RE newsletter features member stories

Posted by on Nov 21, 2020 in News | Comments Off on RE newsletter features member stories

Over the last year, the Religious Education class, led by Marissa Morrison, interviewed several Allegheny UU members, which Marissa compiled and published in this outstanding newsletter. Read about how Allegheny UU Church has been important to Jill Brethhauer, Liz Dell, Jim Sheets, Lisa LaRue, Charlie Snowden, Joe Mattis, Laura Conkle, and Ned Schmidgal.

Read the Fall 2020 RE newsletter

Notice of Annual Meeting June 28th

Posted by on Jun 8, 2020 in News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Notice of Annual Meeting June 28th

8 June, 2020

Dear Member:

Please let this letter serve as your official notice for the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, 28 June.. This Annual Meeting will be conducted via Zoom video conference. We will begin with fellowship time from 11:30 – 12pm, and will begin the business portion at 12 pm noon.

We will be considering the following items at the meeting:
●    The minutes of the 2019 Annual Congregational Meeting
●    Amendments to the By-laws (proposed amendments are appended to this notice here)
●    Election of Trustees
●    Proposed budget 
●    Contract minister status
●    Plans for building use
●    Strategic Plan

Please note that a quorum for this meeting will be 28 members. A congregation’s decision by vote is the highest expression of its authority. All members are encouraged to participate as a responsibility of membership.

Details for the Zoom meeting:
Time: Jun 28, 2020 11:30 – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting
Join by phone: +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 810 5828 3467
Password: contact Kate Tomlinson

Please review the materials prior to the meeting. Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in the governance of the Church.

Sincerely yours,

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church

Donald G Zeilman
Clerk of the Church 2019–2020

Kate Tomlinson
President of the Church 2019-20

Stay Away & Stay Connected!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2020 in Feature Stories, News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Stay Away & Stay Connected!


The Unitarian Universalist Association has now recommended that congregations avoid gatherings of more than 25 people, including worship and religious education, for the time being. In order to care for the health of ourselves and our community, we’re going online only for a few weeks, until at least April 12! Sunday worship begins at 10:30 am, as always, but you’ll join from home.

You will need access to a phone and/or a computer. For audio and visual, join the Zoom meeting at The meeting ID is 905-212-638. For audio only, dial +1 929 205 6099 -or- tap this on mobile: +19292056099,,905212638#

We are sad to lose the in-person part of our community, but believe a “Stay away AND Stay together” approach will help us continue to stay spiritually close when we can’t be physically. For more information things you can do to stay connected to others, visit

2019 Annual Assembly of the Unitarian Universalists of Greater Pittsburgh

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on 2019 Annual Assembly of the Unitarian Universalists of Greater Pittsburgh


What – Join fellow Unitarian Universalists for a day of camaraderie, connection, and collaboration!

When – Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9am until 3pm

Where – Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills,also known as “Sunnyhill”, in Mt. Lebanon

Registration – Registration will open on September 9. Please pay what you are comfortably able to pay within the fee range of $5 to $45. Those who pay at the highest levels are supporting those in financial need for this event. Online registration closes on November 13. Limited onsite registration may be available, space permitting.


8:30am – Check-in and Registration

9:00am – Welcome, Banner Parade, and Worship – Annual Meeting – Keynote speaker

12:00pm – Lunch – Time to Connect – Afternoon Workshops

2:45pm – Closing

Link here for more information including FAQ.


Community of “Covenant”

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Feature Stories, From Rev. Dave, News | Comments Off on Community of “Covenant”

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You’ve found a community beyond belief! In conversations about religion, it’s common to ask, “What do you believe?” It’s a leading question. It assumes the only important or interesting thing is what a faith “believes.” 

We are not a church of beliefs. We are a church beyond belief.

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church is a community of covenant. Covenant being an old churchy word for something like aspirations for how to be together. This is a community of promises and aspires to live deeply, authentically, and wholly; connected to one another, to society, and to the spirit we all share beyond the many paths we follow… Earth-based, Jewish, Atheist, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Zoroastrian. The only belief system we try to avoid is the otherwise always popular, “Judgmentalism.” 

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church’s covenant below was established within the past decade to help us understand what it means to be together making the world a better place one action, one moment, one relationship, one soul at a time. It articulates the ways we aspire to be in a community that celebrates diversity. The full text can be found here: 

Allegheny UU Covenant

If you’re looking for a church full of people who believe exactly what you believe, then this will likely be an uncomfortable place for you. If you’re looking instead for a community that honors what you truly believe and encourages you to live your beliefs authentically and without judgment of other’s beliefs, then you may have finally found what you’re looking for!

Love. Spirit. Trust. Compassion. Forgiveness. Humanity. Oneness. Difference. Hope. Justice.

Find it here.


Film Screening – Transient: First 100 Days of Trump

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in Justice Opportunities, News, Social Justice Activities | Comments Off on Film Screening – Transient: First 100 Days of Trump

Join us July 20th at 7pm for a screening with director Mark Janavel of the film Transient, featuring reflections from the trans community on Trump’s first 100 days of office. A free-will offering will be taken.

What’s going on around here?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on What’s going on around here?

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. (E.M. Forster, Howards End, chapter 22)

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Life Is Connection

Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church is about connecting. Connecting to faith, to deep experiences of love and compassionate engagement, to spirit and soul and the divine life, to self and one another and neighbors; all of which connects to a stream of life larger than ourselves and larger even than all of these put together. Connecting to a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

There are lots of opportunities to stay connected to what’s going on in this community. Come Sunday and ask around. Check out the bulletin board downstairs or the announcement board upstairs. Visit this website often. (Put it on your home page!) Find out what’s happening week-to-week or moment-by-moment on our various social media platforms here.

Only connect!

“The Power of We!” at GA’19

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on “The Power of We!” at GA’19

Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly of Congregations (GA) 2019 in Spokane: “The Power of We”

What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA’19 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. 

To stream GA’19 public programs, connect to


Off-site registration is still possible for a fee. Connect to for more information and to register. 

And GA’23 will be June 21-25 in… Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! 

Share the Plate supports Gwen’s Girls

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in News, Social Justice Activities | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Gwen’s Girls

During March and April 2019 we collected $640 for our North Side neighbor and Alternative Spring Break partner Gwen’s Girls, which works to empower girls and young women to have productive lives through holistic, gender-specific programs, education and experiences, and offers a safe space where girls and young women can form relationships, build self-esteem, and gain resiliency.

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 disbursed $35,139 to 45 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at>.

May Worship — Gifts of Curiosity

Posted by on May 4, 2019 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on May Worship — Gifts of Curiosity

Moving from fear to open-heartedness. The worship experiences this springtime month all explore the spiritual practice of what Einstein called, “Holy Curiosity.” So bring your questions. Bring your broken-open heart. Bring your wildest imagination in the spirit of exploration. Who are we? Where are we going? As an evolutionary process. As a nation. As a people of faith and doubt, stretching beyond our little selves. Who are we being inspired to be? Who are we choosing to become?

Celebrate life. Nourish the spirit. Inspire justice. Every Sunday, 10:30AM, at the big, open heart in the heart of the North Side.

May 5, “Enter the Spirit of Curiosity” — Rev Dave

May 12, “PrayerSong for Curiosity” — Worship Ministry

May 19, “Who Are We Becoming?” — Rev. Deryck Tines + Annual Meeting

May 26, “What Are We Remembering?” — Worship Ministry