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
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.
7 Justice and Mercy Today’s message will include a brief review of Just
Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, which has been selected as the 2016 “Common Read” by the Unitarian Universalist
Association. Also included will be additional reflections on these essential human values. Presented by our president, Jim
Drumming precedes the service from 10:00 to 10:20.
Aug. 14 Creating Safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
People Our denomination is noted for its work in behalf of LGBT people. Advocacy efforts are vital as those
LGBT youth who are rejected by family and friends engage in suicidal and substance abusing behavior at a rate that is 50%
higher than that of heterosexual youth. These youth are often bullied in their schools and communities. Violent acts towards
transgender people occur once every four minutes in the United States. Today's message will help us to understand the
unique journey's of LGBT people and their families. The message will be delivered in a panel style composed of LGBT people
and allies. The message will empower those who attend in the following ways: developing an increased understanding of the
safety needs of LGBT people; assist those who attend to actively engage in advocacy with and on behalf of LGBT people and
their families. Presented by our member Rick Marsili.
Aug. 21 Let's Be Radical! What would the cost be, to
us, if we were to live life….with radical acceptance, radical truthfulness, radical love? Encountering the terrorism
of the mind with radical living. Presented by Maureen Ceidro of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice.
Aug. 28 Lame Duck Life When an elected official
is in their last term of office they are “lame ducks” and are free to say and do what they please because they
can’t be voted out. What if we lived life as if we were free to do and say what we please? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun
presents this topic as we ponder upcoming lame duck political terms.
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,
Child care is provided for children
too young to participate in classes.
UUFLV Dates to RememberJuly
31 Annual picnic. Twin Lakes Park. Meet at 2:00. Eat at 2:30.
7 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Aug. 18 Book Discussion. Home
by Witold Rybczynski 7:30 PM
Aug. 23 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00
Aug. 27 3rd Annual Corn Boil at Rucosky’s “anytime after 3:00”.
Corn & drinks provided. Bring a pot luck dish to share. Dinner circa 5:00. Carpool where possible.
28 Board of Trustees meeting 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.
1 Used & Unique Sale. 8:00 to 3:00.
1:00 PM Saturday,
According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications
that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying.
Things don't bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more
and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you
actually experience the miraculous.
― Deepak Chopra
Peace or Conflict
1:00 PM Saturday, Aug. 27
"You want peace.
There is no one who does not want peace. Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict. You
may not be able to feel it at this moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a thought that triggers a reaction
in you: someone accusing you of this or that, not acknowledging you, encroaching on your territory, questioning the way you
do things, an argument about money.... Can you then feel the enormous surge of force moving through you, the fear, perhaps
being masked by anger or hostility? Can you hear your own voice becoming harsh or shrill or louder and a few octaves lower?
Can you be aware of your: mind racing to defend its position, justify, attack, blame? In other words, can you awaken at that
moment of unconsciousness? Can you feel that there is something in you that is at war, something that feels threatened and
wants to survive at all cost, that needs the drama in order to assert its identity as the victorious character within that
theatrical production? Can you feel there is
something in you that would rather be right than at peace?"
-Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
Meetings of the Self
Inquiry Group are held on the lower level of the UUFLV meeting building, 1724 Route 30 East, Ligonier, PA. Please park at
the rear of the building.