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.
“I am firm; you are obstinate; he is pig headed.” - Bertrand Russell
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.
3 Annual Picnic. Twin Lakes Park. Pavilion 2: 2:00 till ?. No service today.
Aug. 10 The Thirteenth Step
Twelve step programs have become invaluable in dealing with addiction. Can they be expanded and modified to provide even more
service to us as individuals and to our country? We will explore this possibility in this presentation. Our member, Joe Stierheim,
will be our speaker.
Beyond Congregations We are familiar with recent studies showing increasing numbers of people who are “religiously
unaffiliated”. Many of them share our common values and principles. How do we reach these folks? How
can we extend our message beyond our walls? Please read “Into the Beyond” in the Summer 2014 issue of UU World
(available in print and online at UUWorld.org), and UUA Pres. Rev. Peter Morales‘ essay “Opportunities are always
there” (same issue). Please join in the discussion which will be led by UU Minister, Rev. Rebecca Booher.
Aug. 24 The Five Wishes
On this August informal, summer Sunday in the round, our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will explore the top five things people
in hospice care wish they would have done during their lifetimes. What can we learn from this, and how might it change the
way we live the rest of our lives?
31 Never Give Up! One possible result of working for change in the world is to conclude that
the powers of evil are too great and impossible to defeat. There are some who have worked for decades to make the world a
better place and have finally given in to hopelessness. Is it wiser to just give up or to continue the struggle? Today’s
informal service will feature group discussion facilitated by our president, Jim Galik.
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.
education classes are held for both primary school age children and teens. No classes are held during the summer. They will
resume in early fall. Dates are to be announced.
Our book discussion group All interested readers are invited to participate.
One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion. The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on September 18th. The book
chosen for discussion is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Blink is a book about how we think
without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in a instant - that aren't as simple as they seem.
Life Is a Teacher
“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every
misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every
moment of joy or desperation, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.
Every moment is the guru.”
Charlotte Joko Beck
Topic for discussion:
If life is a teacher, what lesson might it be trying to teach you?
Pleasure and Pain
August 20, 7:00 PM
“Disciple: Why should
pain be more effective than pleasure?
Maharaj: Pleasure is readily accepted, while all the powers of the self reject
pain. As the acceptance of pain is the denial of the self, and the self stands in the way of true happiness, the whole hearted
acceptance of pain releases the springs of happiness.”
I Am That, Nisargadatta Maharaj
Topic for discussion:
What is your relationship with pain?
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...
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.
First Friday events will resume in the fall.
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.