605 Morewood Avenue · Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2999 · 412-621-8008

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Welcome to the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh!


We are a progressive, theologically liberal, urban church that provides a warm and supportive sense of community.  In addition to our Sunday morning worship celebrations, we offer religious education classes for children and youth; many different ways to work for justice and compassion in the larger community; frequent gatherings for young adults and students; ongoing faith development opportunities for adults; several opportunities for involvement in performing arts groups; and many other opportunities for living a more spiritually oriented life in community with others.  We have a deep commitment to social justice and human rights, and some of our partners in ministry include the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN), East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM), and the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN).  The best way to learn more about us is to visit on a Sunday morning, but here are some quotations from Unitarian Universalist writers that may help you understand more about our approach:


All that we have ever loved

and all that we have ever been

stands with us on the brink of all that we aspire to create:

a deeper peace,

a larger love,

a more embracing hope,

a greater generosity of spirit,

a deeper joy in this life we share.


~Rev. Leslie Takahashi-Morris


"The real religious question we must answer is not what we believe.  The real religious question is what we love."  ~Rev. Peter Morales

"It is not possible, nor necessary, to know the outcome of our actions; therefore we act in faith.  Faith asks not that we succeed, but that we try.  We try because we yearn to live out our values.  Conscience urges us on, for we have dreamed of a better, more just tomorrow.  We care; therefore, we act.  In acting, we risk having our hearts broken a thousand times; therefore, we are sustained by hope.  That is the price those who cleared the way for us accepted.  It is what living fully, deeply, and with integrity demands."  ~Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

"Liberal theology is not for the faint of heart.  It points us in a general direction without telling us the specific destination.  It refuses to make our commitments for us but holds us accountable for the commitments we make.  The liberal religious tradition is an invitation, not a mandate.  It invites us to live with ambiguity without giving in to facile compromise; to engage in dialogue without trying to control the conversation; to be open to change without accepting change too casually; to take commitment seriously but not blindly; and to be engaged in the culture without succumbing to the culture's values.  Liberal religion calls us to strength without rigidity, conviction without ideology, openness without laziness.  It asks us to pay attention.  It is an eyes-wide-open faith, a faith without certainty."  ~Paul Rasor

“In our faith, God is not a given, God is a question. God is not defined for us, God is defined by us. Our views are shaped and changed by our experiences. As we grow, our faith grows. We struggle with what it means to be alive and yet have to die. We probe the depths of our own being for little hints of meaning. We create a faith by which we can live and struggle to live up to it. Throughout, each of us is fated to travel his or her own path. In the larger sense, we have chosen to journey together because we find that it is helpful. We find that it is good.” ~ Rev. Forrest Church



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Summer Worship Celebrations in August at 10:00 AM


Contextually Responsive Leadership

The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister

Along with thanking our outgoing Board of Trustees and installing our incoming Board of Trustees, we will be exploring how our church might exercise contextually responsive leadership with regard to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the deadly shooting of Michael Brown.



The Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Assitant Minister, with music by the Folk Orchestra


Worship Celebrations in September at 9:30 and 11:00 AM


By Our Fruits

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister

For Ingathering Sunday, let’s focus our attention on how we can more closely align our values and our actions, that is, what we say and what we do.  The title of this sermon comes from Matthew 7:16.  The Sanctuary Choir and the Young Adult Spoken Word Choir will be performing this morning, and we will be welcoming Jennifer Detchon, our new Young Adult and Campus Ministry Coordinator, as well as John Ballance and Dave Dunn, our two ministerial interns for the next two years.



Walking Toward Trouble

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister

Sister Simone Campbell delivered the Ware Lecture at the 2014 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Her presentation was entitled "Walking Toward Trouble," and her message was that in order to bring about a more just and compassionate society, people of faith must walk toward trouble, and not turn our backs, seeking to escape from troubled situations.  How might we internalize this wisdom here at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh?  You can watch and read the Ware Lecture here:  http://www.uua.org/economic/ga/295423.shtml.  The Folk Orchestra will be performing this morning.



From the Church Leadership

From Rev. David Herndon

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I am happy to say that we will be putting together a photo directory for First Unitarian Church this fall! Our partner in this venture is a company called Lifetouch, which is based    Read More . . .

From Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The songwriter David Wilcox is a favorite of mine. One of his songs, “Sunshine on the Land” runs through my head in the summertime when sunshine is plentiful (or at   Read More . . .

From the Board of Trustees

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Your “new” Board of Trustees met on the usual third Wednesday of the month, and on this night, the continuing board welcomed new board members Marty Lieb, Bari Roman, an   Read More . . .

Church News and Happenings

Congratulations to Irene Habermann

Our own Irene Habermann has been hired as an organizer for the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). Congratulations, Irene!..

Sign Up for Portrait Directory

Sign Up for Church Portrait Directory! Appointments available August 14, 15, 16 and September 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. The more members and friends who participate, the more useful our dir..

Call For Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS Sixth Annual Members’ Art Exhibit The Art Committee of First Unitarian is planning our sixth annual Member’s Art Exhibit for September. This exhi..

SongSpace at First Unitarian

September 27 - Kim and Reggie Harris. Consummate musicians and story tellers, Kim and Reggie are a mini-festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom ..
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