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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.
 

“Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” – Jesus
 
Schedule of Events 
 
December Services........
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.
 
 Dec.   4    Plan B   The Chinese word for “crisis” is said to be composed of two characters that signify “danger” and “opportunity.” Although this may not be exactly correct, we can use it to define the times in which we currently find ourselves. Which will we choose? Is it possible to turn the danger many of us feel into an opportunity? Let’s talk about it! Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
Drumming will precede the service, 10:00 to 10:20 AM.
   

Dec.  11    Holiday Spirit  
While many of us are only beginning to recover from the recent tumultuous elections, we are now being thrust headlong into the hectic holiday season. In the interest of taking care of ourselves, one another and our beloved community, let us “press pause”, and spend a brief period of noticing and nurturing the spirit that resides deep within us. Today’s message will include a brief guided meditation. Presented by our Fellowship President, Jim Galik.

Dec.    18   
Stillness  The Solstice is the day when the sun "stands still." Advent is the time of "waiting in joyful expectation."  Where do we find ourselves in the tension between the two, and how do we understand who we are within that space? What is it that we are truly waiting for? Maureen Ceidro of Excela Health will be our speaker. Special music by our choir.

Dec.    25    Come As You Are - Christmas Cocoa, Cookies and Carols 
Dr. Waun will circle up the chairs for whoever is in the mood to come and share favorite Christmas memories, while sipping hot chocolate, nibbling cookies (bring some of your leftover ones), and singing a couple of carols. Come as you are, if you dare....PJs, robes,  slippers, and Snuggies are perfectly acceptable.

Religious Education
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.
 
Religious Education classes are not scheduled at present. If you have children who may be interested please call 814-255-2676 or write to UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley, 1730 Route 30 East, P. O. Box 692, Ligonier, PA 15658.
 
Child care is provided for children too young to participate in classes. 
 
UUFLV Dates to Remember
Dec.       4    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Dec.       8    Book discussion - The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. 7:30 PM.
Dec.     10    Self Inquiry group discusion. Falling Into Grace.1:00 PM.
Dec.     11    Board of Trustees meeting at 9:15 AM.
 
Self Inquiry
Dec. 10 at 1:00 PM.
 
Falling Into Grace
"Beyond even any teaching, though,
the aspect of spiritual life that is the
most profound is the element of
grace. Grace is something that comes
to us when we somehow find
ourselves completely available, when
we become openhearted and openminded,
and are willing to entertain
the possibility that we may not know
what we think we know. In this gap of
not knowing, in the suspension of any
conclusion, a whole other element of
life and reality can rush in. This is
what we call grace. It's that moment
of ‘ah-ha’—a moment of recognition
when we realize something that
previously we never could quite
imagine.”
Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace
 

 
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.
Nov. 10 at 7:30
UUFLV Book Group
Dec. 8 at 7:30 PM
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware.





 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.