, warm and ready to serve. Everyone can help with clean-up. Any questions, contact <membership@alleghenyuu.org> or “ask around.”

========== REGULARLY AT ALLEGHENY ===========

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP: ALLEGHENY REFLECTIONS ON RACISM”
Please join us as we continue to explore White Supremacy and other systems of oppression. We seek to better understand our role in these systems and how we can move through our histories to a place of healing and action. <https://www.facebook.com/auucreflections>

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Tuesdays, 11:00AM – 12:00noon, Unitarian House, 1110 Resaca Place

PLEASANT VALLEY SHELTER MEAL 3rd Thursday, 8:00PM

HOLIDAY SEASON GIANT EAGLE GROCERY CARDS FUND RAISER FOR ALLEGHENY UU CHURCH
Place order by the last Sunday of the month – receive cards on the next Sunday.
You receive full value, Allegheny receives 3%-5% of cost of cards ordered.
Questions? Contact Betty Schwarz (bpowerschwarz@gmail.com) for information or to place an order.

STAY CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY
CONTACT <justice@alleghenyuu.org> to connect with church justice efforts.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE at <http://www.alleghenyuu.org> for all meetings and events, check Calendar & then Stay Informed.
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK at <https://www.facebook.com/AlleghenyUU>.

========== FAITH & JUSTICE PARTNER EVENTS ==========

2017 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS OF GREATER PITTSBURGH
Saturday, November 4, 2017 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills
Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
2359 W Ingomar Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Registration – The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch. Registration opens October 5.
Join fellow Unitarian Universalists for a day of camaraderie, connection, and collaboration!
8:30AM – Doors open and Check-in – Come early for refreshments and socializing. 9:00AM – Welcome and Opening – Banner parade and worship.
9:30AM – Morning Session – Speaker t.b.a.
10:45AM – Annual Business Meeting – Congregational roll call, election of board members, a financial report, and a “state of the cluster” report.
11:30AM – Lunch and Time to Connect
12:30PM – Afternoon Session – Special remarks by Rev. Renee Waun and collaboration workshops.
2:45PM – Closing
Confirmed Speakers: Rev. Deryck Tines on Living with Racism and Oppression, Henry Reese on Decentering Whiteness, and Rev. Renee Waun on A Life in Ministry.
Online registration continues until November 2 at <uupittsburgh.org/assembly>
Everyone welcome! Child care available. You do not need to be a Unitarian Universalist or a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation to attend. We are committed to making participation accessible to all. If the registration fee is a burden to you, contact your Minister or Board President and ask about having the fee waived. Congregational delegates are assigned based on Feb. 1, 2017 certified membership (1 for every 50 members) and have voting privileges at the business meeting. Contact your Board President if you would like to serve as a delegate. There will be a special collection to support Youth projects, please be as generous as possible!

B-PEP: THE BLACK POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
Call B-PEP’s “ROLL TO THE POLLS” at the CISP Office in your area before Election Day. (on election day, see below)
Northside or Manchester: 412-442-5790 ; Hill District: 412-281-7430 ; Homewood or EastHills: 412-793-8091 ; East Liberty, Garfield, or Bloomfield: 412-363-1150 ;
Wilkinsburg or Braddock: 412-243-7550 ; McKeesport: 412-672-6051
To arrange a ride on Election Day— November 7, 2017 – Call 412-434-0919
Report any voting difficulties to the ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE: 1-866-OUR VOTE – 1-866-687-8683
Want to help on Election Day? – Stop by our Election Protection Headquarters – 2201 Wylie Ave – next to the NAACP office or email: b-pepinfo@b-pep.net, or cav.pgh@gmail.com
More info: Call 412-758-2056 – web page: www.b-pep.net

20th ANNUAL SUMMIT AGAINST RACISM
The Summit Planning Committee is currently accepting resumes for two positions for the 20th Annual Summit Against Racism, a multicultural initiative of the Black and White Reunion, to be held on January 20, 2018.
Not ready to coordinate SAR20 but still want to help plan?
We are always looking for new faces to join the Planning Committee in a volunteer capacity.
Meetings are held every other Thursday at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave) in Long Hall room 216 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. (Thursday, October 26, November 9, Thursday, November 30 -we are skipping two weeks here due to the holiday)
Please email <summitagainstracism@gmail.com> for more information.

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

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