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Let Us Act Together!

Leaders and representatives of our social action groups meet at 7:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month to organize and advance our social responsibility program as a whole. The Social Action Council presently includes leaders and representatives from the following groups:

Alternative Gift Market Committee
East End Cooperative Ministry (General)
East End Cooperative Ministry (Men’s Shelter Meals)
Green Sanctuary Committee
Inter-Arts for Social Justice Committee
Khasi Hills Partnership Committee
Matters of Racial Equality (ARAOMC)
Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (
PIIN) Core Team
Reproductive Justice
CSAI Committee (Ad Hoc)
Social Justice Endowment Committee
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (
Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)



Upcoming Opportunities




Ongoing Opportunities

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) Food Pantry Collection
The collection for the East End Cooperative Ministry Food Pantry takes place on the first Sunday of each month, but non-perishable food items are welcome on any Sunday. Following is a suggested schedule of items:

January--peanut butter
February--tuna or vegetarian alternative
March--canned soup
April--canned meat or vegetarian alternative
May--jelly, jam, or preserves
June--boxed meals
July--pancake mix
October--spaghetti sauce
November--canned fruit
December--beef stew or vegetarian alternative

EECM Shelter Meal
To volunteer your group (4-6 people) or yourself to prepare and serve a meal for the men at the shelter on the first Sunday of the month, contact Keith Bryner at keithbrynerjr AT gmail DOT com

Details About Our Groups and Projects

Social Action Council
Purpose: To coordinate our social justice actions throughout the church year. To share learnings and expertise. To streamline the process for engaging and publicizing social action events, more effectively inviting members of the congregation to serve. To raise visibility of our congregation's commitment to Social Action. To strategize so that our Social Action efforts align with the mission of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. For more information, contact Joel Gilbertson-White at uuccpittsburgh AT gmail DOT com.

Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) Core Team
The overall mission of this group is to keep our congregation connected with the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). Several members of First Unitarian Church currently serve as members of our Core Team – with more members, we will be able to extend our ability to engage the community. If you would like to serve on the Core Team and help our congregation address significant local issues such as Public Transit, Education, Civil Rights for Immigrants, Racial Profiling, and Gun Violence, please contact Irene Habermann at irene.habermann AT verizon DOT net. To learn more about PIIN, visit www.piin.org

UUPLAN: Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network
A state-wide network of UU's who aim to bring a liberal religious voice to the Public Square by:

  1. learning what legislative issues are currently in play in Harrisburg,
  2. being ready to act via:
    a. phone calls
    b. email letters, hard-copy letters, postcards
    c. visits to legislators' offices locally and in Harrisburg
    d. help inform others on the issues

Current teams active at First Unitarian Church: Economic Justice/Basic Human Need (working to fight lax Pay Day Lending laws); see Cassi Schaffer at cassischaffer AT hotmail DOT com. Reproductive Justice (working to amend current Exchange Ban bill that would further restrict abortion care for low-income Pennsylvania women). see Liz Perkins at liz DOT f DOT perkins AT gmail DOT com.

Please contact Cassi or Liz as legislative issues move at different speeds thru the system, requiring varying degrees of responsiveness by constituents. Other UUPLAN teams are : Environmental Justice, Immigration Justice, and LGBT Equality. Please contact us if you are interested in connecting with those teams.

Celebrate Our Fifth Principle: Participate in Democracy

What's going on in Allegheny County?

What's going on in the Pennsylvania Assembly?

What is going on in the US Senate?

What bills are being debated in the US Senate?

What is going on in the US House of Representatives?

Ad Hoc CSAI Committee for Reproductive Justice

Within the framework of reproductive justice, the UUA works against the cultural, political, economic, and structural constraints that limit women’s access to health care and full reproductive choice. It promotes the right of all women not to have children or to have children and to raise them in safe and healthy environments. It views reproductive justice as an issue of importance to men as well as women.

Every two years, the UUA selects a new Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) and invites congregations to be involved in a four-year process of developing a Statement of Conscience on the issue. Grounded in these social witness statements, the UUA will sign on to letters and amicus briefs in coalition with other faith and social justice organizations, magnifying our impact in the larger world. At the 2012 General Assembly, UUs voted to adopt Reproductive Justice as the next issue for consideration. The UUA is partnering with the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective on this CSAI. SisterSong is a network of local, regional and national grassroots agencies representing five ethnic populations/indigenous nations in the United States. The mission of SisterSong is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights. To connect with this group, please contact Pat Ulbrich at pmulbrich AT yahoo DOT com.

Standing on the Side of Love T-Shirts:
Essential Equipment for Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Activists!!

The Unitarian Universalist Association is promoting a new social responsibility campaign called “Standing on the Side of Love.” This campaign began in response to the anti-gay shootings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Knoxville, Tennessee, on a Sunday morning in August 2008 when two church members died of gunshot wounds they suffered while protecting the congregation from a man who used gun violence to express his disagreement with the church’s support for human rights for gay and lesbian people. “Standing on the Side of Love” has since been expanded to include immigrant justice in Arizona and other places.

As members and friends of First Unitarian Church, you are encouraged to purchase bright yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” T-shirts and you are further encouraged to wear these T-shirts whenever you are engaged in public social responsibility work. For example, you could wear your T-shirt whenever you participate in activities sponsored by the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) or East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM). Ditto for other public social responsibility events you and your family may be attending.

You can purchase “Standing on the Side of Love” T-shirts and other items at the “Standing on the Side of Love Store” after church on many Sundays or online at www.sslonlinestore.com. Sizes are available for both children and adults. More generally, you can learn more and the “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign at www.standingonthesideoflove.org.


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