Exposing and Dismantling Supremacy

UUA President Peter Morales recently resigned amid a controversy about UUA hiring practices with regard to race. If we are to have any hope of addressing and undoing racism and other systemic oppressions, we must start at home—in our personal attitudes and behaviors, in our families, in our congregations, and in our larger association. This work is challenging as it requires us to examine our own privilege and complicity in larger systems of racism and supremacy. Are we up to this task?

Coming of Age

Credo is a Latin word which is generally translated as “I believe,” but its literal meaning is closer to “what I set my heart to.” Sunnyhill’s Coming of Age (COA) class (8th-grade youth) will share what is close to their hearts in this service, which is a capstone of the COA curriculum.

Ritual, Religion, and Belief

Participating in rituals—religious and other rituals—seems to be a deep and meaningful part of being human. Humans of every era and geographical location have developed rituals which serve any number of purposes. This service will explore why rituals are so important and what they mean to us in our current era.

Alone Together

According to a recent study, we check our cell phones an average of 221 times each day. How has our relationship with technology changed our relationship with one another? Do we really feel more connected with each other than we did years ago, or are we growing increasingly lonely despite being so thoroughly connected electronically? Or both?

Decoration Day

The true origins of Memorial Day are rarely discussed, but the holiday began in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War when African Americans, newly freed from chattel slavery, conducted a series of commemorations to express their sense of the meaning of the war. This service will explore the deep roots of Memorial Day and how those roots might change the way we experience this holiday in our own era.

Litha

The gardens are blooming, and summer is in full swing. Enjoy the celebrations of Midsummer! Also called Litha, this summer solstice Sabbat honors the longest day of the year. Take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and spend as much time as you can outdoors!

Location: First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15213

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

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Lammas

At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.

Location: First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

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During construction, there is one service only at 10 a.m. in the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center.