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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.
 

“Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” – Jesus
 
Schedule of Events 
 
June Services........
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.
 
June       5    Zen and the Art of Kitchen Sink Maintenance   One of the many ideas contained in the iconic book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, is the idea that, sometimes, the best way to solve a problem is to stop thinking about it. Today’s message includes a story of one example of this process. Presented by our president, Jim Galik.    Drumming precedes service. 10:00 to 10:20.

June    12     Is Reality Changing?  From “reality” TV to virtual worlds, our definitions of reality are being challenged. While some of these challenges can be dismissed as superficial, are there fundamental changes occurring in how we define reality? Presented by our member Dr. Dean Nelson, Division Chair of the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

June     19    Annual Meeting   A short worship service will be followed by our annual meeting for the election of officers and adoption of the 2016 -2017 budget.

June 26    Different Strokes  The saying “Different strokes for different folks” sounds like it might be a good mindset and motto for Unitarian Universalism. But is that really the case? Perhaps we could be more, deeper, better than that. For minister, Dr. Renee Waun will reflect on this topic.
 

Religious Education
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.
 
Religious Education classes are not held during the summer months. Classes begin again in October. Schedule announcements will be made in August.
Child care 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.
 
UUFLV Dates to Remember
June       5   Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
June    10    Second Friday Music Club. 7:30 PM. Community members are welcome.
June    14    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
June    16    Book Discussion. Woman’s Work by Elizabeth Barber. 7:30 PM
June    19    Annual Meeting, following the service.
June    28    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.

 Other Activities

Self Inquiry Group
Family
Discussion
1:00 PM Saturday, June 11
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
                                  -Desmond Tutu

“When holidays come around I hear a family member say ‘My whole family is coming for dinner’ and everyone at the meeting groans.”
-Anonymous member of a Twelve Step program

“The bond that links you and your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”         - Richard Bach


The Mind
Discussion
1:00 PM, Saturday June 25
“James pointed out that to describe the mind as a function of the brain does not fully specify the character of the functional dependence. Physiologists routinely presume that the role of the brain is productive, the brain generating the mind in something like the way the tea kettle generates steam, or the electric current flowing in a lamp generates light. But other forms of functional dependence exist which merit closer consideration. The true function of the brain might for example be permissive, like the trigger of a crossbow, or more importantly, transmissive, like an optical lens or a prism, or like the keys of a pipe organ. (or perhaps in more contemporary terms, like the receivers in our radios or televisions).
    -Edward F. Kelly, Irreducible Mind

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.

June 16 at 7:30 PM

Women’s Work by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. Women, Cloth and Society in Early Times. New discoveries about the textile arts reveal women's unexpectedly influential role in ancient societies.


July - Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen.


 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.