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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
31-- Wildlife Habitat Work and RE Certificates--Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
Self Inquiry Group
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
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
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
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
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
- -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.