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.
“Nonviolence is a powerful
and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Schedule of Events
Services......January and February
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.
Jan. 4 Why Shouldn’t We? In Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland Alice says to the Queen,”There is no use trying; one can’t believe in impossible things.”
The Queen responds that she has sometimes believed as many “as six impossible things before breakfast”. John Lennon
tells us to “Imagine”. So…. why shouldn’t we? Rev. Rebecca Booher will discuss these questions.
Jan. 11 No ‘“Therefore” As a sequel
to ‘The Irrational Mind” presented last summer we will consider this too simple bumper sticker summation of all
western philosophy. Our member, Dr. Dean Nelson, will help us consider.
18 So What About Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream? Where the Civil Rights
Movement stands today. What it is like to live as a minority person in Westmoreland County and some of the challenges our
county faces. Our speaker will be Carlotta Paige, Founder of the Central Westmoreland County Unity Coalition.
Jan. 25 Apples and Oranges Teddy Roosevelt once
said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Do we find ourselves sometimes comparing our lives to the lives of people
around us? As the New Year begins, let us think about our lives in a way that gives us hope and promise rather than
lack fulness or regret. Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.
1 Nature’s Trust Protecting our natural resources is not a political issue;
it is a moral issue of great magnitude. We are morally bound to protect our environment for ourselves and future generations.
Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming will precede the service from 10:00 till 10:20.
Feb. 8 A Letter to Jesus This is your chance
to read someone else’s mail. Gerd Lüdemann, a noted scholar of early Christianity, has written a personal letter
to Jesus, subtitled “A Confession,” which we may find provocative and/or even resonating for us. Presented by
Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
15 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.
22 Small is Big Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun returns from her annual trip to Uganda to update
us on all the wonderful projects at the school since last year, including the micro-finance program where small business loans
make a big difference in the lives of families. Native crafts will be on sale, the proceeds of which go
to support the school. Drums will be available.
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,
Curriculum---We Believe: Learning and Living Our Unitarian
Jan. 11- Session 8---
Dorothea Dix- led by Caroline Reed
Jan. 25-Session 9---A Very Short Rule-led by Caroline
Feb. 1- Session 17- Weaving Our Lives Together - led
by Caroline Reed
Feb. 22—Session 12 - A Vote for Everyone (Make up from missed lesson)-led
by Karlice Makuchan
Book Discussion Group