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>.

 

 

National Week of Non-Violence is August 16-23

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on National Week of Non-Violence is August 16-23

National Week of Non-Violence 2014

What can you do for peace in the world? Start with peace in your heart. Move toward peace in your relationships. Extend peace in your neighborhood. Advocate peace in your nation. Envision peace on Earth.

What can you do for National Week of Non-Violence (NWNV), this August 16-23? Take time each day that week to meditate on peace. Have intentional conversations with people you love about fostering peace. Move toward peace with people in your life with whom you do not currently feel at peace. Participate in one of the NWNV events found here. Register for the August 23, 2014, National Summit on Non-Violence here. Donate to the organizers so they can stream it, and then be there virtually. Sponsor a Peace Circle in your home or at the church. Join with one of our Justice Partners to sponsor a screening & discussion of a mini-movie promoted by Black Women for Positive Change, “On Second Thought” available on YouTube.

Whatever you can do, participate in the National Week of Non-Violence. Bring more peace to your life, the neighborhood, and the planet.


Rev. Dave attended Councilwoman Rudiak’s press conference announcing Pittsburgh’s participation in the National Week of Non-Violence.

Rev. Dave with Assistant Chief Bryant and members of Black Women for Positive Change

Rev. Dave with Assistant Chief Bryant and members of Black Women for Positive Change

Share the Plate Collection for Victims of the Charlestown WV Chemical Spill

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Justice Opportunities, Share the Plate | Comments Off on Share the Plate Collection for Victims of the Charlestown WV Chemical Spill

We share our offering plate each Sunday by donating half of our cash offerings to a justice partner. Our Share the Plate partner for March and April of 2014 is the UU Congregation of Charleston WV which is providing direct support and relief to families and communities affected by the recent Elk River chemical spill.

Book Group to Read “Behind The Kitchen Door”

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Book Group to Read “Behind The Kitchen Door”

A new Small Group Ministry Book Group is forming to read the 2013-14 UUA Common Read selection Behind The Kitchen Door which explores ethical eating and economic justice for restaurant workers. As the group progresses we hope to collaborate with the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network and the Restaurant Opportunity Center to do some advocacy work with the new restaurants planned for the Federal North development project in our neighborhood. Talk to Mark Tomlinson if you’d like to know more. Check the Events page for dates.

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Share the Plate Collection for the American Field Service

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Justice Opportunities, Share the Plate | Comments Off on Share the Plate Collection for the American Field Service

Our Share the Plate Justice Partner for January & February of 2014 is the Centennial Scholarship Program of the American Field Service

We share our offering plate each Sunday by donating half of our cash offerings to a justice partner. Our current recipient is the American Field Service (AFS). AFS began 100 years ago when young Americans volunteered as ambulance drivers during the First and Second World War. Soon after World War II ended these drivers started the student exchange program aimed at fostering respect and understanding between cultures. In 2013 over 13,000 students from 110 countries participated in AFS exchange programs. In 2014 AFS’s “Centennial Global Changemakers Scholarship Program” will offer 100 scholarships to young people who show potential to make positive change in their societies. Walter Brethauer volunteered for the American Field Service in 1942 and served in Africa and Italy until 1945. These years allowed him to see the world and also up close the atrocities of war. Your contribution will help us honor Walt’s service and lifelong commitment to AFS.

Educational Justice Project Opening on December 10

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Educational Justice Project Opening on December 10

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The current group of CORO Fellows will be working together on a catalytic project until at least July 2014.  At the Educational Justice Project Opening, they will share a prototype plan and are looking for our feedback and collaboration to move from ideas to action. The Project Opening, 6pm-8pm, will include a light dinner and live music.  Listen to the Leaders in Learning participants audition their ideas.

If you have a passion for an educated citizenry, please make time to attend. Share your insights and find a role you can play.  It takes all of us:  parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and students.

December 10, 2013, 6PM, Hill House’s Elsie H. Hilman Auditorium at Kaufmann Center, 1835 Centre Avenue (15219)

Oct. 17-18: speaQ! LGBTQA Youth Open Mic.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Oct. 17-18: speaQ! LGBTQA Youth Open Mic.

On behalf of Dreams of Hope and speaQ, you are invited to LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and Allied) open mic nights for LGBTQA young people, ages 13-24 to speaQ their minds! ($5 to get in, $3 if performing.)

Thursday October 17, 8-10PM, Father Ryan Arts Center: 420 Charities Avenue in McKees Rocks, with guest artist, Bekezela Mguni.

Friday October 18, 7-9PM, ModernFormations Gallery: 4919 Penn Avenue in Garfield, with guest artist, Lauren Russell, with the theme: Queer Women Poets.

And plan next month for Friday, November 22, 7pm at ModernFormations.

If you’re an LGBTQA person between 13-24, bring a reading and be heard. Everyone else, come to inspire our youth… and to let yourself be inspired!