Advocate Update

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church Advocate Update

February 28 2018

Celebrating life, nourishing the spirit, and inspiring a commitment to justice!


=========== Upcoming Sundays ==========

Sunday March 4 – Rev. David McFarland – Reflections on where we are now and where we’d like to be.

Our Spiritual Focus for March is Balance

Our Share the Plate partner for March and April is Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). The UUA’s The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association.



Job Opening

The Lead Religious Educator position currently being filled by Lisa Schroth will be available as of July 2018. Applications are currently being accepted.


From the Board of Trustees about the City of Bridges High School

At the February Board meeting the trustees decided not to enter into a sponsorship partnership with City of Bridges High School. This was a difficult decision; we support the concept and agree with the mission of City of Bridges High School, but did not feel we had the resources necessary to become a true partner with the school. We expressed our interest in finding other ways that interested church members could get involved with the school.

Here is part of Randy Bartlett’s reply: ”Thank you for your ongoing support for the City of Bridges High School. It has been a pleasure to get to know the Allegheny UU community and I look forward to potential collaborations in the future. City of Bridges will continue to move forward as we have parents and students who are committed to building this community. I will be sure to keep you in the loop in our progress and I am sure we can find ways to support each other in bringing about a more just, peaceful and enlightened future.”

Thanks to everyone who attended the City of Bridges meetings, asked questions and offered their thoughts!


===========Faith & Justice Partners===========

UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Workshops

Come Dance with Us! – Saturday, March 3, 8:30AM – 2:45PM, Rev. Renee Ruchotzke will lead a workshop exploring how we can be intentional in all of our interpersonal relationships as well as exploring the possibilities of serving as leaders in your congregation. Rev. Renee will lead us in some exercises, a case study and lots of small group discussion. $20 includes lunch. Scholarships are available. The registration deadline is March 1.

Come On In, the Water’s Fine! – Saturday, March 3, 3:00PM to 5:00 PM, will focus on How to Expand Our Congregation’s Leadership Pool. For existing Board Members, Nominating Committee members, Committees on Ministry, and other congregational leaders. How might we provide “Internal Hospitality” for new and potential leaders? The registration deadline is March 1.

Both at the at the UU Church of the South Hills in Mt Lebanon. Learn more at

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UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Partnership Conference

On Saturday April 14 Allegheny will be hosting the UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Partnership Conference from 9AM – 12:30. Rev. Joan Van Becelaere of the UUA’s Central East Region staff will help us explore different forms that partnership can take as congregations grow and change.

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SongSpace at First Unitarian

Crossing Trad Music Boundaries with Modern Insights: Amythyst Kiah comes to SongSpace with special guest Mark Williams
Saturday, March 3, 7:30PM at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Shadyside
All ages; wheelchair accessible. $15 advance, $20 at the door, $5 discount for student/reduced income. Tickets: More info: /

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Journey with the UU College of Social Justice

Looking to deepen your congregation’s work for justice? Contact the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) about their adult experiential journeys to: Nicaragua (Climate Justice, Economic Justice and/or Feminism), Arizona/Mexico Border (Immigration Justice and Solidarity Through Sanctuary), or West Virginia (Economic and Climate Justice).

UUCSJ programs create partnerships with people who are directly impacted by current justice struggles. Hear their stories firsthand, share their labor and their food, worship with them, directly encounter their struggles and victories, and share aspirations for justice. Learn more at


===========Religious Education===========

A Thank You!

So many people have stepped up to the plate since the new year started to support the RE program by either volunteering to be a third adult downstairs to support Stacie and Lisa, teach when one of them needs a Sunday off, or bring snacks for RE. In addition, others helped by bringing food to the Listen and Love Party that occurred on February 18th. It’s been a lovely demonstration of support for our kids. Sending Love to those who have stepped up to nurture our children’s spirits: Ellen Kerr, Peggy Thompson, Jill McKeever, Matt Merriman- Preston, Tiffany Merriman-Preston, Terri Hammond, Janice Parks, Inga Burton-Smith, Kate Tomlinson, Ron Ladd, Rev Dave, Tim Nuttle, and Sarah Burke. And THANKS TO EVERYONE who attended the Listen and Love Party to support AUUC’s RE program! You are all appreciated.

If any of the volunteer opportunities for RE speak to your heart, please let Lisa Schroth know!


Religious Education Programming

During each service, children of all ages are invited to come up front for a short lesson or story or song related to the spiritual focus of the day. This part of our service is referred to as Time for All Ages or Wisdom for All Ages. After this time, the children are invited downstairs for religious education (RE) programming in “Founder’s Hall.” Children who are preschool through age 7 spend time together in one group and children 8-11 years old spend time together in another group. People 12 and older are encouraged to remain for the entire worship experience. Unitarian Universalist principles or the day’s spiritual focus are shared in an age appropriate manner and in a variety of ways: with books, arts/crafts, discussions, and/or games. Snacks are provided during this time too. Toddlers are welcome to join the preschool through 7 group if a parent attends with them. And as always, the entire family is invited to stay throughout the entire worship experience, if you choose. If you have any questions about Allegheny UU’s RE programming, please contact Lisa Schroth.


========== Regularly at Allegheny UU ===========

Sunday Worship and Religious Education
Every Sunday 10:30am-11:30am

Get Woke + Stay Woke Discussion Group
Please join us as we continue to explore White Supremacy and other systems of oppression and seek to better understand our role in these systems and how we can move through our histories to a place of healing and action. Monthly on 2nd Sundays at 12pm in Founders Hall. Next meeting is Sunday March 11. Talk to Shane Freeman or Sonia Reed or contact <justice at>.

Mindfulness Meditation
With Dr. Richard King. Weekly on Tuesdays 12pm – 1pm at Unitarian House behind the church

Pleasant Valley Shelter Meal
Coordinated by Chris McKeever. Monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 8pm

Giant Eagle Grocery Cards Fundraiser
Place order by the last Sunday of the month and receive cards on the first Sunday. You receive full value, the church receives 3%-5%. Contact Betty Schwarz at <office at>.

Board of Trustees Meetings
Anyone is welcome to attend and speak! Contact Board President Greg Blackman. Monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 7pm. Next meeting is Thursday March 15.


======== About Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church ==========

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