From Rev. Dave

100 Days of Action

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

100 Days of Action

  On Martin Luther King Sunday, we gathered to celebrate Rev. Dr. King’s legacy and commit to live it out! We reflected on the social concerns that occupy our thoughts and touch our hearts. Then we focused on what we can and shall do during the first 100 days of the impending new presidency. We wrote down what we would do over the next 100 days to make our homes, our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world a better place. We placed these commitments in envelopes to be sent to us in the middle of those 100 days as a reminder. Or as a reason to celebrate our actions. Or an...

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Summer in the Spirit

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in From Rev. Dave

Summer in the Spirit

Plants are sprouting. Bugs are buzzing. The sun is reaching its zenith. Gardens and plots are bearing vegetables and flowers and berries. Or gathering weeds. Summer offers a little more sunlight and rain and, for some anyway, a little more leisure. It’s a great time to grow a soul. I use that phrase a lot, “to grow a soul.” Life provides many opportunities for soul work (though vastly more for avoiding soul work). Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church offers soul-growing opportunities not just because it’s in our mission, but because church itself is an intensified experience of...

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Renewal: April’s Spiritual Focus

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Renewal: April’s Spiritual Focus

Last year our yard had one peach blossom. And later, one peach. One out-of-reach peach. Infested and dessicated, it eventually fell of its own weight, sloughed off from a tree that kept living. This year is different. There’s too many blossoms to count. Maybe it was the pruning we did last autumn. Maybe it was the right number of freezing days and nights over winter. Whatever the reason; in this time of spring, this time of renewal, blossoms on the peach tree remind me that they are not last year’s blossom renewed. That one did its job best it could, withered, petals falling softly to the...

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Year’s Spiritual Focus: Faith from Jewish & Christian Teachings

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 in From Rev. Dave

Year’s Spiritual Focus: Faith from Jewish & Christian Teachings

This summer we invite you to reflect with us on how Jewish and Christian teachings might make for more just, more loving, more faithful human beings, and more loving neighbors.

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Minister’s Message – January 2016

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Minister’s Message – January 2016

Unitarian Universalist ministry is largely among people who are willing to live in this immanent world of suffering, delight, attachment, and deeply flawed humanity. So ministry focuses on encouraging each other to access spiritual reservoirs that move through the suffering.

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Spiritual Focus: Forgiveness

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Spiritual Focus: Forgiveness

If I’m going to keep somebody imprisoned, I have to be there, at the door, keeping it tightly closed, holding the key. If I’m going to keep somebody imprisoned, I am in prison, too.

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