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.
“I freed a thousand
slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman
“Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” – Jesus
Schedule of Events
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.
May 1 May Day No, we’re not going to dance
around a Maypole or perform fertility rites (sorry!) No, today in the midst of strikes and protests for higher wages,
we’re going to talk about the May Day of 1886 that jump-started the Labor Movement in the US and then around the world. What
was it like for workers back then? How has the movement changed lives? Where are we today, and what does the future look
like? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming precedes service. 10:00 to 10:20.
Inhabiting a Peaceable Kingdom Nobelist Albert Schweitzer has famously remarked that, “Until he extends
the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” How do we balance our seventh principle
about interconnectedness with social norms that typically uphold the Biblical notion that humans hold dominion over all other
creatures? Can we join the Farm Sanctuary movement and still eat chicken? Should we support the work of the UU First
Principle project to change the wording of that principle to “affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all beings”
(not just persons)? We’ll explore ways to expand our understanding of being in compassionate relationship with animals.
As a non-vegan herself, Rev. Robin Zucker will reflect on these challenges.
May 15 Justice Sunday A presentation
by our own UUFLV choir. A special collection for Uganda Micro-Financing.
May 22 Outdoor Workshop A Work Day
Led by Karlice Makuchan
May 29 The General Idea Now that our Ohio Meadville District is dissolving
and the UU General Assembly is soon coming to Columbus, OH (June 22-26) we need to get serious about learning more and participating
in our UU process. Dr. Waun will do some cheerleading on this topic.
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.
Traditions With a Wink-UU Identity Curriculum for Middle Schoolers
May 8--Outside work in Wildlife Habitat- Led by Karlice Makuchan and Caroline ReedChild care is provided for children too young to participate in classes.
May 22--Outside work in Wildlife Habitat-Led by Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
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.
UUFLV Dates to RememberMay 1 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
3 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Sue Lau Memorial labyrinth. Hempfield Community Park. 2:00 PM
May 12 Book Discussion.
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch. 7:30 PM
May 13 Second Friday Music Club. 7:30 PM.
Community members are welcome.
May 14 Self-inquiry Group. Eternity. 1:00 PM
17 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
May 22 Board
of Trustees. 9:15 AM.
May 31 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
June 19 Annual meeting. Following the service.
Self Inquiry Group
1:00 PM Saturday,
“The reason men don’t know the law of life is because they’re afraid to look eternity
in the face.” - Erle Stanley Gardner
“You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the
stars; you have a right to be here.” - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Should we be thinking in terms of the universe?
How does one do that?
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.