Sunday, June 12, 2016: “For What the Soul Hungers”

 

Host/Presenter: Karen Fothergill

We will examine a sermon by Rev. Josh Pawelek of the Unitarian Universalist Society (East Manchester, Connecticut) entitled “For What the Soul Hungers.” Rev. Pawelek suggests human beings share an innate “soul hunger” for reconciliation, a “circle unbroken.”

While we don’t always feel it, there comes those times when we are shaken up, awakened, called. In these moments perhaps we produce a work of art to mend a broken society; perhaps we forgive one who has wronged us; perhaps we feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, free the prisoner, welcome the stranger. Perhaps we work for a more just society. Perhaps we sing. Perhaps we dance. Perhaps we build the beloved community.Pawelek_FWTSH

However and whenever the possibility for reconciliation presents itself to us, may we hear this ancient call: “May we do what we can to make the circle whole.”

Karen Fothergill will share a photography and a calligraphy project that has been used to create healing between groups that have been involved in fighting and war.

A presentation by local refugees and a performance by the choir will also be a part of our service.

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 these 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.
Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016: “Flower Communion: Connecting at the Roots”

Host: Don Morishita

Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Greene

In June, Unitarian Universalists honor the ritual of Flower Communion, introduced into our religious tradition by Rev. Norbert Capek, in the 1930s. Capek was a Czech Unitarian minister who spoke passionately for human dignity and the right to worship freely, in the face of Nazi oppression. Capek died in a concentration camp, but he was an inspiration to his fellow prisoners, writing hymns and speaking words of comfort. We celebrate our freedom and connections with each other by bringing a flower to worship service, exchanging with each other these symbols of life and love.

uuscflowerUnitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on these 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.

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016: “Exploring Our Spiritual Paths”

Host/Presenter: Don Morishita

Everyone who accepts spirituality in their lives have experienced interesting paths worthy of sharing with others.thinkdifferent

The third principle of Unitarian Universalism is acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

Our fourth principle is a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

One important aspect of our spiritual growth as a congregation is that our spiritual paths include a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Sharing our spiritual paths provides insight of what each of us experiences as we find truth and meaning in all aspects of our lives. Join us to hear the stories of some members of our Fellowship as they share their spiritual paths that have led them to this point in their lives.

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 these 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.

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016: “Latent Racism and the Black Lives Matter Movement”

Host/Presenter: Chad Minteer

What can we do for racial justice? Why does supporting or even understanding a movement like Black Lives Matter matter to you?

Sometimes problems like the kind this movement shines a light on can seem far away and like they’re not really our problem. We can take for granted that being able to ignore ‘far away problems’ is a condition of class privilege – if it doesn’t affect us, then it doesn’t exist.

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Much has been made in the media of some of the radical and disruptive action that some supporters of the movement have taken. By focusing on such violations of “respectability”, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Those for whom the system more or less works can find it easy to ignore the problems of those for whom the system has failed. Peace, liberty, and justice for all – that’s what we want.

How do we lift up those values for the most disenfranchised among us? For ourselves?

Unitarian Universalism supports the Black Lives Matter movement. We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies like mass imprisonment and attacks on voting rights.

Join us as we explore these topics.

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 these 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.

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016: “Jesus Was Not a Unitarian Universalist”

Host/Presenter: Ray Cross

Our sermon this Sunday is based on the sermon given September 29. 2013 by Rev. Thom Belote of The Community Church of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

We will explore who Jesus was and what he became after his death. We will look at the Jesus of history then we will talk some about the Jesus Christ of the Christian faith, the Prince of Peace.

The man, Jesus, was a revolutionary zealot in first century Galilee who became God to his many followers. How do we separate the man, Jesus from the deity he would become? Can we?

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 these 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.

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016: “The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf”

Presented by: Wanda & Bryan Jennings

Host: Karen Fothergill

This presentation is based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem in “The Jungle Book,” and, as with Kipling, the wolf and the pack are used metaphorically for our own human situation.RK_Jungle_bk_J

Please visit the Magic Valley Unitarian Fellowship to hear Wanda and Bryan Jennings from the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship give us their insights into Kipling’s poem.

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 these 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.

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is available. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016: “Spectrum or Pendulum?”

Presented by: Rev. Elizabeth Greene;  Host: Don MorishitaEGreene

How much of religion is emotion and spirit, and how much of it is thoughtful and reasoned? We approach Mystery with deep feelings, but we also think about our faith and what it means, how we interpret holy readings and practices. This “reason-or-emotion” issue has been particularly important for Unitarian Universalists, but affects most faith traditions. Rev. Greene will reflect on whether this is an either/or, or a both/and issue.

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 these journeys. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the rear of the building. Child care is available.

Please visit the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West.

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