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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.
 
“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”  - Harriet Tubman
“Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” – Jesus
 
Schedule of Events 
 
May 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.
 
 
 May      1    May Day  No, we’re not going to dance around a Maypole or perform fertility rites (sorry!) No, today in the midst of strikes and protests for higher wages, we’re going to talk about the May Day of 1886 that jump-started the Labor Movement in the US and then around the world. What was it like for workers back then? How has the movement changed lives? Where are we today, and what does the future look like? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming precedes service. 10:00 to 10:20.

May      8     Inhabiting a Peaceable Kingdom 
Nobelist Albert Schweitzer has famously remarked that, “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” How do we balance our seventh principle about interconnectedness with social norms that typically uphold the Biblical notion that humans hold dominion over all other creatures? Can we join the Farm Sanctuary movement and still eat chicken? Should we support the work of the UU First Principle project to change the wording of that principle to “affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all beings” (not just persons)? We’ll explore ways to expand our understanding of being in compassionate relationship with animals. As a non-vegan herself, Rev. Robin Zucker will reflect on these challenges.

May    15    Justice Sunday 
A presentation by our own UUFLV choir. A special collection for Uganda Micro-Financing.

May    22     Outdoor Workshop 
A Work Day Led by Karlice Makuchan

May    29    The General Idea 
Now that our Ohio Meadville District is dissolving and the UU General Assembly is soon coming to Columbus, OH (June 22-26) we need to get serious about learning more and participating in our UU process. Dr. Waun will do  some cheerleading on this topic.



Religious Education
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.

Curriculum: Traditions With a Wink-UU Identity Curriculum for Middle Schoolers
May 8--Outside work in Wildlife Habitat- Led by Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed

May 22--Outside work in Wildlife Habitat-
Led by Karlice Makuchan and Caroline Reed

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 Remember
May      1    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
May      3    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
May      7    Sue Lau Memorial labyrinth. Hempfield Community Park. 2:00 PM
May    12    Book Discussion. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch. 7:30 PM
May    13    Second Friday Music Club. 7:30 PM. Community members are welcome.
May    14    Self-inquiry Group. Eternity. 1:00 PM
May    17    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
May    22    Board of Trustees. 9:15 AM.
May    31    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
June   19    Annual meeting. Following the service.

 

Other Activities

Self Inquiry Group
Eternity
Discussion
1:00 PM Saturday, May 14
“The reason men don’t know the law of life is because they’re afraid to look eternity in the face.” - Erle Stanley Gardner

“You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.” - Isaac Bashevis Singer

Should we be thinking in terms of the universe? How does one do that?
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.

 
 
Book Discussion Group
An informal group where we share our ideas about the book of the month.
Books are selected by consensus. 
Visitors are welcome.

May 12 at 7:30
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch.
A comic novel about work and love, wealth and fame.


 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.