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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

 

Kathy Kozachenko was First Openly Gay Person to win Election

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on Kathy Kozachenko was First Openly Gay Person to win Election

Allegheny UU member and our dear friend Kathy Kozachenko talked recently about her little-known or recognized status as the first openly gay person to win an election in the United States, to the Ann Arbor City Council in 1974. It’s a very personal story and long overdue to be shared with the world. We are so proud of you Kathy!

Read the article at BloombergPolitics.

 

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An Aerial Look at Allegheny UU Church

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in News | Comments Off on An Aerial Look at Allegheny UU Church

Thank you to neighbor and friend of the congregation Steven Adams for filming and producing this remarkable aerial video montage of Allegheny on a beautiful Fall day earlier this month!

 

Share the Plate supports Hope Grows

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Hope Grows

Our Share the Plate collection during September and October raised $585 for Hope Grows, which restores the lives of those impacted by the role of Hope Growscaregiver and inspires wellness of mind, body, and spirit through the use of counseling, education, retreats, supportive services, and healing and restorative gardens.

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 $20,918 to 24 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good works contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

10th Anniversary Celebration for Rev Dave

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in News | Comments Off on 10th Anniversary Celebration for Rev Dave

We gathered on October 11, 2015 to celebrate 10 years of ministry with Rev Dave.

 

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Allegheny UU is on YouTube!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Allegheny UU is on YouTube!

Allegheny UU Church has created a YouTube channel for sharing video highlights from our church community. We hope to be able to post worship , events, and other captured moments. We encourage you to bookmark the site and check back periodically to see updates: Allegheny UU Church on YouTube.

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Sign up for the new Advocate Update!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Sign up for the new Advocate Update!

Our weekly email newsletter The Advocate Update is now being published via Mailchimp. This change will allow us to deliver news in a richer, more engaging and mobile-friendly format and provide a better experience for our readers. This has been a longstanding request and we are excited to finally be making the change. Subscribe here!

 

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Share the Plate supports Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network

During July and August we collected $440 for the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN), which brings together people of different faiths to promote social justice. They are currently piinworking on green infrastructure that will modernize our water and sewage system, raising the minimum wage, enacting better education funding, and improvements to public safety including diversifying the police force and ending police brutality.

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 $20,333 to 23 justice partners. If you know of an organization or project doing good work contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Path to Authenticity led North Side Pastor to God

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Feature Stories, News | Comments Off on Path to Authenticity led North Side Pastor to God

The Rev. Dave McFarland closed his eyes to summon details from that life-altering day.

It was Feb. 22, 1991. He was lying on the floor, surrounded by 50 people. They were performing breathing exercises at a spiritual retreat in San Francisco, where he felt the distinct sensation of “floating in space.”

Then came a message from above:

When you get off the floor, you have to start thinking about what it’s going to take to start serving.

“If anyone gets messages from God, that was mine,” said McFarland, 53, of the Mexican War Streets. “It was clear.”

McFarland, who grew up in the “bosom of the Baptist Church,” had always wanted to be a minister. It didn’t matter that life initially had other plans for him, or even that some religions — including his own — wouldn’t have him. When God spoke to him, McFarland said, “the various opinions of religions didn’t matter. God called. That’s what mattered.”

Sitting in the fifth row of pews in his North Side church, McFarland smiled. That moment 24 years ago, he observed, introduced constancy to a life of shifting identity.

Read Path to Authenticity led North Side Pastor to God at the Tribune-Review website.

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