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.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put
together that overwhelm the world.”
- Desmond Tutu
Schedule of Events
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.
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.
4 Our Earth Our Earth is wounded, suffering. As we become more aware of our interconnections
with Her, we too feel that suffering, that pain. Our Souls are part of the Soul of the World. Presented by UU Minister, Rev.
May 11 The Schism Between Judaism and Christianity
The growing disparity and enmity between Judaism and Christianity is shown rearing its ugly head within the pages of the Biblical
New Testament itself. Our speaker will be Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
May 18 The Music of Social Justice - with the words of special “Visitors”
from the past. Our choir will perform. Facilitated by Jack Milburn.
Flower Communion Service Our minister, Rev. Renee Waun will lead our annual Flower Communion service on this
Memorial Day weekend. Each attendee is asked to bring a cut flower to add to the common bouquet, and to hear again the powerful
and moving story of Norbert Capek who originated this beloved UU ritual.
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
11- Session 10- Used to Thinks- Led by Caroline Reed
May 25- Certificates and UU Wildlife Habitat work outside- Led by
Caroline ReedMay 11-Session 19: Environment and Religions- Japanese Culture (Shinto)- Led by Karlice Makuchan
Certificates and UU Wildlife Habitat work outside- Led by Caroline Reed
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.
14. Cod by Mark Kurlansky.
Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred
by it, national diets have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. Cod, it turns out, is the
reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic. Cod is a charming tour of history and a fish story embellished with great gastronomical
detail. Unfortunately, it is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once the cod’s
numbers were legendary.
Self Inquiry Group
May 7- 7:00 PM
going to do something that could be provocative or artistically relevant, I have to be prepared to put myself in a place where
I feel unsafe, not completely in control. I have no fear of failure whatsoever, because often out of that uncertainty something
is salvaged...There is no progress without failure. And each failure is a lesson learned...”
- David Bowie
Do you fear failure, and if so, what is it that you actually
May 21- 7:00 PM
your strongest belief and where did you get it?
What former beliefs are no longer important to you?
What is the
difference, to you, between a belief and a truth?
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. Convenient parking in the back lot.
First Friday Events...
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.
What really is
Word of God?
May 2- 7:30 PM
Robert Matson, Ph.D.
Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Matson will lead us through a scriptural study of references to “the Word of God”, mainly so that we can see that
it doesn’t refer to the Bible. But if that is not what it means, what DOES it mean?
The First Friday
Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief
set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month.
Free to the
public - Sponsored by
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
1.5 miles East of Ligonier on Route
30 (Beside Ligonier Valley Beach)
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)
telephone is usually unattended, but you are welcome to leave questions via voice mail. Please call 724-238-7797.