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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 
 
January 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.
 
 Jan.      8    Reflections  We enter the new year with many memories of the past year, both good and bad. As we reflect on what has been, let us also reflect on how we might move forward as individuals, as a Fellowship, and as a Denomination. Rev. Rebecca Booher will present.   
        Drumming precedes the service from 10:00 to 10:20.

Jan.    15    Forward Together  
In his book, The Third Reconstruction, which is the UUA Common Read for 2016-2017, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP, shares his experiences as a faith leader and as one of the organizers of a nationally recognized social justice movement. Today’s message will include discussion of some of Dr. Barber’s ideas. Presented by our president, Jim Galik.

Jan.    22    Looking Down the Road 
As the new year begins we will discuss what lies ahead for our UUFLV in the coming year with changes and questions on the horizon regarding the announced retirement plans for Dr. Renee Waun who will lead the discussion.

Jan.    29    The Tipping Point: Preserving our Democracy 
Fresh from the Inaugural ceremonies and the numerous peaceful demonstrations and marches it inspired, Rev. Robin    Zucker will focus this sermon on how “social epidemics” spill over into genuine change. What do advocacy, allying and activism look like in light of our current compromised political landscape? We’ll also pay tribute to the legacy of changemakers like Martin Luther King and lift up the crucial and timely UUA 2017-18 study action issue: “The Corruption of our Democracy”.

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.
          January 8- Unit 1, Sessions 1 & 2-
          Knowing Me & You and Our Room & Community - led by Karlice Makuchan.
          January 22- Unit 1, Sessions 3-5
          Meeting Place, Churches and Church Friends - led by Karlice Makuchan.

 
 
 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
Jan.      1    Giant Eagle money due. Ed Makuchan will contact regular users.
Jan.    10    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Jan.    12    Book Discussion. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. 7:30 PM
Jan.    22    Board of Trustees meeting 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.
Jan.    24    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Jan.    27    OMD - UU Young Adult Network Cozy Con, through Jan. 29th.
        This district youth group will be meeting in our building.

 
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.

Belief and Change
“Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works?” Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”
Socrates

Belief and Change will be the topic for discussion on Jan. 7, 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.
Jan. 12 at 7:30 PM
The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
De Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.




 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.