The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley is a member congregation of the Unitarian
Universalist Association. Ours is a denomination whose principles are based on tolerance and freedom of religious belief with
an emphasis on the integration of faith and reason. Our roots date back at least 400 years to Poland and Transylvania. We
have had many notable thinkers and activists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Clara Barton and Albert Schweitzer as members. While
our community's heritage is Judeo-Christian we find value in opening ourselves to a variety of religious experiences.
In September 2007 we received the status of "Welcoming Congregation" from the Unitarian
Universalist Association. This was the culmination of a two year long program including workshops, discussions and outreach
programs designed to support the rights and worth of bisexual, gay and lesbian people and to make them and all other individuals
to feel safe, secure and welcome in our congregation.
“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” -Marcus
Schedule of Events
Our Sunday service starts
at 10:30. It is followed by a break for snacks and coffee. After the break many of our members and friends
stay for a half hour's lively discussion of the morning's topic.
The Costs of War Whether declared or undeclared, by choice or by chance, we live in a constant state of war,
both at home and abroad. War is a racket that fills the coffers of corporations, and fills the coffins of the young who pay
the price. What will it take to stop the madness? Presented by UU Minister, Rebecca Booher.
Dec. 8 Do You Believe in Santa Claus? If so, how do you
picture him-or should it be her??? Come and we’ll explore the many facets and rich history of this colorful holiday
figure. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dec. 15 Exploring Secular Spirituality Can one be spiritual without
belief in a deity? Motivated by key figures in philosophy and theology, this talk explores insights into subjectivity and
meaning based on human experience itself. Presented by Dr. William Pamerleau, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University
of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
Dec. 22 Solstice
and Christmas Service A celebration of the season with a solstice ritual and lots of music. The congregation will
participate in singing carols and the choir will present several pieces.
24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7:30PM) In keeping with a tradition that began with UUFLV’s
first worship service on December 24, 1987, members and friends of the Fellowship will provide special holiday music and readings.
In keeping with that same tradition, all who attend are asked to bring a holiday treat to share.
Dec. 29 The Platinum Rule We often refer to the Golden
Rule when thinking about how to relate to others. But there are problems with the concept. Perhaps a better guide
would be a Platinum Rule, which allows for a greater sense of multi-cultural sensitivity. Our Minister, Rev. Renee Waun, will
discuss this idea.
Religious Education Classes...
provide religious education free of dogma. Exploring religious truth, meaning and experience is central to UU faith. In our
communities and as individuals we seek lives of meaning anchored by values and a commitment to promote principles of justice,
safety, tolerance and encouragement. For further information call 814-255-2676 or write to UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley,
1730 Route 30 East, P. O. Box 692, Ligonier, PA 15658.
Religious education classes are held
for both primary school age children and teens. Children attend the first part of the Sunday service
with their parents and then leave for their own classes.
We Believe- Learning and living our Unitarian Universalist Principles Curriculum
8- Session 4 -Teachers and Learners plus Seasonal Activities- Led by Caroline Reed
December 22- Session 5- Deciding
Together plus Seasonal Activities- Led by Caroline Reed
High School Class: Sacred Threads:
An Asian Religions Curriculum for High School Youth
December 8- Session 14- Spread of Buddhism- Led by Karlice
December 22- Session 14 continued plus Seasonal Activities- Led by Karlice Makuchan
book discussion group usually meets at 7:30 PM on the second Thursday of the month. All
interested readers are welcome to participate. One is not required to be a member.
Dec. 12 - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Self Inquiry Group...
“Each individual seeker has a particular path to walk, and one person’s path
is never the same as that of another. But there are common denominators and universal pitfalls.”
What do you think are the common denominators and what are the universal pitfalls?
December 4 at 7:00 PM.
What is Possible?
“Our beliefs about what is possible or impossible often become
a self-fulfilling prophecy. Until Roger Bannister ran a four minute mile, everyone though it was impossible. Soon after, the
four minute mile became almost routine. I don’t think this was because people had suddenly become more physically fit
(Steroids notwithstanding). Rather, once one person did it, the belief shifted about what was possible. Once people believes
it was possible,it was possible.”
-Dr. Dean Ornish (Reversing Heart Disease)
December 18 at 7:00 PM.
The Self Inquiry Group usually meets on the first and third
Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held in the lower level of our building. Use the downstairs back entrance.
Convenient parking in the back lot.
First Friday Events...
first Friday of each month beginning in early fall and running through May, the UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley presents
an evening program of religious, philosophic, ethical or other vital topic affecting humankind.
Strring Vanesa Redgrave, Casmeron D'Angelo and Kiera D'Angelo
In a foreign country and in the midst of a fever, a woman examines her upbringing,
her circumstances, and her shock that not everyone who works hard attains prosperity. Her torment is merely what each and
everyone of us should examine in our own lives, especially at a time when immigration is such an issue in the US, a country
born to welcome the downtrodden from other countries. When her fever ends, she longs for her soft cotton sheets and other
comforts of her home and that with which she is familiar. Yet she is changed. For she is awakened.
The First Friday series is free and open to the public.
All events are held in our Fellowship building - 1.5 miles east of Ligonier on Route 30.
How to Find Us...
Ligonier, proceed east on Route 30 for approximately 1.5 miles. We are on the right
side of the road just beyond Ligonier Valley Beach. Coming from the east we are about 2 miles west of Laughlintown on the
left side of Route 30. Look for a large blue sign with white lettering.
Our mailing address is:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
P.O. Box 692
1724 Route 30 (East)
Ligonier, PA 15658
telephone is usually unattended, but you are welcome to leave questions via voice mail. Please call 724-238-7797.