What You Can Do for Justice

Community BoardJoin us to create compassionate justice grounded in spiritual community! Here’s some of what you can do: Put together weekly meals for the street homeless. Make and serve a monthly dinner at a local men’s shelter. Advocate for things like public transportation and against things like gun violence. Bring a food donation on Sundays. Place some money in our Sunday collection plate which we’ll share with a worthy justice partner.

If you’re looking for ways to get involved, share your gifts, and serve the common good; you’ve come to the right place. Here are some specific opportunities to get involved. Our Justice League coordinates our justice work, contact them at <justice at alleghenyuu.org>.

 

 

Film Screening of The Mask You Live In

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Film Screening of The Mask You Live In

Join the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 3Enow, and Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church for a film screening of The Mask You Live In followed by a panel discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. The event has been moved from Friday January 22 to Saturday February 6 at Tickets6pm. Tickets are $10 (sliding scale is available by request)’

The movie will play from 6:30-8pm. After the screening will be a panel discussion moderated by Chris McAneny of 3Enow. 3Enow is a local nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering teens in order to eliminate dating violence and gender inequality. Panel members include: Jenna Hanner, Programming Director at 3Enow; George Fleming, Batterer Intervention Specialist and Community Leader; Derrick Turner, Male Guidance Counselor at the Neighborhood Academy; and Keiha Peck, Internship Coordinator at City Charter High.

maskThe Mask You Live In by Jennifer Siebel Newsom follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Join others discussing the film at The Mask You Live In on Facebook.

 

 

Serve a Shelter Meal in 2016!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Serve a Shelter Meal in 2016!

As one of the founding congregations of Northside Common Ministries, we continue to support their important work of serving those most in need in our community. Volunteers from Allegheny provide a meal for the 30 men staying at the Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Here are the dates for 2016:

Thursday, January 21
Thursday, February 18
Thursday, March 17
Thursday, April 21
Thursday, May 19
Thursday, June 16
Thursday, July 21
Thursday, August 18
Thursday, September 15
Thursday, October 20
Thursday, November 17
Thursday, December 15

Pleasant Valley ShelterThe Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter offers nightly accommodations for 30 homeless men as well as a warm evening meal, showers, and other support services. Menu planning is done by email earlier in the week. The Thursday evening meal begins at 8pm at 1601 Brighton Road, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to deliver food, set up, and prepare for serving. If you can make food and/or serve with us please get in touch with Shelter Meal Coordinator Chris McKeever at <sheltermeal at alleghenyuu.org>.

18th Annual Summit Against Racism

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on 18th Annual Summit Against Racism

A great way to start Thirty Days of Love! The 18th Annual Summit Against Racism, hosted this year by the Metro-Urban Institute and the Black and White Reunion at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will provide a forum for discussion about the current state of race relations in the U.S., what we have learned so far, and pathways to Summit Against Racism deeper understanding, healing, and social action. Mark your calendar for Saturday Jan 23 from 8am until 5pm. UUs have been a regular presence at this gathering and we hope we’ll have a strong turnout again this year. Regular registration is $25/person. You can list your organization as the “UUs of Greater Pittsburgh” to register at the group rate of $10/person, or pay somewhere in between. No one turned away for lack of funds! Registration fees also support the Jonny Gammage Scholarship. Breakfast and lunch included. More info: summitagainstracism.org.

Building Authentic Diversity Conference

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Building Authentic Diversity Conference

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A Building Authentic Diversity Leadership Conference will be presented by the UUs of Greater Pittsburgh and the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church.

Each of us has culture–conscious and unconscious ways of being in the world. To become a truly multicultural faith, or build strong multicultural communities, we need leaders who can build relationships effectively across difference including ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Come learn about a model of understanding cultural competence which will help you learn these skills.

Recommended for all UU leaders and also open to leaders from other faith and community organizations – let’s learn and grow together! The facilitators will be Rev. Rob Keithan and Rev. Renee Ruchotzke.

Begins at 9am and we’ll wrap up by 4pm. You can take a $5 discount for being from a Fair Share UU congregation and another $5 discount if you bring a team of 3 or more. The registration deadline is Tuesday January 26. Register here: http://bit.ly/1QjSsD6.

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Interfaith Prayer Service for Charleston AME Church

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Interfaith Prayer Service for Charleston AME Church

Join the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network and others from the community for an Interfaith Prayer and Commitment Service on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7pm at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This will be an evening of prayer and a call to end racism and forms of ethnic prejudice, dedicated to the shooting victims of the historic Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is located at 616 N Highland Ave in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park/East Liberty neighborhood.

 

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Come Out for Pittsburgh’s 2015 Pride Events

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Come Out for Pittsburgh’s 2015 Pride Events

Come out to Stand on the Side of Love and express your support for LGBTQ Pride! There’s a lot going on – these are just some of the highlights. Check out some of the links for more. We’ll add events here as we learn of them, submit to <webmaster @ alleghenyuu.org>.

 

Friday, June 5 – Pittsburgh Latin @LGBTQ Pride

 

Friday June 12

6-9pm – Intergenerational Balloon FightAnderson Pavilion in Schenley Park. FREE

 

Saturday June 13

7pm – Pride in the Street – Downtown. Now headlined by Nick Jonas

10pm – Roots Pride Pittsburgh Party – Renaissance Hotel, Downtown

 

Sunday June 14

10am – Worship Service – Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, North Side. With Rev. David McFarland on “Celebrate Life! Celebrate Love!”. There will be a food collection for the North Side Food Pantry and a Share the Plate collection for UUPLAN. FREE

11:30am-1:30pm – UU Pride Picnic – West Park across from Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, North Side. Potluck, bring a dish! FREE

12pm – Pride March for Equality – Downtown, gather on Blvd of the Allies between Cherry Way and Smithfield St at 11:30am. FREE

1-6pm – PrideFest – Downtown, look for the UUPittsburgh booth on Liberty Ave near 9th St. FREE

2:30pm – Roots Pride Healing Circle and Riverwalk – Downtown, meet in Point State Park at 2:15pm. FREE

 

June 22Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March

 

July 20-31Pittsburgh Black Pride

 

More:

June 13 – Washington DC Pride

June 14 – Philly Pride

June 27 – Cleveland Pride

July 19 – Reading Pride

July 25 – Central PA Pride

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