MVUUF Online Meeting Instructions (during coronavirus outbreak)

During the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, for an indefinite period, the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will not have an in-person services. Until further notice, we will be using the ZOOM online platform. In order to help you get ready, we are posting some instructions here to help you continue to engage with MVUUF and with each other during this virus outbreak.

How does Zoom work?

Using Zoom is free and requires nothing more than a phone call, unless you would like to engage in the video portion of the meeting.

You can connect to our services using ZOOM by:

  • smart phone (using an internet wifi connection or a data plan)
  • a tablet,
  • a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux),
  • a telephone call (for audio only),

If you wish to listen using a simple telephone only, you will use the phone number provided to call in, then you will use the Meeting ID number to join the Zoom meeting.

TIPS:

  • For much of the service, you may be muted by the host so that you and everyone can hear what the main speaker says. This is normal.
  • There are times you may wish to join a “coffee hour” or other part of the meeting where you are able to speak to others.  If you have ambient (background) noise nearby, like fans, radio, equipment, or other equipment, it may be be picked up by your microphone and nobody will be allowed to hear you to address this please choose a quiet room to start your session.
  • If connecting by yourself in a noisy environment, use a headset with a built in mic.
  • It is recommended anyone wishing to participate get ready by installing zoom clients and apps on their devices ahead of time, to avoid missing parts of a meeting while you try to make everything work.

TO INSTALL the Zoom client ahead of time (recommended), please visit this link:

https://zoom.us/download

TO TEST YOUR CONNECTION ahead of time (recommended):

Once you have installed Zoom on your smart phone, tablet, or computer, you can visit the following link to make sure everything works as expected:

https://zoom.us/test

Take your time and make sure your audio and video are working. If you have further questions or wish to explore various other support issues regarding Zoom, use a search engine like Google or visit this link:

https://support.zoom.us

Once set up, follow the connection instructions in the service announcement. A phone number and meeting ID number will be provided for your connection. Sometimes a password may be provided which you may use if necessary. We suggest logging in a bit early to avoid workload for the person who needs to admit attendees. Once the meeting is underway you may have to wait a bit until that person has a free moment.

That’s all you need!

List of upcoming services

March 15: “Finding Spiritual Peace Amid The Storms of Life.”

Lejla Becirovic is National Award Winning Social Worker currently working at Idaho Hospice.  Author of Beyond Borders: A Story of War, Love, and Loss, Lejla will speak about “finding faith” during the hardest times in life. She will share her story of escaping war and homelessness and finding faith through her losses.

BeyondBorders

Lejla’s book is available on Amazon.com. (Don’t forget to support our fellowship by using smile.amazon.com whenever you shop)

MVUUF Charitable Organization Support Link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0470936

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.

March 8th: “Growing in Personal Wisdom”

Presenter: Jen Blair

As we move through life, it is important that we not become complacent with the knowledge we have acquired. The idea of being life-long learners is essential to our continued growth as individuals and also our growth as community.

In a world where access to information is readily available, are we becoming more wise? Are we approaching all of this information in ways that are beneficial to our own growth? What things can we learn about the accumulation of knowledge and how to turn that successfully into wisdom?

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.

March 1st: “Wisdom of the Condor”

Presenter: Mary Beth Bolin (BUUF intern Minister)

In 2018 Intern Minister Mary Beth Bolin and her son went on a pilgrimage to see a California Condor flying freely in the wild. The spirit of that condor subsequently shepherded her into a time of liberation and healing that continues to unfold, and is bringing her back to her own roots of wisdom.

Mary Beth will reflect upon the sources of wisdom and healing to which we each have access, and how we can connect with our own roots in order to bring healing to ourselves and the world, while honoring the infinite variety of our paths.

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.

February 23rd: “The Multiplicity of God”

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek

Drawing upon Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity, our visiting minister Rev. Jenny Peek explores humankind’s fascination with defining the sacred. Ancient rabbinic texts show the struggle to keep God as one. Hinduism encompasses 33 million gods. They can’t both be right, can they?

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.

February 16th: “A Quest for the Whole Self”

Presenter: Christie Bogle
[Member: Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ogden]

Christie Bogle, a professor, linguist, humanist and activist from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden will be our guest speaker. Christie invites all to consider their life’s journey and examine the human urge for exploration. Revisiting the common conception of integrity, we will examine what you already know, what you already have, and who you already have been. From a space of wholeness and resilience, we will spend time present to divinity and creativity.

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.

February 9th: “Unitarian-Universalists Certainly Do Have a Lot of Opinions”

Presenter: Heidi Cottam
[Member: Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ogden]

What do you get when you put three Unitarians Universalists in a room together? Five opinions and a pot of coffee. UUs are known for having a wide variety of opinions. How is it possible, then, to journey together on our separate paths in the search for truth and meaning?

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.

February 2: “This Little Light of Mine”

Presenter: Mary Beth Bolin [BUUF Intern Minister]

BLMAs we enter into Black History Month, Our Intern Minister Mary Beth Bolin will draw our attention to the grassroots movement within our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith to accept an 8th principle, drafted and promoted by members of Black Lives of UU (BLUU):

“We covenant to affirm and promote:  journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural beloved community by our actions that dismantle racism and other oppression in ourselves and our institutions.”

In this service Mary Beth will share what the 8th principle means to her, and the way it has illumined her personal calling to speak up for racial justice and specifically for reparations both in our UU faith and our nation at large.

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 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.