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Enter into the spiritual practice of creating beloved community

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 in Feature Stories

Enter into the spiritual practice of creating beloved community

There are many interpretations of what makes us human. Some say it’s music. Some say it’s language. Some say it’s prayer… memory… planning… religion… altruism… love… Jack Kerouac wrote in Book of Dreams, “All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all (hu)mankind together.” Whatever it is that makes us human, one thing is clear: There is no human being without human community. Throughout all human times and places, humanity has reached deep and found that spiritual community is an essential (in the sense of both...

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Breathe to Peace

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Breathe to Peace

I’m in no position to stop Middle East violence. Or Russian. Or Asian. Or African. Or American, for that matter. I’m in a somewhat better position to affect violence in my neighborhood: Reach out; Stand witness; Support my neighbor; Foster peace-making skills like anger management, impulse control, non-violent communication; Promote restorative (rather than retributive) justice in the school where my sons go; Let the kids down the street know that there are adults other than their relatives or pastors who care about them and want them to thrive… What I’m best...

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Community Block Festival is September 1

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events

Community Block Festival is September 1

Monday September 1st, Labor Day, 2-8PM, in the Strip District on Smallman between 16th-18th, join in  a Labor Day & Back-to-School community festival following the Labor Day Parade. This is an outdoor event where we anticipate a diverse crowd of a few thousand people from various communities within Allegheny County. Entertainment is planned from dance groups, comedians, spiritual singers, Pittsburgh Hip Hop Artists Against Genocide, etc., with free food for kids, motivational speakers, a kids “Fun Zone,” vendors, and a Community Awards ceremony. Rev. Dave will participate in...

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Earth Spirit: here’s what you created at August 10 worship!

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Earth Spirit: here’s what you created at August 10 worship!

Our August 10 2014 worship service was around the “Sixth Source” of Unitarian Universalism: 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. After reflecting on moments that we felt spiritually nourished by places and experiences in nature, we shared those experiences in words, as best we could. And this is what we created together….   – Rev...

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Social Justice Picnic August 14 on North Side

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 in Upcoming Events

Social Justice Picnic August 14 on North Side

Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) invites all member congregations to a community gathering. Meet with other PIIN members. Enjoy each others company. Celebrate the social justice victories we’ve won together. We work hard together. Let’s take time to play together, too! (And we hear that if Allegheny has at least a dozen members attending, Rev. Dave goes in the dunk...

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