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.
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Schedule of Events
Services......November and December
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.
2 Pennies from Heaven: The Deep Reserves of Going Green As we continue
to discover the lucrative and deep pockets of natural resources underfoot, we must stop and consider the true cost of cracking
open the earth to collect its revenue. Rev. Rebecca Cartus of the Smithton UU Church, will present a service on the real costs
of spending down our environmental reserves in order to pump up our flailing economy - not only the rewards we can reap but
also the price we will pay, as individuals and as communities. Drumming from 10:00 to 10:20.
Nov. 9 Last Things What happens when something
we believe will happen, fails to happen? When a much-anticipated and much-hoped-for “end” fails to occur?
As human beings, we have come up with all kinds of adaptive strategies that help us live with our disappointments. Set
this within a religious context, specifically within a Christian religious context, and see what happens. Presented
by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Nov. 16 Modern-Day Psychology of Religion-Respectful with an Eye Towards Spirituality
Dr. Russ Philips, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pitt-Greensburg, will discuss his research and clinical experience
concerning religion and spirituality, and explore with the audience how religion and spirituality impact our lives, especially
concerning how we cope with stress.
Nov. 23 Giving
Thanks The national holiday nearly all of us are about to celebrate is based almost entirely on myth. Nevertheless,
giving thanks and being grateful, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day is spiritually and psychologically beneficial,
and evidence suggests that these benefits are transcendent. The only question remains is: Whom do we thank? Thoughts by our
president, Jim Galik.
Nov. 30 Choose Your Battles
We can make a big deal out of something or we can acknowledge and move on. It is a choice that we can pay attention to
or leave it to default. Is it necessary to do battle at all to have a peaceful, loving and joyful life? Our minister, Dr.
Renee Waun will reflect on this.
Moral Injury Often unrecognized, commonly misunderstood, Moral Injury is a hidden consequence of war that can
be deadly to the Soul. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming prior to the service: 10:00 to 10:20.
Dec. 14 Sex Ed and the Biblical Christmas Stories
The Christian doctrine of the Virgin Birth raises a number of questions regarding Jesus’ birth, including how it was
that Mary, Joseph, and God were all involved in the process. We will also want to take a look at how Greco-Roman birth
narratives may help us to understand the disparity between Jesus’ birth stories as they are found in Matthew and in
Luke. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dec. 21 Solstice/Christmas service A celebration
of the season through music and readings. Our choir and Religious Education students will join in the celebration.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. (7:30PM) Following
the tradition that began with UUFLV’s first worship service on December 24, 1987, members and friends of the Fellowship
will provide special holiday music and readings. In keeping with the same tradition, all who attend are welcome to bring a
holiday treat to share.
Dec. 28 Is Love
a Feeling? The month of December is a time when we like to think love and generosity abounds. But what is love?
A feeling? An act of kindness? A mindset? Let’s re-examine this thing called “Love”. Our minister,
Dr. Renee Waun will present.
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.
Curriculum---We Believe: Learning and Living Our Unitarian Universalist Principles
Dec. 7- Seasonal Lesson-Origin of Some Christmas Traditions and preparation for Dec.
21 service- led by Karlice Makuchan.
Dec. 21- Intergenerational Service- Students will participate
in this service in celebration of the season- assisted by Karlice Makuchan.
Book Discussion Group
readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion. December’s
discussion will be at 7:30 on Dec. 12. The book is by Diderot. December’s selection is The Great Bridge by David McCullough.
This is the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge told by one of America’s greatest living writers.