The Share the Plate Recipient for May is Tree Pittsburgh

Tree Pittsburgh works across Allegheny County to plant and care for trees where they are needed the most.  As the impacts of climate change grow, it is imperative that we help communities to be more ...
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For the month of April we will be sharing 50% of our Sunday offering each week with Bethel AME Reparations Project, here in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Bethel AME Church was founded in 1808, and over 150 years, it has become a flourishing congregation of 3000 members, central to the Lower Hill community. The church supported its members and the whole community, ...
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Share the Plate for March is our Khasi Hills School Partnership

The Unitarian School in India we have been partners with for over twenty years which has been thriving and expanding. Our sponsorship support is for the two additional teachers since we helped them build Grade ...
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February Share the Plate Goes to AAMI

First Unitarian Church’s Share the Plate recipient for the Month of February is the Afro-American Music Institute. The Afro-American Music Institute, located on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood,  has provided musical programs of excellence since 1982, under the guidance ...
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December Share-the-Plate: EECM

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 as a collective response to changes in the East End community, born when local faith communities recognized that the troubles of the community were too great ...
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About Share the Plate

The church’s Share the Plate program is a way to contribute money and stay connected to a variety of community organizations.

Each month, a different organization is selected as a recipient. Here’s how it works

  • A weekly 50% share of the offering between the church and the designated organization;
  • Every week, all cash and checks in the plate are shared 50% unless designated otherwise. Ex: cash in the basket is split 50/50. If the cash is in an envelope and marked 100% for the either the church or the designation organization, those funds will be shared as directed. Likewise, a check may be marked to go to one or the other
  • Texting and Breeze can be used with a STP designation
  • This does not impact funds fulfilling stewardship pledges
  • Clear and simple directions will be verbally given at the time of the offering, and noted in more detail in the Order of Service and weekly newsletter

Why weekly? This proposal for weekly, rather than monthly, helps fulfill our commitment to living our faith as a generous and connected community. We are a part of an interconnected web of existence, and we believe in a world community that relies on one another for an engaged love that creates change and justice for all. The emphasis on living our faith and generosity is generally well received by visitors and long-time members, adding meaning and activism to all of our lives.

How are organizations chosen? Our much-loved programs that are embedded within our church will be standing recipients for six months of the year: Khasi Hills, PIIN, UUJusticePA, EECM, Habitat for Humanity and UUSC. The other six months we will ask members to nominate a recipient, and members can vote on them. Ordinarily we’ll vote at the annual meeting in May, this year it will be earlier. The top six votes will then be cycled into the calendar each year, with new ones nominated every year. The person who nominates the organization will need to provide brief written testimony and a contact person.