Sunday, November 2, 2014: “Dia de Los Muertos — Celebrating Life Through Our Departed Loved Ones”

Host/Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Mexicans have a celebration over All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days  (beginning November 1st and ending on November 2nd ) called Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Many Americans are unfamiliar with this joyous approach to remembering those who have gone before us—we perhaps miss an important part of life’s joys and sorrows if we neglect to recall the joys we have known through our departed loved ones having once been in our lives.

We will reflect on the mourning and—more importantly—the great joy that comes from being human. An important part of the Dia de Los Muertos celebration is an Altar of Remembrance. We invite you (and your children) to bring a small item or items (pictures, a small treasured possession once owned by your deceased loved ones, a treasured note or letter, etc.) to place on our altar, something that reminds you of the happiness of having had a certain person or persons or even a loving pet in your life.

All Souls’ and All Saints’ Days—the veil between worlds is thinnest, we are told! So, let us pay close attention to the condition of our own souls, reaching out in compassion, over time and place.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to listen to Rev. Elizabeth Greene discuss this topic.

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

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Sunday, October 19, 2014:  “Shooting the Albatross”

Host/Presenter:  Karen Fothergill

Sermon written By Jane R. Rzepka

Presented by worship coordinator Karen Fothergill.

This sermon is based upon the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

People shoot the albatross in different ways. Sometimes it’s the smallest things: forgetting an anniversary or over-reacting to a demanding co-worker. Or, we are horrified about our misjudgment or injustice or unkindness or betrayal. There are periods in a lifetime when we must say, “I have done a hellish thing.”

Join us for this service of atonement, acceptance and forgiveness.

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

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Sunday, October 12, 2014: “The Interdependent Web of All Existence”

Host/Presenter: Ray Cross

The Interdependent Web of All Existence

The service this Sunday, October 12th, will be a takeoff on Rev. Greene’s service last Sunday. We will explore what it may mean to be part of the “Interdependent web of all existence” as stated in our 7th principle. What practices might we employ to help us bring this principle into our lives?

This service will lean toward the Earth centered or pagan side of our faith. The Question is: Does acceptance of the 7th principle, the interdependent web, imply a belief in the divine and if so what form might that take? Think about this and come ready to discuss.

Newcomers 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 Sunday’s Sermon from October 5, 2014: “Spiritual Practice: Who Needs It?”

Here is the text of last Sunday’s sermon, for anyone who may be interested. If you have any trouble opening this pdf file or prefer other formats, please leave a comment or ask Malcolm about it.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014: “Spiritual Practice: Who Needs It?”

Host: Don Morishita

Presenter:  Rev. Elizabeth Greene

The words “spiritual practice” can evoke a lot of different responses, some positive, some negative. It can mean “prayer” to some people, which brings out strong feelings of one sort or another. It can mean silent meditation to some, which appeals to some of us and terrifies others. If it means chanting “Om” for hours, many people will ridicule it.

Rev. Greene will reflect on spiritual practice this Sunday in an entirely positive way. She will share some of the thinking that says how valuable practice can be, and will lead a few simple practices. The great thing about spiritual practices is that there is no one-size-fits-all—everyone can find something to relate to. No particular theology or philosophy required!

Newcomers are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the front of the building.  For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014: “The Ultimate Question: The Meaning of Life”

Host: Ken Whiting

The Ultimate Question: The Meaning of Life

Sunday, we will watch a video talk by Ajahn Brahmali who was born in Norway in 1964. He first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan. Having completed degrees in engineering and finance, he began his monastic training as an anagarika (Pali: anāgārika/ā; lit., “homeless one”), a person who has given up most or all of his worldly possessions and responsibilities to commit full-time to Buddhist practice. It is a midway status between monk and layperson where one takes on the Eight Precepts.

Ajahn Brahmāli teaches the monastic rules and gives Pali (the ancient language of the Buddha) classes to the monks and anagarikas at Bodhinyana Monastery.

Ajahn Brahmāli’s clear and thoughtful talks make the teachings of the Buddha accessible to all.

He teaches regularly in Singapore.

Newcomers are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the front of the building.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014: “Exiting The Waiting Place”

Host: Dale Bostock

Presenter: Julie Merrick

The waiting place is useless because it spoils the present moment. It holds our attention on lack and so feeds a constant dissatisfaction with what is. This is not a happy anticipation of what is coming, but a mindset that our life is never enough. But how does one stop believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one? How do we exit the waiting place? Please join us for a discussion that addresses these questions and offers ideas for shifting our perceptions.

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. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the front of the building.

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