Commitment has several meanings, but most commonly it means the act of binding yourself – intellectual or emotionally – to a course of action. We frequently use the word in a context which indicates we share a commitment with others. In such usage, it conveys a concept that the course of action to which we are committed is one of value and benefit to a larger group, and not just to ourselves. A shared commitment provides energy and synergistic support that moves us along toward accomplishment of a desired result or state of being. Ultimately this is what commitment means: moving from awareness to action, and from hope to impact.
Keeping the promises we make to ourselves gives us the strength and self-confidence needed to follow through on the promises we make to those around us, and faithfully following through on our relationship commitments lets us fully realize ourselves as the interdependent creatures we are. In this service, member Terry Ford will initiate small group discussions in which our members will share and discuss their commitment experiences.
To prepare for your participation in those discussions, here are some questions for your consideration. The questions are listed in loose order of preference by the Worship Committee (at least, the first eight are), but all of them are worthy of discussion. Select one (or several, if you wish… or come up with one of your own!) and come prepared to discuss with your fellow members on Sunday. See you then!
- What commitment have you made that has shaped you the most? What commitment most deeply defines you?
- Do responsibilities and commitments drain you or motivate you? Do they give your life direction or leave you feeling tied down and hemmed in?
- How has your relationship with commitment changed over time? For instance, are you better or worse at following through on commitments as you’ve grown older? Or have you grown more selective about the commitments you make? Maybe you now easily break commitments if they don’t feed you? Maybe you are now more committed to beauty than work? Or small things rather than “big things”?
- Has anyone ever asked you to hold them accountable to their commitments? How has that changed and challenged you?
- If someone secretly monitored your life for a month, what would they conclude is your most sacred vow?
- What promises have you made to your spiritual life?
- Some of us preempt heartbreak by leaving relationships before others have a chance to break their promises and our hearts. Did this self-protection strategy really work out for you?
- What did your family teach you about “responsibilities we have to the world”?
- Do you have a secret commitment? A promise to yourself that no one (or very few) know about?
- When we commit to one path, we leave some other path behind. Is there a “path not chosen” that still haunts you?
- What are the covenants/commitments you were born into?
- Have you kept your promises to yourself?
- It’s been said that our very humanity lies in the way we carry out our promises. How have you made yourself more human through a promise?
- Are you keeping a commitment that is limiting your growth? Keeping you in a cage?
- Has society ever broken its promise to you?
- Do you over-promise? When you offer others your commitment, do they take it with a grain of salt?
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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.
Sunday, January 31st, the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will explore a new concept to create an opportunity to involve our attendees to share their thoughts as part of their spiritual journey.
Our service is from the “Soul Matters” program of the Unitarian-Universalist Association.
We will will begin with our regular online service then we will break into small groups where we will discuss the theme of “Imagination”. We will focus on these three questions:
- Has imagination ever led you astray?
- What is the opposite of imagination?
- Is there more to see in your “enemy” than what you’ve been imagining?
Participants may ponder these questions now or are welcome to attend the service without any pre-planning. During the service we will meditate on these questions then each person can select one to speak about. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.” Which question captures the call of your “inner voice”? Which one contains “your work”? What is this question trying to get you to notice or acknowledge?
Host Karen Fothergill and co-hosts Don Morishita, Digger Stout, Terry Ford and Ike Eickley will be facilitating the small group discussions.
Visitors to our online service are always welcome.
Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 MST
Zoom Meeting Details:
Please Click Here or use the link below to join our service this Sunday, at 10:30 AM MST
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.
The Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is inviting you to a UU Virtual Social Gathering on Wednesday December 16, 2020 from 7 to 9 pm. The purpose of this gathering is to give us an opportunity to gather as a group in a social setting.
In order to facilitate interaction, we will have breakouts into small groups for short periods and then rotate into other groups so you will get a chance to visit with most everyone who attends and get to see how folks are doing. We may even have a couple of games that we will play.
Please feel free to make your favorite snacks and beverages of choice to enjoy during the evening. Below is the Zoom link and password if you are asked to provide one.
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The Magic Valley UU Fellowship has been invited to join First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake and the South Valley UU Society for a post-election drop-in gathering and vespers service via Zoom on Wednesday evening, November 4, from 6 to 9 pm. All of our UU friends across Utah and southern Idaho are invited to attend. We will have a drop-in style open house discussion moderated by the ministers – come whenever you like, stay as long as you like, be comforted by the presence of other UUs as we process what is sure to be an uncertain result of the election and an uncertain future for our country.
The meeting runs from between 6 to 9 pm (Mountain Time). During that time there will be a 30 minute worship service starting at 7:30pm MT
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Hello MVUUF Members and Friends:
As a part of our new partnership with Boise UU Fellowship, intern Mary Beth Bolin is launching a Soul Matters Small Group on the 4th Tuesday of each month for both MVUUF and BUUF friends, where all participants will join online via the “Zoom” online meeting platform. “Zoom” is easy to download and run either on a computer or a phone. Get your device ready and sign up for a free account in advance here.
This is an exciting opportunity to connect more deeply with each other and with the monthly themes, all from the comfort of our own homes! Our first meeting will be Tuesday October 22 at 7 pm, discussing the theme of “Belonging.” If you would like to participate, please email Mary Beth at email@example.com.
Thank you so much!