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. Our fellowship meets at 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls, ID. To find directions to the fellowship, click here.

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Sunday, May 20: Being Yourself

Presented by: Robyn Romney

Not being yourself is exhausting and breaks you down from the inside out.

Citing “Words of Wisdom”, ideas and suggestions for resolutions from the book “Soulful Simplicity” by Courtney Carver refers to the process of letting go of the “shoulds” in our lives.

The process isn’t only about ridding ourselves of “physical stuff.” Courtney offers a practice of letting go in order to “Be Calm” and “Carry On.” From simplifying her lifestyle due to her MS diagnosis she learned to trust and know herself and dig down into her own spiritual questions.

By committing to do that which feeds our heart we willingly release FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). We are freed up to choose whatever means the most to us. We can give attention and energy to that which we truly enjoy.

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May 13, 2018: Standing on the Side of Love

Presenter: Karen Fothergill

Sunday, Karen Fothergill, will present a service titled “Standing on the Side of Love”.

As members of the Unitarian Universalist Association:

We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. All people deserve respect and love for who they are.

Right now love and fear are rising up in our nation. We stand on the side of love. We harness love’s power to stop oppression, exclusion, and violence against people who are targeted because of their identity.

We believe elected leaders have a responsibility to unify and advance our communities, not engage in scapegoating or dividing neighbor against neighbor.

We are working to build a society where the color of our skin, the conditions of our birth, who we love, how we worship, and how we express our gender do not determine our worth, rights, and opportunities.

We are all created in God’s image. People of every faith honor God by honoring the diversity of God’s creation.

We believe that the essence of the individual is not based upon outward appearances. No one should be judged based on the size, shape, or functionality of his or her body. We celebrate the diversity of creation, including intersex bodies and transgender identities.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

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.

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Announcement: May 6: Potluck following Service

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Greetings MVUUF Friends,

There are three great reasons to attend the fellowship this Sunday, May 6th.

  1. Reverend Elizabeth Greene will be giving the worship service.
  2. We’ll enjoy a potluck after the service.
  3. We have our congregational meeting and will vote on important and exciting things for the coming year (including our partnership with Boise Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship)!

We look forward to seeing you!

Warmly,

Your MVUUF Board

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May 6, 2018: Reflecting on Matters of Worth, by Rev. Elizabeth Greene

The word “worship” has a lot of different meanings for different people. The most common one may be the one that involves worshiping—perhaps adoring—a certain thing, being or person. But the word is much larger than that, harking back to its original meaning of worthiness, acknowledgment of worth or highest value. How do we create and participate in communal worship, an experience that moves the hearts of all, leaving room for the Holy in all its forms?

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

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.

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April 29, 2018: “Emerging as a flower or a weed”

Presenter: Don Morishita

The level of happiness and satisfaction in our lives depends a lot on how we see the world, how we see another race, another culture, another religion, and how we see other people. It is too easy to lump a race, culture or religion into one group or type of behavior to mollify our own insecurities. Using plants as a metaphor, the beauty of wild flowers and the detrimental effects of weeds are like those groups of people we like and dislike.

But there is more to a wild flower or a weed than its appearance. What may look beautiful may actually be harmful and what may appear ugly may actually be beneficial.

The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person. One of the meanings of this principle is that we treat each person individually and consider who they are as individuals and not as a group.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

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.

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April 22: “Joy in the Journey: Faith Transitions, Recovery, and Hope”

Presenter: Liza Long

What do faith transitions and living in recovery have in common? How can we find hope and meaning when our familiar traditions fail us?

In a world full of perfect Instagram feeds, is it okay to feel sorrow, anger, grief, and disappointment?

Liza Long is an author, college English instructor, former National Alliance on Mental Illness-Boise board president, and the mother of a son who lives with bipolar disorder. She believes in thrift stores and in embracing the journey, no matter where it leads us.

Please join us to learn more about faith transitions and living in recovery have in common.

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.

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April 15 2018: Our Dance with Divinity

Presenter: Robyn Romney

Life’s a dance, you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. “Life’s a dance, you learn as you go.” Country singer John Michael Montgomery

Citing references from the book, “God a Human History”, Reza Aslan’s narration regarding religious history is based on innate desires and cohesive attempts to understand the divine by humanizing “It” with human traits and emotions. Religions have sought to satiate that which our brains are hardwired to comprehend.

“Whether we are aware of it or not and regardless of whether we are believers or not, what a vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.”

Snacks and group discussion will follow.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

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.

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