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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.
 
 “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
                                                                                                - Thomas A. Edison
 
 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......April and May
 
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.

 
Apr.  5    Paradise, Lost and Found - In the early Christian church, the gory details of the Crucifixion of Jesus weren’t part of  the headlines. Resurrection, and the recognition that life on this Earth can be a Paradise was the primary motivating factor in the life of early Christians. Why the change, what is/was the role of Universalism, and can the Church return to Paradise on Earth? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
 
Apr.    12    Blue Bird Blues  Today's message is a mostly true story about how human efforts to relate to the rest of the natural world can sometimes produce unintended consequences. Although some of the characters are human and some avian, it is sometimes not clear which can be fairly given the label "bird-brain." Included in the story are the following seemingly diverse topics: putting square pegs into round holes, oh my darling starling, weapons of mass destruction, and: Why won't you do what I want? Presented by our President, Jim Galik.
Dr. Sue Lau, our previously scheduled speaker, is unable to be with us, due to health issues.
Drumming will proceed the service - from 10:00 to 10:20. You are welcome to bring your own drum or rhythm instrument. We have several drums available for those who wish to use them.

Apr.    19    Earth Day Service  Our choir will present music and readings centered on Mother Earth. Our RE class will present a short skit on the plight on the Monarch butterflies and how we can help save them.

Apr.    26    Remember When?  How we remember things shapes our lives. It is possible to reframe how we tell our stories so that we live more positively into the future. Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun, will help us to think about our stories in a way that is empowering.
 
May      3    The Greatest Commandment One of the results of my involvement with various “inter-faith” groups is that I am occasionally asked if I consider myself a Christian. Although on the surface the question may seem like a simple one to answer, I sometimes reply that it depends on what one means by the word Christian. Presented by our president, Jim Galik.  Drumming from 10:00 to 10:20 preceding the service. Pie party follows the service.

May    10    Life After Death? Do you believe in life after death, and if so, what constitutes your ideas of the afterlife? How realistic are these ideas and what is their source? Lots of questions and lots of answers, but do any of them really match up and do any of them really make sense? Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.

May    17    Justice Sunday  Social justice for race, for peace and for worker’s rights in memorable musical form - a presentation by our choir.

May    24    Memorial Day  Picnics, parades, flag waving, and sales events. But is that what it's all really about? We'll talk about this very special day in our culture, and we can share some memories of our own. Led by Rev. Rebecca Booher.

May     31    Gushing  Have you ever had a time or a day when you just felt bigger than life and all was good? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will spend a little time this morning simply gushing and showing how to use such moments to expand our inner selves.

 
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
 
April 12- Monarch Watch-Skit Practice- Led by Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
April 19- Earth Day Service
--Intergenerational Service- Students perform skit in service
April 26-
Make up Lesson from Brutal Winter-Session 17- Weaving Our Lives Together- Led by Caroline Reed

May 10--  Wildlife Habitat Work--Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
May 31--  Wildlife Habitat Work and RE Certificates--Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed

 

Other Activities
 
Self Inquiry Group
 
Spirituality
(Discussion)
April 1, 7:00 PM
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality.”  -Carl Sagan
“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”  -Anne Lamott
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense o wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” - Anaïs Nin


Humor
(Discussion)
April 11, 1:00 PM
“One thing you must be able to do in the midst of any experience is laugh. And experience should show you that it isn’t real, that it’s a movie. Life doesn’t take you seriously, so why take it seriously?”          - Richard Rose
 
Blame
(Discussion)
May 6, 7:00 PM
“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won;t speed in changing whatever it is that is making you unhappy.”     -Wayne Dyer
Inner Guidance
(Discussion)
May 9, 1:00 PM
“If you’ve gotten to the point where you realize that the thing you would like most to find in this world is a steady source of guidance - then that’s what you are after. You never find that stated in simple language. The kew to the whole process lies in the fact that there is a fountain -spring of endless guidance and information within every human being. One only has to learn to get out of its way, to let the consciousness generate in a stilled and quiet mind.”                                                 - -Jim Burns

 
 
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.
 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
First Friday - May 1
7:30 PM
Living (better) with Weeds
Speaker: Granny Earth
What are you going to do about those dandelions? Granny Earth is an expert on weeds and will reveal some useful and healthful ideas for the common weeds we all live with.

 

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.