Sunday, April 27, 2014: “How I Discovered the Unitarian-Universalist Religion”

PLEASE NOTE: This Sunday’s service will NOT take place at the Senior Center

Facilitator/Host: Marion Wallace

“How I Discovered the Unitarian-Universalist Religion (An Informal Gathering at the Home of the Whitings)”

Please join us Sunday, April 27th beginning 10:30 AM at the home of the Whitings, for an informal service titled “How I Discovered the Unitarian-Universalist Religion.”

Everyone is invited to explore the Unitarian-Universalist faith and also to discuss thoughts that may have inspired (or did not inspire) him or her regarding religion. We will have an open discussion regarding various religious thoughts as well as thoughts that perhaps may be in the minds of those who feel they have no religion (i.e. atheists, those disillusioned by religion in general, etc.).

Members and regular visitors will discuss their own presonal thoughts pertaining to why they attend the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship.

The Whitings’ home is located at 2529 E 3707 N (Windmill Heights) just outside Twin Falls (near Curry Crossing). For directions, please call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or email mvuuf83301@yahoo.com for directions —  or use this Google Maps link.

This will be an informal service since the Twin Falls Senior Center, where the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship usually meets, is having a special event this Sunday and is not available for our usual meeting location.

We hope to see you! Everyone is welcome.

For those who are able, please bring a covered dish (pot luck) for everyone to enjoy after the service.

For further information, please contact Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161.

 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014: “The Spiritual Effects of Poetry”

Facilitator/Host: Dale Bostock

Through the art of poetry we connect with the world around us and come to a greater understanding of one another.

Please bring a poem that provides a spiritual message that moves you and has made a special impact on your life.

The poem can be something old or new, famous or not, something you wrote or just really enjoy and think others will too.

Please be prepared to tell us why you selected your poem and why you like it.

We hope to see you!

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available.

Please park in front of the building.

Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: http://magicvalleyUU.org
UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, April 13, 2014: “The Art of Listening”

Host/Presenter: Karen Fothergill

This week’s program will be an online service titled “The Art of Listening.” Join us this Sunday for this interesting service and lively discussion.

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the front of the building.

For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, April 6, 2014: “How God Changes the Brain”

Host/Presenter: Ray Cross

This week’s program will be a video from the Great Courses series: “The Spiritual Brain” featuring Dr. Andrew Newberg. Dr. Newberg is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania.

Our program this Sunday will explore answers to the questions: How do religious and spiritual ideas have an impact on our brains and why do some people develop compassion while others develop hatred as part of their religious beliefs?

We will also see how brains of mediators and non-mediators develop differently and what that might mean in our lives.

For an introduction to this Sunday’s service I suggest your watching the following videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8gTH3SGqqUand

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible.

Please park in the front of the building.

For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: http://magicvalleyUU.org
UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, March 30, 2014: “In Pursuit of the Holy Grail”

Presenter: Marion Wallace

Marion Wallace will lead a discussion pertaining to the “Holy Grail.”

Points to be discussed with regard to Marion’s topic of the “Holy Grail” are as follows:

  • The definition of “Finding the Holy Grail”
  • Examples of people who are considered to have found the Holy Grail
  • What is Your Holy Grail?

For those unacquainted with the “Holy Grail” here are a few videos to acquaint you with this subject:

Holy Grail Legend Endures for Centuries

Photo: Holy grail painting

This 1895 painting by Edwin Austin Abbey shows the Arthurian knight Sir Galahad discovering the fabled Holy Grail. The famous chalice earned its spiritual power as the cup used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper.

By Richard A. Lovett

In the Bible, the cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper is little more than a prop, given no particular prominence. But over the centuries, the fate of this now legendary vessel, the so-called Holy Grail, has come to haunt stories ranging from Arthurian legend to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Because Jesus used the cup during the Last Supper in what became the basis for the Christian Eucharist, the Grail has for many taken on the aura of an extremely holy relic.

The Grail takes on even greater significance from tales that Joseph of Arimathea, in whose tomb Jesus was placed prior to his resurrection, used the cup to collect Jesus’ blood while he was being crucified.

Theories abound as to where the cup eventually went. One says the Knights Templar, a medieval military order that persisted for more than 200 years, took it from Jerusalem during the Crusades.

There’s also a story in which Joseph carries the Grail to Glastonbury, England, a Roman outpost at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. In 1906, in fact, a blue bowl claimed by some to be the Grail was found there, and since then at least four other cups have been proclaimed to be the Grail, two from England and Wales and two from the Middle East.

But the reality, says historian Richard Barber, author of The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief, is that the Grail stories are just that—stories.

‘Poet With a Remarkable Imagination’

“The whole thing is basically the imagination of a 12th-century poet,” he says.

The poet, Chrétien de Troyes, created the initial, “fairly unspecific” story, Barber says, as a way of examining the theology of the Roman Catholic Mass.

“That may sound terribly obscure,” he says, “but in the 12th century, the nearest you got to drama, theater, and spectacle, if you were an ordinary person, was the celebration of Mass.”

In working through his story, Barber says, Chrétien worked backward from his own time to the time of Christ. “So you’ve got a poet with a remarkable imagination who invents the idea of the Grail.”

In fact, Barber says, the most remarkable thing about the legend is simply the fact that the story appears to have originated with a single writer. “There are so many people out there looking for the thing,” he says. “Actually it’s more exciting that someone can imagine something in the 12th century … that is still a hot concept 800 years later.”

Not that this means there wasn’t a cup. But even if it still exists, Barber asks, how would you know if you found it? “You are not going to come up with a cup with a neat label tied around it saying ‘This is the cup of the Last Supper, guaranteed authentic.'”

Archaeologist Fred Hiebert, a National Geographic Society fellow, agrees. “I’m always interested in finding remains of ancient people, especially pottery or metal vessels,” he says. But when it comes to linking any such object to a specific legend or biblical story? “We can’t do it.”

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the front of the building.

For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, March 23, 2014: “Happiness”

Host and Presenter: Ryan Terry

What is it and how do we get it? The inspiration for this sermon comes from a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk by Catholic Benedictine monk and interfaith scholar David Steindle-Rast.

According to Steindle-Rast, the one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, and happiness, Steindle-Rast suggests, is born from gratitude.

This is an an inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

Join us this Sunday as we discuss the concepts of happiness and gratitude.

Videos on this Topic and Further Information

Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, meditates and writes on “the gentle power” of gratefulness.

Many first met Brother David Steindl-Rast through a viral video called “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude,” where Louie Schwartzberg’s footage of time-lapse flowers in bloom is narrated by Brother David’s moving words asking us to simply be … grateful. Since 1953, Brother David has been a monk of Mount Saviour Benedictine monastery in New York, dividing his time between hermitic contemplation, writing and lecturing. He’s the cofounder of gratefulness.org, supporting ANG*L (A Network for Grateful Living).

He was one of the first Roman Catholics to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and is the author of The Ground We Share, a text on Buddhist and Christian practice, written with Robert Aitken Roshi. His other books include Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer and Deeper Than Words. His most recent book is 99 Blessings, a series of prayers for the general reader — whether people of faith, agnostics, or uncertain.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible.

Please park in the front of the building.

UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, March 16, 2014: “A Look at the Spring Equinox”

Host/Presenters:  Ken Whiting/Cynthia Hindes
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A Look at the Spring Equinox: Balance/Stability/Flexibility:

The Spring Equinox is just four days away coming up Thursday, March 20th. As the equinoxes are a time of balance i.e. equal lengths of days and nights in the cycle of the year it is a good time for us to examine and perhaps aline our own internal balance. Please join us for this interesting topic presented by Cynthia Hindes, a member of the Wiccan faith.

Videos for Your Review

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible.

Please park in the front of the building.

For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.
UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, March 2, 2014 “A Unitarian Universalist Look at the Beatles: All You Need in Love”

“All You Need in Love”

Host/Presenters:

Mary McGinnis and Karen Fothergill

A Unitarian Universalist Look at the Beatles: All You Need in Love

Presented by Mary McGinnis and Karen Fothergill. Together, we explore the poetry of the  Beatles songs and share the history of the four boys from Liverpool and how their music influenced the world.

 All You Need is Love & More
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-pFAFsTFTI&list=RDs-pFAFsTFTI

Story of the Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZSHsJjsh-Y

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible.

Please park in the front of the building.

For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

Physical Location:
Twin Falls Senior Center
530 Shoshone Street West

UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/  
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org  
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/  
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, February 23, 2014 “Near-death Experiences and the Brain”

Host/Presenter: Ray Cross

This Sunday the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s program will be a scientific look at near-death experiences titled Near-death Experiences and the Brain.  The presenter is Dr. Andrew Newberg.

Dr. Newberg is Director of research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  He has published extensively on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and spiritual experiences. This look at near death experiences is quite different from the normal scientific approach that you may have considered in the past.

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible.

Please park in the front of the building.

For those of you who would like to have a preview of Dr. Newburg’s thoughts please listen to this recording from National Public Radio:

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/15/132078267/neurotheology-where-religion-and-science-collide

For further information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 “Living from the Heart”

Presenter: Julie Merrick

Host: Marion Wallace

Living from the Heart

What does it mean to live from the heart and why would we want to do so?  If the mind is the rational center of our being, then the heart comprises our emotional/intuitive center.  One allows us to function effectively and the other to thrive.  Both are needed, but too often we have overactive brains and underutilized hearts.

Join us for a discussion of how living from our heart can help us to release fears, embrace excellence, and perceive beauty in the world around us.  For our hearts call us to adventure, lead us on a path of kindness and open us to our connection with all things.

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship meets every Sunday beginning at 10:30 AM at the Twin Falls Senior Center, 530 Shoshone Street West in Twin Falls.

Newcomers are always welcome. Child care is available. We are handicapped accessible.

Please park in the front of the building.

For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

Sincerely,

Ken Whiting

Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: http://magicvalleyUU.org
UU World Magazine Online Edition: http://www.uuworld.org/
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: http://uua.org
Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/
What is a Unitarian-Universalist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtaUTjZB9Q

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