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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


It is time to think together about the shape of professional, settled ministry for Sunnyhill. We’d like to know everyone’s preference through a series of Forums.

First, here are some important things for you to know. Your Board, acting under the authority delegated to them, has decided that Sunnyhill will have a full-time interim minister for two years, keeping open the possibility for a third year of interim ministry until we finalize the 2010 budget, which means (if all goes well) we would expect to have a new minister in August, 2011. We believe that you have agreed with this decision because you voted overwhelmingly to approve the 2009 Budget, including funding for a full-time interim minister and without money for a Search in it.

Even though we will not begin a ministerial search until 2010, both because finances are tight and because we need more time to do the preparatory work, we believe that now is the time to begin our discernment of the timing and shape of our ministry going forward.

You are encouraged to be a part of one of these Open Forums in which we will ask you for your preference for the shape of professional, settled ministry at Sunnyhill. We do not expect these Forums to last more than one hour. Please exercise your responsibility to your congregation by participating in ONE of these Forums.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

International Poetry Forum announces its last season

We saw this coming as Dr. Hazo has many Sunnyhill fans. He is a past speaker on Sundays.
International Poetry Forum announces its last season International Poetry Forum announces its last season
Thursday, February 12, 2009
By Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Since 1966, the International Poetry Forum stayed true to its mission to bring the world's best poets to Pittsburgh, but its mission is now over.
Founder and director Samuel Hazo last night announced that this, the 43rd season, will be its last, a victim of the nation's financial downturn.
'It looks like it's our last year,' Dr. Hazo said following his poetry reading in Oakland last night. 'The reasons are financial.'
Dr. Hazo cited the forum's inability to find funding from philanthropic foundations and 'without such funding, the International Poetry Forum is unable to continue.'
Money from the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust launched Dr. Hazo's organization in 1966 with a reading by Archibald MacLeish, then one of America's best known poets.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Film about Younger RE

Joe Jencks in Friendship House Concert, Feb 15

Friendship House Concerts

is proud to present

Joe Jencks

Sunday, February 15

4:00 p.m.

"Joe Jencks is the type of musician that will cause you to drop that morning newspaper or pull your car to the side of the road when you hear his songs. He is the type of artist that will turn heads in his direction when he walks onto a stage. His voice will instantly draw you into his passionate songs. He is the type of musician whose music will become part of you. His craft and artistry will remind you of the best efforts of Phil Ochs, Stan Rogers, and Woody Guthrie. The troubadour tradition is alive and well in the 21st century with the music of Joe Jencks." — Ron Olesko, WFDU–FM Teaneck, NJ

"A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who would like us all to sit still and listen politely. It's an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance! …Tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together." – Seattle Folklore Society

Joe Jencks is an award-winning songwriter. His career is based as much in ministering to the human spirit as it is in the performance of music. Joe has earned wide recognition for his songs about working people, and for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Joe manages to make everyone feel welcomed, valued, and part of a community.

Joe's latest release, The Candle And The Flame, combines the many facets of Joe's diverse musical background and weaves them all together into an aural tapestry that is stark and exquisite. Joe sings with the passion of an R & B/Gospel singer, the knowledge of a classical vocalist, the soul of an Irish Tenor, and the conscience of a troubadour. And at the center of Joe's music is an abiding love for all humanity, a love that transcends the everyday and boarders on the mystical.

Joe is a dual US/Irish citizen living in the US, and merges traditions from both countries in his eclectic and vibrant musical presentation. Joe has had the unique pleasure of sharing the stage with numerous folk artists including Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, Holly Near, John McCutcheon, Pat Humphries, and Bill Staines.

Check out Joe and his music at

Seating is limited.
For information and/or an invitation, call or email:

Llouise & Jim Altes


Suggested donation: $10.00. All proceeds go to the performer.

After the concert, there will be a pot luck dinner. Please bring an entree, an hors d'oeuvre, a salad, a side dish, or dessert to share.

Other House Concerts we're aware of:

February 12 Allison Williams with Chance McCoy, 7:30 pm at Cindy & Ricks

March 22 Friction Farm

April 19 Jay Mankita

May 17 Andrew McKnight