Welcome

The Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MVUUF) is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North America and is an ethical and liberal religious community dedicated to promoting the ongoing search for truth and to affirming the inherent worth of the individual.

Our Fellowship Mission is to help each person live, laugh, love and seek the truth; to be a place of celebration, comfort, love, and learning for all ages; to serve our community in the spirit of justice and democracy; and to respect all religious paths.

Services begin at every Sunday at 10:30 am, with a social hour afterwords. Some services are presented by our part-time minister, Elizabeth Greene, on the first Sunday of every month. Please note that as of April 5, 2015 we are meeting in a new location, 588 Addison Avenue West. To find directions to the fellowship, click here.

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Saturday, July 11: Sandy Fackler Memorial Service

Dear MVUUF Friends,

As you know from Ken’s message, Sandy Fackler died last week.

Sandy was released from the ordeal she suffered during the past 2 or 3 weeks.

We will mourn her death & celebrate her life in a memorial service at The Vendor Blender & Event Center (our worship space) on Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 am.

Your Caring Committee, Anne Martin & John Eickley, will be sending out a request to sign up to bring food to the luncheon we will host after the service.

If you wish to send a condolence card to her daughter & family, send it to Kristi Cederstrom at 498 Parkway Circle, Twin Falls ID 83301. Also, Doc Smith (1411 Tara St., Twin Falls, ID 83301) of our congregation was a close friend of Sandy’s, & will be grieving like a family member–please keep him in your thoughts, prayers, & cards.

Sandy was incredibly grateful for the kindness you all showed her in her final months, & I feel a deep warmth for your caring. Even if you did not know her well–or, maybe at all–I hope you will attend the memorial, as we bid farewell to one of our community.

Thank you for being a religious community, in the finest sense of the word.

Love & faith,

Elizabeth

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Sunday, July 5, 2015: “Faith of Our Founding Fathers”

Host/Presenter: Chad Minteer

At this time of year as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country and recall its beginnings, it is inspiring to consider some of the extraordinary men whose religious views shaped the foundations of the government in this country. If we look carefully at the ideas of these extraordinary founders, we see that they are highly relevant to our current world, and that we would do well to revive those ideas.
We will briefly consider the religious beliefs of the first 3 American Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams; as well as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine. Using our hearts as well as our minds, we can work to reinvigorate the ideas on which this nation was founded:

  • A tradition of respect for reason and for the benefits of science;
  • A tradition of viewing our religious diversity as a strength to be treasured;
  • A tradition that values the benefits of open and free religious practice;
  • A tradition that the people are truly free in the practice of their religion when religion is not interwoven with the power of the State.

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Child care is available. Please join us Sunday at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West, at 10:30 AM. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Saturday, July 25: Picnic at Dierkes Lake

Greetings MVUUF Friends and Members,

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will be having a picnic Saturday, July 25 at Dierkes Lake. We have the South Shelter reserved from 8 AM to 11 PM so let’s take advantage of it!

We will be organizing some activities for kids and adults (more to follow). If you have ideas for activities, please let Dale Bostock (208-539-9880 ) or Susanna Terry (208-208-421-1781) know.

Dale will be organizing potluck meals and dispersal of front entry tickets. She will have sign-up sheets available at the Sunday services prior to the picnic for both the potluck meals and the front gate tickets.

Also, does anyone have a canoe or small boats they would like to share with the group for the day? If so, please let Dale know.

We will provide directions and more detailed information as we get closer to the picnic day!

Thanks and Take care,

The MVUUF Board

Diekes Lake

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Sunday, June 28, 2015: “Ramadan: A Month of Spiritual Fasting”

Host: Don Morishita
Ramadan is one of the most holy months for the one billion plus Muslims of the world when adults must perform the very strict and obligatory fast from dawn to sunset for 30 days. This month in the Islamic religion is believed to be when the Angel Gabriel conveyed the Word of God (the Holy Quran) to Muhammad.

The fast involves abstaining from all foods and liquids (including water), smoking, and sex. Fasting helps one to experience how a hungry person feels and what it is like to have an empty stomach. It teaches one to share the sufferings of the less fortunate. Muslims believe that fasting leads one to appreciate the bounties of God, which are usually taken for granted. Good deeds, extra prayers, and charity are given more weight during this time period and therefore these are further encouraged during Ramadan.

Overall this month carries a heightened sense of spirituality for Muslims. Ramadan ends with a big celebration called Eid-al-Fitr where the entire Muslim community gather en masse to pray and give thanks to God for His blessings. They then traditionally exchange gifts, visit relatives and friends and eat delicious dishes prepared for this occasion.

Below are two short music videos I am sure you will enjoy:
Ramadan Moon – Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Ramadan Is Here! – A Child’s Poem – (And Other Videos)

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Child care is available. Please join us Sunday at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West, at 10:30 AM. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015:  “A Fathers’ Day Service”

Host/Presenter: Ken Whiting

The Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 21st. Our service will be dedicated to all the fathers, step fathers and other men who entered our lives and taught us about living, loving and caring.

Ken Whiting will present the service with stories and readings about the amazing and important role of fathers and the others who have fathered us. Some members of the congregation have been invited to also share stories about their fathers.

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available.

Please join us Sunday at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West, at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, June 14: “Summer Solstice”

Host/Presenter: Karen Fothergill

Sunday, June 14th, Karen Fothergill will present the topic for our service, the history of human celebration of the “Summer Solstice.”

Please join us to learn more about how the Summer Solstice is celebrated among various religious paths.

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available.

Please join us Sunday at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West, at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Announcement from Elizabeth Greene:

I will be in town on Friday afternoon, doing a worship workshop on Saturday morning, to plan for next year. Have you sent your worship-service hopes, ideas, comments, etc. to Karen Fothergill or me (uurev@pobox.com)? This is your chance to influence our weekly central congregational event, for the coming year! Looking forward to seeing you, this final Sunday of the 2014-2015 program year! In faith, Elizabeth

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