March 26: “Belovedness as an Antidote to Fear”

Presented by: Rev. Sara LaWall (Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship)

In this time of heightened fear, disruption and dismantling of our deeply held values, where can we turn to inner strength and spiritual fortification? Belovedness offers us a spiritual grounding to which we can anchor ourselves as we seek new and creative ways to respond to the call of our tradition. Hear stories from our UU presence in the Civil Rights Movement as a reminder that showing up for justice and human dignity is deeply rooted in our tradition.

SLaWallBUUF_cropWe are pleased to have Rev. Sara LaWall be our visiting minister this Sunday. Rev. Sara LaWall has served as the minister for the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since being called by the congregation in 2015. She is an alumna of Meadville-Lombard Theological School, one of our Unitarian Universalist seminaries, and also holds a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University. Prior to relocating to Boise, Sara served as the Director of Religious Education at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, CA for ten years. She has a wonderful family which includes husband Michael, whom she’s known since she was fourteen, and two beautiful sons, William and Gavin. She and her husband have traveled extensively to some of the world’s spiritual “hot spots” including Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Machu Picchu. In her “free” time, Sara fancies herself a circus performer and enjoys bouldering, yoga and the flying trapeze. You can find her on the web at http://www.boiseuu,org and her personal website at http://www.RevSara.com and on Facebook and Twitter @SaraUU.

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March 19: “Happily Ever After”

Presented by Julie Merrick

Why are we drawn to the idea of Happily Ever After? Is it simply a desire to live a trouble free life? Or is something deeper at work here? Could it be that within each of us is a knowing that life is a gift; that we are blessed and that when we choose to live in gratitude, happily ever after (not perfectly ever after) is not only possible but probable?

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.

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 usually available. Parking is available in the parking lot to the north side of the building.

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March 11: “Why UUs”

Presented by:  Rev. Elizabeth Greene

EGreeneRev. Greene will be speaking about how important it is for a religious faith to embrace all people, why we need and have a responsibility to help create community for all, and how working for justice is often a result of a commitment to the proposition that all people have some of the Holy within them.

In addition to reflecting on our close-to-home communities and commitments, Rev. Greene’s sermon will include stories of how Unitarians and Universalists have contributed to nurturing souls and helping heal the world.

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.

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 usually available.

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March 5″The Miracle of Forgiveness”

Presented by: Collete Hoglund

Forgiveness has many physical, mental health and spiritual benefits; however, it can be challenging to forgive others or ourselves. We will explore forgiveness from various perspectives including psychology, Christianity, Buddhism, mindfulness and A Course in Miracles.

Regardless of the perspective, forgiveness offers us inner peace and an opportunity to reconnect with others.

And, a note from Elizabeth:

“On March 12, I am preaching about why UUism is important, in the larger world and also in our individual congregations.

It will be SO helpful to me if some of you would write to me and tell me a story about how this congregation—or another UU congregation you’ve been part of—has made a difference in your life. The more stories I get, the better!!!

Remember: stories of help, support and challenge, sent to me directly at uurev@pobox.com  “

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 (UUs) 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. Child care is available.

Join us at the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at 10:30am on Sundays at the Vendor Blender and Event Center in Twin Falls.

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February 26:”A Playground Perspective: Embracing Sexual and Gender Diversity” and “A Declaration of Conscience.”

Presented by: Guest Speaker Kennedy Blair and Host Chad Minteer

colorful-1415969_640Sunday, we will have a special guest speaker, 11-year old Kennedy Blair. Kennedy will present an encore presentation of her wonderful TEDx Twin Falls talk titled: “A Playground Perspective: Embracing Sexual and Gender Diversity.” Need a little shot of hope? When you see an 11-year old talk like this, you can’t help but have some hope. The world is not doomed, because young people like Kennedy – and their supportive families, allies and friends – are going to change it.
As we face uncertain times, there is clarity that we must act, not alone, but together to protect the values of our democracy and those vulnerable populations among us. We need everyone – including you, your friends and your colleagues. Our Unitarian Universalist Association has prepared a Declaration of Conscience (uua.org/declaration) stating in the strongest possible terms our commitment in these times. We will read this Declaration together. For an infusion of hope, and a statement of resolve and purpose, please join us this Sunday.

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. Child care is available.

Join us at the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at 10:30am on Sundays at the Vendor Blender and Event Center in Twin Falls.

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February 19:”What Attracts People to Unitarian-Universalism?” By Michael Johnson

Please join us Sunday to stop and take a brief look at where we (Unitarian-Universalists) came from, what we believe and what it is that attracts us and others to Unitarian-Universalism.

Michael Johnson will discuss how he discovered Unitarian-Universalism and how much he identifies with what Unitarian-Universalism is and what he likes about it. Please be ready to ask questions.

chaliceUnitarian -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. Child care is available.

Join us at the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at 10:30am on Sundays at the Vendor Blender and Event Center in Twin Falls.

For further information please call 208-734-9161.

Rev. Elizabeth Greene’s contact information:
email- uurev@pobox.com
phone-208-863-1827

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Sunday, February 12, 2017: “What Lies Within?”

Presented by: Julie Merrick

The Buddha taught that the way is not in the sky; it is in the heart. As we seek out silence and turn our attention to the center of our being, we discover what lies within. We uncover a path of wisdom, peace, presence and compassion.

Please Note: This Sunday is our Second Sunday. As you all know, each second Sunday of the month our basket collection (unless otherwise noted) will be donated to a local charity. This Sunday’s basket will be donated to the Twin Falls Animal Shelter, a 501 (c )(3) non-profit corporation.

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.

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 usually available. Parking is available in the parking lot to the north side of the building.

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