Worship

Our UUs of Greater Pittsburgh church buildings remain mostly closed due to Covid-19 precautions. Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and other online platforms are where we gather in community for now. Several of our worship teams are collaborating to create a weekly shared pulpit or common worship experience where all are welcome - Greater Pittsburgh UUs, free-range UUs, moved away folks, seekers, anyone can join. Some congregations are also hosting their own fellowship time after the together time ends. And some congregations are still offering their own weekly or occasional worship as their size and resources allow.
We'll update the list of worship opportunities here each week. You can also check with your congregation for the latest news and links. Please send submissions to calendar @ uupittsburgh.org.
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Online Worship Services for Sunday November 29 2020
10:30 AM - UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Shared Pulpit hosted by the Beaver County Unitarian Universalist Community | "Unity: Is It For Me?" with Shane Freeman | zoom.us/j/83248445427
Shane Freeman will share some thoughts about unity and radical love. More specifically about the challenges in working towards the healing of a divided nation...a nation filled with many people with very different beliefs than our own.
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10:00 AM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills | "Hope is Commitment" with Rev. Kristina Spaude | sunnyhill.org/sunnyhill-at-home
After an especially fraught election season and election itself, we wait to see what will happen next while the sitting president remains in office. Although many of us feel hope has won, clearly the work for justice and liberation for all must continue. What does it mean to commit to hope?
10:30 AM - First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh | "Unexpected Gifts" with | youtube.com/watch?v=xEBOVXpM9yI
Can waiting be a time of discovery and surprise? A collaboration of the Worship Team: Bryan Bandli, Alice Carnes, Kathy Fein, Louise Jencik, Ward Kelsey, Stephanie Pawlowski, and Melody Platz. Music by Ellen Gozion, Instrumental Music Director.
10:30 AM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills | "Blessed are the Hungry" with Rev. Stephanie Gannon | youtube.com/uucnhchurch
We’ve just nourished our bodies during our Thanksgiving celebrations, but what do we more deeply long for as a people of faith as we enter the season of waiting? On this first Sunday in Advent, we’ll reflect on the meaning of the fourth beatitude and what it is we’re hungering for spiritually.
10:30 AM - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana PA | "Thanksgiving Reframed" | zoom.us/j/7311430068 or 1) go to zoom.us or dial 929-205-6099 2) select "Join a Meeting" 3) enter meeting id 7311430068 4) enter passcode 1648
This worship service will include musical and spoken word from Hartman Deetz, Wampanoag artist and activist, and a sermon from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. There will be an offertory special collection for the Create Climate Justice – Indigenous Solidarity Fund with the UU Ministry for Earth.
"Historically, UU ministers were instrumental in creating this U.S. holiday and the "Pilgrims and the Indians" pageant tradition that roots the holiday in an historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative. Many UU congregations in New England can trace their lineage directly back to early settler congregations that had a role in the genocide of Native communities. As a religious tradition, we cannot decide who we will be without reckoning with the truth of who some of our ancestors were…
This year, let us be grateful in a genuine manner. Let our gratitude flow from our deep, ongoing commitment to justice and equity. Let our gratitude grow from the opportunities we have to be together authentically—whether virtually or in person. Please join me as we reimagine this day and gather in community to honor Indigenous ancestors, experiences and traditions. May it be a time to reflect and find meaning in how our shared values connect us. "
8:00 PM - Church of the Larger Fellowship | questformeaning.org/worship

Online Worship Services for Wednesday December 2 2020
7:00 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills | Vespers with Rev. John Ballance | zoom.us/j/86145709388 or 1) go to zoom.us or dial 929-205-6099 2) select "Join a Meeting" 3) enter meeting id 861 4570 9388 4) enter passcode 513415
A contemplative half hour of song, silence, prayer, and sharing

Online Worship Services for Sunday December 6 2020
10:30 AM - UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Shared Pulpit | tba | via Zoom
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10:00 AM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills | "Stillness and the Season" by Rev. Jim Magaw | sunnyhill.org/sunnyhill-at-home
Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, is meant to be a time of quiet expectancy, a time to contemplate mystery and possibility, a time to slow down, a time to make room in our lives for something new to enter and to change us. How do we make room for this spirit of stillness in our lives?
10:30 AM - First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh | tba | via YouTube
10:30 AM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills | "Holiday Blues" with Rev. Jane Thickstun | youtube.com/uucnhchurch
The winter holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time, a time for making merry and being with family. But not everybody has family to be with. Not everyone has good associations and memories of the holiday season. The holidays can be a very difficult time for some, because of the expectations. And then on top of it all, this year we have COVID. We’ll look at these dynamics and what we can do about it.
10:30 AM - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana PA | tba | zoom.us/j/7311430068 or 1) go to zoom.us or dial 929-205-6099 2) select "Join a Meeting" 3) enter meeting id 7311430068 4) enter passcode 1648
8:00 PM - Church of the Larger Fellowship | questformeaning.org/worship

Online Worship Services for Wednesday December 9 2020
7:00 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills | Vespers with Rev. John Ballance | zoom.us/j/86145709388 or 1) go to zoom.us or dial 929-205-6099 2) select "Join a Meeting" 3) enter meeting id 861 4570 9388 4) enter passcode 513415
A contemplative half hour of song, silence, prayer, and sharing

Online Worship Services for Sunday December 13 2020
10:30 AM - UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Shared Pulpit | tba | via Zoom
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8:00 PM - Church of the Larger Fellowship | questformeaning.org/worship

Online Worship Services for Wednesday December 16 2020
7:00 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills | Vespers with Rev. John Ballance | zoom.us/j/86145709388 or 1) go to zoom.us or dial 929-205-6099 2) select "Join a Meeting" 3) enter meeting id 861 4570 9388 4) enter passcode 513415
A contemplative half hour of song, silence, prayer, and sharing

Online Worship Services for Sunday December 20 2020
10:30 AM - UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Shared Pulpit | tba | via Zoom
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8:00 PM - Church of the Larger Fellowship | questformeaning.org/worship

Online Worship Services for Thursday December 24 2020