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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 am firm; you are obstinate; he is pig headed.” - Bertrand Russell


 
 

 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......July and August
 
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. 
 
 
July      6    The Four Freedoms   FDR outlined 4 basic freedoms in his State of the Union address on Jan. 6, 1941.... Freedom of Speech and Religion, and Freedom from Want and Fear. Do we have them?  Did we ever?  What can we do to insure their viability? A congregational discussion led by UU Minister, Rev. Rebecca Booher.

July     13    The Irrational Mind   Can we rationally conclude that our minds are irrational?  This  interactive talk invites you to examine the extent to which your reason is not reasonable. Presented by our member, Dean Nelson, PhD.

July    20    Child and Spirit  What can we learn from Child Attachment Theory to understand Spiritual Connection? Today’s service will be presented by Maureen Ittig, PhD, researcher in Human Development and Family Studies and friend of UUFLV.

July   27    Hedgehog Relationships  Our minister,  Dr. Renee Waun, will engage us in a  conversation about how her pet hedgehog might teach us some things about how to  approach certain people and certain relationships on this informal, summer Sunday in the round service.

Aug.      3    Annual Picnic. Twin Lakes Park. Pavilion 2: 2:00 till ?. No service today.

Aug.    10    The Thirteenth Step  Twelve step programs have become invaluable in dealing with addiction. Can they be expanded and modified to provide even more service to us as individuals and to our country? We will explore this possibility in this presentation. Our member, Joe Stierheim, will be our speaker.

Aug.    17    Beyond Congregations  We are familiar with recent studies showing increasing numbers of people who are “religiously unaffiliated”. Many of them share our common values and principles. How do we reach these folks? How can we extend our message beyond our walls? Please read “Into the Beyond” in the Summer 2014 issue of UU World (available in print and online at UUWorld.org), and UUA Pres. Rev. Peter Morales‘ essay “Opportunities are always there” (same issue). Please join in the discussion which will be led by UU Minister, Rev. Rebecca Booher.

Aug.    24    The Five Wishes   On this August informal, summer Sunday in the round, our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will explore the top five things people in hospice care wish they would have done during their lifetimes. What can we learn from this, and how might it change the way we live the rest of our lives?

Aug.    31    Never Give Up!  One possible result of working for change in the world is to conclude that the powers of evil are too great and impossible to defeat. There are some who have worked for decades to make the world a better place and have finally given in to hopelessness. Is it wiser to just give up or to continue the struggle? Today’s informal service will feature group discussion facilitated by our president, Jim Galik.

 
 
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.
Religious education classes are held for both primary school age children and teens. No classes are held during the summer. They will resume in early fall. Dates are to be announced.
 

Other Activities...
 
Our book discussion group usually meets at 7:30 PM during the second week of the month. All interested readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion. Meetings will not be held during the summer.


Self Inquiry Group
 

Life Is a Teacher
(Discussion)
August 6, 7:00 PM
“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or desperation, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.
Every moment is the guru.”
Charlotte Joko Beck
Topic for discussion:
If life is a teacher, what lesson might it be trying to teach you?

Pleasure and Pain
(Discussion)
August 20, 7:00 PM
“Disciple: Why should pain be more effective than pleasure?
Maharaj: Pleasure is readily accepted, while all the powers of the self reject pain. As the acceptance of pain is the denial of the self, and the self stands in the way of true happiness, the whole hearted acceptance of pain releases the springs of happiness.”
I Am That, Nisargadatta Maharaj
Topic for discussion:
What is your relationship with pain? 
 
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...
 
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.
 
First Friday events will resume in the fall.
 
 
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.