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>.



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.

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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



June 13 – Washington DC Pride

June 14 – Philly Pride

June 27 – Cleveland Pride

July 19 – Reading Pride

July 25 – Central PA Pride




A Talk on “Lifeboat Communities”

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on A Talk on “Lifeboat Communities”

Dr DavidW haleyA Talk on “Lifeboat Communities” by Dr. David Whaley
Sunday, April 26, 1pm – 3pm

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.


Join the Fight for $15 on April 15

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Join the Fight for $15 on April 15

Fight for 15For 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.


Join UUPLAN and EqualityPA in supporting HB/SB 300

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Join UUPLAN and EqualityPA in supporting HB/SB 300

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 tipuuplanping 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.equalitypa2

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.