UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley

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A welcoming home for liberal religious thought and action in eastern Westmoreland County
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.
“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.

Jan.     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.
Feb.      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.

Feb.    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.

Feb.    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.
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

Jan. 11- Session 8--- Dorothea Dix- led by Caroline Reed

Jan. 25-Session 9---A Very Short Rule-led by Caroline Reed
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


Other Activities...
Book Discussion Group
January’s book for discussion is Life Is So Good by George Dawson. George Dawson was a black man who learned to read at the age of 98. He shows how life was for a black person living in America from 1898 until the present. He is able to find a bright side and be thankful for what most people take for granted. January 14 at 7:30 PM.
February's selection is The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.
March - Dvorak in Love by Josef Skvorecky.
Self Inquiry Group
NOTE: Self Inquiry meeting times have been changed. Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday  at 7:00 PM (as previously) and the second Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Locked in Belief and Disbelief
January 7, 7:00 PM
“The man who cannot believe his senses, and the man who cannot believe anything else, are both insane, but their insanity is proved not by any error in their judgment, but by the manifest mistake of their whole lives. They have both locked themselves up in two boxes, painted inside with the sun and stars; they are both unable to get out, the one into the health and happiness of heaven, the other even into the health and happiness of the earth.” G. K. Chesterton
What do you think Chesterton is talking about?

More For Me
January 10, 2:00 PM
“More for me is less for you.
Only when our sense of self expands to include others, through love, is that truism replaced by its opposite: “More for you is also more for me." This is the essential truth embodied in the world's authentic spiritual teachings, from Jesus's Golden Rule, which has been misconstrued and should read, “As you do unto others, so you do unto yourself," to the Buddhist doctrine of karma.
Charles Eisenstein—Sacred Economics

“Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”-Chief Seattle



First Friday Events...
UU First Friday Series
January 2 - 7:30 PM
A Meditation for the New Year

Leader: C. J. Frank

After the flurry of the holiday season, we will gather for a period of meditation. Our member, Connie Frank will facilitate.
Every one is invited to bring a snack to share.
The public is welcome to attend.
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.