From Rev. Dave

White Supremacy & UU?

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave, Justice Opportunities, News, Social Justice Activities

White Supremacy & UU?

On February 4, 2018, Allegheny’s Get Woke/Stay Woke and the Worship Ministry answered the call from the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective (BLUU) to create a worship experience centering the voices of Unitarian Universalists of color from across the denomination. Grateful to be part of a church that has been doing a lot of good things for years that BLUU has challenged Unitarian Universalists to do, like lifting voices of people of color in worship and actively engaging with local organizations that are run by people of color; we still remain vigilant to recognize, address, and heal from remnants of the legacy of White Supremacy that continue to live within the culture and structures of even this Beloved Community of spirit and engaged compassion.

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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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Balance & Emergence: Listen 2.0

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Balance & Emergence: Listen 2.0

Human biology and neurology have confirmed what ancient wisdom (and, frankly, intuition) has always taught: Healthy individuality is impossible without community. Yet community demands conformity—with some communities demanding more conformity than others. This makes fully human life at best a balancing act. The March-April worship series “Listen 2.0” moves from a rich inner life cultivated by last series’ “Listening Within” to the necessary and more authentic life of “Listening to One Another.” It’s worship that offers the opportunity to...

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Listening within, deeply

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Listening within, deeply

I like to think that, at least at Allegheny, we have come to an understanding of the yin/yang aspect of individualism and communitarianism. That’s what I experienced when we worshiped with community drumming during “Drumming in the New Year” worship the first Sunday of 2018. Community drumming is not just a worship experience—an invitation to nourish the soul. It’s an opportunity to heal, if you let it; to create community, if you make it; to listen to your own drum while listening to others in a way that makes the whole sound better. Or not. It’s all in your hands. “If you feel...

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Days of Action

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in From Rev. Dave

Days of Action

On Martin Luther King Sunday this past year, we gathered to celebrate Rev. Dr. King’s legacy and commit to live it out! The “word cloud” above reflects the key elements of the ways we aspire to live our values, to become the people we’re inspired to be, to be that church that opens its doors to go out and find and serve with those around us. This end-of-the-year holiday season, take time to reflect on the social concerns that occupy your thoughts and touch your heart. Focus on what you can and shall do. Write them down. Post them on social media #liveloveboldly. What...

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Mindful Summer

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave

Mindful Summer

So it was one of those summer days in early spring. We’re on the neighbor’s stoop. Her kids and mine, playing together. One of my boys had had a rough afternoon and makes another (ahem) mistake that I need to (ahem) correct. I get his attention, remind him of the mistake, and they continue playing. Then neighbor mom says, “How do you stay so calm when you do that?” Before I could reply, and completely matter-of-factly, my other son says, “He meditates.” Contemporary author, Brené Brown writes in Gifts of Imperfection, “Mindfulness requires that we not ‘over-identify’ with...

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