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January-February Justice Partner is Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

Posted on Jan 17, 2019 in Feature Stories, News, Share the Plate, Social Justice Activities

January-February Justice Partner is Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

We share our plate each Sunday, giving one half of the cash offering to a justice partner doing good works beyond our walls.

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Reuniting forces for a better future!

Posted on Jan 2, 2019 in News

Reuniting forces for a better future!

Share your Sabbatical experience with other congregants, Rev Dave, and Rev. Sunshine Wolfe, the Unitarian Universalist Association program staff for the Pittsburgh region (among others). Rev. Wolfe will facilitate a weekend of meetings with church leaders and congregants, along with Rev Dave, to share the ways we’ve grown and changed through the Sabbatical and to help us discern what it all means for the congregation moving forward. Every congregant is invited to the Saturday Noon-3PM lunch and workshop! Come to share your experiences. Come to share your insights. Come to share a lite...

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Liberation Worship

Posted on Jun 10, 2018 in From Rev. Dave, Social Justice Activities

Liberation Worship

  For Pittsburgh’s “Liberation Sunday” worship experience, we heard LGBT writers and lyricists including Leslie Feinberg, James Baldwin, Holly Near, Audre Lorde, and others. Of course there’s so much that could be added. But here’s the more extensive quote from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time nugget: Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be. You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that...

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Sources of Faith

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Sources of Faith

Life on Earth sings of creativity, multiplicity, abundance. Snowflakes… Soil… Fingerprints… Stars… Everything named “tree” differing from every other thing named “tree.” (Not only every tree, but every wonder-soaked leaf on the same tree. Completely unique.) How much more so for this very human creation called, “religion.” Maybe religion, like nature or nature’s God, abhors monotony. Maybe religion, like nature or nature’s God, ebbs and flows between unity and chaos in a cosmic dance of creativity, multiplicity, abundance. Perhaps faith, at its...

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“… naked but for the stories we have of each other….”

Posted on Mar 11, 2018 in From Rev. Dave

“… naked but for the stories we have of each other….”

Oh sun, moon, stars, our other relatives peering at us from the inside of god’s house walk with us as we climb into the next century naked but for the stories we have of each other. Keep us from giving up in this land of nightmares which is also the land of miracles. This from the poem, “Reconciliation: a prayer,” that accompanies the lighting of the flame throughout the March-April 2018 worship series, “Listen 2.0: listening to one another.” The poetry is from Muscogee (Creek) poet, Joy Harjo who I first heard in our back alley as part of a City of Asylum summer “Jazz...

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