Jan. 4th: Out With the Old?

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. But is the new necessarily better? Join us this Sunday as we listen to a service from Rev Kathleen Owens titled “Out With the Old?”

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December 8th: Reimagining Christianity

Sunday, December 8th, the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a video titled “Reimagining the Christmas Story” by Rev. David A. Miller. Rev. Miller offers a new and different way of looking at the birth of Jesus and meaning of his teachings. This sermon should provide us with many concepts to ponder no matter what your beliefs of modern Christianity may be. Rev. Miller is a 2008 graduate of the Claremont School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Social Transformation. He currently serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, California.

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. Childcare is available. 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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December 1st: Buddhist Dharma Talk by Ajahn Brahm

This Sunday we will watch a video (dharma talk) by Ajahn Brahm, a Theravada Monk, in Perth Australia. Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm), born Peter Betts[1] in London, United Kingdom[1] on 7 August 1951, is a Theravada Buddhist monk. Currently Brahm is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia, the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of South Australia, Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore, Patron of the Brahm centre in Singapore, and Spiritual Patron of the Bodhikusuma Centre in Sydney.

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. Childcare is available. 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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November 24th: Stone Soup

This Sunday we will be presenting an interactive retelling of the story of “Stone Soup.” This story is a classic folktale in which an entire town comes together and shares what they have to produce a scrumptious soup for all to share. This story teaches us the importance of sharing and that everyone has something to give. This will be an intergeneration service for kids of all ages. Following the service there will be soup for those who are interested.

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November 17th: Pilgrims and Indians: The Real Story

Join us for this week’s online video presentation. Rev. Dr Arvid Straube of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA will discuss the traditional and historical stories of the Pilgrims and Indians . In this sermon  Rev. Straube asks ” What is the American idea?” Rev. Straube states he has a passion for Unitarian Universalism and knows that it can save people – from shallowness, loneliness and meaninglessness. “Our communities heal people. I have seen it happen hundreds of times. There is no greater privilege, for minister or lay person, than to be involved in seeking wholeness for ourselves and using our gifts to bring that wholeness to others.”

Rev. Straube’s bachelor’s degree is from Ball State University, his Master’s of Divinity from the University of Chicago, and his Dr. of Ministry from Meadville Lombard in Chicago. He has been married to Sonya Prestridge since 1991.

All are welcome to join us this Sunday to learn the “real” story of the Pilgrims and the Indians. 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. Childcare is available. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in front of the building. For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

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November 10th: “One-Thousand Words” — A Neale Donald Walsch White Paper

Beth Hewes will discuss the document Neale Donald Walsch has written that summarizes the last 20 years of messages received by him from God. He has gotten these messages down to a 1000 word document in a 25-item list.  According to Mr. Walsch’s website, ” Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God. His “With God” series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.”

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. Childcare is available. We are handicapped accessible. PLEASE PARK IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

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November 3rd: Family Values

The words Family Values bring to mind warm and fuzzy images of Mom, Dad and 3 kids cozily nestled on an overstuffed sofa watching a wholesome family show on TV, eating popcorn with the fire blazing in the fireplace in the background.  Other images come to mind:  that same family kneeling in church to worship or frolicking on the beach or even better that large multi-generational gathering at the 4th of July barbeque. Reality or fantasy?  Join Anne Martin on an introspective journey to discover the truths of the contemporary family and how these truths play out in our individual lives and the lessons we learn to create a more inclusive and compassionate world.

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. Childcare is available. We are handicapped accessible. For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

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October 27th: Halloween

This Sunday, we will explore the meanings of Halloween as connected to All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead. Please come prepared to remember some of those dear people (or pets) in your life who have passed on and be ready to take part in a small ritual on their behalf.

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

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October 20th: Big Bang Buddhism

This is a profound talk about cosmic spirituality, explaining how the nature of this universe and how the nature of the mind, as Buddhists understand it, work seamlessly together. According to Ajahn Brahm, looking out through the telescope we see the vastness of the universe, but (metaphorically speaking); looking down the telescope in the opposite way, we see the mind. The mind is the larger of the two. By all accounts, proven scientifically, the mind is the initiator of everything that we think and do. So it is not the will, but the mind that gives the order, that initiates the processes of all our actions.

Knowing that, Ajahn Brahm challenges us to let our mind do a big bang explosion and see where it leads us. He encourages us to have limitless imagination. As Einstein famously put it, “imagination is more important than learning”.

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

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October 13th: Zen Moments

Zen Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism. Zen emphasizes enlightenment and personal expression of direct insight. In the Zen tradition there is less emphasis on sutras or doctrine. In the western world people often talk about Zen moments. But what is a Zen moment? A Zen moment is a moment of great awareness or enlightenment. It is a moment where you begin to understand what is truly most important and deserving of ones attention in life. Zen moments occur during times when we place lots of effort into completing a task and in the end have nothing tangible to show for it. This Sunday’s service host Ryan Terry will present a few Zen moments from his life and also ask members of the congregation to share some of their personal Zen Moments with the group.

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. Childcare is available. We are handicapped accessible. For information, please contact Ken Whiting at 734-9161.

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