May and June2017
"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” - Albert Schweitzer
Worship services begin at 10:30 AM. At 11:30 after a break for coffee, tea and snacks, everyone is invited to stay for a discussion of the morning’s topic.
Schedule of Services…
May 7 An Uncomfortable Adventure Most of us have read or heard about the recent controversy regarding hiring practices in the UUA. The terms “White Supremacy”and “White Privilege” and “White Fragility” are popping up all over UU-related social media and our UU World Magazine. In the words of Rev. Karen Quinlan,“true change happens only when we take the time and the risk of sitting with something hard.” Today we will take time; we will take the risk. It is hard, but if we truly desire a Beloved Community, it is necessary.
Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
Drumming precedes the service, 10:00 to 10:20.
May 14 Question for the Abyss Mental illness is more common than cancer, heart dis ease and diabetes, yet most health insurance doesn’t cover it. Mental illness is not rare, and yet, denial persists. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, we’ll learn about and reflect on mental illness from various angles, including the spiritual. Rev. Robin Zucker will present facts, rather than myths, about mental illness; to increase awareness about its impact and to explore how we might soften the stigma, expand our empathy and increase our support for those most affected among us.
May 21 The Music of Social Justice Our choir and the congregation will sing some ofthe music that has inspired the actions of those working for social and environmental justice through the years.
May 28 Behind the Change We go through many changes throughout our lives, but does that make someone a different person, or just make that person a truer and truer representation of who they really are apart from all the changes? Who are we in our most authentic self? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.
June 4 Outside Work Day It's the beginning of spring and time to shape up the UUFLV Wildlife Habitat and grounds. This will be our service for the day. Main jobs will be weeding, pruning, distributing the remaining mulch and planting a few annuals. Please wear old clothes and wear or bring hats, garden gloves, weeding tools, pruners, shovels and rakes. Last year so many members pitched in that we finished in about 75 minutes! If we get the same size crowd, we'll be done quickly this year too. Remember, "Many hands make light work.” Led by Karlice Makuchan.
June 11 Unitarianian Universalism as Jazz Jazz is a different drummer's kind of music and UUism is a different drummer's kind of religion. Parallels between the two are remarkable. Jazz and UUism are each deeply personal, in that they ask the participant to seek and create with both freedom and integrity within a fixed but flexible framework. Looking ahead to General Assembly, we’ll explore how ours is a “jazz religion,” with music and readings that syncopate with the theme.
Presented by Rev. Robin Zucker.
June 18 Annual Meeting In lieu of our usual Sunday morning worship program, we will use our time together today to conduct our annual congregational meeting, the agenda of which will include adoption of a budget for 2017-2018 and the election of officers. In addition, we will consider an amendment to further define terms and limits for at large members of the board of trustees, positions which were created at our special congregational on April 30th. Specific language for the amendment will be provided to members at least two weeks prior to the meeting. President Jim Galik will chair the meeting.
June 25 All in the Family Scientists have shown that chimpanzees share over 98% of our human DNA, but we know also that we are closer to other human beings than can probably imagine. Who is our human “family”? We will explore this with Dr. Waun. The service will be followed by a vegetarian/vegan potluck meal, coordinated by Joe Stierheim.
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 have ended for this church year. They will begin again in the Fall.
Child Care service has been suspended at present. The nursery will continue to be open to parents with young children during Sunday services.
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, PA 15658.
UUFLV Dates to Remember
June 3 Self Inquiry Group. Vision, 1:00 PM.
June 4 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
June 8 Book Discussion Group. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty 7:30 PM.
June 13 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
June 17 Self Inquiry Group, Social Media, 1:00 PM.
June 18 Annual congregational meeting. 10:30 AM
June 25 Vegetarian/Vegan Potluck following the service. Please bring a dish to share.
Self Inquiry Group
June 3, 1:00 PM
I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that? Soledad O'Brien
How important is “vision”?
How does it differ from ego?
June 17 1:00 PM
Social media websites are no longer performing an envisaged function of creating a positive communication link among friends, family and professionals. It is a veritable battleground, where insults fly from the human quiver, damaging lives, destroying self-esteem and a person's sense of self-worth. Anthony Carmona
What is your personal experience and/or opinion of social media?
Summer meetings of the Self Inquiry Group are held at 1:00 PM on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the downstairs social hall of the UUFLV, 1724 Route 30 (East) Ligonier, PA 15658.
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.
June 8 Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty.
"The interplay of family life, with a dozen different people saying and doing a dozen different things all at the same time, is wonderfully handled by Miss Welty so that no detail is lost, every detail had its place in the pattern of the whole.” N.Y Times.
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.