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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.
 
 
 “Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.”  - J. C.

 
 

 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......September
 
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. 
 
 
Sep.      7    Water Communion   We are Watery Beings living on a Watery Planet. Water is a common need for all Life on Earth, thus we are all connected. Today we reconnect through our annual Water Communion. We bring water from the places of our lives and honor its deep significance. Led by UU Minister Rev. Rebecca Booher.
        Drumming circle: 10:00 to 10:20.
Sep.    14    Jephthah’s Daughter  The Old Testament book of Judges contains some fascinating stories about the pre-monarchic period in Israel’s history. One of these stories features the holy warrior Jephthah, who in turn involves his daughter. As important as the daughter becomes, the Bible writers leave her unnamed. Come learn about diplomacy, war, cowardice, courage, sacrifice, and         fame in early biblical times. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.
Sep.    21    Mabon, the Autumn Equinox  Harvest season is a time of thanks, and a time of balance. After all, there are equal hours of darkness and light at the equinox. We celebrate the gifts of the earth and accept that this year’s crops are dying or dormant. Our member, Connie Frank will discuss with us the significance of this ancient Wiccan celebration.
Sep.    28    Broken Glass  Nothing in this world is permanent. Suppose we lived our lives in such a way that we truly understood this so we could be more ready to “let go” of things, events, people, when the time comes? Our minister, Dr. Waun will bring her insights as we explore this topic.
 
 
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. No classes are held during the summer. They will resume in early fall. Dates are to be announced.
 

Other Activities...
 
Our book discussion group  All interested readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion. The next meeting will be at 7:30 PM on September 18th. The book chosen for discussion is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in a instant - that aren't as simple as they seem.


Self Inquiry Group


Your Existence
(Discussion)
September 3, 7:00 PM
“The truth is always in plain view, but the mind has an immense resistance to admitting the implications of what it sees.Another way of saying it is that the mind is in love with faulty self-beliefs.
Huang Po referred to the treasure house within as the place of precious things: “That which is called the Place of Precious Things is the real Mind, the original Buddha-Essence, the treasure of our own real Nature”. When asked where it is, he said: “It is a place to which no directions can be given….all we can say is that it is close by.”
Nathan Lippi

Topic for discussion:
What is separating you from what you really are?

Cease Cherishing Opinions!
(Discussion)
September 17, 7:00 PM
“Do not seek the truth: only cease to cherish opinions.”  - Seng-tse ((d. 606) Third Patriarch of Chan in China
“The task of any useful spiritual practice is therefore to dismantle cherishing thoughts and opinions: and ideas that make up the false self, the self that is seeking. This is the true task of meditation and inquiry.” - Adyashanti
“Surely opinions, values, interpretations merely prevent the mind from looking at the fact. If you want to understand the fact, it is no good having an opinion about it. - Krishnamurti

Topic for discussion:
Are you ready to cease cherishing your opinions?

 
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...
 
 
Recycling
October 3, 7:30 PM
by Westmoreland Cleanways
Speaker:  Ellen C. Keefe, Executive Director
Certified Recycling Professional

As Westmoreland County Recycling Coordinators, Westmoreland Cleanways oversees all recycling activities in the county. State-certified recycling professionals work with municipal and state officials and recycling industry professionals to encourage best recycling practices and to educate the public on current recycling industry trends.
Westmoreland Cleanways conducts a special collection for Household Hazardous Waste (chemicals), and operates a Recycling Center for the collection of hard-to-dispose items and other materials typically not recycled “at the curb”.  
 
Free to the public.
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.
 
 
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.