Community, it's right in our name. We believe that the Church should be a living thing, a seven day a week community of people trying to care for each other, care for the neighborhood, care for the world, and trying to live out the radical and inclusive love of God in every aspect of our lives.
The Psalmist wrote, "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1) If we want to build truer and deeper connections with each other, and deeper spiritual connections with the Divine, we think we need to spend time together. Deep community is often lacking in our culture, and we're beginning to suffer from what social scientists are calling "an epidemic of loneliness." That's part of what makes Community House such a counter-cultural place. We believe being together, in all its messiness is worthwhile. And we believe there's room at the table for everyone. Wherever you are, wherever you've been, you can find connection here.
Tuesdays at 2pm
Contemplative prayer and meditation are foundational spiritual practices that root us in the unconditional love, grace, and presence of God that dwells within us. Our meditation group practices silent meditation, spoken prayers, and reflections, poetry, or ancient prayers to center our Spirits, deepen our spiritual connection, and ground us as we go out to live throughout the rest of the week.
Community House was the first More Light congregation in Pittsburgh, and one of the first in the country. We believe that God is love, and that love is love. We've been participating in Pittsburgh's Pride celebrations for more than twenty years. We're not just there for the parade and the celebration, being an affirming community that reflects the diversity of God's love is central to who we are. We also throw a wonderful brunch, and hold a meaningful worship service that celebrates the gifts of LGBTQIA+ people of faith.
When the earliest churches got together, they gathered around a communal meal. We do the same. Every Sunday, after church, we don't just have a coffee hour, we have a real community meal. There's something important about the presence of God that happens when bread is broken. Even if you can't make it for church, you're welcome to come and get a bite to eat.
We like to eat, and we like to eat well. Whether it's a holiday or we just want an excuse to get together, we throw several beautiful celebrations throughout the year. We eat together, laugh together, tell stories, and sometimes sing or share a bottle of wine. Life is a gift, and its meant to be celebrated with joy. Watch our calendar and social media feeds for the next Community House celebration.
Volunteering, Mission, and Service to the Community
We gather regularly to love and serve our community. We serve in the homeless shelters, visit homeless camps, teach, visit, and help celebrate Christmas in the Allegheny County Jail, clean up the neighborhood, and a lot more. There are lots of ways to get connected, and many of our members and leadership are regular volunteers who make a real difference throughout the city. If you want to serve, we can help you get connected.
To learn more about one of the programs were are pleased to support, visit the Northside Common Ministries website:
Naming Ceremonies for the Trans Community
Transitions in life are spiritual moments. We want to help people find the sacred beauty in these significant moments. Too often the changing of a person's name that comes as part of the process of gender transition is done in isolation, with no community surrounding and supporting them. In partnership with the Center for Inclusion Health, we offer ceremonies marking this occasion with joy, hope, and a supportive community. Contact us for more information.