Here at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, we send our deepest sympathy to our neighbors at the Tree of Life synagogue and the entire Jewish community
of Pittsburgh. We mourn with the families of those who died this morning in this horrific and hateful incident, and we hope for a speedy recovery for
all who have sustained injuries, including officers serving in the Pittsburgh police force.
There will be a vigil at 5:00 PM today, Saturday, October 27 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, 1240 Washington Road in Mount
Lebanon. Members and friends of First Unitarian Church would be most welcome to join others in the greater Pittsburgh Unitarian Universalist community
in a time of sorrowful reflection.
If you are feeling a need for pastoral attention in the wake of this disturbing tragedy, please contact me, or someone in your covenant group, or a member of our Pastoral Care Team, or someone else who could listen to you with understanding.
On Sunday morning, October 28, I will be preaching at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side because their minister is on sabbatical. But our guest preacher, Rev. Deryck Tines, and our Lifespan Religious Education Director, Erica Shadowsong, will be able to offer comfort and hope for all who will be gathering at First Unitarian Church. Please note that we have taken security precautions in the last few months to help ensure the safety of all who come to our church on Sunday mornings.
May we all strengthen our commitment to our Unitarian Universalist vision of a world that truly recognizes all humanity as one united community where all are accepted and loved for who they are and none are subject to hate, bigotry, oppression, injustice, or exclusion.
Rev. David Herndon