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Share the Plate supports the Brother’s Brother Foundation

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports the Brother’s Brother Foundation

During November and December we collected $892 for the North Side-based Brother’s Brother Foundation. Brother’s Brother responds to humanitarian needs around the globe bbby providing food, medical supplies, educational materials, and other much-needed assistance. Our donation will be primarily used to support their response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. Thank you to everyone who donated!

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 we serve. So far we have collected and distributed over $17,000. If you know of an organization or project doing good work contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Chalice Lighter’s Call for Allegheny UU

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Chalice Lighter’s Call for Allegheny UU

The Ohio-Meadville District (OMD) of the UUA has issued their November Chalice Lighter Call to support a soundproofing project of our Founders Hall ceiling!

“Noisy as a middle school gym before a pep rally” is an apt description of Founders Hall at the 100-year-old Allegheny UU Church during fellowship hour after services.

The reverberation of voices bouncing off the ceiling and walls creates a clamor that drowns out the intimacy and spiritual richness of the hour. The noise can be so overwhelming that it makes some voices inaudible – a major challenge when welcoming visitors or hosting community events.

The congregation received a recommendation from an architectural acoustical services company to install affordable, fabric-wrapped, acoustically absorptive panels along the ceiling. The estimated project cost is between $8,000 and $10,000.

Allegheny UU’s central location within Pittsburgh makes it an important location for UU cluster events and community activities. The congregation would like to make greater use of Founders Hall for worship services, assemblies and musical events, as well as traditional Sunday fellowship hour.

Befitting the church’s urban location, the space also hosts a wide variety of community and neighborhood groups, including Narcotics Anonymous, the Mexican War Streets Society, the Allegheny City Central Association, Youth Opportunities Development, and many others. Use of the space is offered at no charge to many community organizations and events.

“Installing acoustic panels offers an opportunity for us to be accessible at the most basic level, so that those who participate in programs and events can at least hear and be heard,” explains Rev. McFarland, who recently returned from a six-month sabbatical and is energizing the congregation for growth.

The Ohio-Meadville District is a 501c(3) organization and donations to the OMD Chalice Lighter’s program may be tax deductible.

Donations via cOMD Rainbow Logoredit card can be made at the OMD website.

Donations via check (made out to OMD Chalice Lighters) can be mailed to:

OMD Chalice Lighters
PO Box 157
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

If you have an interest in providing major financial support for this project, please contact Rev. Joan Van Becalaere at <jvanbecelaere at uua.org>.

Share the Plate supports Western PA Humane Society

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Western PA Humane Society

During September and October we collected $519 for the Western PA Humane Society, which provides comprehensive and compassionate care and services which enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community, and educates to prevent the cruelty of all animals in the region. Thank you to everyone who donated!

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 we serve. So far we have collected and distributed over $17,000. If you know of an organization or project doing good work contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Share the Plate supports Children’s Table Pittsburgh

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Share the Plate supports Children’s Table Pittsburgh

Our July and August Share the Plate collection was for Children’s Table Pittsburgh, a project of the United Methodist Church Union, which collaborated with the city of Pittsbugh’s Jefferson Recreation Center and Northside Common Ministries to enable and inspire neighborhood kids to make healthy food choices through the hands-on joy of food preparation. We collected $691 to support our local youth population. Thank you to everyone who donated!

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 we serve. So far we have collected and distributed over $16,000. If you know of someone doing good work contact <sharetheplate at alleghenyuu.org>.

Beautiful results from clean-up day

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Beautiful results from clean-up day

We gathered on Saturday morning, August 2nd to tend to our tree and flower beds. Big thanks to Donald Zeilman for organizing the work, Scott Powers, John and Betty Luff, Tim and Forest Nuttle, and Mark, Kate and Emeline Tomlinson for helping out. The results look great!

God’s Law of Love

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in From Rev. Dave, News | Comments Off on God’s Law of Love

NewspaperThe God revealed through evolution, history, and scripture abounds with love.  Evolution reveals that without love to create and support life, the human species would have died out long ago.  History has witnessed gradual changes in marriage arrangements from those based on power and property to those based on mutual commitment, caring, and love.  In the Jewish-Christian tradition, Jesus reportedly said that out of the many commandments of his Jewish faith, the greatest was the commandment of love:  to love God by loving others.  About a half century after this rabbi’s death, Paul, perhaps Jesus’ most ardent proponent, declared that although faith and hope abide, it’s only love that never dies.  And about fifty years after Paul, in the only direct definition of God found in the Christian Bible, John the letter-writer scribed: God is love.

 With admonitions to love revealed in evolution, history, and scripture, pulpits throughout the Commonwealth that embrace this God of love are celebrating the good news that on Tuesday, May 20, the law of Pennsylvania finally caught up with God’s higher law. The law of Pennsylvania now affirms that if any committed and loving couple deserves the support of the state, then all committed and loving couples do.

This is not necessarily the law of the masses or even the law of the majority.  But in our republic, the balance of power checks the tyranny of the majority through the judiciary, and in Pennsylvania the judiciary has ruled against a tradition that unjustly privileged some over others, and has instead affirmed equal justice for all.  History is riddled with unjust laws forced by the majority on an unwilling, marginalized, and often despised minority.  Fortunately, this past week our judiciary was wise enough to toss one more unjust law onto what Judge Jones has called “the ash heap of history.”

The judge’s decision is a ringing affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person, no matter whom they love.  To oppose marriage equality is to undermine not only the institution of marriage itself, but also to diminish human dignity.  When the subject is marriage equality, the voices of the religious right are all too often the loudest and most-quoted.  But several progressive faith traditions, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, have steadfastly affirmed equal justice for same-sex couples, opposed discrimination and bigotry based on sexual orientation, and recognized the full humanity of all LGBTIQ people.  These progressive faith traditions have placed themselves squarely on the side of God’s law of love.

In the grand sweep of human moral development, change has rarely come easy.  Even for the most self-declared liberal, change can come hard.  Therefore, this victory for God’s law of love in our Commonwealth is an important step forward in our long journey toward a more perfect union. Nineteenth century American Unitarian minister Rev. Theodore Parker, reflecting on his dangerous, arduous, and long-term mission to help abolish slavery, wrote that although the moral arc of the universe “is a long one,” he was sure nevertheless that “it bends toward justice.”  On Tuesday, May 20, the moral arc of Pennsylvania bent a little more toward justice.  A little closer to God’s law of love.

As originally submitted to the Post-Gazette by Rev. David Herndon and Rev. David McFarland.

Find what the P-G printed, here.

Post Gazette: Same-sex marriage ruling extends God’s love and commandments

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Post Gazette: Same-sex marriage ruling extends God’s love and commandments

This victory for equity and dignity in our commonwealth is an important step forward in our long journey toward a more perfect union

The God revealed through evolution, history and scripture abounds with love. Evolution reveals that without love to create and sustain life, the human species would never have made it. History has witnessed gradual changes in the institution of marriage from ones based on power and property to ones based on mutual commitment, caring and love. In the Jewish-Christian tradition, Jesus reportedly said that out of the many laws of his Jewish faith, the greatest was the commandment of love: to love God by loving others.

Read more from Rev. David Herndon, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, and Rev. David V. McFarland, Allegheny Unitarian Universalis Church, at the Post-Gazette.com

 

 

Remembering Linda Johnson

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Remembering Linda Johnson

“ In the night of death, hope sees a star and listening love can hear the rustle of a wind.”

– Robert Green Ingersoll

To share this listening love, please join The Allegheny Unitarian Universalist church community as we remember the life of Linda Johnson. There will be a Wake held on Sunday evening (March9, 2014) from 5:30pm until 7:30pm in the Sanctuary of the church. The next day, Monday March 10, 2014 at 11:am, there will be a Celebration of Life service with a light luncheon following the service.

Allegheny Hosts Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break Students

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Allegheny Hosts Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break Students

Over March 1 to March 8 community-minded Vanderbilt University students returned to Pittsburgh to volunteer with Gwen’s Girls, a North Side nonprofit that provides preventative services for at-risk girls. This is the second year we provided free lodging for the group at Unitarian House. The Vandy Alternative Spring Break program was started in 1987 and sends students around the country for service work during spring break. On Monday March 3 at we hosted a Pizza Open House courtesy of John Engberg, Gail Ward, and Kate and Mark Tomlinson, and the Board of Trustees. Was a fun evening and everyone got to know each other a little better. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s Alternative Spring Break at www.vandyasb.org.

Last chance for end of year gifts

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Last chance for end of year gifts

END OF YEAR GIFT TO ALLEGHENY – LAST CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE!

A big huge THANK YOU to everyone who has made an End of Year gift to Allegheny.  Because of you, our financial standing at year’s end is a bit rosier, making it possible for us to more ably support our mission to put Unitarian Universalism into action in our neighborhood, our city and our world.  If you haven’t yet joined with others of our Beloved Community at this year’s end, please take this opportunity to participate.  The year-end drive winds up this Sunday, 1/5/2014.  We encourage you to make a gift to the best of your ability by placing it in the collection plate (be sure to mark it “End of Year”) or seeing one of the Stewardship volunteers following the service.  No gift is too small or too big!  Thank you to everyone who helped out … every gift is appreciated.   – Betty Luff, Stewardship Chair