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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.
 
 
 “Men, their rights, and  nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” -Susan B. Anthony
 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......March
 
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.

 
Mar.      1    “Well-behaved Women” seldom make history.  We’ll kick off Women’s History Month with a talk about some of those unknown/forgotten women who have had a major impact on the history of the world. Were they “well-behaved?” Some yes, some no! Presented by UU minister,  Rebecca Booher.
Mar.      8    Women of the Wilderness    It is impossible to tell the biblical story of the Egyptian slave woman, Hagar, without placing it in the context of Abraham and Sarah, of which Hagar’s chronicle forms an important part. Yet Hagar has several “firsts” to her credit. Come and discover what these “firsts” are and what they have to tell us today. Our speaker will be Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mar.    15    Waiting for the Ice Cream Truck    In a message tailor-made for the fabled Ides of March, the Rev. Robin Zucker will explore with us the challenge of living deliberately in a sometimes-random world. When our lives tilt in directions we had not expected, how might we strive to loosen our grip on outcomes and embrace life's joys and sorrows with as much humor, courage, and grace as we can muster. Rev. Robin Zucker, Assistant Minister of the 1st Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, will speak.
Mar.    22    Doubt   Rev. Leo Nagorsky, Humanist Minister and member of the Allegheny U Church will examine with us the necessity of doubt in human like; especially as fundamental questions in religion and philosophy.
Mar.    29    Fake-it Make-it Way  We’ve all heard the expression, “Fake it ‘til you make it”.  How does this work? Have you experienced times in your life when this mantra has come in handy? Will it serve us or will it just delude us? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will explore.
 
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

Mar. 8 - Session 12- A Vote for Everyone - led by Karlice Makuchan

Mar. 22 - Session 17 - Weaving Our Lives Together - Led by Karlice Makuchan

 
 

Other Activities...
 
Book Discussion Group
March 18th at 7:30 PM.
 
March’s book for discussion is Dvorak in Love by Josef Skvorecky. In 1892, at the height of his prodigious music powers, Anton Dvorak was persuaded to leave his native Bohemia to come to New York to be director of the National Conservatory for Music. This splendid novel tells the story of his unrequited love affair with America.

Self Inquiry Group

NOTE: Self Inquiry meeting times have been changed. Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday  at 7:00 PM (as previously) and the second Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Regret
(Discussion)
March 4, 7:00 PM
“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”   - Hafiz
“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it ‘till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
        -Henry David Thoreau


Questions and Answers
(Discussion)
March 14, 1:00 PM
“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.”
“The real question of life after death isn’t whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.”
“Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.”
“For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed.”
If a question can be put at all, then can it also be answered.”
                      -Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
No First Friday scheduled for March
 
On the 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.
 
 
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.