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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 awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 

 
Schedule of Events 
 
 
Services......November and December
 
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. 
 
 
Nov.      2    Pennies from Heaven: The Deep Reserves of Going Green  As we continue to discover the lucrative and deep pockets of natural resources underfoot, we must stop and consider the true cost of cracking open the earth to collect its revenue. Rev. Rebecca Cartus of the Smithton UU Church, will present a service on the real costs of spending down our environmental reserves in order to pump up our flailing economy - not only the rewards we can reap but also the price we will pay, as individuals and as communities. Drumming from 10:00 to 10:20.

Nov.      9    Last Things What happens when something we believe will happen, fails to happen?  When a much-anticipated and much-hoped-for “end” fails to occur? As human beings, we have come up with all kinds of adaptive strategies that help us live with our disappointments.  Set this within a religious  context, specifically within a Christian religious context, and see what happens. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.    

Nov.    16    Modern-Day Psychology of Religion-Respectful with an Eye Towards Spirituality  Dr. Russ Philips, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pitt-Greensburg, will discuss his research and clinical experience concerning religion and spirituality, and explore with the audience how religion and spirituality impact our lives, especially concerning how we cope with stress.

Nov.    23    Giving Thanks  The national holiday nearly all of us are about to celebrate is based almost entirely on myth. Nevertheless, giving thanks and being grateful, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day is spiritually and psychologically beneficial, and evidence suggests that these benefits are transcendent. The only question remains is: Whom do we thank? Thoughts by our president, Jim Galik.

Nov.   30    Choose Your Battles We can make a big deal out of something or we can acknowledge and move on. It is a choice that we can pay attention to or leave it to default. Is it necessary to do battle at all to have a peaceful, loving and joyful life? Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will reflect on this.
 
Dec.      7    Moral Injury  Often unrecognized, commonly misunderstood, Moral Injury is a hidden consequence of war that can be deadly to the Soul. Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.  Drumming prior to the service: 10:00 to 10:20.

Dec.    14    Sex Ed and the Biblical Christmas Stories  The Christian doctrine of the Virgin Birth raises a number of questions regarding Jesus’ birth, including how it was that Mary, Joseph, and God were all involved in the process. We will also want to take a look at how Greco-Roman birth narratives may help us to understand the disparity between Jesus’ birth stories as they are found in Matthew and in Luke. Presented by Dr. Sue Lau, retired Professor of Religion at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dec.    21    Solstice/Christmas service   A celebration of the season through music and readings. Our choir and Religious Education students will join in the celebration.

Dec.    24    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. (7:30PM) Following the tradition that began with UUFLV’s first worship service on December 24, 1987, members and friends of the Fellowship will provide special holiday music and readings. In keeping with the same tradition, all who attend are welcome to bring a holiday treat to share.

Dec.    28    Is Love a Feeling?  The month of December is a time when we like to think love and generosity abounds. But what is love?  A feeling? An act of kindness? A mindset? Let’s re-examine this thing called “Love”.  Our minister, Dr. Renee Waun will present.
 
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
Dec. 7- Seasonal Lesson-Origin of Some Christmas Traditions and preparation for Dec. 21 service- led by Karlice Makuchan.

Dec. 21- Intergenerational Service-
Students will participate in this service in celebration of the season- assisted by Karlice Makuchan.

 
 

Other Activities...
 
Book Discussion Group
All interested readers are invited to participate. One is not required to be a member to join in the discussion.
December’s discussion will be at 7:30 on Dec. 12. The book is by Diderot. December’s selection is The Great Bridge by David McCullough. This is the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge told by one of America’s greatest living writers.
 
Self Inquiry Group
Something
(Discussion)
December 3, 7:00 PM
“Knowledge is awareness, and to it there are many paths, not all of them paved with logic. But sometimes one is guided through the maze by intuition. One is led to something felt on the wind, something seen in the stars,
something that calls from the wastelands of the spirit. To receive the message, the mental pores must be open...."
Louis L’Amour, The Lonesome Gods


The Thing To Do
(Discussion)
December 17, 7:00 PM
“So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle, as in any other task, is to cultivate the peace of mind which does not separate one's self from one's surroundings. When that is done successfully, then everything else follows naturally. Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all." -Robert M. Prisig
The Self Inquiry Group usually meets on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held in the lower level of our building. Convenient parking in the back lot. 

 

 

First Friday Events...
 
UU First Friday Series
December 5th - 7:30 PM
The Spirit of Thoreau
Attention, Activism, and Adventure

Speaker: Bryon Williams

Today, author Henry David Thoreau’s distinctive insights on nature, society, and selfhood are as relevant as ever. In this talk, we will explore Thoreau’s influential legacy and consider some implications of Thoreau’s ideas for important issues of our own time. Bryon Williams, who teaches English at Duquesne University, has a long standing personal and professional affinity for the works of Henry David Thoreau.
Free to the public.
On the first Friday of each month beginning in early fall and running through May, the UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley presents an evening program of religious, philosophic, ethical or other vital topic affecting humankind.
 
 
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.