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
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.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 - LABOR SUNDAY
The Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Assitant Minister, with music by the Folk Orchestra
Worship Celebrations in September at 9:30 and 11:00 AM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 - INGATHERING SUNDAY
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.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
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.