Sunday, January 31, 2016: “Secrets- You Are Not as Alone as You Think You Are”

Host/Presenter: Karen Fothergill

Sunday, we will explore the writings from Unitarian Ministers: Meg Riley, Erika Hewitt and Dr. Mathew Johnson on the topic of Secrets.

Rev. Erika Hewitt, Minister at Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Damariscotta, Maine

Rev. Erika Hewitt, a member of CLF, has been part of the Church of the Larger Fellowship’s Letter Writing Ministry since 2006. An intentional “hybrid” minister, Erika serves as the half-time minister of the Midcoast UU Fellowship in Damariscotta, Maine; as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s WorshipWeb Curator; and, during the summer, as a very busy wedding officiant up and down the coast of Maine.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson, Senior Minister at Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, Illinois

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson was called as the senior minister of the Unitarian Church in 2008. Prior to coming to Rockford, he served for five years at High Plains Church, UU, in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago in 2003, and from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 1999. He completed his Doctor of Ministry from Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 2010. He is the author of “Newborn Bards: A Theology of Preaching for Unitarian Universalists.” He is also the co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Presidential Search Committee.

Matthew is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist. He grew up in the Seattle, WA area, where he enjoyed church, the woods, and daydreaming. He has a eight-year-old daughter, Rosalie, and a five-year-old son, Leo.

Matthew is focused on the good news of Unitarian Universalism. “This is a religion,” he says, “which can save lives and the world. People seek a spiritual path that integrates their whole selves, that inspires awe, that celebrates beauty, and grounds justice. We can offer a vision of the good life, and the tools to make it real.” Matthew is passionate about welcoming newcomers to church, building strong communities, the preaching life, and working in accountable and effective ways for justice among all creation.

Rev. Meg Riley, Senior Minister at Church of the Larger Fellowship

Meg has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for more than twenty years. As a UU kid in West Virginia, she quickly learned to enjoy being “different,” which has served her well in a “different” life. Meg lives in Minneapolis, where she enjoys walking by lakes, gardening, reading and writing. She also lives online, where she enjoys hanging out, keeping up with people, and playing the occasional game of Scrabble. She is the parent of a teenager, and the companion of a number of four legged friends.

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.

Please join us Sunday at 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. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.