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>.



100 Days of Action

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave, Justice Opportunities | Comments Off on 100 Days of Action

100 Days of Action


On Martin Luther King Sunday, we gathered to celebrate Rev. Dr. King’s legacy and commit to live it out! We reflected on the social concerns that occupy our thoughts and touch our hearts. Then we focused on what we can and shall do during the first 100 days of the impending new presidency. We wrote down what we would do over the next 100 days to make our homes, our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world a better place. We placed these commitments in envelopes to be sent to us in the middle of those 100 days as a reminder. Or as a reason to celebrate our actions. Or an inspiration to keep going!

There will be cards and envelopes at the church for anybody who wasn’t able to be there for MLK Sunday and wants to make their commitments.

The “word cloud” above represents those words that were used most frequently. Here are some of the commitments we made:

  • During the next 100 days I plan to put into action the beginning of our goal of an eco-farm on 7 acres we have.
  • Learn from my children what issues are most important to their futures.
  • I will challenge stigmatizing statements and portrayals of people not considered typical or “normal.”
  • I will encourage people I know to delight in their talents even if they are different.
  • I will start out by speaking against the movie where a person described as having split personality murders people.
  • Work to increase visibility of populations that are underserved and at risk.
  • Be less critical of my husband.
  • Reach out to old friends.
  • Can I attend to people who have perspectives different? 100 Interviews by June 30.
  • Commit to helping neighbors who are needing a hand due to age or disability, or financial ability.
  • More listening to others without judgement. Less providing answers.
  • Systematic intellectual learning about the other.
  • Elect smart people. Use better logic.
  • Feel for others and self – a future.
  • Love self enough to give more have less.
  • Practice compassion.
  • Keep a tidy home and share it with others.
  • Mentor at work.
  • Invest in good things.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones afar.
  • Pay more attention.
  • Find a way to keep informed, away from fake news and lies.
  • I will contact each of my congressional people (rep and senators) regarding protection and extension of healthcare coverage to all. I will share my story with them.
  • I will be hands-on in the fight for Civil Rights for All. I will use my talents to raise money to support Civil Rights causes.
  • I will resist any attempt to take away anyone’s rights.
  • Connect more deeply with the communities I’m a part of.
  • Take my daughter to the Women’s March in DC and help her learn how girls can have a voice.
  • Attend the “Get Woke” series and take a leading role at work in anti-racism activities.
  • The little things matter; speak up for perceived injustice; often times actions speak louder than words; act in a manner that would make a future son or daughter proud; do not fall into a lack of action; make time for justice.
  • I want to do more to make sure that women and girls understand their true value and that they are not afraid to speak their minds.
  • Listen.
  • Educate myself.
  • Speak out where “appropriate,” rather than be silent in fear.
  • Be active with church Social Justice League.
  • Learn to love myself.
  • Self-care.
  • Do!!!!
  • Focus on mental health: be more empathetic with my children.
  • Work to help my children understand barriers that others face and to join in finding ways to tear them down.
  • Be more patient with my wife and children. Being a better listener to my wife.
  • Shovel peoples walk ways when it snows.
  • Be a better friend and listen more. Be there for people.
  • Push myself to do more community service.
  • Control my temper towards my siblings.
  • Do not get discouraged.
  • Think critically and stay informed.
  • Don’t be lazy; be honest.
  • I want to ask UUSC if they have (or would create) lawn signs saying “Standing on the Side of Love” or “Love is the Answer” to replace “Love Trumps Hate” and “War is not the answer.”
  • Increase awareness.
  • Try to understand how little I know about being black or being an outsider/the other.
  • Continue with [the Responding to Racism: Get Woke. Stay Woke.] group.
  • I will work as hard as I can to bring church members and people from the larger community together to be the light that the world needs.
  • 100 Days from now: Better understand the systemic barriers to women and minorities in the work of their choice; Begin to write a plan for how I can influence and remove these barriers.
  • Show love to others a lot more this year and treat others the same way with lots of love.
  • I continue to be at Pittsburgh Public School events where black and white families don’t interact. I’m going to talk with parents and leaders about helping facilitate better connection with families across race.
  • Get straight A’s.
  • Stop bullying.

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.



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



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.

Building Capacity for Authentic Diversity Pittsburgh January 2016-crop


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.


Interfaith Prayer Service

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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



June 13 – Washington DC Pride

June 14 – Philly Pride

June 27 – Cleveland Pride

July 19 – Reading Pride

July 25 – Central PA Pride