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.
“If you want others to be happy practice compassion.
If you want to be happy
practice compassion.” - The Dalai Lama
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.
July 5 Freedom
2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document which had a great impact on our own Founding
Documents. So, how are we doing? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming preceding the service: 10:00 to 10:20
July 12 What Really Matters? Join us for an interactive
service led by our member Dean Nelson during which we honestly ask ourselves what really matters.
July 19 The Essence of the Self This service will be done in
the round to encourage an open dialogue among members, regarding what each person thinks the phrase "The Essence of the
Self" is/means and how we can help each other and ourselves along the journey of Self discovery. Led by our member Jennifer
July 26 Those Good Old Camp Songs
Remember camp? Remember the old songs sung around the campfire? Let’s sing them again on this informal, summer
Sunday in the round. Dr. Renee Waun will strum her uke and we will bring back fond memories as we sing the tunes! You
are invited to bring an instrument and to play along.
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.
Our normal curriculum is We Believe: Learning and Living Our Unitarian Universalist
Principles which was designed for small, wide age-range groupings of children and youth to learn about our UU heritage
and values with stories and group activities.
for the Earth is a central concern of many UUs. We wanted our RE class to do something special for Earth Day, so a lesson
was presented to the students on the plight of the monarch butterflies and what we could do to help them. A skit was written
in which one student played the part of a monarch butterfly another was Siri (iPhone Assistant), another was a milkweed plant
that was "in the know," Others played other parts showing why the monarchs are in decline mainly due to loss of
habit. The point of the skit was to show an area where there were hardly any milkweed plants for the adult monarch to
lay her eggs because of the overuse of chemicals like Roundup and the second area where chemicals like Roundup were not used
and the monarch had a better chance to find milkweed they needed to survive. The message at the end urged the congregation
to plant native milkweed in their own area to help the monarchs find the habitat that they need to survive. - Karlice Makuchan, Religious Education Chair
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.
Self Inquiry Group
as Productive Thinking
Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 PM
Meditation shouldn’t be sitting there looking
at your third eye or something like that. It should be arguing with yourself, analyzing within your own mind. I don’t
believe in sitting down for the purpose of meditating. I believe in productive thinking…to find out what your obstacle
is. I don’t tell you to pursue knowledge. I tell you to pursue things that will provoke your mind to think.
What do you think Richard Rose means when he says that meditation
should be arguing with yourself?
Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 PM
of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.”
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted
or take them with gratitude.”
-G. K. Chesterton
What role does gratitude play in your spiritual search?
For what are you grateful?
Meetings of the Self Inquiry Group are held on the lower level of the UUFLV meeting building,
1724 Route 30 East, Ligonier, PA. Please park at the rear of the building.