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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.
 
 “If you want others to be happy practice compassion.
If you want to be happy practice compassion.”  - The Dalai Lama

 
 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services...... July
 
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.

 
July      5    Freedom  2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document which had a great impact on our own Founding Documents. So, how are we doing? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming preceding the service: 10:00 to 10:20

July    12    What Really Matters? Join us for an interactive service led by our member Dean Nelson during which we honestly ask ourselves what really matters.

July    19    The Essence of the Self  This service will be done in the round to encourage an open dialogue among members, regarding what each person thinks the phrase "The Essence of the Self" is/means and how we can help each other and ourselves along the journey of Self discovery. Led by our member Jennifer Biggs.

July    26    Those Good Old Camp Songs  Remember camp? Remember the old songs sung around the campfire? Let’s sing them again on this informal, summer Sunday in the round. Dr. Renee Waun will strum her uke and we will bring back fond memories as we sing the tunes! You are invited to bring an instrument and to play along.

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
 
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.
 
 

 

Other Activities
 
Self Inquiry Group
 
Meditation as Productive Thinking
Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 PM
Meditation shouldn’t be sitting there looking at your third eye or something like that. It should be arguing with yourself, analyzing within your own mind. I don’t believe in sitting down for the purpose of meditating. I believe in productive thinking…to find out what your obstacle is. I don’t tell you to pursue knowledge. I tell you to pursue things that will provoke your mind to think.
            -Richard Rose
What do you think Richard Rose means when he says that meditation should be arguing with yourself?

Gratitude
Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 PM
“Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.”
            -Simone Weil
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
            -G. K. Chesterton

What role does gratitude play in your spiritual search?
For what are you grateful?

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 .

July 8, 7:30 PM - The Vertigo Years by Phillipp Blom
August 12, 7:30 PM- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
First Friday -
7:30 PM
First Friday programs will resume in the early autumn.
 

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.