March 28: “To Be Known as I Am”

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek

Unitarian Universalism has long been recognized as a highly individualist faith. Members and friends value their freedoms to think, reason, and choose their respective paths.

The road we are on now calls us to dig deep into our values, challenging and testing the cost and benefits of what we hold so dear. Who bears the cost or enjoys the benefit? Join us this Sunday as our visiting minister Rev. Jenny Peek brings her reflection on this challenging topic.

Zoom Meeting Details:
Visitors to our online service are always welcome. Please Click Here or use the link below to join the meeting:

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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. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome.

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.

March 21: “Commitment” (Online) Small Group Discussion

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!

  1. What commitment have you made that has shaped you the most? What commitment most deeply defines you?
  2. Do responsibilities and commitments drain you or motivate you? Do they give your life direction or leave you feeling tied down and hemmed in?
  3. 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”?
  4. Has anyone ever asked you to hold them accountable to their commitments? How has that changed and challenged you?
  5. If someone secretly monitored your life for a month, what would they conclude is your most sacred vow?
  6. What promises have you made to your spiritual life?
  7. 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?
  8. What did your family teach you about “responsibilities we have to the world”?
  9. Do you have a secret commitment? A promise to yourself that no one (or very few) know about?
  10. When we commit to one path, we leave some other path behind. Is there a “path not chosen” that still haunts you?
  11. What are the covenants/commitments you were born into?
  12. Have you kept your promises to yourself?
  13. 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?
  14. Are you keeping a commitment that is limiting your growth? Keeping you in a cage?
  15. Has society ever broken its promise to you?
  16. Do you over-promise? When you offer others your commitment, do they take it with a grain of salt?

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 MST. Visitors to our online service are always welcome.

Zoom Meeting Details:
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Meeting ID: 833 2924 7287
Passcode: Chalice

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.

March 14: “Leaving the Light On: Commitment in the Light of Change” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rachael Murphy (Member Boise UU Fellowship)

We enter into relationships – in our personal lives, our congregation, and our wider world – committed to principles of spiritual growth, trust, freedom of thought, and honoring every voice. To carry out these principles, we also commit to rules, which give us certainty about who, what, when, where, and how those relationships will play out. In this service, we will explore what can happen when our commitment to those rules obscures our commitment to the underlying principles and how we can shine a light on new systems that serve all of those whom they affect.

Rachel Murphy is currently serving on the Board of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as Past President. Rachel is a creative writer, attorney, and mom to a feisty tween.

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 MST. Visitors to our online service are always welcome.

Zoom Meeting Details:

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Meeting ID: 833 2924 7287
Passcode: Chalice

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.

March 7: “What are the ingredients that make up a community?” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rev. Monica Dobbins

What are the ingredients that make up a community?

The answers might surprise you. Building a community, and keeping it going, are often harder than expected, but with the right commitments, we can create something even grander than we imagined.

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 MST. Visitors to our online service are always welcome.

Zoom Meeting Details:

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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.

February 28: “A Humanist Perspective on Love” (Online Service)

Our visiting minister, Rev. Jenny Peek, brings us her message of love this Sunday. How does love serve humanity in building the world we dream of? Evidence throughout history tells us, “we got this”. Spiritual humanism at the core of our Unitarian-Universalist faith both empowers and challenges us to be the love needed in our lives.

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 MST. Visitors to our online service are always welcome.
Zoom Meeting Details:

Please Click Here or use the link below to join the meeting:
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Meeting ID: 833 2924 7287
Passcode: Chalice

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.

February 21: “Show & Tell: What Brought You Here”

German Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was known for his opposition to Nazism, said “the person who loves ‘their dream’ of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

A challenge many have faced in transitioning to the digital community, is the adherence to this dream of their community. A community that needs that physical presence of in person gatherings, and they might be lost in that dream, forgetting that the people that make up the community are still there, and interested in connection.

For this week’s service, please bring:

  1. An item for a little show and tell. Ideally, this will be an item that uniquely represents how you – a member or guest of our beloved community – and your travels brought you here, at this virtual gathering of the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
  2. A Hat

As a means of audience participation, worship associate Digger would like you to have near during the gathering of your choice.

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83329247287?pwd=TzY3ODl3NmI3bmNkKzJoMzFpcCtydz09
Meeting ID: 833 2924 7287
Passcode: Chalice

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.

February 7: “Those People”

Presenter: Rev. Monica Dobbins

In these politically polarized times, we know that we must hold politicians accountable for their breaches of trust before unity can be possible. But what about when “those people” are OUR people – people we love? How can we keep our relationships while navigating profound political differences?

Visitors to our online service are always welcome. Please join us this Sunday!

Zoom Meeting Details:
Please Click Here or use the link below to join our service this Sunday, at 10:30 AM MST

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83329247287?pwd=TzY3ODl3NmI3bmNkKzJoMzFpcCtydz09
Meeting ID: 833 2924 7287
Passcode: Chalice

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.

January 31: “Small Group Discussion” (Online Service)

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83931910156?pwd=Tmo3NlV2b3dhZjgzenlXQVNrS3hoQT09

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.

January 24: “A Return to Hope, for some, A Beginning of Hope, for all?” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek

With the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, are you filled with hope? Relief?

If so, you are not alone. Yet a change in party at the helm, history tells us, may not bring much hope to many. Join us online this Sunday at 10:30 MST as our visiting minister Rev. Jenny Peek shares her message of hope for us all.


Zoom Meeting Details:

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Meeting ID: 839 3191 0156
Passcode: Chalice

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.

January 17th: “A House Divided and what can we do about it” (Online Service)

The cultural divide in America which culminated in the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 will be discussed in a presentation by Thomas Schwartz. He will discuss factors fueling that divide, suggesting that an “us versus them” political climate is morally destructive, and provide modest suggestions for what we can do to achieve our Founding Fathers’ goal of “E Pluribus Unum.”

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 MST

Zoom Meeting Details:
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Meeting ID: 839 3191 0156
Passcode: Chalice

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.