Sunday, April 5, 2015: “Resurrection: a Personal Story”

Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth L. Greene

Easter is a time of life springing from seeming death. At this time of the year, as the light returns from the dark of winter, many religious traditions tell moving stories about love overcoming loss, about resurrection from the grave. Elizabeth will share a personal story of hope, arising from a time of deep grief, a tale of a significant Easter in her life.

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. Please park in the rear of the building. Child care is available.

Please join us Sunday, April 5th at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015:  “Unitarianism as Part of the Transcendentalist Movement”

Host/Presenter: Ray Cross

Our service, Sunday, March 29th, will be a video featuring early Unitarianism as part of the transcendentalist movement. Our presenter by way of video will be Dr. Ashton Nichols, professor of English Language and Literature at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

This program is will show the growth of early Unitarianism in America as seen through the words and thoughts of its leading minister, a transcendentalist minister.  William Ellery Channing (1780 – 1842) was the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century. He was one of Unitarianism’s leading theologians. Channing was known for his articulate and impassioned sermons and public speeches and as a prominent thinker in the liberal theology of his day.

This is where the core of modern Unitarian-Universalism all began.

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. Please park in front of the building. Child care is available.

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

This will be our final service at the Twin Falls Senior Center. Beginning Sunday, April 5, 2015, we will meet at the Vendor Blender & Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls also beginning at 10:30 AM.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015: “Add the Words – Why is this so Hard?”

Host/Presenter: Don Morishita

In January of this year’s legislative session, a hearing was finally held after 9 years of attempts by supporters of “Add the Words” to determine whether HB2 would advance to the state House for a vote to determine whether the four words ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ would be added to Idaho’s Human Rights Bill.
After three days of hearing testimony, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee voted 13-4 to not move the bill beyond the committee so that it could not be voted on by the legislature.

Why are there people who oppose this for religious reasons? How many hide behind religious or morality convictions to express their bigotry? Will Idaho ever be willing to provide equal rights to members of the LGBT community? What else can be done to ensure a new bill will be introduced and more importantly passed in the 2016 legislative session?

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. Please park in front of the building. Child care is available.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015: “Faith”

Host: Ryan Terry
Presenter: Elton (Guest Speaker from Boise UUF)

For many people, faith is belief in a set of doctrines, but faith has always been much more than that. We will discuss how faith arises from experience–and how faith varies for each individual–and how it is justified by reason. Faith will be linked to confidence in one’s own experience and why one’s faith cannot be imposed on others. Finally, faith will divorced from creeds and wedded to the first and seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism which are: 1) The inherent worth and dignity of every person and 7) Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

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, equity, 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. Please park in the front of the building.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015: “Remembering Selma”

Host/Presenter: Ken Whiting

Fifty Years ago this month, the Black civil rights movement celebrated one of its greatest triumphs when 25,000 peaceful protesters finally succeeded in marching into Montgomery, Alabama from the nearby city of Selma.

Two of these protesters, a white Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. James Reeb and a white woman named Viola Liuzzo were murdered during the Selma march to Montgomery, Alabama.

The attack on and death of James Reeb helped draw national attention to not only the voting rights struggle for blacks but also civil rights for blacks in general.
Viola Liuzzo, a white woman, participated in demonstrations through the streets of Detroit and on the campus of Wayne State University in a show of support for the rights of those who had been attacked.

However, as a woman who possessed strong convictions and a demonstrated willingness to take action for causes she believed in, Liuzzo was convinced that she had to actually join the fight in Selma.

Thus, Liuzzo headed south on a journey that would ultimately end in tragedy and controversy. Viola Liuzzo was the only white woman murdered during this civil rights march.

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, equity, 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. Please park in the front of the building. Child care is available.

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TEXT of last Sunday’s service on March 1, 2015

Here is the text of Rev. Elizabeth Greene’s service last Sunday. (Thank you Elizabeth!)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015: “The Power of Commitment”

Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Greene

Host: Don Morishita

German author Johann Goethe once said, “The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too.”

This is true for relationships in churches and other congregations, in our spiritual lives, in jobs and for life in general.

And yet, genuine commitment is difficult for so many. What causes our hesitation when stepping into a commitment that can bring joy and fulfillment?

How do we find the courage and generosity to commit ourselves as fully as possible?

Think about this topic and come ready to discuss.

As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, 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. Please park in the front of the building. Child care is available.

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