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ADVOCATE UPDATE
Weekly updates for Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
September 13, 2017

========== This Sunday =========

“A SEMI-COLON IS NO PLACE TO STAY”
Sunday, September 17, 10:30AM – 11:30AM – Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
The Days of Awe between the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Sept 20 – 30) offer us all (Jewish or not) a yearly opportunity to reflect, consider our righteousness and our missteps, seek and offer forgiveness, and venture forth again in a positive, healing direction. Metaphorically, these days could be seen as a semi-colon; the juncture where one could choose to end a sentence, but decides instead to continue the story because there is more to say. We’ll explore, from a spiritual perspective, the ways in which a semi-colon is not a full stop, but rather a moment to pause, reckon, and reinvest in relationships, integrity, goodness, community, and life itself.

SHARE THE PLATE
OUR PARTNER for September and October is Northside Common Ministries (NCM)
Our congregation was one of the founding congregations of NCM. Pleasant Valley Shelter for men experiencing homelessness is a part of NCM. This winter each night between 28-30 homeless men will stay warm and have a safe place to sleep. This Church’s contribution to NCM will assure that the hundreds of men that use the shelter each year can access two meals each day, warm winter clothing, shower and laundry facilities, on site doctor care and a job center to help them get back to work and to find a permanent place to live. To learn more about NCM visit <www.ncmin.org>.

========== Upcoming Sundays =========

“WELCOMING THE NEW YOU YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN – “A UU TAKES THE BODHISATTVA VOW” – Stephanie Romero
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
We welcome friend of Allegheny, Stephanie Romero for this worship with adults and young people (ages 8 and above) as she shares her story of coming home to her deeper connection in Buddhism. The invitation to beloved community this day is as simple as it is every time it’s made: when you endeavor to love your neighbor and live in peace with each other, there’s always room for you, no matter whether you think you “fit” or not, no matter whether you’ve been coming to church a long time or not in a long time. Welcome home.

“THE COURAGE TO BE A NEIGHBOR”- Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

========== ALLEGHENY ANNOUNCEMENTS ==========

WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE OUR NEIGHBOR PICNIC
Saturday, September 23, 3:00PM – 7:00PM
With the help of a One Northside/Sprout Fund Neighbor-to-Neighbor grant, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church and Northside Common Ministries are organizing a “We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor” picnic on Saturday, September 23th, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm to bring together people from all different cultural and faith backgrounds that make up the rich tapestry of our community. Through food, conversation, and entertainment, we hope to foster deeper understanding and appreciation for our uniqueness and similarities and draw people into closer relationship.
Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair and a favorite dish to share. Musicians and performers from a variety of styles and backgrounds will help us celebrate through song and dance. Opportunities will be provided to share our unique stories and build new connections with neighbors..
Participating organizations: Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church – Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church – Greater Pittsburgh Muslim Association – Northside Common Ministries – United Somali Bantu Association
If interested in planning or supporting the efforts, please contact Jay at 412-323-1163 x7 or Kate at 412-378-2848.

ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH SELECTED NCM’s OUTSTANDING CONGREGATION OF THE YEAR!
Allegheny UU Church was selected by the planning team for this year’s Celebration of Caring as the outstanding congregation of the year! Based on AUUCs committment to social justice in the Northside including work on shelter meal, food pantry collections, share the plate donations, work with the local recreation center, with local immigrant communities and planning of the “We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor” picnic, AUUC lives out NCM’s mission to care for our brothers and sisters in need. The award will be presented November 3, 2017 at a dinner to be held at the Grand Hall of The Priory on the Northside. Visit <www.ncmin.org> for tickets to the dinner.

========== REGULARLY AT ALLEGHENY ===========

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP: ALLEGHENY REFLECTIONS ON RACISM”
Having joined forces with PIIN and other member congregations and groups (One Pennsylvania, SEIU, Fight for 15 PA), for a Labor Day rally early September 4, we will not be meeting for the usual Get Woke movie night. Please contact Shane (shanefreeman@gmail.com) for other possible opportunities in September.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Tuesdays, 11:00AM – 12:00noon, Unitarian House, 1110 Resaca Place

PLEASANT VALLEY SHELTER MEAL 3rd Thursday, 8:00PM

GIANT EAGLE GROCERY CARDS FUND RAISER
Place order by the last Sunday of the month – receive cards on the next Sunday.
You receive full value, Allegheny receives 3%-5% of cost of cards ordered.
Questions? Contact Betty Schwarz

STAY CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY
CONTACT <justice@alleghenyuu.org> to connect with church justice efforts.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE at <http://www.alleghenyuu.org> for all meetings and events, check Calendar & then Stay Informed.
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK at <https://www.facebook.com/AlleghenyUU>.
HOW ABOUT TWITTER: <twitter.com/AlleghenyUU>.

========== FAITH & JUSTICE PARTNER EVENTS ==========

WORLD GRATITUDE DAY PITTSBURGH
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh cordially invites you to this special event from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Undercroft Art Gallery. Cultivate peace and happiness through gratitude! Be uplifted through a program of music, poetry, readings, reflection and sharing in a coffeehouse setting. A reception and Thank-You-Note-athon will follow the formal program. Free will offering to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Co-sponsored by First Unitarian Church and Litzinger Career Consulting. For information and to register: www.WorldGratitudeDayPittsburgh.com.

TOXIC INEQUALITY
Tom Shapiro, Ph.D.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 12:00 PM in the Cathedral of Learning
Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2017 SPEAKER SERIES
On September 26 at CRSP, (Center on Race and Social Problems) learn how bold, race-conscious reforms can move us toward a more just society, and past decades of policy-driven toxic inequality. “Following nearly two hundred families of different races and income levels over a period of twelve years, Shapiro’s research in TOXIC INEQUALITY vividly documents the recession’s toll on parents and children, the ways families use assets to manage crises and create opportunities, and the real reasons some families build wealth while others struggle in poverty. Q & A to follow. No registration required; limited seating is available. Learn more at <http://crsp.pitt.edu>

UUPLAN (Unitarian Universalist PA Advocacy Network) ANNUAL MEETING
Join us at the UUPLAN ANNUAL MEETING!
North Hills UU Church, 2359 Ingomar Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017
North Hills UU Church,
Learn how to organize for social justice, inspire others to join us on the journey, and nourish your own spirit as we bring UU values to the public square in Pennsylvania.
FRIDAY: Registration opens at 5:00PM
5:30PM – Dinner + “Feeding the Spirit for Social Justice” – Readings & Singing by THE LEMINGTON GOSPEL CHORALE
The Lemington Chorale is directed by PASTOR DERYCK TINES.  They sing in the Traditional Gospel Style and perform wearing black, white, and pearls!  They are based at the Afro American Music Institute in Homewood, PA.
visit <uuplan.org> for details.
SATURDAY: Registration opens at 8:30AM, Keynote at 9:00AM
Keynote:
“STRUCTURING JUSTICE” by Paula Cole Jones
Workshops:
– “Building Structures of Readiness” by Paula Cole Jones
– “Maps Matter! Let’s End Gerrymandering.” by Suzanne Broughton
– “Building Powerful Through Intentional Conversation” by Bill Bartlett
– “Rules of Engagement: Advocacy 101” Rep. Edward C. Gainey & Anita Mentzer
See the Flyer: <AM-Flyer-2017.pdf>

INDIA PILGRIMAGE through Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council
There are several Pilgrimages sponsored by the UUPCC, and First Unitarian Church would like to call your attention to the one in the Khasi Hills of India where they have been sponsoring a school since 2003. This is an adventure of a lifetime and an opportunity to bring Pittsburgh good wishes and encouragement to Unitarians on the other side of the world. The deadline is October 31 and it is over half full. For details: www.uupcc.org. For questions of a past pilgrim, contact Karen Litzinger, 412-242-7045.

========== About Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church ==========

We are a welcoming, urban congregation that puts Unitarian Universalism into action by celebrating life, nourishing the spirit, and inspiring a commitment to justice. There are some flyers at Allegheny.

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