From Rev. Dave

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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100 Days of Action

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

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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