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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

 

Celebration of Life: Walter J. Brethauer

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Celebration of Life: Walter J. Brethauer

Walter 2009

This Saturday morning, December 7, 11AM in the church sanctuary, we celebrate the life of dear friend and committed Unitarian Universalist, Walter J. Brethauer. Walter was a member here for 57 years and, among many other things, lay minister of Allegheny for many years starting in the 1950s. Please join wife Martha and daughter Jill as Rev. Dave and Jesse lead a celebration of this beloved pillar of our community. Receptions will be in the church’s Emerson (Fireside) Room at 10AM and one following the service at about 12PM.

You can read about his life from the Post-Gazette, the Tribune Review, or find a link to a 2012 special article done on his American Field Service experience.

Walter will be missed. And his legacy will live on in this beloved community that he supported with his generous spirit, and in the lives of all those he touched.

The candle may have been extinguished. But the light and the warmth remain.

Walter AFS

SHARE THE PLATE PARTNER, November & December 2013

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in News | Comments Off on SHARE THE PLATE PARTNER, November & December 2013

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.

Sabbatical Update

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Sabbatical Update

The ministerial sabbatical is set to start in January 2014, when Allegheny’s called minister, Rev. David McFarland begins his six-month sabbatical leave.

As an aid to communication, the Sabbatical Team has inaugurated a sabbatical update newsletter, which will be published bimonthly through June 2014.

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