Humanism — Does It Fit You Spiritually? — November 27, 2022

Presented by Don Morishita.

Worship Associate is Melody Lenkner.

Humanism is the belief that human beings are the source of meaning and values. It is a scientific search, self-correcting and open to change with new knowledge and insights. Some religious evangelists deride Humanism as a faith leading to nowhere. Humanists see humanity as having the capacity for continuted growth and development, and they accept responsibility for encouraging that growth. But, there are different types of humanism. Literary Humanism, Renaissance Humanism, Western Cultural Humanism, Philosophical Humanism, Christian Humanism, Modern, Secular, and Religious Humanism. Please join us to learn and discuss this philosophy of living.

Thanksgiving Beyond the Turkey — November 20, 2022

Jon Thompson and Perri Gardner will lead a discussion about Thanksgiving.

Please join our Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist community for a facilitated conversation on the topics of tradition, community, and gratitude. Congregant Perri Gardner will lead a discussion that celebrates and critically explores the Thanksgiving holiday. Please come prepared to engage in conversation and fun activities. The themes of this service will also be relevant to two other excellent events happening in our community this Sunday, November 20th.

Please consider joining us in community at our Transgender Day of Remembrance at 3 PM (in our Fellowship at 160 9th Ave E.). Additionally, our friends at the United Methodist Church will be hosting a Thanksgiving Feast at 12:30 PM in their basement at 360 Shoshone St.

This service will not be on Zoom.

Traditions of Terror — Oct. 30, 2022

Cultures of violence in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and “Weird Al Yankovich’s “Weasel Stomping Day.”

MVUUF member Jon Thompson discusses the blind adherence to tradition in the two works and the importance of using self-reflection to break free from harmful practices.

October 23rd – Rev. Jenny Peek, A Place for Fear

Fear is not a virtue, however understandable it may be to feel fear sometimes. Yet if we spend all our time at odds with fear as a despicable state to be avoided, we miss some clear chances to learn. How are our fears played against us, keeping us at odds with our neighbors? How are fears healthy and protective?

June 27 Topic: Improv as Cross-Training for Life

Ever hear the saying, “People plan; God laughs”?  We do plan, don’t we though. The unexpected causes us to improvise on the spot–from barbecues being rained out to the birthday child having a fever the day before their party. We modify, postpone, or even scrap our plans all the time. This is ‘Improv as Life’.

Join us Sunday at our physical location 160 9th Avenue East in Twin Falls or online as our visiting minister Reverend Jenny from Pocatello, Idaho shares her reflection on some of improvisation’s principles that serve well as cross-training for our lives. 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.

For further information please call 208-410-8904 or email: mvuuf83301@yahoo.com

June 20: A Playful Sunday

Play is the worship theme for the month of June for Unitarian Universalists. Author Diane Ackerman writes “In rare moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time’s continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world’s ordinary miracles. No mind or heart hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No goals. No relationships. No worry. One is completely open to whatever drama may unfold.”

Join us this Sunday at our physical location 160 9th Avenue East in Twin Falls or online for a service of “play.” Please bring one of your favorite jokes to share. To join online email MVUUF83301@yahoo.com for the Zoom link.

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 or on the street in front or the side of the building. Child care is available.