The mission of the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh is to . . .
deeply in community
each other and
We connect deeply in community by . . .
gathering together in fellowship in a safe space
listening with empathy and without judgment
warmly welcoming everyone who enters our doors
We inspire reverence and spiritual growth by . . .
celebrating and exploring the moments of awe we experience in life
encouraging each other along our journeys toward truth and meaning
fostering humility in the pursuit of wisdom and understanding
We serve each other and the world by . . .
providing support to those experiencing hardship or distress
working for social justice by standing on the side of Love
being active stewards of our environment
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From our Senior Minister, The Rev. Dr. David Herndon (December 2013)
Robin's Bird's Eye View, The Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker (December 2013)
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In December at First Unitarian Church
Our spiritual theme for this month is Hope. We will explore the spiritual theme of Hope by asking questions such as these: How does Hope differ from optimism? Is Hope a gift? A duty? An achievement? What sustains Hope? How does our understanding of human nature inform our understanding of Hope?
DECEMBER 1, 2013 - Hanukkah Sunday - ONE SERVICE ONLY 11:00 a.m.
John Balance, Theological Student. “The Audacity of Hope”
We welcome to our pulpit this morning John Balance, a student at Meadville/Lombard Theological School and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills. Please note that we will be having just ONE service this morning, and it will take place at 11:00 a.m.
DECEMBER 8, 2013
The Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Assistant Minister. “Eight Answers”
During his three-year ministry, Jesus asked approximately 300 questions and was asked 200 questions. Yet, he only provides eight answers! In this sermon celebrating the “humanitarian” Jesus and the value of questioning, we’ll explore the benefits (and drawbacks) of placing curiosity over certainty. How is the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” a hopeful endeavor and in what ways might it frustrate and bewilder us?
Forum 9:30 a.m. Up in Smoke: Regulation of Tobacco Products and Public Policy. Eric C. Donny, PhD.
DECEMBER 15, 2013 - Holiday Music Sunday
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister.
This morning we will immerse ourselves in the wonderful music of the holiday season. Come to be inspired and cheered by music that may be familiar to you and music that may be new to you. The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting the music of Alfred Burt, a musician and composer who created an original Christmas carol each year and then sent out the music and words to his friends and family as a musical Christmas greeting.
Music: Sanctuary Choir
Forum 9:30 a.m. Religion, Humanism and the Foundations of Morality. Andy Norman, PhD.
Mary Pat Mengato, Jennifer Halperin, and Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
Friday, DECEMBER 20, 2013 -
You are invited to take part in this meditative service on the eve of the shortest day of the year as we celebrate the return of longer and brighter days, and as we reflect on the natural processes which create and then sustain our lives even during our darkest and bleakest seasons. Our own Dance Choir will be presenting original choreography. Children and youth are welcome to attend.
Music: Dance Choir
DECEMBER 22, 2013 - Christmas Sunday - ONE SERVICE ONLY 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister - “Evidence for Hope”
Our spiritual theme for December is Hope. What is your personal evidence for hope? When we look at human nature and human history, should we be hopeful about the future of humanity? Please note that we will be having just ONE service this morning, and it will take place at 11:00 a.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013
FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE 4:30 p.m.
Jennifer Halperin and The Rev. Dr. David Herndon. “Would You Like to Hold the Baby?”
Our Christmas pageant, entitled “Would You Like to Hold the Baby?,” was written by Joyce Poley, a Canadian Unitarian Universalist composer who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. With several original songs supplementing several traditional carols, this delightful pageant presents a Unitarian Universalist understanding of the birth of Jesus, with special meanings for people of all ages. The Family Choir will provide music. Seasonal refreshments provided by the Social Events Committee will follow the service.
Music: Family Choir
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister. “Hope as Virtue”
With the ringing accompaniment of the Pittsburgh Ceremonial Brass and our own Sanctuary Choir, we will find in the traditional Christmas story our own Unitarian Universalist messages. Come early to claim your seat! Our spiritual theme for December is Hope, and the sermon will explore the cultivation of Hope as a path toward becoming a more courageous and vital person. Seasonal refreshments provided by the Social Events Committee will follow the service.
Music: The Sanctuary Choir and Pittsburgh Ceremonial Brass
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE 10:00 p.m.
The Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Assistant Minister. “The Carpenter’s Window”
Those who prefer a somewhat quieter Christmas Eve are welcome to attend this service, as we again find in the traditional Christmas story our own Unitarian Universalist messages. Music will be provided by Emily Pinkerton, Judith Avers, and Ellen Gozion, together known as the Early Mays. They will be presenting Christmas songs from the traditional Appalachian folk music repertoire. Seasonal refreshments provided by the Social Events Committee will be served prior to the service
Music: The Early Mays.
DECEMBER 29, 2013 - Kwanzaa Sunday - ONE SERVICE ONLY 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Dr. David Herndon, Senior Minister - “Lessons of Nathaniel Bacon’s Rebellion”
Kwanzaa is a holiday especially intended for African-Americans, but this celebration holds significant meanings for a wider audience as well. This morning we will consider what we might learn from the uprising initiated by Nathaniel Bacon in 1675 in Jamestown, Virginia. Please note that we will be having just ONE service this morning, and it will take place at 11:00 a.m.
Welcome to Adult Faith Development at First Unitarian Church! Our offerings are open to all members and friends, new and longstanding. We invite and
encourage you to explore a rich variety of courses, presentations, and events this
fall that reflect our mission to “Connect, Inspire, and Serve.”
Adult Faith Development
Membership Orientations: Sundays October 27, November 3 and 10, 12:30-2:15pm.
More: Adult Faith Development; Fall 2013 Adult Faith Development Catalog
Spirited Conversations Friday, Dec 6. 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Leaders: Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker and Marie Baird, PhD.
A Holiday Happy Hour with soul! Come enjoy cocktails and non-alcoholic offerings as we engage in spirited conversation about what we want, what we get, and what we could do without during the Holiday season.
Blue Christmas Sharing and Soup Circle Friday, Dec 13. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Leader: Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
The Holiday season is expected to make us “merry,” but it can create fresh memories of our loss and a fresh experience of pain and grief. The thought of facing another holiday season causes some people to wish they could sleep from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving until January 2. Loss is always hard, and at the holidays it can seem crushing. Join the Rev. Robin Zucker to feel supported during the season. We’ll start with soup and bread, then a sharing circle and a time of reflection, reading, song and candle- lighting.
Pastoral Care & Caring Connection
Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our Caring Connections program is coordinated by the Rev. Robin Zucker. If you would like to join the Caring Connections team, please contact the Rev. Zucker at 412-871-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Songspace at First Unitarian Church
Mark Dignam and Heather Kropf
Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 pm
Born in Dublin, Ireland, singer-songwriter Mark Dignam began performing on the city's streets with Swell Season/ Frames front man Glen Hansard. They amassed a cadre of talented musicians and quickly became the darlings of Grafton Street, a well-known center of Dublin busking. Mark moved to the U.S. in 2000 and now frequently records and tours with his new band “The House of Song.” Mark’s sound draws comparisons to Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg and Sun Volt. His songs are intelligent and insightful, balanced with an infectious sing-along quality and that irresistible Irish wit. www.markdignam.com.
Singer/songwriter/producer Heather Kropf offers a multi- faceted aural digest of styles ra nging from jazz to folk, to radio- friendly pop. Her tasteful arrang ements highlight a vocal range of expression from crystal clear sweetness to burnished sensuality. Heather's musical influences range from classic 70’s songwriters to contemporary pop and neo-soul artists of today. A gentle and intuitive piano style masterfully supports her lyrics, while her songs and performances draw the audience into an intimate conversation and offer a sanctuary of beauty and solace. www.heatherkropf.com
More at uusongspace.com.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 students.Email us at email@example.com for advance ticket options; tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show.