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UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Cluster Gathering

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Type of event: Webinar

Pittsburgh Cluster Gathering, Our Country at a Crossroads with Rev. Joan Sabatino, November 7 10-12 and 2-3 pm

This is the annual cluster gathering and business meeting of the UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Cluster. After the initial 10 am - 12 noon session, there will be an additional session from 2-3 pm, see the schedule below.

Keynote Address by Rev. Joan M. Sabatino, Minister Emerita, Director of UUJusticePA
Our Country at a Crossroad:  Who Have We Become?  What’s Next
As Director of UUJusticePA (formerly UUPLAN), Rev. Joan has been working collaboratively with UU congregations and our justice partners across PA. Specifically, the work has been to increase voter engagement and promote policy changes that curb voter suppression throughout PA. Her intent is to maintain these relationships moving forward. If we are to live out our UU principles collaboration, acceptance and teamwork will be important values in creating the state (and thereby the country) we want. Think of today’s discussion as a State-of-the-State Address. What have we accomplished?  Who have we become?  What’s next?

Schedule for the day:

  • 10 am - Welcome with Banner Parade (via slide show)
  • 10:10-10:30 am - Shared Worship
  • 10:30-11:00 am - Business Meeting
  • 11:00-11:15 am - Break, last 2 minutes gather for Keynote
  • 11:15-11:45 am - Keynote Address with Rev. Joan Sabatino
  • 11:45-12:00 pm - Question and Answer
  • 12:00-2:00 pm - LUNCH BREAK
  • 2:00-3:00 pm - Pastoral Care and Reflection. We'll address our fears and concerns and hopefully joys as well.

Cost: $10-20-30. Registration fees are on a sliding scale, based on your assessment of your ability to pay. Those who pay at the two highest levels are making a donation to help those in financial need for this event. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, we need the same number of people with means to generously pay more to balance the needs of those who can afford less.

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Rev. Joan Sabatino

Bio: Rev. Joan M. Sabatino served as Minister of the First UU Church in Indiana, PA for over fifteen years. During that time, she and the congregation worked together to change their image in the community by being a consistent legitimate voice for liberal religion in a small, conservative western PA town. Consequently, First UU grew significantly in both membership and leadership maturity. The congregation granted her Emerita status upon her retirement in June 2019. 

While in Indiana, PA Rev. Joan co-created and co-chaired the Center for Community Growth a grassroots, progressive advocacy group. The Center became a beacon in the community for progressive ideas, coordinating rallies and marches, a local radio program, a bridge between the community and the university (IUP) and promoted political action and community engagement. The Center for Community Growth continues to thrive today.

Joan is the mother of three adult daughters, and has one grandson.  After retirement in 2019, she moved to Harrisburg to take her current position with UUJusticePA.  She lives in mid—town in a small rowhouse – a short walk to the Capital - with her dog, Lady.

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