Upcoming Services

Worship Celebrations - Sundays at 10:30 AM



First Sunday of the New Year.

Stephanie Gannon

We welcome to our pulpit this morning Stephanie Gannon, a Unitarian Universalist minister-in-training who is completing her second year of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Veterans Hospitals here in Pittsburgh. In November 2017, Stephanie received a “1” (the highest grade) from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, which gives her a green light to proceed with her path toward ordination and professional service as a UU minister. We offer you our congratulations, Stephanie!


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

“An Eighth Principle?”

Black Lives of UU has proposed adding the eighth principle to our Unitarian Universalist covenant: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” What is the background of this proposed principle? What do you think about it? For the complete story, follow this link: https:// www.8thprincipleuu.org/


Celebrating the Four Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Edict of Torda.

Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

“Religious Freedom Then and Now.”

This morning, we will celebrate the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of a pioneering statement of religious freedom and tolerance. The Edict of Torda was proclaimed on January 13, 1568, thanks to the efforts of Francis David, the Unitarian court preacher for King Sigismund of Transylvania. We will review the history that led to this remarkable official recognition of diverse religious understandings. What significance does the Edict of Torda have for Unitarian Universalists today? And how might we distinguish between authentic religious freedom and attempts to suppress civil rights that masquerade as religious freedom? You can learn more about how the international Unitarian/ Unitarian Universalist community will be celebrating this anniversary here: https://www.uua.org/international/ torda450. A video is available here: https://www.uua.org/international/ torda450/videos.


Rev. David Herndon, Senior Minister.

“More Than a Granfalloon?”

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut coined the term “granfalloon” in his 1964 novel Cat’s Cradle. According to Vonnegut, a granfalloon is “a proud and meaningless association of human beings.” As a spiritual community, we presumably aspire to be more than a granfalloon. At this time in the life of our congregation, how can build a more meaningful sense of community among ourselves? To pick up our spiritual theme for January, which is Intentionality, how can we be more intentional about our relationships with one another?


Stephanie Pawlowski, our Commissioned Lay Minister Candidate, will be leading a Ritual of Blessing and Healing from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 28. This simple ceremony will include music, readings, and prayers. Anointing and laying on of hands will also be offered as options for anyone who would like to participate. This worship event will take place in the Schweitzer Room, and it is open to all members and friends of First Unitarian Church of all theological persuasions.











You are invited and welcome to come to our church. We hope this brief introduction can help you.

If you have suggestions on future services or would like to help with the service, please contact one of the many Sunday Celebration Teams.

Learn about our four-year cycle of monthly spiritual themes.

For Worship Leaders
Download the Worship Celebration Worksheet and about Multicultural Worship at First Unitarian Church.

Come to be moved and held in mutual embrace. Come and be made whole.
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
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