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RE kids raise $500 in Healthy Snack Drive

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in News, Social Justice Activities | 0 comments

Healthy treats make the summer tastier and far less stressful for families that rely on the Northside Community Food Pantry. The families that depend on  the Food Pantry struggle at home during the summer to make up for the free breakfast and lunch that their kids get at school.

This summer our Religious Education kids decided to put on a Summer Healthy Snack Food Drive for the Northside Food Pantry. After publicizing during church, going door-to-door in the neighborhood, and having a table at the Open Streets festival, the kids raised money and collected an estimated $500 in healthy snacks! On August 6th, the kids filled grocery carts, wheeled them over to the Northside Food Panter, stocked the shelves, and learned about how families access the pantry.

Ronald and Raven are 6 year-old twins that live with their mother and two older siblings. The twins love chewy fruit snacks but their mom rarely sees the treats at the food pantry and there is never enough money on her food assistance card for treats after she buys the basics needed to feed a family of five. Ronald and Raven came to the food pantry this week with their mom and they were thrilled to be able to each select a box of fruit chews  to have with their lunches at home this summer. Thanks to the Healthy Snack Drive sponsored by the kids at AUUC, Ronald, Raven and dozens of other kids whose families depend on the pantry for food are finding a special healthy snack with their lunch this summer.

Kids' Food Pantry Drive

The 2017 Ware Lecture by Bryan Stevenson

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on The 2017 Ware Lecture by Bryan Stevenson

‘The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth—it is justice,” said Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, Saturday night at the Ware Lecture at General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans. He received a standing and thunderous ovation that lasted over a minute at the conclusion of his remarks. Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned, gave UUs clear direction on the work that must be done to create a more just world, including fully accepting our history as a racist society.

“I’m not interested in punishing America for this history—I want to liberate America,” Stevenson said, because on the other side of confession comes freedom.

Bryan Stevenson is author of Just Mercy, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and the UU “Common Read” for 2015-16.

Read more at UU World.

 

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Give Light! Make a Stewardship Pledge for 2017-18

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on Give Light! Make a Stewardship Pledge for 2017-18

 

Our Give Light 2017-18 Stewardship Campaign is winding down and we need your commitment and support. This year, we’re asking you to reflect on how we, as a church community, are able to give light to the world around us. The programs and outreach that make it possible are fueled by your stewardship. Please consider making a pledge so that we can continue to grow our worship, religious education, and social justice programs into the future. Gifts of every size will make a difference. Make your pledge now. Or, make your pledge at church on any Sunday. Sunday May 21 is Stewardship Sunday, and Sunday June 4 we’ll host a Give Light Garden Party recognizing pledges received. Thank you!

Share the Plate supports YMWAHA

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports YMWAHA

Our Share the Plate collection during March and April 2017 raised $575 for  the Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association (YMWAHA), which provides cultural, arts, and education programs geared towards empowering school age children and their families.

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 $26,943 to 33 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

We Are Unitarian Universalists Video

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on We Are Unitarian Universalists Video

Who we are, what we stand for, and an invitation to join us.

Share the Plate supports PA Interfaith Impact Network

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports PA Interfaith Impact Network

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>.

Declaration of Conscience from UUA and UUSC

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Declaration of Conscience from UUA and UUSC

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.

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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.

SIGN HERE!

Share the Plate supports Northside Common Ministries

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Northside Common Ministries

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>.

Share the Plate Reaches $25,000!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate Reaches $25,000!

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.

 

 

Allegheny UU is on Instagram

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Allegheny UU is on Instagram

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!

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