Our Share the Plate collection during January and February 2017 raised $753 for the PA Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN), a network of congregations and organizations committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness. Through the processes of community-building, working with politicians and policy makers, direct action, and negotiation, PIIN works to transform our communities.
Allegheny’s Share the Plate program began in 2010 and directs half of our Sunday plate collection to justice partners doing important work in the communities of Pittsburgh’s North Side and beyond. To date we have collected and distributed $26,368 to 32 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.
The Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have offered a Declaration of Conscience that states in the strongest possible terms our commitment in these troubling times. By signing the declaration, individuals and congregations will be affirming our core values and declaring willingness to put them into action. Please read it and, with your signature, join in standing on the side of love, protecting the most vulnerable among us, and defending core values that are under attack. Thank you for your concern, vigilance, and willingness to act.
Declaration of Conscience
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
Our Share the Plate collection during November and December 2016 raised $878 for Northside Common Ministries which offers many vital community resources to our struggling neighbors including the Northside Community Food Pantry and the Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter.
Allegheny’s Share the Plate program began in 2010 and directs half of our Sunday plate collection to justice partners doing important work in the communities of Pittsburgh’s North Side and beyond. So far we have collected and distributed $25,615 to 31 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.
On Sunday November 20 we celebrated an important milestone as our Share the Plate program reached $25,000 in donations since its inception in 2010! Share the Plate directs half of the cash donations we receive each Sunday to carefully selected justice partners, organizations whose work on a variety of social justice issues deserves our recognition and support.
Our first recipient way back in 2010 was Jeron Cares, a scholarship fund begun as a memorial to Jeron Grayson, a Hill District college student who had recently been a victim of gun violence. Since then we have helped more than two dozen different partners. Some, like Northside Common Ministries and the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, we collaborate with regularly and we have committed to supporting annually. Others have been small projects , citywide or statewide organizations, or programs that our members are personally committed to. Our largest donation went to Dreams of Hope, which provides the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and allied youth a welcoming environment to grow in confidence, express themselves, and develop as leaders.
As we reflect on reaching $25,000, we realize the success of Share the Plate has been the result of incredible generosity from our members, friends and regular visitors. Thank you all for helping us change the world!
Learn more about Share the Plate and see a full list of our Justice Partners.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words we’re now on Instagram! It’s a great place to share pictures, quotes, and more. Follow us to see our posts!
Here are some of the #neighborhoodlovenotes messages shared on Sunday November 13 2016.
See more in our photo gallery at our Neighborhood Love Notes on Facebook
The #neighborhoodlovenotes effort was created by Rev. Ashley Horan, executive director of the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press has a nice writeup here: Post-election ‘love notes’ in chalk appearing around Twin Cities
Love. Spirit. Trust. Compassion. Forgiveness. Humanity. Oneness. Difference. Hope. Justice.
Find it here.
Our Share the Plate collection during September and October 2016 raised $709 for CeaseFirePA, which is working to reduce gun violence and gun tragedies in our communities, stop the flow of illegal guns onto our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
Allegheny’s Share the Plate program began in 2010 and directs half of our Sunday plate collection to justice partners doing important work in the communities of Pittsburgh’s North Side and beyond. So far we have collected and distributed $24,737 to 30 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church in Pittsburgh PA has a job opening for a part-time Religious Educator. Applications are currently being accepted for this 5-hour-per-week, $15-per-hour position. Start date is December 1 or whenever a successful candidate is identified. Full info: Religious Educator Job Posting
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