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).
Worship Celebrations in October at 9:30 and 11:00 AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014
Reconnection Through Simplicity
Dave Dunn, Intern Minister
Are our lives so full that we leave no time for personal reflection and soul work? Do we consciously or unconsciously fill our lives with "stuff" to avoid connections with one another? In an age of computers, smart phones, Facebook, and Twitter, can we return to a spirit of simplicity in our daily lives? Let's explore the possibilities of reconnection with ourselves and with one another by walking the path of simplicity. We welcome to our pulpit this morning Dave Dunn, one of our two ministerial interns for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 church years. A student at Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Dave is a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills here in Pittsburgh.
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer has famously remarked that, “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” When it comes to our relationship with animals, how do we balance our seventh principle about interconnectedness with social norms that typically uphold the Biblical notion that humans hold dominion over all other creatures? Can we join the Farm Sanctuary movement and still eat chicken? Should we support the work of the UU First Principle project to change the wording of that principle to “affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all beings” (not just persons)? Without shaming or blaming, we’ll explore ways to expand our understanding of being in compassionate relationship with animals. As a non-vegan herself, Rev. Robin will reflect on the challenges of this endeavor. Julie Childers, a committed vegan in our congregation will share a reflection. Julie will also host a program called “Making A Difference with your Plate” which will include a light vegan meal and a showing of the film “Vegucated” from 5-8 p.m. today.