June and July 2017
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
- Mark Twain
Worship services begin at 10:30 AM. At 11:30 after a break for coffee, tea and snacks, everyone is invited to stay for a discussion of the morning’s topic.
Schedule of Services…
June 25 All in the Family Scientists have shown that chimpanzees share over 98% of our human DNA, but we know also that we are closer to other human beings than can probably imagine. Who is our human “family”? We will explore this with Dr. Renee Waun. The service will be followed by a vegetarian/vegan potluck meal, coordinated by Joe Stierheim.
July 2 Patriotism, UU Style “Love it or leave it!”; “My country, right or wrong!”; “We’re Number One!” etc. UUs have been accused of not being patriotic, for any number of reasons... falsely. But what is patriotism, and how do we as Unitarian Universalists express it? Or not? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming will precede the service. 10:00 to 10:20.
July 9 Flower Communion With readings, song and thoughts, our "Altar Society Lady," Sara Rucosky, presents this lovely UU tradition. Worshipers are requested to bring a favorite blossom of garden or wayside, and hopefully with a very short explanation as to its significance, place it in a vase, then select a flower from an other person to reflect upon in the coming days. For those who have no flower to contribute, an assortment will be available.
July 16 Hi Neighbor! As global citizens, the definition of "neighbor" has grown deeper roots and further reaching branches. What does it mean to be a neighbor? Who are our neighbors? And when we determine who our neighbors are - what does that mean for us? Let's explore the roots and the branches - and how the concept of "neighbor" has evolved over time. Maurene Ceidro of Excela Heralth will be our speaker.
July 23 Living the Dream It’s been said that those of us who enjoy the benefits of “white privilege” and white supremacy” are living in a dream world. Today’s message will discuss the experiences of a person who has lived the dream and one who has had to live outside the dream. Presented by our president, Jim Galik.
July 30 Madam President Having returned from the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will report on the latest developments in our religious movement and also say some things about our newly elected president. All three candidates were women!
UUFLV Dates to Remember
July 1 Self Inquiry group. Letting Go. 1:00 PM
July 2 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
July 11 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
July 15 Self Inquiry group. The Highest Good. 1:00 PM
July 23 Board of Trustees meeting. 9:15 AM.
July 25 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Aug. 6 Annual Picnic at Twin Lakes Park.
Self Inquiry Group
This is an informal group devoted to exploring the self through open discussion.
Topic for discussion
July 1, 1:00 PM
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
-Stephen King, Rita Hayworth, and Shawsjank Redemption: A Story for Different Seasons
The Highest Good
Topic for discussion
July 15, 1:00 PM
“To seek the highest good is to live well.”
“If there is some end in the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the chief good. Knowing this will have a great influence on how we live our lives.”
“The unconscious is not only evil by nature, it is also the source of the highest good, not only dark but also light, not only bestial, semihuman and demonic but superhuman, spiritual and, in the classical sense of the word, ‘divine.’”
Summer meetings of the Self Inquiry Group are held at 1:00 PM on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the downstairs social hall of the UUFLV, 1724 Route 30 (East) Ligonier, PA 15658.
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.
There will not be a meeting in July due to conflicts with vacations.
The August meeting will be at 7:30 on the 10th. The book for August is The Outrun by Amy Liptot.
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 have ended for this church year. They will begin again in the Fall.
Child Care service has been suspended at present. The nursery will continue to be open to parents with young children during Sunday services.
If you have children who may be interested please call 814-255-2676 or write to UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley, 1730 Route 30 East, P. O. Box 692, Ligonier, PA 15658.
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.