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.
“If you want others to be happy practice compassion.
If you want to be happy
practice compassion.” - The Dalai Lama
Schedule of Events
Services...... August & September
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
Aug. 23 Flunking Sainthood
In her memoire, Jana Reiss shares her quest to become more saintly by tackling 12 spiritual practices. Though she begins with
the question “How hard could that be?” Reiss finds other growing humiliation that she is “flunking sainthood”.
In this sermon, the Rev. Robin Zucker of the 1st UU church of Pittsburgh explores the myth of enlightenment and the rigors
of real spiritual growth. It’s August. What happened to your January resolutions? Are you making progress or have you
given up because you flunked sainthood sometime in mid February? Toss your halo, keep your wings, and come discover the benefits
of “failing better.”
Stout Wisdom Are you familiar with Ruth Stout and her bodacious style of living and gardening? Her agrarian methods
are enjoying renewed popularity, so let’s take a little walk down Memory Lane and revisit her and her words of wisdom
for all of us (with the help of a short film), in this informal summer Sunday in the round. Facilitated by our minister, Dr.
Sep. 6 The
Secret Messages in Water Water has been communicating with us for centuries in various ways. Perhaps the most intriguing
facet it has, is showing us about ourselves and the underlying meaning of things we have come to see as mundane or at least,
common knowledge. Please join us as we explore the secret messages in water in this water communion service. Presented
by Jennifer and Richard Biggs.
Drumming precedes the service: 10:00 -10:20.
Sep. 13 Privilege Expanding on last month’s
discussion about identity, this talk will explore the concept of “white privilege”. What does it mean? Is it real?
How do we deal with it? Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher.
20 Alone and Afraid As infants and children, and sometimes even as adults, we have all experienced
what mental health experts call separation anxiety, a sensation of fear in the absence of the one who nurtures and protects
us. Today’s message, by our president, Jim Galik, will include a discussion of separation anxiety, its possible causes
and various ways we can respond to and alleviate it.
27 A Summer Observed This past summer has included Pride Week controversies, racial tensions,
religious disputes, terrorist threats and political debates. Is there a path that can lead from hate and fear to 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.
Our normal curriculum
is We Believe: Learning and Living Our Unitarian Universalist Principles which was designed for small, wide age-range
groupings of children and youth to learn about our UU heritage and values with stories and group activities. Classes
will begin again in the fall. The schedule will be announced.
for the Earth is a central concern of many UUs. We wanted our RE class to do something special for Earth Day, so a lesson
was presented to the students on the plight of the monarch butterflies and what we could do to help them. A skit was written
in which one student played the part of a monarch butterfly another was Siri (iPhone Assistant), another was a milkweed plant
that was "in the know," Others played other parts showing why the monarchs are in decline mainly due to loss of
habit. The point of the skit was to show an area where there were hardly any milkweed plants for the adult monarch to
lay her eggs because of the overuse of chemicals like Roundup and the second area where chemicals like Roundup were not used
and the monarch had a better chance to find milkweed they needed to survive. The message at the end urged the congregation
to plant native milkweed in their own area to help the monarchs find the habitat that they need to survive. - Karlice Makuchan, Religious Education Chair
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.
Self Inquiry Group
Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 PM
“Welcome Mr. Goodperson. I am God
and this is heaven.
Although you have never stopped reflecting or fantasizing long enough to discover the truth while
you were on Earth, I have decided that it would be interesting to give you a second chance. But relax, you don’t have
to sing praises to me for eternity. That wouldn’t be any fun after a few hours, and the whole point of going to heaven
is to get something that you think you want. Consequently, I’m going to let you choose your activity here. The only
drawback is that whatever you choose to experience must continue forever.”
Robert Harwood from his book A Path
to Christ Consciousness
Given this reasonable opportunity, what would you choose to do for
Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM
“If I feel good about my parenting,
I have no interest in judging other people’s choices. If I feel good about my body, I don’t go around making fun
of other people’s weight or appearance. We’re hard on each other because we’re using each other as a launching
pad out of our own perceived deficiency.”
“We can never judge the lives of others,
because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right
path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 PM
“Who are you
- a career; an education; a religion; a sex; a position?
What are you, really?
Sometimes it’s hard to figure
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you
are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond,
beautiful and strong.”
Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water
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.