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New “We Are Unitarian Universalists” Videos

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in News | Comments Off on New “We Are Unitarian Universalists” Videos

Who we are, what we do, and why it matters.

 

 

 

 

All videos Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association.

Share the Plate supports Jefferson Recreation Center

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Jefferson Recreation Center

Our Share the Plate collection during July and August 2016 raised $473 for the Jefferson Recreation Center. Jeff Rec is located at the top of Monterey Street just a few blocks from the front door of our church and has long served the children of our neighborhood. We’ve also had a long-term commitment to support programs there with volunteers. Our donations funded field trips to local parks and recreation activities.

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 $24,028 to 29 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Share the Plate Supports the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate Supports the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network

Our Share the Plate collection during May and June raised $580 for the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network, widely known as UUPLAN. We’re proud to be a Covenanting Congregation with UUPLAN, providing annual support for their work to bring Unitarian Universalist voices into the public square. Here’s more on their mission:

UUPLAN logoWe are Unitarian Universalists working together in common cause to embrace, articulate, and advocate for all goals of social and environmental justice. We come from all parts of the state, all walks of life, and we each bring our passions in service of a just and peaceful world. We leverage the commitment and skills of over 6,000 Unitarian Universalists in Pennsylvania to raise a loud, effective voice in Harrisburg.

We speak as people of faith to counter the religious extremism and proclaim social compassion and justice. Whenever possible we work in collaboration with other advocacy organizations of like mind and with grassroots constituencies to more effectively shape the direction of public policy in Pennsylvania.

We focus our energies on Anti-Mass Incarceration, Economic Justice, Reproductive Justice, Environmental Justice, Immigration Justice, and LGBT Justice.

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 Pitttsburgh’s North Side and beyond. So far we have collected and distributed $23,555 to 28 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

2016 Annual Report to the Congregation

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in News | Comments Off on 2016 Annual Report to the Congregation

Here is Allegheny UU’s 2016 Annual Report to the Congregation. Please review the materials in this report prior to the May 22 Annual Congregational Meeting.

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Alternate Spring Break at Allegheny UU

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Alternate Spring Break at Allegheny UU

During March and April we hosted Alternate Spring Break groups from Vanderbilt University and the University of Delaware. Unitarian House was home base and students spent the week doing community service projects on the North Side and around the city, at agencies including Gwen’s Girls, New Voices Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Project, and Habitat for Humanity. This was our fourth year supporting VandyASB and first with UDaB! Thank you to the Allegheny YMCA which provided showers and to YA-RISE which hosted pizza socials both weeks.

Know of a group looking for an urban community service experience? Hook them up with Allegheny UU.

 

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Share the Plate supports Planned Parenthood of Western PA

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Planned Parenthood of Western PA

ppOur Share the Plate collection during March and April raised $601 for Planned Parenthood of Western PA, whose mission is to provide health care, educate about family planning and responsible parenthood, and advocate for public policies that guard rights and access to services.

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 Pitttsburgh’s North Side and beyond. So far we have collected and distributed $22,975 to 27 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

 

Share the Plate supports Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege

Our Share the Plate collection during January and February raised $728 for Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege, a Pittsburgh-based collective that is working to end white silence and create a world that is liberated from destructive white privilege and oppression.

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 Pitttsburgh’s North Side and beyond. So far we have collected and distributed $22,374 to 26 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

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Winter Weather Plan: We’ll be Open!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Winter Weather Plan: We’ll be Open!

With a wintry forecast this weekend we want to remind everyone that we gather each Sunday regardless of weather for a 10:30am worship service. That means if you can get here, we’ll be here! If you long for the warmth of community, we’ll be here. If you need to sing, we’ll be here. If you Openhave a joy or sorrow on your heart or mind that you need to share, we’ll be here. If you live in the neighborhood and can’t get somewhere else, we’ll be here. 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. During Pittsburgh’s February 2010 snowmageddon we had a few intimate fireside services 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.

Hope to see you at Allegheny this and every Sunday!
Allegheny Worship Ministry

 

Share the Plate supports Northside Common Ministries

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Northside Common Ministries

Our Share the Plate collection during November and December raised $728 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 Pitttsburgh’s North Side and beyond. So far we have collected and distributed $21,646 to 25 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

 

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Celebrating the Silence

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Celebrating the Silence

A spiritual organization such as Allegheny will often emphasize it is not a building, but the people inside (and around) our physical space that make up our community. But sometimes, our physical surroundings are such that we have to take notice that our growth as a community is hampered. One such instance was our Founders Hall; it was – to use the words of Huey Lewis in Back to the Future – “just too darn loud.”

Founders Hall reportAnyone who spent time in the room will remember the aural assault that greeted them whenever more than a few people in there. Because the floor, ceiling, and walls were all hard, non-porous surfaces, the smallest noise would transform what should be a place for fellowship, events, and community-building into a (literal) echo chamber. People began to avoid going spending time there because they would come away with a headache. The busier we got, the worse the problem became. Something needed to be done in order for the room to serve its purpose as a place where we could come together. In 2013 we commissioned a study that measured the problem and suggested potential remedies and what they would cost.

Enter the Chalice Lighter program. The Ohio-Meadville District (OMD) provides grants, solicited through individual donors, to OMD churches to address significant needs and barriers to growth and vitality. Four times a year, people who have signed up to be Chalice Lighters are invited to contribute to a selected challightbrochure-page-0project. Our Founders Hall Acoustics Project was selected for the November 2014 Chalice Lighter Call and in February 2015 we received $3035 towards the project.

However this amount wasn’t enough to cover the cost of the noise-absorbing acoustic tiles that were the preferred option. To bridge the gap, we made an appeal to the community inside and outside of our walls. And what a response we got! More than $4500 in additional donations were received, more than enough to complete the work.

Over the summer, the House committee procured estimates and decided on a contractor to install the tiles, and the work was completed in advance of our Ingathering service on September 13th, 2015. It was fitting that the first time most of the community was able to experience the difference was at one of our most cherished community events, the Ingathering Potluck. And oh! the silence was golden! Even with dozens of people in the room having their own conversations, it was still possible to hear the one you were having with the person next to you. It was no small miracle to many who were there that day.

It seems appropriate that to undergo this project to benefit the communities served by Allegheny – the church congregation, neighborhood of the North Side, and the Greater Pittsburgh area – we required the support of these same communities. It took all of us, working together, and giving generously, to bring it to reality. Thank you all!

– Liz Dell, President, Board of Trustees

 

Learn more about the Ohio-Meadville District Chalice Lighter Program