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ADVOCATE UPDATE
Weekly updates for Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
March 22, 2017

“TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD THROUGH PRAYER” – Rev. Deryck Tines
Sunday, March 26, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Visiting minister, the Reverend Deryck Tines explores how prayer affords god opportunities to fill us with her presence in the world, to share his love and to continually intercede and transform it.

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Our Partner for March and April is YMWAHA
YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN’S AFRICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION, INC.  YMWAHA, long time partner of Allegheny, is a community based non-profit agency dedicated to providing Cultural, Arts, and Education programs geared towards empowering school age children and their families, and tailored to promote a sense of determination and accomplishment for all ages.  Visit <http://www.ymwaha.org>.

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“MAKING A WAY: THE HERO’S JOURNEY” – Rev. David McFarland
Sunday, April 2, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
All cultures have their hero stories. How do ancient stories resonate with today’s realities? How might following “the hero’s journey” contribute to spiritual growth?

ALLEGHENY’S TAIZE-INSPIRED WORSHIP
Sunday, April 9, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Chant & silence, prayer & meditation for the heart, mind, and soul.

“JOURNEY TO RESURRECTION” – Rev. David McFarland
Sunday, April 16, 10:30AM – 11:30AM,  Easter
Celebrate the possibilities of resurrection in the here and now.

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

ALLEGHENY’S REFLECTIONS ON RACISM MOVIE NIGHT – MOONLIGHT
Founders Hall, Allegheny UU Church, 416 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212
Friday, March 31, 6:00PM  –  doors open, 5:30PM
Please join us for Allegheny’s Reflections on Racism Movie Night.  This month we will be showing Moonlight, winner of three Academy Awards including best picture.   We’ll have plenty of time for discussion afterwards.  Feel free to bring a snack or drink.  Also, you may want to think about bringing a cushion of some sort…the folding chairs can be a bit uncomfortable!
Please let us know if you will require childcare (this movie may not be suitable for children). Check in with Shane Freeman (shanecfreeman@gmail.com) or Kate Tomlinson for further info about the care.

APRIL FOOL’S!  DINNER, SERVICE AUCTION, AND TALENT SHOW
Founders Hall, Allegheny UU Church, 416 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212
Saturday, April 1, 6:00PM
Mark your calendars and bring your friends and family to join in a hilarious and heartfelt night of family-friendly fun, friendship, and fundraising, all for a good cause – Allegheny! Come one, come all. Bring a guest, bring your performance tricks, and bring your pocketbook. Kids and adult acts welcome. Oh, and don’t forget to offer your services as part of the auction. Questions or to help with planning, contact Kate Tomlinson at <katava@gmail.com> or 412.378.2848. Stay tuned for more, and start getting your act together, will ya?! This is NO JOKE!!!!

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;  March 31: Financial aid application deadline;  May 1: Registration rates increase; June 21-25 – General Assembly
Talk to board president Greg Blackman if you are interested in serving as an official delegate.  More: http://www.uua.org/ga

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

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP”
Second Sundays, 12:00PM – 1:30PM, Founders Hall, 416 W. North Ave.
members and friends meet for conversations about race

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.

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 ==========

PROCEDURAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP WITH THE PITTSBURGH POLICE
Bidwell Presbyterian Church: 1025 Liverpool St, Pittsburgh, 15233
Thursday, March 23, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice says that procedural justice focuses on the way that police and other legal authorities interact with the public, and how those interactions shape the public’s views of the police. Thursday’s workshop will explore the roles that the police and the community play in improving these relationships.

LGBTQ+ YOUTH PROM PLANNING TEAM
Thursday, March 30, 5:00PM – 7:00PM
The Factory – The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh 15212
Calling all Pittsburgh-area LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 13–20!
Each year, The Warhol hosts an annual LGBTQ+ Youth Prom, one of the only LGBTQ+ youth proms in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We want you to help us design, plan, and coordinate this annual event!  The LGBTQ+ Youth Prom Planning Team brainstorms for the prom’s theme, decorations, and activities. Join us for free food, queer conversation, artmaking, and a FREE ticket to prom.
LGBTQ+ Youth Prom Planning Team Meetings: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:00PM – 7:00PM, Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:00PM – 7:00PM, Monday, May 15, 2017, 5:00PM – 7:00PM    [LGBTQ+ Youth Prom is Saturday, May 27, 2017, 6:00PM – 10PM]
For questions and more information, please contact <teens@warhol.org> or 412.237.8356.

REVERSING INEQUALITY CONFERENCE, April 3-5 2017
St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) is providing an opportunity for all UUs to stand for their values and show their resolve. UUJEC, with its partner in the capital region UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ), are hosting a three-day conference which will focus on the crucial social and economic justice issues that the new administration is threatening. We will be joined by several of our justice allies, including Sister Simone Campbell and Chuck Collins, build advocacy skills and spend time on capitol hill talking with decisions makers. This is an exciting and important time to be in our nation’s capital.  We urge you to join us in Washington. Join a community of like-minded people making a difference by not only defending our gains for social and economic justice but also join people standing for a world that is more compassionate and just.  Conference details, registration information and local lodging options can be found here: <http://uujec.com/ReversingInequality>

There’s still time to register for our conference: Reversing Inequality: Healthcare Justice is a UU Value.

As the healthcare debate heats up in Congress, so does our lineup of fantastic presenters.  Hear from Majora Carter, the Center for American Progress, the United Steelworkers, NETWORK, FCNL and…  Representative Ami Bera will attend and Representative Conyers’s staff will both share updates from Congress.  Join us for activism, fellowship and weather permitting, the beautiful cherry blossoms!

 

COMING IN MAY – STAY TUNED
PIIN ANNUAL BANQUET: LIVING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sunday, May 7, 5:00PM – 8:00PM

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

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