UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley

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A welcoming home for liberal religious thought and action in eastern Westmoreland County
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.

“Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” – Jesus
Schedule of Events 
October and November Services........
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.
Oct.      2    Doctrine of Discovery - It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. We’ll look at some of the impacts of this doctrine which continue to be experienced by indigenous peoples in the U.S. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming will precede the service - 10:00 to 10:20.

Oct.      9    Dancing on the Edge of Darkness  Whether it is our shadow self, depression, or the dark night of our souls… it is the dark side that provides us with much information about who we are... and who we are not… how can we face the darkness and still participate in the dance of life?  Presented by Maureen Ceidro, MA of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice.

Oct.    16    Why We Walk  A short history and exploration about this very human and spiritual endeavor. Presented by Rev. Bobbie Hineline.

Oct.    23    Water Communion  In these days when access to this precious resource is threatened around the world and in our own neighborhood, let us take time to honor and celebrate this life-supporting liquid. Members and friends are invited to bring a sample of water that has special or personal meaning. These waters will be mixed in a common vessel and will be used for some life-sustaining purpose. “Virtual water" will also be provided. Today's service will be facilitated by our president, Jim Galik.

Oct.    30    The Great Emergence  As a way of evaluating the present and looking ahead toward the future of our Fellowship, our minister, Dr. Waun will share thoughts on some issues addressed in Phyllis Tickle's book The Great Emergence as a lens for reflection.
Nov.      6    Principled Politics  There is a constitutionally drawn line between church and state, and this is a good thing. But our faith can inform our politics, and that should also be a good thing. Today, we’ll look at how our UU Principles can offer us guidance in our political lives. Not to worry... we won’t be crossing the IRS line! Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming will precede the service - 10:00 to 10:20.

Nov.    13    The Chosen Ones: Of Prophets and Presidents
   An epic event in religious history is the moment when Yahweh chooses the Israelites as his people at Mt. Sinai, and delivers the 10 Commandments to Moses. But this moment is more complicated than the tale would tell, as is the topic of “chosenness." Who chooses who? How do we choose our leaders? Are they called like prophets or are they created and molded by practice, history and culture? In today's political climate, as demographic groups have morphed into mobs and moralists, vying for control of the conversation and the future of our nation, we’ll look at how the claim to chosenness has impacted us, in the arenas of belief, justice, politics, and society. Presented by Rev. Robin Zucker, Interim Minister, UU Church of Meadville.

Nov.    20    Harvest, Gratitude, and Gladness  Since the dawn of time these three ideas have  been inextricably linked in human culture. We will look at what those memories mean and how we experience those ideas today. Presented by Leo Nagorsky, Humanist Minister, Member of Allegheny Center UU Church.

Nov.    27    Listen to the Turtle  There are times when the wisest, most compassionate thing we can do is to stop and listen to the slowest among us for what they can teach us about wants, needs and how we sometimes get it wrong. Our minister, Rev. Renee Waun    will present.
Religious Education
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 are not scheduled at present. 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.
Child care is provided for children too young to participate in classes. 
UUFLV Dates to Remember
Nov.      1    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Nov.       5    Greater Pittsburgh Cluster Assembly. 1st UU Church of Pgh. 9:00 - 3:00
Nov.      6    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Nov.     10    Book discussion, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe. 7:30 PM.
Nov.    15    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Nov.    29    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Dec.    11    Board of Trustee’s meeting at 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.

 Other Activities

Self Inquiry Group
Symptoms of Inner Peace
Part II
Discussion, 1:00 PM. Sat. Nov. 12

5. A loss of interest in conflict.      
6. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
7. A loss of the ability to worry.
8. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Symptoms of inner Peace
Part III
Discussion, 1:00 PM Sat. Nov. 26
9. Contented feelings of onnectedness with others and with nature.
10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the heart.
11. lncreasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
12. An increasing tendency to let things happen, rather than to manipulate them and make them happen.

The above quotations are parts of an entry in a book by John Banks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life. The entry is noted “Author unknown.”

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.
Nov. 10 at 7:30
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
This powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852 as it denounced the institution of slavery in most dramatic terms.

 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.