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.
 “If you are really thankful what do you do? You share.”- W. Clement Stone

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.

Nov.      1    Brokenhearted Democracy  Many people today are feeling an increasing sense of frustration, hopelessness, and cynicism towards our political system, resulting in withdrawal from the political process. Is the heart of our democracy broken, and if so, how can we help to heal both it and ourselves? Presented by UU Minister, Rev. Rebecca Booher.
Drumming precedes the service: 10:00 to 10:20.

Nov.      8    Praise It!  Have you ever noticed how often criticism or judgment gets in the way of our gratitude? In anticipation of Thanksgiving, we’ll explore how we might soften the critical impulse and free ourselves from the tyranny of judgment and the suffering it creates. As we make our daily rounds, how can we increase our opportunities to “praise it” rather than raze it. Rev. Robin Zucker will present.

Nov.    15    Trickle-Up Justice  Most of us have heard of “Trickle-Down Economics.”  For many UUs, that is a problematic theory. Many may feel that a trickle-up economy might be preferable. Let’s examine how we do our justice work. Do we follow a trickle-down model? What might a trickle-up approach look like? Presented by David Dunn,
Ministerial Intern at 1st UU Church of Pittsburgh.

Nov.    22    The Spirituality of Aging What spiritual work are we invited to do in the last third of our life? How can we make our last years rich and meaningful? Presented by Rev. Bobbie Hineline.

Nov.    29    Thriving and Surviving the Holidays  At this time of year not everyone is happy about the holidays, especially if there has been a difficult loss or some other crisis in life. How do we cope when so many around us want to celebrate? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun, will share her wisdom.

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.
Our regular curriculum is We Believe: Learning and Living Our Unitarian Universalist Principles which was designed for small, wide age-range groupings of children and youth to learn about our UU heritage and values with stories and group activities.
Nov. 8  Session 20 - Working It Out. Led by Caroline Reed
Nov. 29 The Web of Humankind - Led by Caroline Reed.

Baby sitting is provided for children too young to participate in classes.
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.


Other Activities
UUFLV Dates to Remember
Nov.      3    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Nov.      4    Self-Inquiry Group. Science and Spirituality. 7:00 PM
Nov.      8    Giant Eagle money due. Distribution of cards Nov. 15.
Please see Ed Makuchan.
Nov.    14    Self Inquiry Group. Tolerance.1:00 PM.
Nov.    17    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Nov.    17    Book discussion. The Color of Water by James McBride. 7:30 PM. Meet downstairs.
Self Inquiry Group
Science and Spirituality
Wednesday, November 4, at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 4, at 7:00 PM
“It is my belief that we are now facing a crucial time in our existence. We need to recover more of that larger knowledge while living here on earth, while our brains (including the left-side analytical parts) are fully functioning. Science—the science to which I've devoted so much of my life—doesn’t contradict what I learned up there. But far, far too many people believe it does, because certain members of the scientific community, who are pledged to the materialist worldview, have insisted, again and again that science and spirituality cannot coexist.”
--Eben Alexander, M. D. Proof of Heaven

Saturday, November 14, 1:00 PM
“Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So we can choose either to approach our fellow humans with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candor. -- Tom Hanks
“The people of all nations can get along together as friends as long as governments and religions stay out of the way.” - Anonymous
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. 
Book Discussion Group
An informal group where we share our ideas about the book of the month.
Books are selected by consensus. 
Visitors are welcome.

November 17 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM
The Color of Water by James McBride
Meet downstairs. Midstream Meditation meets upstairs.
A black man’s tribute to his white mother. Interspersed throughout his mother's compelling narrative, McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self-realization and professional success.

 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.