Join 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>.
Allegheny member Dr. David Whaley leads a presentation and discussion on the increasingly alarming state of environmental affairs and the concept and lessons of “Lifeboat Communities”, which some believe may be necessary to survive coming challenges to human existence on our planet.
Dr. Whaley believes that the media are not telling us – and have actually suppressed – the most alarming scientific aspects around climate change and global warming. He will discuss the global population explosion, rising ocean levels, population displacement, human impacts, and the direness of our present situation.
Eco-villages or lifeboat communities are a potential survival strategy if the worst predictions of looming ecological disaster prove true. Dr. Whaley will share lessons from the experiences of successful, intentional communities designed around new ways of living together and on this planet.
There will be a lunch preceding the talk from noon until 12:30pm, please RSVP to 412-322-4261.
For many of the working poor, the American dream is denied in the interests of making the rich just a bit richer. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to support the struggle for equality for all people and to help to end the divisiveness and suffering created by it. In this spirit you are invited to Schenley Park in Oakland at 4pm on April 15th for a “Fight for $15” event. We will be joining our hearts, minds, and voices in the hope that we can insure a just living wage for all workers. For more info visit Fight for 15 or Fight for 15 PA.
A new legislative session is underway with unprecedented support from faith communities for the PA Legislature to pass HB/SB 300 during the 2015-16 session. Although the bill has not yet been officially introduced, with 60 bi-partisan co-sponsors and the support of over 600 faith leaders from 20 denominations in the state, this may be the tipping point we need to pass this important legislation! Governor Wolf has been clear, “Send me a bill. I want to sign it.”
The Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) is asking for thoughtful, engaging letters in support of this non-discrimination law. Let both your State Senator and State Representative. know that you Stand on the Side of Love and believe that all residents of our state should be treated equally. Ammon Ripple, Faith Organizer for Equality PA, will soon hold a conference call with Unitarian Universalist ministers to discuss ways that they can help to move this legislation. Personal stories are powerful, and you can help to build the momentum by sharing yours . Stories can be sent to <aripple at equalitypa.org> and will be posted at Campaign for Fairness.
The Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network represents more than 6,000 Unitarian Universalists in the state, and works with and for them to embrace, articulate, and advocate for goals of social and environmental justice.
Equality PA is the commonwealth’s leading organization advancing equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians.
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 2015:
Thursday, January 15
Thursday, February 19
Thursday, March 19
Thursday, April 16
Thursday, May 21
Thursday, June 18
Thursday, July 16
Thursday, August 20
Thursday, September 17
Thursday, October 15
Thursday, November 18
Thursday, December 17
Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter is part of Northside Common Ministries located at 1601 Brighton Road, just a few blocks from the church. The 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, 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>.
Pleasant Valley Shelter has turkeys and potatoes coming for Thanksgiving dinner but no side dishes. They still need stuffing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, pies, and desserts – and will gratefully accept any donations provided. You can make enough for either 15 or 30 meals. If you are able to drop something off on Thanksgiving day please contact Jay Poliziani at <jay.poliziani at ncmin.org>.
The Pleasant Valley Shelter of Northside Common Ministries is located at 1601 Brighton Road, just a few blocks from the church. The shelter offers nightly accommodations for 30 homeless men as well as a warm evening meal, showers, and other support services. Allegheny was a founding member of Northside Common Ministries and continues to support their work in a variety of ways.
Monday September 1st, Labor Day, 2-8PM, in the Strip District on Smallman between 16th-18th, join in a Labor Day & Back-to-School community festival following the Labor Day Parade.
This is an outdoor event where we anticipate a diverse crowd of a few thousand people from various communities within Allegheny County. Entertainment is planned from dance groups, comedians, spiritual singers, Pittsburgh Hip Hop Artists Against Genocide, etc., with free food for kids, motivational speakers, a kids “Fun Zone,” vendors, and a Community Awards ceremony. Rev. Dave will participate in the “Gone but Not Forgotten” moment commemorating fatal victims of violence.
Confirmed Public Officials for the event are: Mayor Bill Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, State Reps. Ed Gainey, Jake Wheatley and Miller, Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green-Hawkins and Councilman William Robinson, U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, City Council Members Lavelle, Kails-Smith, O’Connors and Harris. And there will be representatives from Labor participating at the festival.
Organization participants include: POISE Foundation, One Pittsburgh, the Zellous Hope Project, the Urban League, New African Independence Party, Fathers Who Care Foundation, NAACP, Hill House Association, StopTheViolence-Pittsburgh, P.R.O.M.I.S.E., Voices Against Violence, Hill District Consensus Group, Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Regina B. Holley of Pittsburgh Public Schools, Northside Old-Timers, The Coalition for Fathering Families, Beltzhover Neighborhood Council, Kingsley Association, Center for Family Excellence, Ujamaa Collective, Afro-American Music Institute, MAD DADS, Communities In Action for Peace, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pa., Sankofa United, Citizens Against Violence, B-PEP, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, Action United, New Voices Pittsburgh and others.