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.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”- Barack Obama
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.
2 Search for Meaning We each are called to live an authentic, Soulful life that
connects us with our deepest selves as well as the Soul of the world. How do we find this place?
How do we find meaning in our lives? Our speaker will be UU Minister Rebecca Booher.
9 The Gospel of Thomas The Gospel of Thomas was found in Egypt in the 1940s. It has
been described as “the single most important Christian archaeological discovery of the twentieth century”, and
recent scholars have included it in A New New Testament. We’ll look at the circumstances of its finding, along with
its implications for the understanding of early Christianity. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Mar. 16 Law of Attraction - Law of Repelling -
Positive- Negative - What are the things in life we call failure? Paul Campbell will be our speaker A graduate
of St. Vincent College with a bachelor’s degree in music, he is a recording artist and speaker on spiritual principles.
Drumming from 10:00 to 10:20.
Mar. 23 The Call The Call of
Abraham recorded in the Book of Genesis, is the starting point for all of the Western religions, but it
is more than that - the beginning of a deeply significant concept in our culture. Beyond the similarities and differences
in the way Jews, Christians and Muslim understand “the call”, it continues to have relevance for individuals today.
Led by Dr. Robert Matson, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
We’re on a Mission Some contemporary wisdom that says every person benefits from having a personal mission
statement. Have you ever thought about this? What would that look like? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun, will help
us to explore this topic.
Religious Education Classes...
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.
Class: We Believe- Learning and living our Unitarian Universalist Principles Curriculum
March 9- Climate Change Lesson to prepare for Earth Day Service- led by Caroline Reed
prep for Earth Day Service and/or Session 8- Dorothea Dix- Led by Caroline Reed
February 9- Session 7 -
Who Owns the Earth- Led by Caroline ReedHigh School Class: Sacred Threads: An Asian Religions Curriculum for
High School Youth
March 9- Climate Change Lesson to prepare for Earth Day
Service- Led by Karlice Makuchan
March 30- Finish prep for Earth Day Service and /or Session 18: Essentials of
Confucianism- Led by Karlice Makuchan
Our book discussion group usually meets at 7:30 PM on the second Thursday of the month. All interested readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion.
March 13 - The Laxdaela Saga-Icelandic saga
April 10 - Pravda by Edward DocX
The Universe masquerading as a fox terrier
powerful sensation of seeing into the life of a rock - ‘getting into each other’s heads’ - is what the seers
mean by enlightenment, and the feeling that accompanies enlightenment is what the poets call love, the pervasive response
not only to a specific spec but to all that it is a manifestation of.”-Chuck McKowan -Realms of Gold; how the universe
gets is job done
What do you think about this definition of enlightenment?
What Is Possible?
March 19- 7:00 PM
beliefs about what is possible - or impossible often become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Until Roger Bannister ran a mile in
less than four minutes, everyone thought it was impossible. Soon after, the four minute mile became almost routine. I don’t
think this was because people suddenly became more physically fit (Steroids notwithstanding). Rather, once one person did
it, the belief shifted about what was possible. Once people believed it was possible, it was possible.”
Ornish-Reversing Heart Disease.
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. Use the downstairs back entrance. Convenient parking in the back lot.
First Friday Events...
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.
A Combined First Friday for February
will be held on the last Friday-Feb. 28at 7:30 PM
Instead of a First Friday in February we are fortunate to be able to host Jim
Scott for a second time in a combined February-March event. (On the last Friday of February instead of the First Friday).
For more than three decades, Jim Scott has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates peace, justice
and the earth.
Years of activism are reflected in Jim’s work. His songs, poetry and short stories address issues
of ecology, justice and peace with insight and gentle wit. For all his varied professional background, it is Jim’s
lyrical songs that remain his greatest offering.
Jim helped to create the Green Sanctuary program and the accompanying
handbook for building an ecological/spiritual awareness in church congregations. He performs many benefit concerts and
often appears at events,
supporting environmental and peace causes with his music.
Jim will be performing at First
UU Church in Pittsburgh and other area UU congregations and he is able to grace our congregation and friends with a performance
on the same weekend.
The First Friday series is free and open to the public.
For this event donations will also be accepted.
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
P.O. Box 692
1724 Route 30 (East)
telephone is usually unattended, but you are welcome to leave questions via voice mail. Please call 724-238-7797.