ADVOCATE UPDATE

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ADVOCATE UPDATE
Weekly updates for Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
January 10, 2018

Spiritual Focus for January – INTENTION

========== THIS SUNDAY =========

“MLK” –  Rev. Deryck Tines

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Listen to the wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he continues to inspire hope in the transformation of our common life, one life at a time.

SHARE THE PLATE
OUR Share the Plate Partner for January and February is PIIN.                                                                                                                                                              The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) is dedicated to social justice in the Pittsburgh region as well as throughout Pennsylvania. Currently PIIN is focused on the issues of stopping gun violence, improving public transit and education, and immigration reform. Allegheny UUC has been a member of PIIN for many years, and Rev. Dave as well as members of the congregation are involved in the gun violence and transit task forces.  To learn more about PIIN,  visit http://piin.org/

=========== UPCOMING SUNDAYS=========

Listening to Ministry from Inside Out – – Rev. David McFarland                                                                                                                                            Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

 Living with Intention – Rev. David McFarland and Shane Freeman                                                                                                                               Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

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

 CITY OF BRIDGES HIGH SCHOOL MEETINGS                                                                                                                                                                     Allegheny UU Church has been approached by a group of educators who are planning to start a private high school in Pittsburgh that would share Unitarian Universalist values. Two more informational and listening sessions about the City of Bridges High School/AUUC partnership proposal will be held at noon on Sunday, January 21.

WINTRY WEATHER AND ALLEGHENY UU: WE’LL BE OPEN!                                                                                                                                                With wintry weather arriving this week it is time for our annual reminder that regardless of weather we gather each Sunday for a 10:30am worship service.       If the weather is severe enough that speakers, worship hosts, musicians, etc can’t make it, then we may all need to be flexible and the service format may be a little different. Maybe an intimate fireside gathering in the Emerson Room. But we’ll strive to offer a meaningful spiritual experience for anyone who does attend. Your safety is the most important thing – evaluate the conditions and your trip to and from the North Side. We realize that bad roads, or cold temps, or a threatening forecast may keep you away. We will miss you but we’ll understand if you stay home.

 “BEING WHITE IN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT”                                                                                                                                                     For the next several weeks, we will be presenting “Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement,” a program designed as a four week class for adults by Rev. Kate Lore of First Unitarian Portland. She designed the 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 white folks: 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 series will be presented over eight, 90 minute sessions, at Allegheny UU.  The second session is on Sunday, January 14thWe are hoping after that to present them on a bi-weekly basis.

2018 ALTERNATE BREAK                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Our 2018 Alternate Break Season began in January with a group of students from University of Delaware.  The students will be staying at the U House while doing community service volunteering at Gwen’s Girls. That means they’ll be moved in – sleeping bags and belongings etc. – and be there during the evenings and overnight. They are staying at Unitarian House and showering over at the Allegheny YMCA. Say hello and show them some hospitality if you meet them!  Financial contributions to buy pizza and support these groups are being accepted. Contact Mark Tomlinson <http://alleghenyuu.org/wp/service/>

“GUEST AT YOUR TABLE”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about the UUSC’s work. Through research, advocacy. and grassroots partnerships, UUSC advances human rights in the United States and around the globe. This year’s program theme is Small Change is Big Change.     More information about the groups supported by Guest at Your Table, as well as the boxes for collecting your small change can be found on a table at the back of the church. We will be collecting your donations for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee sometime in February.

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

LET FREEDOM SING! Concerts
*Saturday, January 13 at 7:00 PM
Ebenezer Baptist Church  – donations accepted
*Monday, January 15 at 7:00 PM 
Byham Theater  – reserved seats online start at $1.                                                                                             SHARE THE DREAM when LET FREEDOM SING celebrates the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our celebration of unity and diversity returns for the 11th year!
Two powerful concerts bring together a rainbow of young and seasoned singers. Through musical selections and oratory, our inspirational concerts blur the geographic, demographic, and economic lines separating urban and suburban Pittsburgh.                                                                                                     *Lynn Hayes-Freeland, reporter for KDKA-TV news, is our emcee all weekend.*Leading the choral magic is The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh and our Festival Singers under the baton of Dr. Herbert Vincent-Ricardo Pea’dro Jones.                                                                                     *Our Artists
Top regional choirs and dance artists are showcased:
Trevor C. Dance Collective on Saturday, Jan. 13
Reed Dance II on Monday, Jan. 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                       *The Heritage Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh is joined by our Festival Singers, drawn from these inspirational choirs: Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Ebenezer Baptist Church, The Lemington Chorale, Taylor Alderdice High School, Temple Sinai, Unitarian Universalist Churches of Greater Pittsburgh, Woodland Hills High School.                                                                                                                                                                                           Make a difference with us! Let Freedom Sing demonstrates the importance of being actively involved in community affairs, working toward a common goal, and making a positive difference in the lives of others.                                                                                                       Admission is minimum of $1 with proceeds benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.                                                                                   Join us! And do forward this email to your friends and family!
Visit our website for more details on our artists and events.
#bethedream

 

PIIN JANUARY EVENTS:

January 15:

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATORY SERVICE                                                                                                                                                                  On Monday, January 15, PIIN will host a service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A light meal will be served at 5:00pm, and our service will begin at 6:00pm at Bidwell Presbyterian Church (1025 Liverpool St. Pittsburgh, 15233).
Our keynote speaker for the event will be Patricia Ford, former SEIU International Executive Vice President.                                                                                 January 20:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ANNUAL SUMMIT AGAINST RACISM
The 20th Annual Summit Against Racism will take place on Saturday, January 20 at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, 15206). The Summit begins at 8:00am and concludes at 5:00pm.
The day will feature more than 40 workshops, and PIIN’s own Transformational Justice Task Force will be presenting a workshop on mass incarceration and the reentry experience! Our presenters include Rev. Buena Dudley Smith, Aaron Stein, Alex Lewis, John Cullen, Taili Thompson, and other returning citizen presenters. You can learn more about the Summit by clicking here, and register by clicking here.                                                                                                                    January 31:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FILM SCREENING of “Backpack Full of Cash”
On Wednesday, January 31, the Great Public Schools Pittsburgh coalition—of which PIIN is a member—will be hosting a film screening of “Backpack Full of Cash,” a film exploring the cost of privatizing America’s public schools.
PIIN’s own Rev. De Neice Welch will speak at the event, and local educator, Steven Singer, will have copies of his book dealing with racism and educational reform available for purchase. The event will take place at 5:00PM at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (10 S. 19th St. Pittsburgh, 15203).

BurghSongSpace: Five Great Pittsburgh Singer-Songwriters!                                                                                                                                                        “BurghSongSpace” is a collaboration between two successful grassroots music series in Pittsburgh, BurghSong and SongSpace. Pittsburgh favorites Christopher Mark Jones, Heather Kropf, Ben Shannon, Emily Pinkerton and Brad Yoder will be joining forces to warm a winters eve for you!  More information at https://uusongspace.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       7:30PM Saturday January 27, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Ave   (Shadyside)
Pittsburgh PA 15213                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tickets $15 at https://songspace.brownpapertickets.com/ / $20 at the door
$5 discount for students/reduced income                                                                                                                                                                                                            Advance sales end 12 hrs before show.  Tickets always available at the door!

========== 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, 12:00 noon: – 1:00PM, Unitarian House, 1110 Resaca Place

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

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  <http://www.alleghenyuu.org> for all meetings and events, check Calendar & then Stay Informed.
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK  <https://www.facebook.com/AlleghenyUU>.

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

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