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

November 20th: Transgender Panel, Transgender Day of Rememembrance

 

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Dear Friends of MVUUF,

You are invited to our upcoming transgender panel event to be held this Wednesday, November 20th: A Panel of Local Transgender People Sharing Their Stories
Facilitated by Brandon Connolly

The goal of the evening is education and acceptance. This will be a reflective evening with adult content; therefore, child care will not be provided. Please plan accordingly.
Thanks and we hope you can attend to hear stories and learn from local transgender folks.

Warmly,
Your Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Board
160 9th Ave East
Twin Falls ID 83301
mvuuf83301@yahoo.com
208-410-8904 (Our Official Phone Number)

November 10: “Paying Attention to Suffering”

Presenter: Rev. Monica Dobbins (Video Presentation)

In keeping with Magic Valley UU Fellowship’s theme for November, “Attention”, Rev. Monica Dobbins will bring a message called “Paying Attention to Suffering”. The Japanese novelist and long-distance runner Haruki Murakami says that “Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” Must we suffer? And if so, how can we keep our suffering from taking over our lives?

MonicaDobbinsRev. Monica is the assistant minister of the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, UT, and is serving in her third year with that congregation. Her ministry focus includes religious education for adults and interfaith cooperation for social justice.

Rev. Dobbins was unable to be with us in person as originally planned. Therefore we will be watching a video she has recorded and sent our way.

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.

October 13th: “We are in a Shared Struggle for Justice”

Presented by: Adrienne Evans

History provides us a critical lens on the past. It helps us to understand that despite our beliefs our lives are not entirely of our own making. The way we tell our collective story and the language and the examples we hold up provide the context for how we come to see the world, ourselves and others in it. We are all products of our shared history and we each have a responsibility to know it and learn from it; all of it!

We must also recognize that there are systemic forces that thrive when we are divided amongst ourselves, and are deeply invested in ensuring that we continue to blame one another for our very real struggles while a minority elite continue to advance an agenda that keeps us struggling.

It is incumbent on each of us to understand that we don’t all have to have the same experiences – and thank goodness we don’t – but we must understand that we don’t all have the same experiences, do not face the same limits and consequences for being who we are and we have much to learn from one another if we truly seek justice for all.

We must understand that our lives are inextricably linked, and our futures bound together. Division only seeks to undermine our collective power and prosperity. We are in a shared struggle for justice that requires each and every one of us. When we come together, we provide the hope of possibility and the ability to build a world that works for ALL of US!

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.

September 15: “Simple Twist of Fate”

Presenter: Mary Beth Bolin (BUUF Intern Minister)MaryBethBolin

This Sunday, Mary Beth Bolin, our new intern minister, will tell us about some of the twists of fate in her life that brought her to the Magic Valley. She will explore the theme for the month: “Expectation.”

How do we live when we expect a dismal fate? How do we live when we expect all the beauty, love, and grace in the world to come towards us, flow through us, and bless the world? When and how does the divine show up in our lives and shatter all our expectations?

Mary Beth is very excited to share her first Sunday with the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as our new intern minister. She looks forward to sharing a bit of her life’s journey with us and learning from all of yours.

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.

May 12: Beauty as a Spiritual Practice Presenter: Mark W McGinnis (Member Boise UU Fellowship)

Mark McGinnis

Our sermon this Sunday by artist Mark W. McGinnis, member of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will deal with how we experience beauty in nature and beauty in visual art.

Mark’s message will focus on how to transform this common experience to a spiritual practice. A slide presentation will accompany the sermon.

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.

April 28: Reclaiming Wholeness: Rev. Sara LaWall

Presenter: Rev. Sara LaWall

RevSaraLaWall-120Sunday, our guest speaker will be Rev. Sara LaWall from the Boise Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, our partner Fellowship.

Please join for Rev. LaWall’s inspiring message titled “Reclaiming Wholeness”.

Rev. LaWall completed her Masters of Divinity at Meadville-Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian-Universalist seminary in Chicago, Illinois and was ordained in 2014 at the Neighborhood Unitarian-Universalist Church in Pasadena, California where she served as Director of Religious Education. She began her ministry in Boise in August 2015.

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.