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.

November 3: “Where Deep Joy meets the World’s Deep Need”

Presenter: Mary Beth Bolin  (BUUF Intern Minister)

MaryBethBolinDuring our November theme of “Attention” Mary Beth Bolin will draw “our attention” to that place where our deep joy meets the world’s deep need. She will explore the spiritual practice of staying focused on the places in our world that need the most healing, continually listening to the voices of oppressed peoples and communities, while finding joy through personal liberation that is intimately connected with liberation for all.

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 27th: “How is it with Your Spirit?”

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek
(Pastor of the Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship)

Pastor-Jenny_cIn a time when technology offers us ever greater means of connection, humans are reporting a sense of loneliness and isolation more than ever before. Past experience teaches us to pause and reflect on the promises and the pitfalls of these advancements.

Join us for Rev. Jenny’s reflection on the crossroads of heart and mind.

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 6: “Belonging to the Earth”

Presenter: Mary Beth Bolin (BUUF Ministerial Intern)

MaryBethBolinRev. Mary Beth Bolin, BUUF Ministerial Intern, will share lessons she learned from those who don’t quite fit in to our human-built systems, those who some would say “don’t belong.”

We will take a moment to step outside the perspective of our industrial society, see it’s brokenness, and hold in our hearts those who are already falling through its cracks. We will explore how we can let ourselves – and everyone – belong to the earth… the only place that can truly be home for us all.

This Sunday’s music will include a piano [Collete Hoglund] and violin [Makayla Connolly] duet for offertory and hymn accompaniment.

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 22: “Siding With Greta”

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Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek

Our visiting minister, Rev. Jenny Peek, will offer her message on the youth-led movement for transformative climate laws.

Climate activist, 16 year old Greta Thunberg from Sweden, urges us to start living as though our house is on fire, because indeed, it is. The Earth is our home and is in a catastrophic crisis. Hope no longer is merely a state of mind: It is action! Action of the people, for our youth and future generations.

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.

August 25: “Empathy as a Superpower”

Presented by: Rev. Jenny Peek

JennyP_180pHow is empathy developed? What are its challenges and benefits? In a time when ideologies are polarizing neighbors and family members leaning into the discomfort with curiosity and loving concern seems counter-intuitive. What if empathy (and let’s add some love and compassion for good measure) were our greatest superpower? Join us Sunday as our visiting minister, Rev. Jenny Peek, shares her reflection on empathy in the least possible places.

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.