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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.
 
 “If you want others to be happy practice compassion.
If you want to be happy practice compassion.”  - The Dalai Lama

 
 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services...... August & September
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.
 

Aug. 23    Flunking Sainthood  In her memoire, Jana Reiss shares her quest to become more saintly by tackling 12 spiritual practices. Though she begins with the question “How hard could that be?” Reiss finds other growing humiliation that she is “flunking sainthood”. In this sermon, the Rev. Robin Zucker of the 1st UU church of Pittsburgh explores the myth of enlightenment and the rigors of real spiritual growth. It’s August. What happened to your January resolutions? Are you making progress or have you given up because you flunked sainthood sometime in mid February? Toss your halo, keep your wings, and come discover the benefits of “failing better.”

Aug.    30    Stout Wisdom Are you familiar with Ruth Stout and her bodacious style of living and gardening? Her agrarian methods are enjoying renewed popularity, so let’s take a little walk down Memory Lane and revisit her and her words of wisdom for all of us (with the help of a short film), in this informal summer Sunday in the round. Facilitated by our minister, Dr. Renee Waun.
 
Sep.      6    The Secret Messages in Water Water has been communicating with us for centuries in various ways. Perhaps the most intriguing facet it has, is showing us about ourselves and the underlying meaning of things we have come to see as mundane or at least, common knowledge. Please join us as we explore the secret messages in water in this water communion service.  Presented by Jennifer and Richard Biggs.
        Drumming precedes the service: 10:00 -10:20.

Sep.     13    Privilege Expanding on last month’s discussion about identity, this talk will explore the concept of “white privilege”. What does it mean? Is it real? How do we deal with it? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.

Sep.    20    Alone and Afraid As infants and children, and sometimes even as adults, we have all experienced what mental health experts call separation anxiety, a sensation of fear in the absence of the one who nurtures and protects us. Today’s message, by our president, Jim Galik, will include a discussion of separation anxiety, its possible causes and various ways we can respond to and alleviate it.   

Sep.    27    A Summer Observed  This past summer has included Pride Week controversies, racial tensions, religious disputes, terrorist threats and political debates. Is there a path that can lead from hate and fear to love? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.
 

 
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.
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. Classes will begin again in the fall. The schedule will be announced.
 
 Concern 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.
 
 

 

Other Activities
 
Self Inquiry Group
 
Heaven
Discussion
Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 PM
“Welcome Mr. Goodperson. I am God and this is heaven.
Although you have never stopped reflecting or fantasizing long enough to discover the truth while you were on Earth, I have decided that it would be interesting to give you a second chance. But relax, you don’t have to sing praises to me for eternity. That wouldn’t be any fun after a few hours, and the whole point of going to heaven is to get something that you think you want. Consequently, I’m going to let you choose your activity here. The only drawback is that whatever you choose to experience must continue forever.”
Robert Harwood from his book A Path to Christ Consciousness

Given this reasonable opportunity, what would you choose to do for eternity?
 
Judging
Discussion
Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM

“If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people’s choices. If I feel good about my body, I don’t go around making fun of other people’s weight or appearance. We’re hard on each other because we’re using each other as a launching pad out of our own perceived deficiency.”
Brene Brown
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”
Paulo Coelho

Lost
Discussion
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 PM

“Who are you - a career; an education; a religion; a sex; a position?
What are you, really?
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out.”
-Anonymous
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water

 
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.
 
 
 
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.

7:30 PM, September 16
Augustus by John Williams
In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams, took on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master.

 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
First Friday -
7:30 PM
First Friday programs will resume in the early autumn.
 
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.