Schedule of Events
September & October 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.
4 Defying Hate In 1939 as the Nazis were beginning their horrific reign of terror
in Europe, 2 unassuming Unitarians embarked on a dangerous mission to save Jews, dissidents, and other refugees. Their story,
“Defying the Nazis: Sharp’s War,” a documentary film created by Ken Burns and the Sharp’s grandson,
Artemis Joukowsky, will be presented on PBS on September 20th. Given the current fearful atmosphere that exists in our
world, today we’ll talk about how we may go about defying hatred and fear. (And think about getting together to watch
the movie!) Drumming precedes the service from 10:00 to 10:20.
11 Where's the Magic? Due to humankind’s much greater understanding of the natural world,
most of us no longer fear the gods. In light of suggestions that there is no God, and with “spiritual, but not religious”
fast becoming one of the largest demographic groups in the United States today, does that mean religion’s days are numbered?
Some thoughts by our president, Jim Galik.
18 Opening Up to the Pain of the World Our natural tendency is to move away from, or cover
up our pain. Our own pain teaches us about ourselves. The pain of others teaches us about ourselves and the world. Suffering
is a fiber of life, how do we weave it? Presented by Maureen Ceidro of Excela Home Care & Hospice.
Sept. 25 The General Idea, Part II By special request
Dr. Renee Waun will update us on what transpired at the UU General Assembly in Columbus in June, and why it might matter to
folks like us in the congregations.
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.
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.
Why We Walk A short history and exploration about this very human and spiritual endeavor. Presented by Rev.
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.
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,
Child care is provided for children
too young to participate in classes.
4 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Sept. 7 Fresh Express.
St. Michael’s in Rector. 3:00.
Sept. 15 Book Discussion. The Elegance of the
Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 7:30 PM
Sept. 20 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group.
Sept. 25 Board of Trustees meeting 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.
Oct. 1 Used
& Unique Sale. 8:00 to 3:00
Oct. 2 Giant Eagle money due. Please
see Ed Makuchan.
Oct. 4 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group.
Oct. 13 Book discussion, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steve Galloway.
Oct. 18 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
21 Groundswell Rising. A documentary film on fracking. 7:00 PM.
23 Board of Trustee’s meeting at 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.
23 CROP Hunger Walk. 2:00 PM at St. James Lutheran Church.
5 Greater Pittsburgh Cluster Assembly 1st UU Church of Pittsburgh. 9:00 - 3:00
Self Inquiry Group
1:00 PM Saturday, Sept. 10
is an Egyptian tale of two men whose fields were irrigated by a common manually operated water source allowing water to be
channeled first to a ditch serving one field: then to a ditch serving the other. The men were in constant argument, accusing
each other of taking more water for his field. An uncle of the men tired of hearing their arguments. He placed a large stone
in the water channel, dividing the flow of water equally to both fields and solving the problem.
In 1956, Egypt and Britain
were involved in military action over the Suez Canal. When informed of this, an elderly Nubian asked, “What’s
the matter with them? Couldn’t they find anyone to put a stone in the middle?”
Adapted from Nubians
in Egypt; Peaceful People
by Robert A. Fernea
Falling Into Grace
PM Saturday, Sept. 24
"Beyond even any teaching, though, the aspect of spiritual life that is the most
profound is the element of grace. Grace is something that comes to us when we somehow find ourselves completely available,
when we become openhearted and open-minded, and are willing to entertain the possibility that we may not know what we think
we know. In this gap of not knowing, in the suspension of any conclusion, a whole other element of life and reality can rush
in. This is what we call grace. It's that moment of ‘ah-ha’—a moment of recognition when we realize
something that previously we never could quite imagine."
- Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace
1:00 PM. Sat. Oct. 8
Men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy
in seeking to become like each other.
- David Riesman
In my clinical experience, the greatest block to a person's
development is his having to take on a way of life which is not rooted in his own powers. - Rollo May
a documentary film
about industrial harm caused by hydraulic fracturing and our hope for the future.
Symptoms of Inner Peace
Discussion, 1:00 PM, Sat. Oct. 22
1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously, rather than based on past experience.
2. An unmistakable ability to
enjoy each and every moment.
3. A loss of interest in judging others.
4. A loss of interest in judging self.
The above is part of an entry in a book by John Banks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life. The entry is noted “Author
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.
Friday, October 21 at 7:00
at our Fellowship building.
This film captures the passion and courage of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation.
They stand together, challenging a system that promotes profit over health. We meet mothers, fathers, scientists, doctors,
farmers and people from all sides of the political spectrum taking a hard stand against energy extraction techniques not
proven to be safe. With the oil and gas industry’s thrust to expand fracking seen as a moral and civil rights issue,
this provocative film documents a people’s movement, a groundswell rising.
The screening of Groundswell Rising
will be followed by a discussion with Mark Lichty, Executive Producer. Ordinary people are making choices to stand up and
protect their communities and children’s future.
Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given
moment, a best path ... a thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do ... to find this path, and
walk in it, is the one thing needful for him. - Thomas Carlyle
Dedication to one's work in the world is the only
possible sanctification. Religion in all its forms is dedication to Someone Else's work, not yours.
- Cynthia Ozick