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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 
 
March 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.
 
 
Mar.      5    When Women Are Warriors    March is designated as Womens’ History Month. Today we’ll look at some of the honorable women, past and present, who have resisted and persisted through many tumultuous times.  Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming precedes the service from 10:00 to 10:20.

Mar.    12    A Resonant Silence: Lent and a Commitment to Contemplation With the Lenten season in full swing, we’ll explore how we might join our Christian neighbors in a practice of intentional contemplation and reflection. Especially for us wordy UUs, how might we benefit and grow from cultivating a resonant silence in our lives. The service will include a longer period of silence than usual and a guided meditation. Presented by Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister, UU Church of Meadville.

Mar.    19    Joy!  Joy is so much more than happiness. How do we discover, cultivate, and maintain joy as we move through our lives? Is it possible to be joyful in times of darkness? Our speaker will be Maureen Ceidro, Beravement Counselor, Excel Home Care and Hospice.

Mar.    26    Women Rising  For Women’s History Month we will look at a UU woman, Dorothea Dix, who rose above the political conflicts around the Civil War and did some extraordinary work with education and mental health issues. Perhaps this is a model for how, during challenging times—then and now—women rise to the occasion; organizing and creating new institutions with passion and skill.  Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.
 
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.

March 12- Unit 4 The Unique Child Session 12:  I'm Unique and Unrepeatable-led by Karlice Makuchan
March 26- Unit 4, Session 12:  I'm Unique and Unrepeatable (continued)-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
Mar.      5    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Mar.      7    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Mar.      9    Book Discussion. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee. 7:30 PM
Mar.    21    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Mar.    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.
Thinking in Terms of the
Universe
March. 4, 1:00 PM
“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”
― Alan W. Watts
“There is a force in the universe which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.”
—Mahatma Gandhi
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
— Rumi
Is it possible to think in terms of the universe?
How is that done?
The above will be the topic at the
UUFLV Self Inquiry Group on March 4,
2017.
 
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.
March 9 - Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A book with photos by Walker Evans and text by James Agee. The work documents the lives of impoverished sharecroppers during the Great Depression.



 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.