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.
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming
all other living beings, we are still savages.”
- Thomas A. Edison
Services...... May and June
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 3 The Greatest Commandment One of the
results of my involvement with various “inter-faith” groups is that I am occasionally asked if I consider myself
a Christian. Although on the surface the question may seem like a simple one to answer, I sometimes reply that it depends
on what one means by the word Christian. Presented by our president, Jim Galik. Drumming from 10:00 to 10:20 preceding
the service. Pie party follows the service.
Life After Death? Do you believe in life after death, and if so, what constitutes your ideas of the afterlife? How
realistic are these ideas and what is their source? Lots of questions and lots of answers, but do any of them really match
up and do any of them really make sense? Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
May 17 Justice Sunday Social justice for race, for
peace and for worker’s rights in memorable musical form - a presentation by our choir.
May 24 Memorial Day Picnics, parades, flag waving, and sales
events. But is that what it's all really about? We'll talk about this very special day in our culture, and we can
share some memories of our own. Led by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
31 Gushing Have you ever had a time or a day when you just felt bigger than life and all
was good? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will spend a little time this morning simply gushing and showing how to use such moments
to expand our inner selves.
Annual meeting An abbreviated Sunday morning service will be followed by our annual meeting which will include the
election of officers and adoption of the annual budget. President Jim Galik will preside. Drumming will precede the service
from 10:00 to 10:20.
June 14 Horse Sense
Horse sense is defined as: sound practical judgment independent of specialized knowledge or training; normal native intelligence.
It is what we know of as “common sense.” It is assumed to be the least intelligence a human being should have.
But could it be that animals are not given enough credit by humans? Presented by our member, Joe Stierheim.
June 21 Making Goodness Attractive: The Transformational Potential
of the Deep Self With inspiration from Fred Rogers, Dr. William Rued, Chair of the Philosophy Department of
the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, will explore the nature and true interests of our deep selves, with a view to
articulating practical, concrete strategies for promoting individual freedom, compassion, and a spirit of universal community.
June 28 Sitting With My Stuff
This will be a pep talk as to how we UUs can come to recognize and celebrate the diversity within our congregation, because
we all bring personal expectations, preferences and perspectives; our “stuff”. Presented by our minister,
Dr. Renee Waun
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
May 10-- Wildlife Habitat Work--Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
May 31-- Wildlife Habitat Work and RE Certificates--Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
Self Inquiry Group
May 6, 7:00 PM
“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how
much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does
is keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed
in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won;t speed in changing whatever it is that is making
you unhappy.” -Wayne Dyer
May 9, 1:00 PM
“If you’ve gotten to the point where you realize that the thing you would like most to find
in this world is a steady source of guidance - then that’s what you are after. You never find that stated in simple
language. The kew to the whole process lies in the fact that there is a fountain -spring of endless guidance and information
within every human being. One only has to learn to get out of its way, to let the consciousness generate in a stilled and
- -Jim Burns
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.