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
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.
5 Zen and the Art of Kitchen Sink Maintenance One of the
many ideas contained in the iconic book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, is the idea that, sometimes, the best
way to solve a problem is to stop thinking about it. Today’s message includes a story of one example of this process.
Presented by our president, Jim Galik. Drumming precedes service. 10:00 to 10:20.
June 12 Is Reality Changing? From “reality”
TV to virtual worlds, our definitions of reality are being challenged. While some of these challenges can be dismissed
as superficial, are there fundamental changes occurring in how we define reality? Presented by our member Dr. Dean Nelson,
Division Chair of the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
June 19 Annual Meeting A short worship service
will be followed by our annual meeting for the election of officers and adoption of the 2016 -2017 budget.
June 26 Different Strokes The saying “Different strokes for
different folks” sounds like it might be a good mindset and motto for Unitarian Universalism. But is that really the
case? Perhaps we could be more, deeper, better than that. For minister, Dr. Renee Waun will reflect on this topic.
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 held during the summer months. Classes begin again
in October. Schedule announcements will be made in August.
Child care is provided for children too young to participate in classes.
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.
UUFLV Dates to RememberJune 5 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
10 Second Friday Music Club. 7:30 PM. Community members are welcome.
Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
June 16 Book Discussion. Woman’s
Work by Elizabeth Barber. 7:30 PM
June 19 Annual Meeting, following the service.
June 28 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Self Inquiry Group
1:00 PM Saturday, June 11
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you,
as you are to them.”
“When holidays come around I hear a family member say ‘My whole family is coming
for dinner’ and everyone at the meeting groans.”
-Anonymous member of a Twelve Step program
bond that links you and your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”
- Richard Bach
1:00 PM, Saturday June 25
“James pointed out that to describe the mind as a function of the brain does not fully specify the
character of the functional dependence. Physiologists routinely presume that the role of the brain is productive, the brain
generating the mind in something like the way the tea kettle generates steam, or the electric current flowing in a lamp generates
light. But other forms of functional dependence exist which merit closer consideration. The true function of the brain might
for example be permissive, like the trigger of a crossbow, or more importantly, transmissive, like an optical lens or a prism,
or like the keys of a pipe organ. (or perhaps in more contemporary terms, like the receivers in our radios or televisions).
-Edward F. Kelly, Irreducible Mind
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.