UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley

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A welcoming home for liberal religious thought and action in eastern Westmoreland County
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.” – Jesus
Schedule of Events 
August 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.
Aug.      7    Justice and Mercy  Today’s message will include a brief review of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, which has been selected as the 2016 “Common Read” by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Also included will be additional reflections on these essential human values. Presented by our president, Jim Galik. 
Drumming precedes the service from 10:00 to 10:20.

Aug.    14     Creating Safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People  Our denomination is noted for its work in behalf of LGBT people. Advocacy efforts are vital as those LGBT youth who are rejected by family and friends engage in suicidal and substance abusing behavior at a rate that is 50% higher than that of heterosexual youth. These youth are often bullied in their schools and communities. Violent acts towards transgender people occur once every four minutes in the United States. Today's message will help us to understand the unique journey's of LGBT people and their families. The message will be delivered in a panel style composed of LGBT people and allies. The message will empower those who attend in the following ways: developing an increased understanding of the safety needs of LGBT people; assist those who attend to actively engage in advocacy with and on behalf of LGBT people and their families. Presented by our member Rick Marsili.  
Aug.    21    Let's Be Radical!  What would the cost be, to us, if we were to live life….with radical acceptance, radical truthfulness, radical love? Encountering the terrorism of the mind with radical living. Presented by Maureen Ceidro of Excela Health Home Care and Hospice.

Aug.    28    Lame Duck Life   When an elected official is in their last term of office they are “lame ducks” and are free to say and do what they please because they can’t be voted out. What if we lived life as if we were free to do and say what we please? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun presents this topic as we ponder upcoming lame duck political terms.


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.
Religious Education classes are not scheduled at present. 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.
Child care is provided for children too young to participate in classes. 
UUFLV Dates to Remember
July      31   Annual picnic. Twin Lakes Park. Meet at 2:00. Eat at 2:30.
Aug.      7    Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Aug.      9    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Aug.    18    Book Discussion. Home by Witold Rybczynski 7:30 PM
Aug.    23    Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Aug.    27     3rd Annual Corn Boil at Rucosky’s “anytime after 3:00”. Corn & drinks provided. Bring a pot luck dish to share. Dinner circa 5:00. Carpool where possible.
Aug.    28    Board of Trustees meeting 9:15 AM. All members are invited to attend.
Oct.       1    Used & Unique Sale. 8:00 to 3:00.

 Other Activities

Self Inquiry Group
1:00 PM Saturday, Aug. 13
According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don't bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. 
    ― Deepak Chopra

Peace or Conflict
1:00 PM Saturday, Aug. 27
"You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace. Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict. You may not be able to feel it at this moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing you of this or that, not acknowledging you, encroaching on your territory, questioning the way you do things, an argument about money.... Can you then feel the enormous surge of force moving through you, the fear, perhaps being masked by anger or hostility? Can you hear your own voice becoming harsh or shrill or louder and a few octaves lower? Can you be aware of your: mind racing to defend its position, justify, attack, blame? In other words, can you awaken at that moment of unconsciousness? Can you feel that there is something in you that is at war, something that feels threatened and wants to survive at all cost, that needs the drama in order to assert its identity as the victorious character within that theatrical production? Can you feel there is
something in you that would rather be right than at peace?"
    -Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

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.
Aug. 18 at 7:30 Home: A Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski
Five centuries of homes great and small, from the smoke filled halls of the Middle Ages to today’s upscale environments. How cultural changes influence styles of decorating and furnishing—the connection between wall hung tapestries and contemporary wall to wall carpeting. Home opens a window into our private lives.

 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.