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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.
 
 
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


 
 

 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......October
 
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. 
 
 
Oct.      5    Love the Hell Out of the World  The congregational covenant that we recite at the beginning of our services starts with the words “Love is the spirit of this church...”  Other UU churches also have covenants in which “love” plays a prominent role. But what does it mean to “Love the Hell Out of the World?” Rev. Rebecca Booher will share her ideas.
Oct.    12    Marcion: Hero or Heretic 
One of the first figures who feature in early Christianity was Marcion, a 2nd century shipping magnate, who name is often linked with heresy.  But does Marcion deserve the derogation of heretic?  And what were his contributions to early Christianity? Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Oct.    19    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 discussion of separation anxiety, its possible causes and various ways we can respond to and alleviate it.
Oct.    26    Trusting the Stranger 
In today's world we teach our children to fear the stranger. But there are times when we must place ourselves in the hands of perfect strangers. Where do we find the trust required to do this? 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. 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
Oct. 12- Introductions and Session 11-Asking Questions--led by Karlice Makuchan
Oct. 26- Session 12- A Vote for Everyone- led by Karlice Makuchan
 
 

Other Activities...
 
Book Discussion Group
All interested readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion.
The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 8 when we will discuss The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare.
November's book will be Jacques The Fatalist by Diderot.

Self Inquiry Group


What Is Most Worth Having?
(Discussion)
October 1, 7:00 PM
“The truth is always in plain view, but the mind has an immense resistance to admitting the implications of what it sees.Another way of saying it is that the mind is in love with faulty self-beliefs.
Huang Po referred to the treasure house within as the place of precious things: “That which is called the Place of Precious Things is the real Mind, the original Buddha-Essence, the treasure of our own real Nature”. When asked where it is, he said: “It is a place to which no directions can be given….all we can say is that it is close by.”
Nathan Lippi



Seeking the Questions
(Discussion)

October 15, 7:00 PM
“Can I tell you that I have found answers to the questions that torment the man of our time?   When I first became a monk, yes, I was more sure of ‘answers’. But as I grow old in monastic life and advance further into solitude, I become aware that I have only begun to seek the questions…. I have been summoned to explore a desert area of man’s heart in which explanations no longer suffice, and in which one learns only experience counts.”
-Thomas Merton


 
The Self Inquiry Group usually meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held in the lower level of our building. Convenient parking in the back lot. 

 

 

First Friday Events...
 
 
Recycling
October 3, 7:30 PM
by Westmoreland Cleanways
Speaker:  Ellen C. Keefe, Executive Director
Certified Recycling Professional

As Westmoreland County Recycling Coordinators, Westmoreland Cleanways oversees all recycling activities in the county. State-certified recycling professionals work with municipal and state officials and recycling industry professionals to encourage best recycling practices and to educate the public on current recycling industry trends.
Westmoreland Cleanways conducts a special collection for Household Hazardous Waste (chemicals), and operates a Recycling Center for the collection of hard-to-dispose items and other materials typically not recycled “at the curb”.  
 
Free to the public.
On the first Friday of each month beginning in early fall and running through May, the UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley presents an evening program of religious, philosophic, ethical or other vital topic affecting humankind.
 
 
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.