Unitarian Universalist

Church of the

North Hills

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Friday, June 7, 2024


Sunday - June 9, 2024

10:30 am (EDT)

God Loves a Garden

Flower Communion/Annual Meeting/Article II

Rev. Lee Anne

Have you ever stopped to notice how much diversity exists in nature? There isn’t just one bird, one tree, one flower, or one human being. Come join us as we celebrate nature’s biodiversity through flower communion. 


You are invited to bring a flower and if you forget, there will be flowers available at the service.

The Share the Plate recipient for June will be the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation,  founded in 2017. Their mission is raising health with LGBTQ+ and HIV communities in Western Pennsylvania by addressing the Centers for Disease Control's Social Determinants of Health. They offer a variety of services and resources to their communities, as well as expert training for organizations to improve their capacity to serve LGBTQ+ clients and staff.

How to Donate to Share the Plate


Documents pertaining to the June 9th Annual Congregational meeting can be found on the website. There you can view the following:

  • Proxy
  • Agenda
  • Proposed Budget
  • Slate of Nominees
  • Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes 2023 (to be approved)
  • Mid-year Congregational Meeting Minutes 2024 (to be approved)

Missing from the list is the Annual Report which will be uploaded when finalized.

Annual Meeting Documents


Are you for the proposed Values and Covenants or keeping our Principles and Sources?

June 9th, UUCNH members will be voting on the Article II proposal at our annual meeting. If you can’t attend, be sure to vote by proxy. 

Discussion on Article II continues even though discussion groups and the Town Hall are complete. There are two methods:

  • West Room: Browse other’s written comments and share yours on the Article II comment wall anytime through June 9th. 
  • UUCNH Community Facebook: Join the group UUCNH Community. Read and share comments in the thread dedicated to the Article II proposal. 
Article II - Information, Viewpoints and Resources


Join us on Saturday, June 8th  from 7:00 – 8:30 pm for UUCNH’s monthly Coffeehouse! This will be the last coffeehouse for the summer.


In the past, we have had a wide assortment of singers, instrumentalists, songwriters, poets, improv comedians, storytellers, and more. We have a full karaoke setup for those who appreciate electronic assistance. 


The format is open-mic and if you have a talent you are willing to share, great! If not, we also really need and appreciate audience members! It's a great way to have some fun & and entertainment in a friendly room!


We hope to see you there!


Date: Sunday, June 23rd!

One of the inspiring talks presented at the General Assembly in Pittsburgh last June was Brian Broome's lecture, in which he encouraged all of us to "Begin your Memoir!" He dismissed the limitations most of us think about when we consider the project. Brian talked about the encouragement and urging three women gave him, a poor, black, dark and queer man to "write it down." He did. His memoir is Punch Me Up To The Gods, published by Houghton Mifflin, 2021. We can learn much from his memoir and his story


UUCNH is offering the opportunity to begin your own memoir. June 23, 2024, after church service, about 12:30 or 1 pm. We will gather in the Sanctuary (rain or shine) for a welcome and orientation. Writing materials and snacks will be provided.

Please note that we will not be reading our material to each other and we will not be photocopying. There is no charge, but you must register so that we will know if anyone is coming.



The annual UUCNH camping trip is taking place this year at Loleta Campground in the Allegheny National Forest from July 17-21. The camping trip is great fun: lots of families, a good way to get to know people better while relaxing around the campfire, hiking, floating down the river, and "s'more..."! Space is limited - contact Abby Vaughn or Rachael Smart with any questions or to RSVP. 


Zoom with UUCNH Friends

This drop-in connection will be held every Tuesday at 3:30 - 4:30 pm and will be led by Michael Horwitz. Click the link above to join the Zoom meeting. Login is the same each week.



April - May News

  • ACTION REQUESTED: HB 1776 - Establishing an Independent Redistricting Commission will finally end gerrymandering in our state if passed.  Please contact and urge your PA House Representative to co-sponsor HB 1776 and your State Senator to co-sponsor the Senate version, SB 1076. 
  • April 23 - UUCNH congregants served at various community polling places & the church was a new polling place.
  • May 7- Over 550 people attended End Gun Violence Advocacy Day 2024 at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Among participants were UU’s from around the state, including five UUCNH congregants. Attendees met with their lawmakers to discuss pending gun safety bills and rallied on the Capitol steps, strongly urging passage of the potentially life saving bills. For more information on gun legislation & to TAKE ACTION.

Future Events

  • Voter Registration - League of Women Voters “LWV”- Check the Greater Pittsburgh LWV site://lwvpgh.org/ for opportunities to register voters before the Nov. 5 General Election and for other election related events. .  
  • A Summer & Fall 2024 Get Out the Vote “GOTV” Activities - SCT will announce several dates for church Potluck dinners, where attendees will also participate in the Vote Forward Campaign by personalizing pre printed letters to PA voters, saying why you think it’s so important to vote in November. SCT will supply all letter/mailing materials. Stay tuned for further details in the Enews. Click for information about Vote Forward.

Next SCT Meeting is Monday, June 3 @ 7:30 pm on Zoom. For a zoom link to attend, please contact Co-Chair Diana Hull.


Check Out What’s Going On in Our UU Central East Region - Read the June CER Newsletter

Future Activities

  • June 20-23 ALL VIRTUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY, the UU annual gathering, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. Theme: Love Unites, Stories Ignite Registration is open
  • July 7-13 CERSI (Central East Region Summer Institute) is a multigenerational camp at which the Speaker, Rev. Julian Soto, UU minister and activist will present "Unlikely Superheroes: Skills for Practicing Faith and Ethics in Tough Times." Join us at PennWest in California, PA. Learn more and register at the CERSI webpage. Deadline for scholarships from the CERSI scholarship fund is May 31, 2024.

Learn About the Proposed Article II Amendments

Proposed Article II Revision: If you're interested in talking to other UU’s about Article 2 and the proposed amendments, a place to do that is at the UUA Forum at discuss.uua.org. Join the important conversation. Amplifying the Charge Resource Kit is available.


From Diane Sims - Spiritual or Emotional Wellbeing: My husband Paul suffered a serious heart attack on Friday, May 31st. He is currently in the ICU, but they expect to be able to transfer him to a regular room as soon as one becomes available. He is improving satisfactorily.

Note: There are times when you may not be able to share during service but want the Congregation to know what is on your heart. In that instance, just contact a member of the Lay Pastoral Care Team (LPCT) in person or submit your Joys & Sorrows electronically by clicking here. Once submitted, the form is sent to all LPCT members. (Chris Hill, Ruth Horwitz, Susan Powers, Lynn Richards, Lynne Herchenroether, Inga Burton-Smith, and Marsha Pedone). Please be sure to submit your item by NOON on Saturday at the latest, so we get it in time for Service. Also, LPCT emails are forwarded to all members of the team. We welcome your sharing and would be honored to carry forth your message.


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UU Church of the North Hills

2359 West Ingomar Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Phone: 412-366-0244

Rev. Lee Anne’s Work Schedule


Work Week: Tuesday – Sunday

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00 - 6:00 by appointment

          Sunday 8:30 - 3:30 

Friday: Message Preparation

Monday: Sabbath

Rev. Lee Anne's Work Schedule Explained