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>.



Guest at Your Table Contributions

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Justice Opportunities, News | Comments Off on Guest at Your Table Contributions

If you haven’t done so already, please participate in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest at Your Table tradition by making a donation to support our denomination’s human rights work in the United States and around the world. Learn more about the program. Allegheny UU Church is a UUSC Banner Society, an acknowledgment we get for having so many members give to UUSC’s efforts. You can bring your check to church next Sunday, or if you make a donation directly to UUSC, please note “Allegheny UU Church” on your check so it counts toward our congregation’s overall giving. Thank you for your commitment to supporting a more just world!

Our Social Justice Future

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Feature Stories, Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Our Social Justice Future

For over 100 years being justice-centered has been part of the DNA of this congregation and remains so. It’s time for us to convene new leadership and perhaps a new model for how we carry out that vital work. On January 6th we held a Social Justice Assembly to help plot a course for our justice work for the coming year. If you missed this meeting, please join us as we continue this important conversation to shape our future together. Please contact Mark Tomlinson, board president, for more information.

Powering Dreams of Hope through Share the Plate

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Justice Opportunities, News | Comments Off on Powering Dreams of Hope through Share the Plate

Our new Share the Plate partner for Q1 2013 will be Dreams of Hope. Through the power of the arts, Dreams of Hope provides the region’s LGBT and allied youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves and develop as leaders. Their creative contributions educate audiences, build awareness and increase acceptance. We share our plate (one half of our cash offerings collected on Sunday morning) with Dreams of Hope this quarter in support of their important work and as an extension of our commitment to being a Welcoming congregation.

To learn more, visit www.dreamsofhope.org

Help Us Replenish the NCM Food Pantry

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Help Us Replenish the NCM Food Pantry

Every Sunday through January 2013, we’ll be collecting non-perishables to help replenish the Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry. Bring and share them during the service.  

2012-13 UUA Common Read

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Justice Opportunities | Comments Off on 2012-13 UUA Common Read

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press) has been selected as the 2012-13 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. Alexander, an attorney who is a civil rights advocate and litigator, asserts that crime-fighting policies and systems in the U.S., such as the “war on drugs” and the incarceration system, disproportionately and intentionally affect Americans of color. She describes multifaceted, lifelong discrimination and disenfranchisement that affect people who are branded “felon.”

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. A discussion guide to The New Jim Crow will be available online in October, 2012, to help Unitarian Universalist (UU) groups reflect on the book and consider together what steps they are called to take, as people of faith, in response to Alexander’s call for awareness and action.

The UUA Bookstore is supporting this Common Read with a 10% discount on orders of 5-9 books and 20% off orders of 10 or more books. Yourpurchase of The New Jim Crow from the UUA Bookstore supports the work of our Association.The New Jim Crow is also available online where e-books are sold, and in public libraries.

Contact Rev. Dave here if you’d like to explore this book together. 

Assist Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Justice Opportunities, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Assist Victims of Hurricane Sandy

A few members have asked how they can directly assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. To join a work party road trip between Christmas and New Year’s, contact Rev. Dave or connect on the church’s FaceBook group page (Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church). To contribute to area Unitarian Universalist congregations such as Canton Ohio that was severely damaged in addition to other region churches, please visit: http://www.ohiomeadville.org/sandyrelief