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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.
 
 “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
                                                                                                - Thomas A. Edison
 
 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......April
 
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.

 
Apr.  5    Paradise, Lost and Found - In the early Christian church, the gory details of the Crucifixion of Jesus weren’t part of  the headlines. Resurrection, and the recognition that life on this Earth can be a Paradise was the primary motivating factor in the life of early Christians. Why the change, what is/was the role of Universalism, and can the Church return to Paradise on Earth? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
 
Apr.    12    Life After Death? Do you believe in life after death, and if so, what constitutes your ideas of the afterlife? How realistic are these ideas and what is their source? Lots of questions and lots of answers, but do any of them really match up and do any of them really make sense? Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh. Drumming 10:00 to 10:20 preceding the service.

Apr.    19    Earth Day Service  Our choir will present music and readings centered on Mother Earth. Our RE class will present a short skit on the plight on the Monarch butterflies and how we can help save them.

Apr.    26    Remember When?  How we remember things shapes our lives. It is possible to reframe how we tell our stories so that we live more positively into the future. Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun, will help us to think about our stories in a way that is empowering.

 
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
 
April 12- Monarch Watch-Skit Practice- Led by Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed
April 19- Earth Day Service
--Intergenerational Service- Students perform skit in service
April 26-
Make up Lesson from Brutal Winter-Session 17- Weaving Our Lives Together- Led by Caroline Reed

 
 

Other Activities
 
Self Inquiry Group
 
Spirituality
(Discussion)
April 1, 7:00 PM
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality.”  -Carl Sagan
“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”  -Anne Lamott
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense o wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” - Anaïs Nin



Humor
(Discussion)
April 11, 1:00 PM
“One thing you must be able to do in the midst of any experience is laugh. And experience should show you that it isn’t real, that it’s a movie. Life doesn’t take you seriously, so why take it seriously?”          - Richard Rose
 
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.
 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
No First Friday scheduled for April
 

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.