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Minister Sabbatical: A Reentry Discussion

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in Upcoming Events

“Renewing our Connections. Relating our Stories. Refreshing our Spirit.” On Sunday July 27, from noon until 3pm, all are invited to gather in Founders Hall as we share our stories and experiences from the minister sabbatical. Congregational leaders and Rev. Dave will be present as well as Rev. Renee Ruchotzke from OMD and CERG. Please come and help to make the church and our shared ministries stronger as we go forward.

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God’s Law of Love

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in From Rev. Dave, News

God’s Law of Love

The God revealed through evolution, history, and scripture abounds with love.  Evolution reveals that without love to create and support life, the human species would have died out long ago.  History has witnessed gradual changes in marriage arrangements from those based on power and property to those based on mutual commitment, caring, and love.  In the Jewish-Christian tradition, Jesus reportedly said that out of the many commandments of his Jewish faith, the greatest was the commandment of love:  to love God by loving others.  About a half century after this rabbi’s death,...

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it’s summer… time to grow… grow your soul!

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Feature Stories

it’s summer… time to grow… grow your soul!

Summer offers time for reflection, recreation, re-creation, transformation. Whether or not you’re on vacation, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church is always open and ready to journey with you toward a better life, a better world. Reach in, grow a soul. Reach out, grow the soul of beloved community. Reach out together, grow the soul of the neighborhood and the planet. These summer months, explore the ways we grow through spiritual insight, wisdom, and challenge from many sources: Direct experience of transcending mystery; Words and deeds of prophetic women and men; Wisdom from the...

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Sabbatical Reflections: May 2014

Posted on May 21, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Sabbatical Reflections: May 2014

“Coasting” We’re well past the mid-point of Allegheny’s sabbatical and I hope you are enjoying the fruits of this sabbatical season. You have every reason to feel good about your accomplishments. You have created worship for each another. You have supported each another pastorally. You have supported staff and leadership in their flourishing as they in turn support the flourishing of this community. You have kept warm the hearth and spiritual home. Even when the ceiling falls in. I was talking to a colleague friend who has a few sabbaticals to her credit. She said, “When some...

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What might beauty have in store for the soul…

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Feature Stories

What might beauty have in store for the soul…

There are no doubt very good evolutionary reasons for things that we find beautiful here on Earth. Beautiful fruits and grains show us where the good food is. Beautiful sunrises encourage us to live to the next day. Beautiful, smiling, or peaceful faces can make people feel connected. But the vastness of space is manifestly not shaped by human evolution much less influenced by the human aesthetic. Yet there they are: flashes of incredible beauty. A universe of mostly empty space offers all the more reason to celebrate incidents of sublime beauty and stand in awe and wonder at this beautiful...

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