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ADVOCATE UPDATE
Weekly updates for Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
May 24, 2017

“THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF FREEDOM”
Sunday, May 28, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Honoring Memorial Day and remembering the cost of freedom and the cost of war.   Hear “last letters” of soldiers who didn’t return from battle, and meditate on the responsibilities of those in whose name they were sent. “Our message for Memorial Day is to remember all who have died in war and to understand that no one wins.” (Michael McPhearson, Veterans For Peace)

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OUR PARTNER for May and June is UUPLAN, the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network which organizes PA’s 6,000+ UUs to embrace, articulate, and advocate for social justice and to advance supported legislation involving:  Anti–Mass Incarceration,  Economic Justice,  Environmental Justice,  Immigration Justice, LGBTQ Justice and Reproductive Justice. https://www.uuplan.com/

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“MIND THE FLOWERS” – FLOWER COMMUNION – Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
Sunday, June 4, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Enter into our “Mindful Summer” with special guest Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, the annual Flower Communion, and a celebration of our Religious Education Ministry volunteer staff. This summer, we take the opportunity to deepen our spiritual practice of Mindful Awareness. This Sunday, we deepen our awareness of the fragile beauty that surrounds us whenever we take a breath and notice. “Everybody has a story. And when a story moves us, we change our perspective and move closer to a world that celebrates difference.” Taking responsibility for creating intentional community is extremely counter-cultural in our place and time. Explore the ways that spiritual community brings both comfort and affliction and might just save humanity.

“MINDFUL LISTENING: STONEWALL RISING UP” – Rev. Deryck Tines
Sunday, June 11, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

“MINDFUL FATHER” – Rev. David McFarland
Sunday, June 18, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Summer Picnic at North Park – Information below

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

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP” MOVIE NIGHT: “I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO” (first half)
Friday, May 26, Doors open 5:30PM for fellowship.  The movie starts at 6:00PM
Founders Hall, Allegheny UU Church, 416 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212
“I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO ” (first half):  A 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House.  The film explores historical, contemporary, and artistic themes relating to race and culture in the United States. While much of the film deals with events that took place half a century ago, all of  it is still very relevant to this day. It is this relevance – this lack of societal evolution – that audiences should examine closely, in order to fight against our cultural inertia. Take a moment to think about one or all of the themes. Consider your relationship to these themes. The screening will be followed by discussion.
PG-13 Please let Shane Freeman know in advance if you need childcare or have any other questions.  Snacks and beverages are encouraged. The second half of the film will be shown at our next movie night (June 30).

“GIVE LIGHT STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN!”
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our “Give Light” stewardship campaign so far! There’s still plenty of time to make a pledge to support our church’s mission in the coming year. As announced at our Commitment Sunday ceremony, our Board of Trustees has generously offered to donate an extra $100 for each new pledge that is received this year, up to our goal of 10 new pledges! If you haven’t yet made a pledge, please consider doing so today! You may use this link to make your pledge online:  http://alleghenyuu.org/wp/members/giving/
On June 4th, we’re inviting all of our pledge participants in the “Give Light” Stewardship Campaign to join us for a celebration of our efforts after church at 12:00PM at the Alphabet City Reading Garden (1406 Monterey St.). The Stewardship Team will be providing wine, mimosas, and sweet treats. Please bring a potluck brunch or lunch dish to share! We hope to see you there!

“NEW BOARD MEMBERS”
Congratulations to Lisa Schroth and Laura Conkle, who were elected to the Board of Trustees at the Annual Congregational Meeting on May 21.
Thank you for your service, Liz Dell and Mary Jo Sonntag, who completed their terms of service.  We appreciate the time and talent that you shared on the Board.

“ALLEGHENY UU SUMMER PICNIC on FATHER’S DAY”
Sunday, June 18, After the church service – Lunch begins at 1:00PM
Juniata Shelter, North Park
The Membership Committee invites you to pack up your dads, moms, kids, and friends and come to the  ALLEGHENY UU SUMMER PICNIC.                             The Membership Committee will provide:
-Paper plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery.
-Hot dogs, buns, grilled chicken, and condiments.
-Lemonade and water.  BYO if you wish anything else.  Our permit allows beer and wine.
Please bring:
-Your favorite picnic dish to share, plus serving utensils for your dish.
-Any other meat that you wish to grill.  (Charlie Snowden is bringing his grills.)
-A folding chair, hat, sunscreen, games, musical instruments, and anything else to add comfort and/or merriment.  There is a children’s playground                     nearby and also a grassy area for games.
Please leave your pets safely at home.
Need a ride?  Contact Andy Schwarz BEFORE the day of the picnic.
There will be flyers in the church with directions to Juniata Shelter.
Questions?  Contact any member of the Membership Committee:  Betty Schwarz (chair), Jill Brethauer, Charlie Snowden, Peggy Thompson

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

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP”
2nd Sundays, 12:00PM – 1:30PM, Founders Hall, 416 W. North Ave.
Members and friends meet for conversations about race
https://www.facebook.com/auucreflections/

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

SANDWICH MAKING
Tuesdays, 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Founders Hall, 416 W. North Ave.
“for Operation Save-a-Life, feeding local people who live on the street.”

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 ==========

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017
New Orleans, LA   Friday, June 22 – Monday, June 26
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The 2017 General Assembly will be justice-focused and will have opportunities for all to worship, witness, and serve with local partners.  Delegates make policy for the Association through democratic process.
Dates to remember:  March 1: Registration open/housing reservations open/financial aid applications available; May 1: Registration rates increase; June 21-25 – General Assembly  More: <http://www.uua.org/ga>

OMD SUMMER INSTITUTE 2017
July 9-15, 2017
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Registration for Summer Institute, a Unitarian Universalist all-ages camp, is OPEN!  Get all particulars at <www.OMDSI.org>.  Have a great time!

========== 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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