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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.
 
 
“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

 
 

 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services..... March and April
 
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.  
 
 Mar.     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.
Mar.      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.

Mar. 30    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.

Apr.      6   The Oneness of Everything  The root of our current planetary crisis lies in our sense of separation from our environment. Until we act upon an awareness and acceptance that we are all part of one interdependent living organism, we will not find our way out of the dilemma. Presented by UU Minister, Rebecca Booher.
Apr.    13    Earth Day Celebration  In this annual event our great choir will share music celebrating Mother Earth, the intrepid UU Players will perform their special Polar Bear skit, and our RE classes will provide presentations about Global Warming.
Apr.    20    The River of Life  Along with special music provided by our choir, in today’s service we’ll consider whether we can come to a new understanding of Easter that is in harmony with Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes. Lead by our President, Jim Galik.
Apr.    27    Constitutional Questions   Much attention is given to our U. S. Constitution from the perspective of both political parties; each claiming to have the real interpretation. The  first, fourth and fourteenth amendments get a lot of attention, but there are other provisions that are interesting and even oddball. Let’s have a look. Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will facilitate.   

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.
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.
 
Primary/Intermediate Class: We Believe- Learning and living our Unitarian Universalist Principles Curriculum
April 13- Earth Day Service- Intergenerational Service
April 27- Session 9: A Very Short Rule-Led by Caroline Reed

High School Class
Sacred Threads: An Asian Religions Curriculum for High School Youth
April 13- Earth Day Service- Intergenerational Service
April 27- Session 19: Environment and Religions- Japanese Culture (Shinto)- Led by Karlice Makuchan


Other Activities...
 
Our book discussion group usually meets at 7:30 PM during the second week of the month. All interested readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion.

April 10 - Pravda by Edward DocX
What Am I?
April 2- 7:00 PM


Self Inquiry Group
April 2, 7:00 PM
“What am I?
Am I the bulb that carried the light or am I the light for which the bulb is the vehicle?” -  Joseph Campbell from the Power of Myth, a series of interviews of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyers seen on PBS.

Do you identify with the body (bulb) or the consciousness (light)
What do you consider consciousness to be?


Being Lost
April 16- 7:00 PM
“Not until we’re lost, in other words, not ‘till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the finite extent of our relations.” -Henry David Thoreau from Walden.

Where are you in life? Can you put aside your desires and fears long enough to begin questioning?
 
 
 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...
 
On the 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.
 
April 4 at 7:30 PM
 
The Bahá’í Faith
 Speaker - David Frank

David Frank has been a follower of the Bahá'í faith for over forty years. Bahá'í is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. Founded a century and a half ago it is today among the world’s fastest growing religions with over 5 million followers residing in virtually every nation on Earth. It is the second most wide spread faith surpassing every religion but Christianity in its geographical reach. Its essential message is one of unity. 

 

The First Friday series is free and open to the public.

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 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.