Advocate Update

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church Advocate Update

March 28 2018

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


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

Sunday April 1 – Easter Sunday – Rev. David McFarland – Our celebration of Easter Sunday will be family-friendly with something for everyone! Rev Dave will offer the sermon. We’ll celebrate an “Allegheny Communion” with bread and the fruit of the vine. There will be a lovely Allegheny UU tradition, the Easter Bonnet Parade, so break out your Easter finery and bring your finest (or craziest) bonnet version available! Following the service we’ll host an egg hunt in West Park for the little ones and serve Mimosas for the big ones. If the weather is inclement, we’ll move the Egg Hunt (and Mimosas) indoors to the Unitarian House. Parents and guardians: please bring a basket or container for your child to put his or her eggs in during the hunt!

Our Spiritual Focus for April is Emergence.

Hey, You! It’s been awhile! Resurrect Your Spirit this Easter with a “Church Homecoming”!

So you’ve been away for awhile. Maybe a long while. No shade. Life happens. We get it. Some churches disparage their “Chreasters”—people who show up for big holidays like Christmas and Easter. We try to deal with reality. And the reality is that life can be messy.

So this is your friendly invitation to emerge this spring to resurrect your spirit of community!

We celebrate all who show up for any reason however often. So if it’s been awhile since you’ve been at church, you’ll be welcomed this Easter without judgement.

We’ll invite the entire church family to stay during the whole worship experience as we sing and tell stories and pray and and parade our bonnets and search for eggs and celebrate the “Allegheny Communion” with bread and the fruit of the vine.

Let this Easter be a reason to resurrect your spirit! See you at worship.

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.



Sabbatical Task Force

The Sabbatical Task Force will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm in Unitarian House. All are welcome to come and help us make Rev Dave’s Sabbatical a renewing and positive experience for the congregation! This first meeting will include setting a timeline and tackling the question “what does a successful sabbatical look like”? Contact Chair Liz Dell if you have any questions.


Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church will be a venue for the 5th annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival over April 6-8.

“The Pittsburgh Fringe is an all-out, no-holds-barred, inclusive multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival featuring international, national and local artists. The annual 3-day festival, in multiple venues across the Northside of Pittsburgh, showcases theater (physical, street, musical), comedy, visual arts, puppetry, family entertainment, music, dance, spoken word, opera, poetry, literature and shows we haven’t even thought of yet! “

Events will be held both upstairs and downstairs on Friday from 4:30pm to 11pm; Saturday from 2pm to 10pm and Sunday from 2pm to 9pm. The Board of Directors would prefer to have a member on site as much as possible; if anyone would like to spend some time at the church during this event, please contact Greg Blackman.


Job Opening

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


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

During each service, children of all ages are invited to come up front for a short “lesson” or story usually related to the spiritual focus of the month. This part of our service is referred to as Time for All Ages or Wisdom for All Ages. After this time in service, the children go downstairs for religious education programming in Founder’s Hall. Children who are preschool through age 7 spend time together in one group and children 8-11 yers old spend time together in another group. Unitarian Universalist principles or the spiritual theme that is focused on during worship are taught in an age appropriate manner and in a variety of ways: with books, arts/crafts, discussions, and/or games. Snacks are provided during this taime too. Toddlers are welcome to join the preschool through 7 group if a parent attends with them. If you have any questions about Allegheny UU’s RE programming, please contact Lead Religious Educator Lisa Schroth.

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


Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday on Sunday, April 1 will be a Worship for All Ages service, meaning that children will stay in service and no Religious Education programming will be occurring downstairs in Founder’s Hall.  We are working to include the children in our Easter Sunday service. One thing we hope to do is include the children in drumming during the service.  Do you have any drums you can bring that day so that there  are enough for the children?
Calling all bunnies! The annual Easter Egg hunt will occur after the service on Easter Sunday across the street in the park.  We need “bunnies” who are willing to hide eggs during the service. In addition, we are seeking donations of plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped treats or filled with trinkets for the children (ie stickers, erasers, etc).


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

UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Partnership Conference

On Saturday April 14 Allegheny will be hosting the UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Partnership Conference from 9am until 12:30pm. 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. Register by April 9. Contact Greg Blackman or Kate Tomlinson.


PIIN Annual Banquet

Do not miss your chance to hear from keynote speaker Ambassador Andrew Young as we celebrate PIIN’s eighteenth year fighting for justice in Western Pennsylvania. Young started his early career as a pastor in Georgia, where he became active in the Civil Rights Movement and ultimately worked as a senior aide to Dr. King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A staunch advocate for justice, Ambassador Young marked his career by his commitment to bring Dr. King’s vision of civil rights to the entire nation—serving in Congress and as mayor of Atlanta and becoming the first African American Ambassador to the United Nations. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 5pm at the Westin Convention Center. $55-75 for an individual, or $750 for a table of ten, ticket sales are underway. Contact John Engberg.


Allies for Health + Wellbeing Allies Ball

Allies for Health + Wellbeing, invites you to the 2018 Allies Ball. Saturday, April 21 6pm at The Pennsylvanian. Be an Ally, and celebrate community Health + Wellbeing at the Allies Ball. Known since 1985 as the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, this evening will be the first annual gathering after the launch of the organization’s new name, Allies for Health + Wellbeing.


Calling All UU Singles!

Single people, share covenant, have fun, and meet someone! Join UUMS’s – Unitarian Universalist Mingling Singles. We’re like-minded singles who get together for fellowship and socializing. The first topic of discussion will be how to start a conversation with an attractive stranger. “What is your Opener?” We’ll meet on the third Friday of the month – April 20 – at UU Church of the North Hills in Franklin Park. We’ll gather at 6pm in the East Room then at approximately 7:30 pm, we’ll move down the road to the Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant and Bar, where we’ll continue our mingling. Whether you’re gay, straight, transgender or fluid…happily single or looking to find your soul mate, join the UUMS’s! For questions for more information, contact Richard at (724) 814-0808.


Northside Common Ministries Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Come for a delicious Spaghetti Dinner and help support the work of Northside Common Ministries. Saturday, April 28 from 4:30-7pm at Northmont Presbyterian Church. Gluten-free pasta and take outs available. A free will offering will benefit the work of NCM’s Pleasant Valley Shelter for men experiencing homelessness.


Walk with Ann and Northside Common Ministries at Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Join friends of Northside Common Ministries and Ann the resident NCM dog at the North Shore Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 12 at 9am. The walk supports the NCM Food Pantry which provides for the needs of over 850 food insecure households each month. Which local congregation has what it takes to rise above the others?


========== 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 April 10. Talk to Shane Freeman or contact <justice at>.

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

Pleasant Valley Shelter Meal
Monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 8pm. Next on April 19. Coordinated by Chris McKeever.

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! Monthly on 3rd Thursdays at 7pm. Next meeting is Thursday April 19. Contact Board President Greg Blackman.


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

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