May 31: “The Big Pivot” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rev. Monica Dobbins
[UU Minister from First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City]

We are standing on a threshold between one world and the next: the pre-pandemic world is getting smaller and smaller in the rear-view mirror and the new world post-pandemic is still out of view around the bend. Now we must ask: what is the purpose of the church in this liminal time? What questions can we ask ourselves to help shape our mission as we travel this uncharted road?

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Zoom Meeting Details:
Time: May 31, 2020 10:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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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.

May 17, 2020: “Great Compassion Without Tiring Illumines Me Always” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rev. Anne Spencer[Member Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple]

Over Buddhism’s 2500 year history its teachings and practices have traveled from India throughout Asia and now across the world. The Buddhist tradition has adapted and changed with each new culture and era it reaches. But even as Buddhism changes, adapts and modernizes, compassion remains central–even under the most challenging circumstances.

In her message, Rev. Anne Spencer will reflect on the role of compassion in Buddhism, sharing her experiences as a member of Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple (IOBT) in Ontario OR. The temple, which is part of the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism, was founded by Japanese immigrants and their families in the aftermath of their forced relocation to internment camps during WWII. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism teaches that the light of compassion illumines us always. Where have you found compassion in your life?

This service will be presented over the internet using the Zoom platform. If you are not familiar with Zoom, you may read some general instructions by clicking here.

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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.

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May 10: “From Where Does Empathy Come?”

Presenter: Don Morishita

Earlier this year, our Idaho state legislature passed two anti-transgender laws, both of which are or will be challenged in court this year. For the past two months, our state has been on a stay at home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of this crisis, Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalists teamed up with Idaho Home Health and Hospice to provide sack lunches to children and senior citizens who were unable to get lunches the first week the stay at home order was in place. Many volunteers answered to the call for donations and help.

These two events have something in common. Those who helped provide sack lunches expressed their empathy for those in need. Those who were against the two legislative bills expressed their empathy in support of the LGBTQ community.

Where does empathy come from? The first principle of Unitarian Universalism teaches us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

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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.

May 3: “Honoring Our Earth” (Online Service)

Presenter: Mary Beth Bolin, BUUF Intern Minister

As we continue online to celebrate in the weeks following Earth Day, BUUF intern  minister Mary Beth Bolin will share three invitations for honoring and healing our earth:

First – Let nothing be an object.

Second – Do not be afraid, the Earth’s healing energy can never die.

…and Third – Let go of control over your gifts, and learn to trust the wild winds of change.

Come join us as we recommit ourselves to becoming healers of our planet!

Members, please stay online after the service for our annual congregational meeting, where we will conduct all the important business of the year.

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Topic: Sunday Service
Time: May 3, 2020 10:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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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.

April 26: “Owning our Actions, With or Without a Deity” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek, Pocatello UU Fellowship

Our visiting minister from Pocatello, Rev. Jenny Peek, explores the evolution of ethnocentric to anthropocentric theology. Through the story of American Humanism’s origins in John H. Dietrich and with consideration of Unitarian-Universalism as it is today, how is Humanism serving our better natures (or not)?

We will meet using the Zoom online platform, and the meeting begins at 10:30 AM.  For general questions about how to use Zoom, please click here.

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April 19: “Somewhere Between” … A 50 Year Journey (ONLINE Service)

Host: Don Morishita
Presenter: Gwen Reid (Member Boise  UU Fellowship)

“To make a record: Take one miracle and add two dreams”. Thus begins the cover note from the first record album, “Somewhere Between, by Rosalie Sorrels” under Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s record label.

The miracle makers and dreamers among the 50 members of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in the late 1960s wanted to give voice to their faith-inspired response to the times in which they were living: The war in Vietnam was in full swing with nearly 500,000 American troops deployed, civil disturbances throughout the U.S. evidenced that we had still not moved beyond the original sin of slavery, and poverty and unemployment, especially for minorities, was eroding our hope for better future.
Fifty years hence, what lessons can we, as a faith community, glean from these carefully curated songs. What can this “opening” of a time capsule from 50 years ago in Boise Unitrian-Universalist Fellowship’s history tell us about the present or the possibilities for our future? Join us online and find out!

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April 5: “To Be Idle and Blessed” (ONLINE 10:30 AM MST)

Presenter: Intern Minister Mary Beth Bolin

In Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Summer Day,” she says, “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. / I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down / into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, / how to be idle and blessed … ”

This week we will wonder together “how to be idle and blessed,” exploring spiritual practice and the grace that comes from giving up, even momentarily, our identity as doers and producers of things, in order to simply experience being alive.

Our online service this Sunday, April 5th, at 10:30 AM Mountain Time, intern minister Mary Beth Bolin will lead worship for Magic Valley UU Fellowship on Zoom at the following link:

Sunday 10:30 Service

Meeting ID: 290 036 4246 (Call (253) 215 8782 to join by phone)

If joining by phone or without the link above, you will need a password to connect, due to recent security measures implemented at Zoom. Please be sure to make contact with someone in the fellowship to learn the password.

Worship will be followed by a virtual coffee hour mixer, with casual conversation in small groups. Please join us!