January 26th: “Add the Words”

Presenter: Megan Carter [Vice Chair of Add the Words]

MeganCRespect for the inherent worth and dignity of all people is the first principle of Unitarian Universalism. Megan Carter, Vice Chair of “Add the Words”, will present information about the organization behind the equal rights movement to update the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Add the Words and their coalition partners have fought for 15 years to have the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” added to the existing protections in the Idaho Human Rights Act. Each year the Idaho Legislature has not only failed update the statute, they have entertained bills that would directly harm LGBTQ Idahoans.

This presentation will discuss a brief history of the “Add the Words” movement, the legislation expected to be introduced in the 2020 Legislative Session, and how to talk to our lawmakers about these issues.

ATW-IDAHOUnitarian-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. As Unitarian-Universalists, we 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 working on becoming handicapped-accessible but are not fully there yet. To avoid steps into the sanctuary please enter through the rear entrance to access a sloping hallway to the sanctuary. Please park in the rear of the building or on the street, in front or the side of the building. Child care is available during the adult portion of the service.

January 19th: “Sacred Relationships”

Presenter: Collete Hoglund

imagesA course in miracles uses the concept of a holy or sacred relationship. Each person in a sacred relationship is regarded as whole and sufficient and are together to discover, magnify and celebrate the gifts each brings to each other and the world.

This talk will expand on this idea and how to begin cultivating a sacred relationship with ourselves and others. It can be quite helpful to develop a holy relationship with individuals with whom we have conflict or dislike.

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. As Unitarian-Universalists, we 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 working on becoming handicapped-accessible but are not fully there yet. To avoid steps into the sanctuary please enter through the rear entrance to access a sloping hallway to the sanctuary. Please park in the rear of the building or on the street, in front or the side of the building. Child care is available during the adult portion of the service.

January 23 @ 6 pm : Community Event : Refugees Share Their Stories

Refugees Share Their Stories

Since 1980 over 2,500 people have re-settled in the Magic Valley area through the CSI Refugee Program. This has been a successful program of providing a new start for many refugees who have become members of our community. Each of these people have interesting stories about their experiences of having to leave their countries and how they have grown to be members of our Magic Valley community.

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, located at 160 9th Ave East, is hosting a Refugee Stories event on January 23rd from 6 to 8 pm. Representatives of the refugee community will share their journeys along with the courage it required, the sacrifices and adjustments they made to come to the United States for the safety of their families. It is an opportunity for the community to better understand the determination of refugees to be a part of the Magic Valley. This event is free and open to the public and is planned to be the first of several similar events. A reception will be held afterward.

Unitarian-Universalism is a faith tradition that welcomes and stands up for the full rights of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.

For more information, contact Don Morishita at (208) 308-5180

January 12th: “Are We Haunted? Our Religious Past May Be Impacting Our Present”

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek

We all have biases, positive and negative. Sometimes by examining our past, we shine light on the origins of deeply embedded feelings about religion. Our visiting minister, Rev. Jenny Peek will reflect on this topic, exploring how unexamined religious biases may block us from living fully in our values.”

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. As Unitarian-Universalists, we 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 working on becoming handicapped-accessible but are not fully there yet. To avoid steps into the sanctuary please enter through the rear entrance to access a sloping hallway to the sanctuary. Please park in the rear of the building or on the street, in front or the side of the building. Child care is available during the adult portion of the service.

January 5th: “A People of Covenant”

Presenter:  Mary Beth Bolin

Sunday, Mary Beth Bolin, our intern minister, will lead us in a service to deepen our understanding of covenant – the promises that we make to each other in order to stay in healthy relationship as a community.

The Unitarian-Universalist faith is often described as a “covenantal” rather than a “creedal” faith, meaning that it is the way we treat each other that matters the most and holds us together, not any beliefs or creeds.

In preparation for making a covenant that we can all commit to as a community, we will hear from a couple congregants about what right relationship within the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship means to them, and invite all to share written ideas and feedback.

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. As Unitarian-Universalists, we 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 working on becoming handicapped-accessible but are not fully there yet. To avoid steps into the sanctuary please enter through the rear entrance to access a sloping hallway to the sanctuary. Please park in the rear of the building or on the street, in front or the side of the building. Child care is available during the adult portion of the service.