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Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Feature Stories, News | 0 comments

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)

Beautiful multi color section of coral showing life and its intricate interconnections
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 Feature Stories, News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

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 https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2019

Off-site registration is still possible for a fee. Connect to https://www.uua.org/ga/registration/off-site for more information and to register. 

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

Find It Here

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in Feature Stories, News | 0 comments

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.

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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 alleghenyuu.org>.

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


Share the Plate supports PA Interfaith Impact Network

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in News, Social Justice Activities | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports PA Interfaith Impact Network

During January and February 2019 we raised $622 for the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, 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 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 disbursed $34,499 to 44 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Benefit Concert raised over $1,000 for Bend the Arc Pittsburgh

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on Benefit Concert raised over $1,000 for Bend the Arc Pittsburgh

This “Do Something Church” did a great thing with an evening of great music for a great cause! Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church hosted a benefit concert for Bend the Arc Pittsburgh on Saturday February 23 and raised over a thousand dollars.

The members of Smokestack Lightning play guitars, dobro, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, double bass, and sing 3+ part harmony, with a wide range of musical styles from fiddle tunes to 1920’s blues to 1930’s Union songs to Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan covers, plus original tunes.

Bend the Arc Pittsburgh is part of a national movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews that believes in the beautiful but unfulfilled promise of this country as a land of opportunity, justice, and equality for all. In the face of racism, inequality, and the politics of fear, we are asked to rise up with courage to act boldly for justice, believing that together we have the power to transform this country.

“The “Smokestack Collective” worked hard to put on a rocking show on the 23rd at the UU Church. Refreshments were graciously donated by Deutschtown’s Bistro to Go.

Images courtesy of Greg Blackman.

Share the Plate supports Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh

Posted by on Jan 19, 2019 in News, Share the Plate, Social Justice Activities | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh

During November and December we raised $855 for Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh, part of a national movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews that believes in the beautiful but unfulfilled promise of this country as a land of opportunity, justice, and equality for all. In the face of racism, inequality, and the politics of fear, we are asked to rise up with courage to act boldly for justice, believing that together we have the power to transform this country.

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 $33,877 to 43 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Winter Weather Advisory: We’ll be OPEN!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Winter Weather Advisory: We’ll be OPEN!

With wintry weather arriving this weekend a reminder that regardless of weather we gather each Sunday for a 10:30am worship service. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the sidewalks and steps will be cleared and we’ll be here! If the weather is severe enough that speakers, worship hosts, musicians, etc can’t make it, then we may all need to be flexible and the service format may be a little different, but we will strive to have a meaningful spiritual experience for anyone who can attend. Your safety is the most important thing – evaluate the conditions and your trip to and from the North Side. We realize that bad roads, or cold temps, or a threatening forecast may keep you away. We will miss you but we’ll understand if you stay home. Hope to see you Sunday!

 

 

January-February Justice Partner is Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Feature Stories, News, Share the Plate, Social Justice Activities | Comments Off on January-February Justice Partner is Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

The Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church congregation is committed to sharing one half of the cash offering received each Sunday with a justice partner doing good works beyond our walls.

Allegheny’s Share-the-Plate justice partner for January and February 2019 is the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN), a network of congregations and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness.