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ADVOCATE UPDATE
Weekly updates for Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
January 17, 2018

Spiritual Focus for January – INTENTION

========== THIS SUNDAY =========

LISTENING TO MINISTRY FROM INSIDE OUT – – Rev. David McFarland

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

SHARE THE PLATE
OUR Share the Plate Partner for January and February is PIIN.

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) is dedicated to social justice in the Pittsburgh region as well as throughout Pennsylvania. Currently PIIN is focused on the issues of stopping gun violence, improving public transit and education, and immigration reform. Allegheny UUC has been a member of PIIN for many years, and Rev. Dave as well as members of the congregation are involved in the gun violence and transit task forces.  To learn more about PIIN,  visit http://piin.org/

=========== UPCOMING SUNDAYS=========

LIVING WITH INTENTION – Rev. David McFarland and Shane Freeman

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:30AM – 11:30AM 

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

CITY OF BRIDGES HIGH SCHOOL MEETINGS                                                                                                                         Allegheny UU Church has been approached by a group of educators who are planning to start a private high school in Pittsburgh that would share Unitarian Universalist values.  The final informational and listening sessions about the City of BridgesHigh School/AUUC partnership proposal will be held at noon on Sunday, January 21.

AUUC MIDYEAR MEETING                                                                                                                                                           Please plan to attend the AUUC midyear meeting at noon on Sunday, January 28. A light lunch will be provided; there will be financial and committee reports as well as opportunities to ask questions and make suggestions.

WINTRY WEATHER AND ALLEGHENY UU:  WE’LL BE OPEN!                                                                                                      With wintry weather arriving this week it is time for our annual reminder that regardless of weather we gather each Sunday for a 10:30am worship service.. 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. Maybe an intimate fireside gathering in the Emerson Room. But we’ll strive to offer a meaningful spiritual experience for anyone who does 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.

 “BEING WHITE IN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT”                                                                                                       For the next several weeks, we will be presenting “Being White in the Black Lives Matter Movement,” a program designed as a four week class for adults by Rev. Kate Lore of First Unitarian Portland. She designed the class for white people in UU churches who want to get involved in the work for racial justice and especially in the Black Lives Matter movement. The goal of the class is to help white folks: 1) understand the structural roots of “whiteness”; 2) explore how being white has affected how they/we move through the world and interact with others; 3) learn to experience race through multiple perspectives; 4) experience the benefits of practicing allyship as a spiritual practice; and 5) minimize the harm they might do to folks of color via micro-aggressions, etc.  The series will be presented over eight, 90 minute sessions, at Allegheny UU.  The second session is on Sunday, January 14thWe are hoping after that to present them on a bi-weekly basis.

“GUEST AT YOUR TABLE”                                                                                                                                                               Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about the UUSC’s work. Through research, advocacy. and grassroots partnerships, UUSC advances human rights in the United States and around the globe. This year’s program theme is Small Change is Big Change.     More information about the groups supported by Guest at Your Table, as well as the boxes for collecting your small change can be found on a table at the back of the church. We will be collecting your donations for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee sometime in February.

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

BurghSongSpace:  Five Great Pittsburgh Singer-Songwriters!                                                                                                     7:30pm Saturday January 27, 2018                                                                                                                                     “BurghSongSpace” is a collaboration between two successful grassroots music series in Pittsburgh, BurghSong and SongSpace. Pittsburgh favorites Christopher Mark Jones, Heather Kropf, Ben Shannon, Emily Pinkerton and Brad Yoder will be joining forces to warm a winters eve for you!  More information at https://uusongspace.com.
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh,  605 Morewood Ave   (Shadyside),  Pittsburgh PA 15213                                                     Tickets $15 at https://songspace.brownpapertickets.com/ / $20 at the door
$5 discount for students/reduced income                                                                                                                                     Advance sales end 12 hrs. before show.  Tickets always available at the door!

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

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP:  ALLEGHENY REFLECTIONS ON RACISM”  Please join us as we continue to explore White Supremacy and other systems of oppression. We seek to better understand our role in these systems and how we can move through our histories to a place of healing and action. <https://www.facebook.com/auucreflections>

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Tuesdays, 12:00 noon: – 1:00PM, Unitarian House, 1110 Resaca Place

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

GIANT EAGLE GROCERY CARDS: FUND RAISER FOR ALLEGHENY UU CHURCH
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 (bpowerschwarz@gmail.com) for information or to place an order.

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

======== 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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