The Church Has Left the Building: And It’s Church Anyway!

Posted on Apr 9, 2020 in Feature Stories

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The church has never been the building. For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom “Common Worship” will bring Allegheny together with several Pittsburgh area UU churches for live online worship experiences every Sunday at 10:30am. After worship, there’ll be “Community Time” for each individual congregation to hang out to share a virtual coffee or tea, donut or some other pastry, holey or otherwise.

Religious celebrations mean many things to many people. But at their core, they’re about celebrating the fullness and joy of life, sometimes in the face of seemingly overwhelming sorrow and pain.

These weeks are full of reasons to mourn, worry, even despair. Especially during this time of social distancing, give yourself this gift. Connect if only for an hour or a moment to what’s lasting and most true: that the life of the spirit will continue, that stones will be rolled away, and that—eventually, when we have eyes to see and ears to hear— joy comes in the morning.

Check the church’s FaceBook page or sign up for weekly updates. Whichever congregation is hosting Pittsburgh UU Common Worship, we always do what we can to make Community Time on Sunday mornings after worship and throughout the week.

For the months of May and June, please consider making an offering to support our church at  http://alleghenyuu.org/wp/donate/ and contributing to our Justice Partner, Northside Common Ministries, at http://www.ncmin.org/donate-online!

To Participate in Sunday Common Worship May 17 (or for that matter, any of Allegheny’s online services), follow these directions.

To join by computer or app:

Click here to join Worship Zoom by computer browser or app

(https://us02web.zoom.us/j/905212638?pwd=UGhwYkZ6TDRYbFJGcklib05WTmNsdz09)

If the link fails, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to zoom.us

Step 2: Click “Join a meeting”

Step 3: Enter meeting ID: 905-212-638

Step 4: Enter meeting password: 292630

If joining by app, be sure you’ve downloaded and installed the Zoom app from the app store on your device ahead of time.

To join by phone call: 

Step 1: Dial  +1 929 205 6099

Step 2: Enter meeting ID: 905-212-638#

Step 3: When it asks for meeting password, enter: 292630#

You will need access to a phone and/or a computer. 

Every Sunday, when we’re hosting worship and when we’re not, Allegheny UU will be holding its own Community Time after the service, from around 11:15 am to 12 pm. To join AUUC Community Time:

Click here to join Worship Zoom by computer browser or app (if joining by app, be sure you’ve downloaded and installed the Zoom app from the app store on your device ahead of time).

Instructions for Phone: 

Step 1: Dial  +1 929 205 6099

Step 2: Enter meeting ID: 905-212-638#

Step 3: When it says if you are host, simply wait

Step 4: When it says if you are participant, press #

Step 5: Enter meeting passcode: 292630#

We believe a “Stay away AND Stay together” approach will help us continue to stay spiritually close when we can’t be physically.