A UU Takes the Bodhisattva Vow: Working to Wake Up the World (or Maybe Just Pittsburgh)

Stephanie began exploring Buddhism and mediation in our church as part of her spiritual journey. In this service, she will explain how this path has led her to take vows to first become a Buddhist and most recently to be a bodhisattva. Stephanie will explain how this journey has also included quitting her job and founding the nonprofit Awaken Pittsburgh to teach meditation and mindfulness to others as part of helping them awaken. Our designated offering this week will benefit “Awaken Pittsburgh.”

Third Person Unitarian

In the 19th-century, many Unitarians described themselves as “first-person Unitarians,” meaning they believed in only the first part of the idea of the Trinity—God the Father, but not God the Son or God the Holy Spirit. However, in the 21st-century, it’s possible that the concept of a “third-person Unitarian” may be more relevant. This service will explore contemporary Unitarian Universalist concepts of spirit. (This week our designated offering will benefit PIIN, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network.)

Why Superstition Works

Even those of us who consider ourselves not at all superstitious tend to hold onto certain superstitious beliefs, practices or habits. Many athletes go through elaborate rituals before competing, and, surprisingly, research shows that superstitions can actually be linked with improved performance. This sermon will explore why this phenomenon occurs and what it might mean to us.

Easter Sunday: Resurrection and Spirit

One of the great challenges of our current era is to see dark times not as indicative of an ever-downward spiral, but as a time for regeneration and rebirth. Why is this shift in thinking important, and how do we go about making it so that we are working to make the world whole rather than just patching holes in a sinking ship?(Our designated offering this week will benefit SHIM, the South Hills Interfaith Movement.)

Teaching Each Other to be Human

This sermon will explore the ideas of influential Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams, who spent time in 1930s Germany when fascism was on the rise. At a time in which we’re seeing a frightening resurgence of right-wing movements around the world, Adams’ work couldn’t be more relevant. This Sunday, we’ll explore such questions as: What is liberal religion’s promise? What are you most committed to? What would or do you give your life to, and how does your Unitarian Universalist faith inspire you? (Stephanie Gannon is a candidate for UU ministry who is completing a one-year clinical pastoral education residency at Pittsburgh’s VA Hospital.)

Kindness and Resistance

To be kind in today’s world is to be a rebel of sorts. True kindness (as opposed to simply “acting nice”) seems less valued and less practiced now than in former times. How did kindness come to be counter-cultural, and what can we do to be part of this particular rebellion? (Our Congregational Meeting will take place immediately following this service.)

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