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.
“If you want others to be happy practice compassion.
If you want to be happy
practice compassion.” - The Dalai Lama
Schedule of Events
Aug. 2 Annual Picnic at Twin Lakes Park, Pavilion #2.
Aug. 9 Identity
The question of one’s identity has been much in the news. Sometimes it goes against the grain of what society deems
to be acceptable. But the questions “Who am I?” and “Who are you?” are often difficult to answer.
Being true to oneself is not for the faint of heart. We’ll have an open discussion of the “trans” identity.
Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming preceding the service: 10:00 to 10:20.
Aug. 16 Introducing the Greater Pittsburgh UU Cluster Congregations
A description of each of the congregations and how the cluster can benefit us all. Presented by Pat Jacobson, board and worship
committee member of the Ohio Valley UU Congregation in Belaire. OH and of the Cluster board.
Aug. 23 Flunking Sainthood In her memoire, Jana Reiss shares her quest to become
more saintly by tackling 12 spiritual practices. Though she begins with the question “How hard could that be?”
Reiss finds other growing humiliation that she is “flunking sainthood”. In this sermon, the Rev. Robin Zucker
of the 1st UU church of Pittsburgh explores the myth of enlightenment and the rigors of real spiritual growth. It’s
August. What happened to your January resolutions? Are you making progress or have you given up because you flunked sainthood
sometime in mid February? Toss your halo, keep your wings, and come discover the benefits of “failing better.”
Aug. 30 Stout Wisdom Are you familiar with Ruth Stout
and her bodacious style of living and gardening? Her agrarian methods are enjoying renewed popularity, so let’s take
a little walk down Memory Lane and revisit her and her words of wisdom for all of us (with the help of a short film), in this
informal summer Sunday in the round. Facilitated by our minister, Dr. Renee Waun.
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
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.
Concern for the Earth is a central concern of many UUs. We wanted our RE class to do something special for
Earth Day, so a lesson was presented to the students on the plight of the monarch butterflies and what we could do to help
them. A skit was written in which one student played the part of a monarch butterfly another was Siri (iPhone Assistant),
another was a milkweed plant that was "in the know," Others played other parts showing why the monarchs are in decline
mainly due to loss of habit. The point of the skit was to show an area where there were hardly any milkweed plants for
the adult monarch to lay her eggs because of the overuse of chemicals like Roundup and the second area where chemicals like
Roundup were not used and the monarch had a better chance to find milkweed they needed to survive. The message at the end
urged the congregation to plant native milkweed in their own area to help the monarchs find the habitat that they need to
survive. - Karlice Makuchan, Religious Education Chair
further information call 814-255-2676 or write to UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley, 1730 Route 30 East, P. O. Box 692, Ligonier,
Self Inquiry Group
Wednesday, August 5 at
“Chronic remorse. as all the moralists are agreed. is a most undesirable sentiment. If you
behave badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account
brood over your wrongdoing. rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
-Aldous Huxley, Brave New
Saturday, August 22 at 1:00
“Welcome Mr. Goodperson. I am God and this is heaven.
Although you have never stopped reflecting
or fantasizing long enough to discover the truth while you were on Earth, I have decided that it would be interesting to give
you a second chance. But relax, you don’t have to sing praises to me for eternity. That wouldn’t be any fun after
a few hours, and the whole point of going to heaven is to get something that you think you want. Consequently, I’m going
to let you choose your activity here. The only drawback is that whatever you choose to experience must continue forever.”
Robert Harwood from his book A Path to Christ Consciousness
Given this reasonable opportunity,
what would you choose to do for eternity?
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.