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 June 11, 2020
 
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This Weekend at First Unitarian Church
 
Worship Celebration News 

Sunday, June 14, 2020, Live-streamed at 10:30 am @  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEYFLi44qsA

"Looking Foward" 

Some thoughts about where you as a congregation and I as your interim minister are headed over the next year, before we part ways a year from now. 

Rev. Connie Grant speaking; story told by Erica Shadowsong; music by Ellen Gozion, Instrumental Music Director, and Barbara Litt, violin.


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NEWSLETTER  NEWS 
General Assembly June 24-28 - Delegates Sought!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process.  Anyone may attend.  To represent the congregation as a voting delegate at the GA business meetings requires approval by the church’s Board of Trustees.  If you are interested in serving as one of our five delegates, please email Lynne Porterfield at ljporterfield@yahoo.com by June 10 with your full name, email address and phone number, length of membership in the congregation, and a few words about why you wish to be a delegate.  The Board will make a decision about delegates at the June 17 meeting.
The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to make the 2020 General Assembly a 100% virtual event.  The cost of virtual GA Registration is $150.
This year’s theme is Rooted, Inspired & Ready!  Sessions will include the bases of our theological roots, ideas about how to transform our faith, and inspiration for taking action in the world.  A variety of workshops and special events will provide registrants with tools to live into our mission and continue the work of our faith—both within UU congregations and in the greater world.  More information about workshops and other special events is here:  
https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrants
All GA registrants have access to the GA Virtual Participation Portal, which combines multiple modes of participant engagement that include chat, Q&A, and polling. Registrants are able to watch and ask questions in live sessions including workshops and business sessions. 
Delegates are also able to propose amendments in the live business sessions, participate in debates, and vote in general sessions.  More information about the role of delegates is available here:
https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrants/delegates
A Message From Your LRED
Resources to Support Children, Youth, and Families (and All Ages) in the Wake of Racist Violence

Dear families,

I know this must be one of the hardest times you've ever had.  So much has descended upon us all at once and suddenly, we all feel like we have to be experts at everything!  I certainly share some of those same fears and concerns.  In such times, pulling together is one of the best things we can do, and part of that is looking for help.

I am happy to say that the UUA has done a very good job of thoroughly addressing a lot of issues like recent events for children and families.  These resources are useful for anyone of any age, and rather than separate them out, I am simply going to list them here for you to explore:


Trauma Resources for Families and Congregations - Helpful resources on how to talk to children about violence in the news.
Family Discussion Suggestions:  Identity and Race - Talking to children specifically about race and about all the intersectional aspects of our identities.
Talking about Race: Start the Conversation - A resource for all families, but especially for parents with children and youth of marginalized racial identities.
Black Lives Matter Instructional Library - A lot of read-aloud books for kids!
Teaching Tolerance - Tried and true resource for anyone teaching about equity and racial justice; includes stories and articles to share or read together
Doctrine of Discovery and the Rights of Indigenous People - A thorough overview of the Doctrine of Discovery and how it continues to affect indigenous peoples here and abroad today; and what we can do about it.
Dismantle White Supremacy - For those of you, and you know who you are, who still flinch at the term!  Very helpful info.
Black Lives Matter and Building a Movement for Racial Justice - Extensive list of fantastic videos, lectures, books, films, and other multimedia from UUA events and actions.
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) - Worship, education, encouragement, and resources specifically for Black UUs.

Please also remember that I and your minister are both available when you need an ear, some pastoral support, or have more questions and concerns.  Please ask for help, and let us be there for you!

Holding you all in my hearts, and especially those of you who, like me, are particularly hit close to home by the recent events in the news:  YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE.  

Sincerely,

Erica

 
LEARN

Adult Religious Education

New Zoom Book Discussion Groups!

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants - 6 Sessions

Thursday nights at 7 pm, beginning 6/11; 
Please have read Section I: Planting Sweetgrass, for the first session!
We will explore the spiritual wisdom gifted to us by indigenous peoples and ways to make spiritual connections with the earth that restore and nourish us.

Please email eshadowsong@first-unitarian-pgh.org to register.  The class will be held if it has at least 6 participants.

Young Adults Religious Education 
Young Adults Small Group   
Weekly Meetings on Zoom
Please join us for our weekly meeting at 7:00pm on Wednesdays.

We are currently going through a program called Spirit In Practice, which explores spiritual practices for Unitarian Universalists.

  Click on the following link on Wednesday, when you are ready to join:
1st U YA Meeting
Zoom Link: 
https://zoom.us/j/833191325?pwd=Y3BneitackhTVmVSUGtHVmZMR2wwdz09

 

Children and Youth Religious Education 
**PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME** PARENT CHECK-IN

Parents' Check-In will move to Tuesdays at 8:30 pm, beginning next Tuesday, 6/16.  ZOOM LINK   required; it will be sent out to the parent email list.  If you are not receiving these emails, you can request to join by emailing eshadowsong@first-unitarian-church.org. 

Family Social Hour w/ Joys & Sorrows on Sundays, at 10:00 a.m.  ZOOM LINK  Password is required; it will be sent out to the parent email list.  If you are not receiving these emails, you can request to join by emailing eshadowsong@first-unitarian-church.org
CONNECT 
 Covenant group Opportunities  
Consider joining or creating a virtual covenant group.
If you are interested in joining or creating  a new covenant group, you can complete a 
Covenant Group interest form or contact Alice Bright
ab03@andrew.cmu.edu

If your group would like to set up meetings using the church account please contact Rev. Connie Grant at Constance.L.Grant@gmail.com.
SERVE

Church Sponsored Activities and Community Events

Helping Each Other
During these trying times members of the church may occasionally need a helping hand. The Pastoral Care Team asks you to identify ways you may be able to assist. We expect you would be called only a few times during the year. Please Contact a member of the team if you are able to help. 

You’ll be asked to indicate which of these you may be able to help with from time to time:

□ Transportation

□ Providing a meal for an individual or family

□ Shopping

□ Emotional support


In the event of a need in the congregation, you may be contacted to see whether you are available to help at that time. Your help will be appreciated!

Pastoral Care Team Contact Information:
Christine Beregi: cberegi1@verizon.net Phone:
412-992-1888
Jan Carlino: jancarlino807@gmail.com Phone: 412-727-0200
Julie Childers: julie36pa@gmail.com Phone: 412-726-3590
Jim Cunningham: cunni@comcast.net Phone: 412-256-0205 (Co-Chair)
Kathy Miller: kathymillerotter@gmail.com Phone:
412-639-8012 (Co-Chair)
Bob Sullivan: r.sullivan13@verizon.net Phone:
412-952-7772
Rev. Connie Grant: constance.l.grant@gmail.com Phone: 847-840-8542 (Church Office: 412-621-8008)

 
       INSPIRE     

Some ways to receive a periodic dose of spiritual sustenance:

Braver/Wiser 
Life is full of hard edges and complicated choices. Braver/Wiser gives you a weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is. Every Wednesday, an original written reflection by a contemporary religious leader, and brief prayer, grounded in Unitarian Universalism.   Subscribe at uua.org/braverwiser.

A Common Meditation for All Souls
A daily meditation from All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City intended “to help spark our moral imagination and set our moral compass as individuals.”  To sign up to receive a daily meditation via email, contact 
rachel@allsoulsnyc.org.

The Daily Compass
“Inspiration for your spiritual expedition.” The Daily Compass offers words and images to inspire spiritual reflection and encourage the creation of a more loving, inclusive, and just world. Produced by The Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation with no geographical boundary.  Subscribe at 
http://www.dailycompass.org/author/admin/.
OMBUDSMAN
 
Need an answer to a question and don’t know who to ask?  Want to pass along some feedback and not sure who to contact?  Reach out to your Board Ombudsman Ebe Emmons.  Ebe will coordinate with staff, committees, and the board to get an answer or pass along feedback.  Ebe can be reached at firstuupghombudsman@gmail.com
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