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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
Aug.      2    Annual Picnic at Twin Lakes Park, Pavilion #2. 2:00 PM.

Aug.      9    Identity 
The question of one’s identity has been much in the news. Sometimes it goes against the grain of what society deems to be acceptable. But the questions “Who am I?” and “Who are you?” are often difficult to answer. Being true to oneself is not for the faint of heart. We’ll have an open discussion of the “trans” identity. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.   Drumming preceding the service: 10:00 to 10:20.

Aug.    16    Introducing the Greater Pittsburgh UU Cluster Congregations  A description of each of the congregations and how the cluster can benefit us all. Presented by Pat Jacobson, board and worship committee member of the Ohio Valley UU Congregation in Belaire. OH and of the Cluster board.

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.
 
 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.

 
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. 
 
 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
 
Guilt
Discussion
Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 PM

“Chronic remorse. as all the moralists are agreed. is a most undesirable sentiment. If you behave badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
-Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


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?

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 .

August 19, 7:30 PM- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
First Friday -
7:30 PM
First Friday programs will resume in the early autumn.
 
A special Friday movie night be held on August 14th at 7:30 PM
Spirit, a Journey in Dance, Drums and Song
This film is a musical about a white man in the business world who learns about his native American heritage. Free and open to the public.

 

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.