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.
“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.”
- Hubert Humphrey
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.
Dec. 7 Moral Injury Often unrecognized, commonly
misunderstood, Moral Injury is a hidden consequence of war that can be deadly to the Soul. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
Drumming prior to the service: 10:00 to 10:20.
Sex Ed and the Biblical Christmas Stories The Christian doctrine of the Virgin Birth raises a number of questions
regarding Jesus’ birth, including how it was that Mary, Joseph, and God were all involved in the process. We will
also want to take a look at how Greco-Roman birth narratives may help us to understand the disparity between Jesus’
birth stories as they are found in Matthew and in Luke. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Dec. 21 Solstice/Christmas
service A celebration of the season through music and readings. Our choir and Religious Education students
will join in the celebration.
Dec. 24 Christmas
Eve Candlelight Service. (7:30PM) Following the 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
the same tradition, all who attend are welcome to bring a holiday treat to share.
28 Is Love a Feeling? The month of December is a time when we like to think love and generosity
abounds. But what is love? A feeling? An act of kindness? A mindset? Let’s re-examine this thing called “Love”.
Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.
Religious Education Classes...
Our 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.
Curriculum---We Believe: Learning and Living Our Unitarian Universalist Principles
Dec. 7- Seasonal Lesson-Origin of Some Christmas Traditions and preparation for Dec.
21 service- led by Karlice Makuchan.
Dec. 21- Intergenerational Service- Students will participate
in this service in celebration of the season- assisted by Karlice Makuchan.
Book Discussion Group
readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion. December’s
discussion will be at 7:30 on Dec. 12. The book is by Diderot. December’s selection is The Great Bridge by David McCullough.
This is the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge told by one of America’s greatest living writers.