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Sabbatical Reflections: June 2014

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in From Rev. Dave

Sabbatical Reflections: June 2014

  The big message from sabbatical continues to be: how precious is this place. How precious Unitarian Universalism, yes. How precious church is as a place where people gather to explore the deeper experience of life, yes. But how precious it is to have here in the North Side a place of spiritual openness where we grow our souls by reaching in, reaching out to one another, and reaching out together to bring healing and hope, justice and compassion to the neighborhood and the planet. Of course I was enriched by the retreats and the online courses and the visits to other churches and the...

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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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