UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley

Welcome to the UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
Unitarian Universalist History
Prophetic UU Women
Varieties of UU Religious Belief
UU Worship
Our Wildlife Habitat
UU Humor
Photo Album
Sunday Service

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.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
     - Desmond Tutu

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.      6   The Oneness of Everything  The root of our current planetary crisis lies in our sense of separation from our environment. Until we act upon an awareness and acceptance that we are all part of one interdependent living organism, we will not find our way out of the dilemma. Presented by UU Minister, Rebecca Booher.

Apr.    13    Earth Day Celebration  In this annual event our great choir will share music celebrating Mother Earth, the intrepid UU Players will perform their special Polar Bear skit, and our RE classes will provide presentations about Global Warming.

Apr.    20    The River of Life  Along with special music provided by our choir, in today’s service we’ll consider whether we can come to a new understanding of Easter that is in harmony with Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes. Lead by our President, Jim Galik.

Apr.    27    Constitutional Questions   Much attention is given to our U. S. Constitution from the perspective of both political parties; each claiming to have the real interpretation. The  first, fourth and fourteenth amendments get a lot of attention, but there are other provisions that are interesting and even oddball. Let’s have a look. Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will facilitate.  
May     4    Our Earth   Our Earth is wounded, suffering. As we become more aware of our interconnections with Her, we too feel that suffering, that pain. Our Souls are part of the Soul of the World. Presented by UU Minister, Rev. Rebecca Booher.

May    11    The Schism Between Judaism and Christianity
  The growing disparity and enmity between Judaism and Christianity is shown rearing its ugly head within the pages of the Biblical New Testament itself. Our speaker will be Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.

May    18    The Music of Social Justice - with the words of special “Visitors” from the past. Our choir will perform. Facilitated by Jack Milburn.

May    25    Flower Communion Service
  Our minister, Rev. Renee Waun will lead our annual Flower Communion service on this Memorial Day weekend. Each attendee is asked to bring a cut flower to add to the common bouquet, and to hear again the powerful and moving story of Norbert Capek who originated this beloved UU ritual.

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. Children attend the first part of the Sunday service with their parents and then leave for their own classes.
Primary/Intermediate Class: We Believe- Learning and living our Unitarian Universalist Principles Curriculum
May 11- Session 10- Used to Thinks- Led by Caroline Reed
May 25- Certificates and UU Wildlife Habitat work outside- Led by Caroline ReedMay 11-Session 19: Environment and Religions- Japanese Culture (Shinto)- Led by Karlice Makuchan
May 25- Certificates and UU Wildlife Habitat work outside- Led by Caroline Reed

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.
May 14. Cod by Mark Kurlansky.
Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic. Cod is a charming tour of history and a fish story embellished with great gastronomical detail. Unfortunately, it is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once the cod’s numbers were legendary.

Self Inquiry Group
May 7- 7:00 PM

“If I’m going to do something that could be provocative or artistically relevant, I have to be prepared to put myself in a place where I feel unsafe, not completely in control. I have no fear of failure whatsoever, because often out of that uncertainty something is salvaged...There is no progress without failure. And each failure is a lesson learned...”
                - David Bowie
Do you fear failure, and if so, what is it that you actually fear?

May 21- 7:00 PM
What is your strongest belief and where did you get it?
What former beliefs are no longer important to you?
What is the difference, to you, between a belief and a truth?

 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.
What really is
The Word of God?

May 2- 7:30 PM
Speaker: Robert Matson, Ph.D.
    Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Dr. Matson will lead us through a scriptural study of references to “the Word of God”, mainly so that we can see that it doesn’t refer to the Bible. But if that is not what it means, what DOES it mean?

The First Friday Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month.

Free to the public - Sponsored by
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
1.5 miles East of Ligonier on Route 30 (Beside Ligonier Valley Beach)

All events are held in our Fellowship building - 1.5 miles east of Ligonier on Route 30.
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.