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.

Use this link to join the service on Zoom:

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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!

March 29th: “Wisdom of Our Elders” (Online Service 10:00 AM)

Presented By: BUUF Intern Minister Mary Beth Bolin

Due to the coronavirus our Fellowship will once again have an online service Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Intern Minister Mary Beth Bolin will facilitate an online worship for both Boise Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship and Magic Valley Unitarian-Unitarian Fellowship at 10:00 AM on Zoom.

The service, “Wisdom of our Elders”, will include reflections from a few of the elders at Boise Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship on how we experience aging and how we go about searching for understanding throughout our lives, eventually growing into wisdom.

This service will help all of us, whatever our age, dig into what it means to be living a life of near constant transition, bringing both new challenges and the invitation to greater wisdom.

Afterwards, there will be a virtual coffee hour in a second Zoom meeting.

Directions to Log in for Worship Sunday at 10:00 AM

Or, log into zoom and type in this meeting ID:
982-807-5151

  • To call in on your phone, Dial this number:
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    And type in the above meeting ID.

Directions to a  “Virtual Coffee Hour” just for MVUUF folks afterwards:

(This is a separate Zoom Meeting)

To gather and say hello to each other after worship on Sunday you may join in to visit informally with others from MVUUF afterwards. In order to access it, you will need to sign out of the Boise worship meeting, and sign into our own coffee hour using the instructions here.

Our own MVUUF zoom meeting room is:
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Meeting ID: 290 036 4246

As always, you can call
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on your phone and type the same meeting ID. This phone number will be the same for joining any zoom meeting, no matter the host. It is just the meeting ID that changes.

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 22nd: (ONLINE SERVICE) “Lessons From Cars”

10:30 AM – ONLINE ONLY
Presenter: Rev Jenny Peek

Note: Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will not have an in-person service this Sunday in Twin Falls. Instead the service will be presented using the online platform Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before please read our instructions for meeting online at this link.

Many of us may relate with Rev. Jenny’s sermon, “Lessons From Cars”, as she will share some of her favorite stories of the cars she has driven. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes tender and bittersweet, 40+ years of driving has provided ample opportunity for learning to be more consciously human.

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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.

MVUUF Online Meeting Instructions (during coronavirus outbreak)

During the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, for an indefinite period, the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will not have an in-person services. Until further notice, we will be using the ZOOM online platform. In order to help you get ready, we are posting some instructions here to help you continue to engage with MVUUF and with each other during this virus outbreak.

How does Zoom work?

Using Zoom is free and requires nothing more than a phone call, unless you would like to engage in the video portion of the meeting.

You can connect to our services using ZOOM by:

  • smart phone (using an internet wifi connection or a data plan)
  • a tablet,
  • a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux),
  • a telephone call (for audio only),

If you wish to listen using a simple telephone only, you will use the phone number provided to call in, then you will use the Meeting ID number to join the Zoom meeting.

TIPS:

  • For much of the service, you may be muted by the host so that you and everyone can hear what the main speaker says. This is normal.
  • There are times you may wish to join a “coffee hour” or other part of the meeting where you are able to speak to others.  If you have ambient (background) noise nearby, like fans, radio, equipment, or other equipment, it may be be picked up by your microphone and nobody will be allowed to hear you to address this please choose a quiet room to start your session.
  • If connecting by yourself in a noisy environment, use a headset with a built in mic.
  • It is recommended anyone wishing to participate get ready by installing zoom clients and apps on their devices ahead of time, to avoid missing parts of a meeting while you try to make everything work.

TO INSTALL the Zoom client ahead of time (recommended), please visit this link:

https://zoom.us/download

TO TEST YOUR CONNECTION ahead of time (recommended):

Once you have installed Zoom on your smart phone, tablet, or computer, you can visit the following link to make sure everything works as expected:

https://zoom.us/test

Take your time and make sure your audio and video are working. If you have further questions or wish to explore various other support issues regarding Zoom, use a search engine like Google or visit this link:

https://support.zoom.us

Once set up, follow the connection instructions in the service announcement. A phone number and meeting ID number will be provided for your connection. Sometimes a password may be provided which you may use if necessary. We suggest logging in a bit early to avoid workload for the person who needs to admit attendees. Once the meeting is underway you may have to wait a bit until that person has a free moment.

That’s all you need!

List of upcoming services

March 15: “Finding Spiritual Peace Amid The Storms of Life.”

Lejla Becirovic is National Award Winning Social Worker currently working at Idaho Hospice.  Author of Beyond Borders: A Story of War, Love, and Loss, Lejla will speak about “finding faith” during the hardest times in life. She will share her story of escaping war and homelessness and finding faith through her losses.

BeyondBorders

Lejla’s book is available on Amazon.com. (Don’t forget to support our fellowship by using smile.amazon.com whenever you shop)

MVUUF Charitable Organization Support Link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0470936

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.

March 8th: “Growing in Personal Wisdom”

Presenter: Jen Blair

As we move through life, it is important that we not become complacent with the knowledge we have acquired. The idea of being life-long learners is essential to our continued growth as individuals and also our growth as community.

In a world where access to information is readily available, are we becoming more wise? Are we approaching all of this information in ways that are beneficial to our own growth? What things can we learn about the accumulation of knowledge and how to turn that successfully into wisdom?

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.