August 9: “I Sing the Body Electric” (Online Service)

Host: Karen Fothergill

What is it in life that makes us feel alive? Our service Sunday, “I Sing the Body Electric, is based on the poem by Walt Whitman and song by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford.
Members will share their own stories of when they feel most “Electric”. Karen Fothergill is our host.

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Time: Aug 9, 2020 10:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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July 19,2020: “Confidence has no color” (Online)

10:30 AM Mountain Time (USA & Canada)

Presenter: Winnie Christensen
President of Culture for Change Foundation

Worship Associate: Don Morishita

Winnie“Growing up we are told and we see what beauty is supposed to look like in Africa”, says Winnie Christensen, President of Culture for Change Foundation. That is an image Winnie can relate to. When she came to the United States, the standard of beauty was different from what she had grown up with. “It is so important to remember that all women are great creations, and all are beautiful with different personalities”, Winnie adds.

So many refugee and immigrant women and youth come to America and are told what they should look like, what they should wear, and how they should style their hair. They are asked to give up the essence of who they are, and to merge into a society that doesn’t always accept them. The youth in the refugee community also face an identity crisis and strive to place themselves in spaces that enable them to train for success.

It is Winnie’s mission to help these women and youth in the refugee community to appreciate themselves, integrate with the community at large, not to undermine their ideas and process, and still see their true beauty. It is critical to understand that beauty is not only from within, but to also change the dichotomy of beauty standards.
Christensen feels that in order to polish up who they are, they have to have confidence in themselves — because confidence has no color!

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June 14: “Pride- what it means to us” (Online Service)

June is Pride Month which is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and their achievements. Events are held across the country but due to the coronavirus the celebrations will be different this year.

Unitarian-Universalists and the Magic Valley UU Fellowship have been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and of the events celebrating Pride Month. Please join us as we recognize and celebrate Pride Month with reflections of the history, what it is and what Pride means to members of our Fellowship.

Speakers:  Brandon Connolly, Mikayla Connolly, Sylvia Wingfield, Jen Okelberry, Ike Eickley, Don Morishita

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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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May 24: “Living in that Better World Today” (Online Service)

Presenter: Rev. Jenny Peek[UU Minister from Pocatello]

Borrowing from the practices of positivity and “law of attraction”, our visiting minister Rev. Jenny Peek reflects on methods for bringing joy into our lives.

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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?

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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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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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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)?

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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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