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.
“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” - Aldous Huxley

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.

Oct.      4    The World of Francis  Traditionally honored as the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, today's gathering celebrates his teachings (as well as his namesake, Pope Francis) as they relate to the care of our beloved Earth and all Beings who dwell upon Her. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.   Drumming precedes the service: 10:00 to 10:20.

Oct.    11    Being Here Now  A look at some of the apparent and not so apparent philosophical connections Unitarian Universalism has from a personal level. Presented by Humanist Minister, Leo Nagorsky.

Oct.    18    Creation Spirituality  In his book, Original Blessing, radical theologian and former Catholic priest, Matthew Fox, deconstructs historical Christian theology and rebuilds it around an ancient form of Christian mysticism that celebrates all of creation. Today’s message will include a discussion of his effort. Presented by our president, Jim Galik.

Oct.    25    The Magnitude of Us  When we think about ourselves as church people on a mission, just exactly who are we and how big are we? Formative events have helped us to see this more clearly. Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.


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 normal 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.

Classes begin again after the summer hiatus.

Oct. 11- Lesson 18- The Freedom to Learn-Led by Karlice Makuchan
Oct. 25- Lesson 19- Global Village- Led by Karlice Makuchan

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
Oct.      3    Used & Unique Sale. 9:00 to 4:00.
Oct.      4    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Oct.      6    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Oct.      7    Self-Inquiry Group. What Is Normal? 7:00 PM
Oct.      8    Book discussion. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. 7:30 PM
Oct.    11    Food Pantry contribution - last day for October contributions - Cake or Cookie mixes.
Oct.    17    Self Inquiry Group. Punishment. 1:00 PM.
Oct.    18    Crop Hunger Walk. 2:00 PM at St. James Lutheran Church.
Oct.    20    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Oct.    25    UUFLV Board Meeting. 9:15 AM.

Self Inquiry Group
What Is Normal?
Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
“I firmly believe that all Human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of Mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.” - Jean Houston

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 PM
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” - Albert Einstein

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than one derived from fear of punishment.”
                -Mahatma Gandhi

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.

October 8 (Thursday) 7:30 PM
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The stunning first novel in Erdrich’s Native American series. It tells the stories of two families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. In Erdrich’s poetic style, it is an intergenerational dramatic portrait of strong men and women and the healing power that is love medicine.


 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.