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A welcoming home for liberal religious thought and action in eastern Westmoreland County
 
  
 
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In September 2007 we received the status of "Welcoming Congregation"
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.
 

“Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” – Jesus
 
Schedule of Events 
 
February Services........
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.
 
 
Feb.      5    Love and Hate   The Southern Poverty Law Center states “Every act of hatred should    be met with an act of love and unity.”  Congressman John Lewis says “We must never ever hate; love is a better way.” Powerful words spoken by folks who walk their talk. Can each of us do the same? And how can we make it possible. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.  Drumming precedes the service from 10:00 to 10:20.

Feb.    12    What's Love Got To Do With It?  Seeking, finding, falling in, falling out of....all the ways we describe the quest for love. Let's add a new verb..."being" love...maybe it's from this stance that we are driven to serve others. Maureen Ceidro,  MA,  of Excela Health Home Care And Hospice.   

Feb.    19    Silence  In a world of noise, cultivating a practice of keeping silence in order to hear our authentic self is imperative! How it's done and the benefits will be explored. Our speaker will have just returned from a weeklong silent retreat. Presented by Rev. Bobbie Hineline.

Feb.    26    Teaming Up Just back from Uganda, Dr. Waun will share updates of the projects and activities at “our” school there, and describe the plan of succession she has put together with others who keep her legacy going there as she looks toward her final trip to Uganda in 2018.
 
Religious Education
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.
Religious Education - RE classes resume, beginning January 8th.
The curriculum for 2017 - The Church, Around the Year by Jan Evans-Tiller.

Feb. 12 Unit 3, Session 9:    Something Special for All Our Church Families. led   by  Caroline Reed.
Feb.  26- Unit 3 Session 10: A Gift Making Time - led by Caroline Reed.

 
 
 If you have children who may be interested please call 814-255-2676 or write to UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley, 1730 Route 30 East, P. O. Box 692, Ligonier, PA 15658.
 
Child care is provided for children too young to participate in classes. 
 
UUFLV Dates to Remember
Feb.   5    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Feb.   7    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Feb.   7    Book Discussion. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. 7:30 PM
Feb.  21   Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Feb.  26   Board of Trustees meeting 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.

 
Self Inquiry
During the winter months, January, February and March, there will be only one Self-inquiry meeting per month, on the first Saturday of each month. If any of these meetings have to be cancelled because of inclement weather, the meeting will be rescheduled for the following Saturday.
Feb. 4, 1:00 PM
Problem or Inconvenience
Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, writes of a time when, as a young man, he worked at a resort in northern California. For the first week at the job, he and the other employees were served wieners and sauerkraut for lunch. When he discovered the same meal was to be served for two more days he exploded and unloaded his frustration on the night auditor, who was a survivor of Auschwitz. In answer, he got the following:

“Fulghum, you think you know everything, but you don't know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer. And you will not annoy people like me so much.”

Robert Fulghum in his book Uh Oh.

Problem or Inconvenience - what’s the difference? will be the topic for our discussion on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 1:00 PM in our downstairs social hall.
 
 
Book Discussion Group
An informal group where we share our ideas about the book of the month.
Books are selected by consensus. 
Visitors are welcome.

Feb. 7 at 7:30 PM
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery




 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

Our telephone is usually unattended, but you are welcome to leave questions via voice mail. Please call 724-238-7797.