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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 awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 

 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......November
 
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. 
 
 
Nov.      2    Pennies from Heaven: The Deep Reserves of Going Green  As we continue to discover the lucrative and deep pockets of natural resources underfoot, we must stop and consider the true cost of cracking open the earth to collect its revenue. Rev. Rebecca Cartus of the Smithton UU Church, will present a service on the real costs of spending down our environmental reserves in order to pump up our flailing economy - not only the rewards we can reap but also the price we will pay, as individuals and as communities. Drumming from 10:00 to 10:20.

Nov.      9    Last Things What happens when something we believe will happen, fails to happen?  When a much-anticipated and much-hoped-for “end” fails to occur? As human beings, we have come up with all kinds of adaptive strategies that help us live with our disappointments.  Set this within a religious  context, specifically within a Christian religious context, and see what happens. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.    

Nov.    16    Modern-Day Psychology of Religion-Respectful with an Eye Towards Spirituality  Dr. Russ Philips, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pitt-Greensburg, will discuss his research and clinical experience concerning religion and spirituality, and explore with the audience how religion and spirituality impact our lives, especially concerning how we cope with stress.

Nov.    23    Giving Thanks  The national holiday nearly all of us are about to celebrate is based almost entirely on myth. Nevertheless, giving thanks and being grateful, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day is spiritually and psychologically beneficial, and evidence suggests that these benefits are transcendent. The only question remains is: Whom do we thank? Thoughts by our president, Jim Galik.

Nov.   30    Choose Your Battles We can make a big deal out of something or we can acknowledge and move on. It is a choice that we can pay attention to or leave it to default. Is it necessary to do battle at all to have a peaceful, loving and joyful life? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will reflect on this.
 
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
Nov. 9-Session 13: In Harmony- Led by
Caroline Reed
Nov. 23-Session 14: Web of Nature-
Led by
Caroline Reed
Note: RE in December will be Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 (the 1st
and 3rd Sunday of the month) because of Christmas .
 
 

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, Nov. 12
November's book will be Jacques The Fatalist by Diderot.
 
Self Inquiry Group
Cease Cherishing Opinions!
(Discussion)
November 5, 7:00 PM
“Do not seek the truth: only cease to cherish
opinions.” - Seng-tse ((d. 606) Third Patriarch of
Chan in China
“The task of any useful spiritual practice is
therefore to dismantle cherishing thoughts and
opinions: and ideas that make up the false self, the
self that is seeking. This is the true task of
meditation and inquiry.” - Adyashanti
“Surely opinions, values, interpretations merely
prevent the mind from looking at the fact. If you
want to understand the fact, it is no good having an
opinion about it. - Krishnamurti
Topic for discussion:
Are you ready to cease cherishing your opinions?

Seeking the Questions
(Discussion)
November 19, 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
Topic for discussion:
Seeking the Questions
 
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...
 
 
UU First Friday Series
November 7th - 7:30 PM


What does your electricity really cost?
Mountain Mourning
Film and discussion
Discussion led by Rev. Rebecca Booher
Mountains Don't Grow Back. Filmmaker B. J. Gudmundsson uses photography and personal stories to create an epiphany -- a personal awakening -- as nature's beauty is starkly contrasted with scenes of ruin. This powerful narration is supported by traditional Appalachian music to tell this story of tragedy and hope. 
 
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.