June 20: A Playful Sunday

Play is the worship theme for the month of June for Unitarian Universalists. Author Diane Ackerman writes “In rare moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time’s continuum, ignore pain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world’s ordinary miracles. No mind or heart hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No goals. No relationships. No worry. One is completely open to whatever drama may unfold.”

Join us this Sunday at our physical location 160 9th Avenue East in Twin Falls or online for a service of “play.” Please bring one of your favorite jokes to share. To join online email MVUUF83301@yahoo.com for the Zoom link.

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.

June 13 Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalists to Meet at Nat Soo Pah

Please join us for this special outdoor service at Nat Soo Pah Hot Springs and Campground, 2738 E 2400 N south of Twin Falls instead of our regular location.

We will meet at 10:30 am at the pavilion located in the camping area. Please bring a chair to sit on. Camping is available on your own. Because we have rented the pavilion, swimming in the hot tub pool is available for $2 a person.  For more information contact Nat Soo Pah at  (208) 655-4337  or at their website   https://www.natsoopah.com. Bring a swim suit and towels if you plan to swim.

Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are welcome. For additional information or driving directions to Nat Soo Pah please  email mvuuf83301@yahoo.com

May 30 Flower Ceremony Service

Each year, Unitarian Universalist Churches across the country celebrate the coming of summer with a flower ceremony. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert’s widow. Also sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, it is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. For this ceremony, everyone is asked to bring a flower if they can.

Each person places a flower in a large vase. The congregation blesses the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person takes home a different flower than the one they brought. If possible, please bring a flower or flowers that can be combined with all of the others in a large vase during the service.

The service will be in person starting at 10:30 am at the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 160 9th Ave. East, Twin Falls, Idaho

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.        

May 23: “Patience: More of a Clue than a Virtue”

What if developing patience for difficult people and situations in our lives isn’t the virtue it’s cracked up to be? Patience has its place in building beloved community. Join us this Sunday for our worship service when visiting minister, Rev. Jenny Peek, shares her reflection on patience as a clue, more than a virtue.

Reminder: We are now meeting in person. Please join our service at our normal meeting place: 160 9th Avenue East, in Twin Falls.

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.

May 16: “All of Us Have Stories”

Presenter: Terry Ford

All of us have stories we tell ourselves about who we are. Sometimes those stories are ones that have been imposed on us, by parents, friends, or just by circumstances. Sometimes they are just a collection of things we have come to believe about ourselves. Those stories may not reflect what we would like to be, and they may not be even true in the eyes of others. Oftentimes of course they are at least partially true, but that doesn’t make them any less irksome to live with, or to try to live up to. Sometimes we are not even aware that they are only stories, and that we have the power to change them. Our small group discussions this coming Sunday will offer members the opportunity to share what their individual stories are, and to reflect on how they might change them if they find them chafing like an ill-fitted shoe.

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. 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.

May 9, 2021: “On Birthing and Nurturing”

Presenter: Rev. Mary Beth Bolin

On May 9th, in honor of Mother’s Day, Rev. Mary Beth Bolin will reflect on birthing and nurturing… not only in the biological, physical sense, but in all the ways we give birth to, and nurture new possibility throughout our lives. What can childbirth and motherhood teach us about how change is born in this world.

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: 858 2931 6893
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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.

May 2: “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Our Story?”

Presenter: Rev. Monica Dobbins

May 12th is the anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist Association, a religious movement with centuries of history yet also only 60 years old. What stories are we telling about ourselves as Unitarian Universalists, as a religious movement? And how can we re-story ourselves to meet the challenges of today’s world?

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. As UUs, 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.

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:

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. 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:
Please Click Here or use the link below to join the meeting:
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.