BUUF 2009 Sunday Services Archive
January 4, 10 am, one service followed by potluck
"Beginnings," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Of course, life is always beginning anew every day. But humans take
certain times to reflect on what has gone before, and what we hope will
happen. Mark Zimmerer, service coordinator. Connor von Huene, music.
January 11, 9 & 11 am
"What Are We Here For?" Rev. Elizabeth Greene
On the weekend of January 23rd and 24th, we will all join in asking
questions like Who are we? What makes us unique? What is our purpose?
Elizabeth reflects a bit, in a preliminary way. Carol and Jay
Wechselberger, service coordinators. Bonnie Bastian, music.
January 18, 9 & 11 am
"Martin Luther King, Obama and Great Expectations," Elton Hall
Martin Luther King, Jr., transcended his own religious tradition,
learned from Mahatma Gandhi, and set a course that led to the election
of Barack Obama as president. We will explore what he knew and how it
applies to our nation, our expectations and ourselves. Beverly Harley,
service coordinator. BUUF Band Project, music. Wanda Jennings,
January 25, 9 & 11 am
"Reflections on a Sabbatical, Part II: The Shadow Knows," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Sharing more of her six-month sabbatical, Elizabeth will focus on the
30 days she spent on retreat at St. Gertrude's Monastery in Cottonwood,
Idaho. Things arise, when you live with just yourself for that long.
Tony de Angelis, service coordinator. Jo Douglas and Patti Raino, music.
February 1, 10 am one service followed by potluck
"Groundhog Day," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Are there any patterns in your life you don't want and don't
seem to be able to rise above? After a Saturday-night viewing of the movie
"Groundhog Day," Elizabeth will talk about how we do and don't change. Debbie
Espen, service coordinator. Choir and Carrie Bastian, music.
Feb. 8, 2009, 9 & 11 am
"Norbert Capek's Odyssey," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Norbert Capek, best known as the creator of the Flower Communion, had a
fascinating history, moving from a conservative religion into Unitarianism. He
was a man of inspiration and integrity, and paid for his principles.
Nick Cesare and Carrie Bastian, music; Nancy Harms, service
Feb 15, 9 am & 11 am
"Becoming Ourselves," James Mack
How might things have been different if I hadn't felt the need to
deny my own uniqueness and imitate the other "normal" kids around me as
I grew up? Following his musical revue, Just Married, the Musical!
on Valentine's Day at BUUF, James Mack will be the speaker at our Sunday
Service. He will tell his personal journey as a gay man in America
today. being hUUman (the BUUF Band) with Jon Arterton & James
Mack, music; Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
Feb 22, 9 & 11 am
"So Say We All," Dale Winke
Come join Dale as he explores how the themes of science fiction can
plumb the depths of humanity's spiritual and transcended yearnings. Dale
Winke and Carrie Bastian, music; Tony DeAngelis, service
March 1, single service, 10 am, followed by potluck
"How Can I Keep From Singing? The Spirituality of Social Action," Rev. Ralph Galen and Pam Kelly
After spending exciting time together on Friday and Saturday, we will
have the chance to hear our presenters share worship with us, reflecting
on the spiritual path of justice and service. Bev Harley, service
coordinator. BUUF Choir, music; Carrie Bastian, Director, Sue Langley,
March 8, 9 & 11 am [Daylight Saving Time!]
"We Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts," David Ward
Most of us are haunted by the "ghosts" from our past. Times in our lives
wrought with embarrassment or regret. David recently returned to
Pocatello for a little "ghost-busting" from his college days. Armed with
the healing power of love, David sought to silence his ghosts once and
for all. Come to BUUF, and together we'll embark on a thorough
ghost-busting of the soul. Nancy Harms, service coordinator. April
Ward (voice) & Carrie Bastian (piano,) music.
March 15, 9 & 11 am
"The Fire of Commitment," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
On this new-member-joining Sunday, Elizabeth will explore what it
means to commit one's self: to another person, an organization, a
particular course of events. Mark Zimmerer, service coordinator. Boise
Highlanders (bagpipes), music.
March 22, 9 & 11 am
"We Are Not the News. Or Are We?" Rev. Elizabeth Greene
So many of us are "news junkies," a habit that can be detrimental to
our health. How do we stay aware of our world, and also maintain our
sense of hope, let alone optimism? Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
being hUUman (BUUF's house band), music.
March 29, 9 am & 11 am
"A Complaint-Free World," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
What do you suppose the world would be like if everyone spoke
honestly but non-judgmentally, without "whining." Elizabeth will share
her odyssey of trying to achieve this, with the help of a book. Carol Wechselberger, service coordinator. Michael Stevenson (violin) &
Carrie Bastian (piano,) music.
April 5, 10 am, single service, followed by potluck luncheon
"Laugh? I Thought I'd Die," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth holds the position that laughing is a religious activity.
Or maybe she just likes to tell jokes. Come find out! Nancy Harms,
service coordinator. Patti Raino & Jo Douglas, music.
April 12, 9 & 11 am
"Up From the Dark We Arise," Rev. Elizabeth Greene and BUUF Choir
It's Easter, the day we celebrate emerging from the nurturing and
mysterious dark. Wear your Easter bonnet, your John Harms tie, and
celebrate in community. Tony de Angelis, service coordinator; BUUF
Choir, music; Carrie Bastian, director; Susan Langley, accompanist.
April 19, 9 & 11 am
"It's In Your Hands" Nancy Harms
Earth Day is about two environments, yes it is about raising
awareness on environmental issues and promoting environmental action;
but it is also about the human environment, the inner life that
directs us. It is what we think about the Earth as well as our actions
and behavior toward the Earth that is at the heart of religion. UUs
believe our faith tradition makes a difference and that distinction is
what we pass on to our children. Wanda Jennings, Service Coordinator;
David Ward, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, and recorded Music.
April 26, 9 & 11 am
"Reflections on a Sabbatical, Part 3," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
As the "church year" is moving toward its busy close (in June, but it
happens fast!), Elizabeth will reflect one final time on her sabbatical
experiences last week. Bev Harley, service coordinator;
being hUUman (church house band), music.
May 3, 10 am, single service followed by potluck
Senior High Bridging; BUUF high school seniors, Rev. Elizabeth Greene, Emmie Schlobohm
A Sunday always awaited eagerly by our congregation, this is the
Sunday we hear words of wisdom from our high school seniors, about to
"go out into the big world." Nancy Harms, service coordinator; BUUF
Choir, directed by Carrie Bastian, with Will Smith on guitar, music.
May 10, 9 & 11 am
Coming of Age; BUUF youth, Rev. Elizabeth Greene, Emmie Schlobohm, Cathy Carmen
This Sunday is an every-other-year favorite. Our Coming of Age youth,
after spending fun-filled and action-packed months with their mentors,
Cathy Carmen and Elizabeth, will share their credos with us. Mark
Zimmerer, service coordinator; Hans York, singer/songwriter, music.
May 17, One Service at 10 AM, followed by hearty snacks and Annual Meeting
"...What's Goin' On?" Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Each year, our minister Elizabeth Greene delivers a
"state-of-the-church" sermon on Annual Meeting day, sharing her take on
the significance of the almost-finished program year. Carol
Wechselberger, service coordinator; Mark Givens, music
May 24, 9 & 11 am
"The Young Soldiers," Daniel Wright
This Memorial Day Sunday explore the resiliency of people during
conflict. Daniel Wright has been in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Central
America and Africa with the Army and as a contractor rebuilding the
countries' infrastructure. Nancy Harms, service coordinator; Lisa
Johnson Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, music.
May 31, 9 & 11 am
"For All That Is Our Life," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Celebrating the successful end of the Annual Stewardship Drive,
Elizabeth reflects on the many gifts that we are given and that we give,
creating dynamic, challenging community. Tony de Angelis, service
coordinator; being hUUman, BUUF's house band, music.
June 7, 10 am single service followed by potluck picnic
"Flower Communion," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
We share our much-loved Flower Communion, based on Czech Unitarian
minister Norbert Capek's brilliant concept: we'll bring flowers to
church, put them in riotous bouquets in front of the chancel, then when
the time comes, we come forward and each person takes away a flower that
someone else has brought. Nancy Harms, service coordinator.
June 14, 10 am
"Our Debt to the Universalists," Nancy Harms
Compiled by John Harms to explore what Universalism is. Come hear
this popular presentation back by popular request. Unlike Unitarianism,
Universalism was a spiritual movement that reached the common people.
The message of Universalism is that all of humanity is saved." The
Universalists believe that God is too good to damn man, while the
Unitarians believe that man is too good to be damned by God." -- Thomas
Starr King, mid 19th century Unitarian and Universalist minister. Harms,
June 21, Father's Day Service, 10 a.m.
"A Whole Lotta Heaven!" David Ward
David spent the majority of his life conveniently ignoring the big
questions. Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? It
wasn't like he was afraid to face them or anything. Certainly not! Leave
it to his 4-year-old son, Michael, to bring these issues front and
center in the most interesting of ways. Ah, the joys of fatherhood.
Wanda Jennings, service coordinator. Cees Hoefnagels, hymns.
June 28, 10 am
"Hey, boys, how's the oxygen?" Mark Zimmerer
In the practice of yoga, doing poses is only the beginning of the
work. More importantly, yoga focuses on the breath and its effect on our
bodies, minds and spirits. Mark Zimmerer will discuss the act of
breathing with stories from Thich Nhat Hanh, BKS Iyengar, Al Gore and
his own experience that help us to understand its importance to a
balanced life in the world. Beverly Harley, service coordinator.
July 5, single service, 10 am
"Food Ways: When Wretched Excess is Barely Enough,. Dan Peterson
Graduate of University of Oregon in folklore, Dan Peterson speaks on
noting three historical stages of food ways. Join Dan on his
international travels his stories relate. His concept of "excess" has
nothing to do with calories. Like James Beard, Dan feels a day is
incomplete without learning something new about food. Wanda Jennings,
July 12, single service, 10 am
"What is This Thing Called Love?" E. Coston Frederick
What is this thing called love? Maybe it's something more than in the
music. Maybe it's something more than we've ever been aware. Coston
Frederick, Presenter. Nancy Harms. Service Coordinator. Judy Frederick,
Celebrant. Charlotte Tompkins, music.
July 19, 2009, single service, 10 am
"What are Relics to UUs?" Elton Hall
BUUF is hosting the Buddhist Relic Tour, though UU's are not known for
their appreciation of relics. Why do some people find relics meaningful,
while others are indifferent and some even repulsed by them? Can relics
cause epiphanies? We will explore these questions as well as the closely
related phenomenon of idolatry, looking at the idolatries every human
being confronts. Elton Hall, celebrant/presenter.
Mark Zimmerer, service coordinator
July 26, single service, 10 am
"The Calming Breath of Meditation Quenches the Fire of Suffering,"
Aug. 2, single service, 10 am
"The Melody of Life - in the key of 'UU'," Dale Winke
Examining the overarching theme of Battlestar Galactica, Dale Winke
looks at the connections, meanings, and melodies from one individual
UU's viewpoint. David Ward, service coordinator and celebrant.
Aug. 9, single service, 10 am
"Gardens: life, wonder, awe and sustenance"
Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) students explore the question,
"Where does our food come from?" and reconnect to nature in a hands-on
learning environment. Come join BUGS students and Becky Morgan, BUGS
executive director, as they share their adventures in dirt, water,
weeds, and wonder! Mark Zimmerer, service coordinator; Nancy Harms,
Aug. 16, single service, 10 am
"Humanism, Unpacked," BUUF Humanist Group
The confidence that we humans can, and must, take responsibility for
ourselves and each other, is one shared by humanists both theistic and
non-theistic. What sets us apart from UUs, if anything? Several members
of BUUF's humanist group will speak to our philosophy, our ethics, our
strength in times of crisis. Jeanette Ross, celebrant. Service
Coordinator Beverly Harley
Aug. 23, 10 am, single service, 10 am
"Time has come today," David Ward
Noted pastor Rick Warren writes extensively about the importance of
giving your time and energy to your loved ones. He states that the way
you spell love is "T-I-M-E." David agrees wholeheartedly, and is asking
you to spend some time with him this Sunday to help spread the love.
Nancy Harms, service coordinator. Cees Hoefnagels, music.
Aug. 30, single service, 10 am
"Standing on the Side of Love, " BUUFers who attended GA
Come hear six different impressions of the Unitarian Universalist
Association's (UUA) General Assembly (GA) held in June in Salt Lake City
where we stood on the side of love on several issues. We elected a new
UUA president, Peter Morales; and BUUF was recognized for having earned
our Green Sanctuary Certification. Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
Gwyn Reid, celebrant.
Sept. 6, single service, 10 am
"The End Starts the Beginning," Nancy Harms
Here we are on Labor Day Weekend Sunday, the official end of summer
before the start of our program year. All summer long did you realize
you've been preaching to the world around us? We said it with our
t-shirts, our actions and our lives. Now at Labor Day we rest, and think
about how we spent our summer, our yesterdays, our present, and a
glimpse into tomorrow. Summer has ended, everything has its season;
there is a time for every purpose under heaven. Wear your favorite
t-shirt. Nancy Harms, Presenter and Service Coordinator; Deb Smith,
Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, Music.
Sept. 13, 10 am, followed by potluck
"Water: Its Cosmic Origins," Reverend Elizabeth Greene and Connie Barlow
We are 55 to 60% water; our blood is 95% water. We depend on water for
our very existence. Connie Barlow will explain how much deeper our water
connection is—all the way back to the stars! Beverly Harley,
Service Coordinator. Music by Carrie Bastian and the being hUUman
Sept. 20, 9 & 11 am
"Restless Souls," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth will reflect on spirituality "from Emerson to Oprah," to quote
from the book Restless Souls. Starting Oct. 7, she and Elton
Hall will teach a class on this book. (See
Adult Education offerings for this fall.)
Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
Sept. 27, 9 & 11 am
"Where Children Are Wise and Adults Can Play," Emmie Schlobohm
Our young people's Religious Exploration program is an extraordinary
place where you can find your inner whimsy, wonder and awe! People of
all ages grow and learn in our RE wings during any given Sunday. Your
Director of Religious Exploration, Emmie Schlobohm, invites you on a
journey of discovery where play is transformative. David Ward, Service
Oct. 4, 2009 One Service at 10am, Potluck following
"Living in Community," Rev. Elizabeth Greene and Lisa Johnson
Elizabeth and Lisa will reflect on how we can get our own needs met by
paying better attention to the communities we care about. The Committee
on Ministry will be part of this, and Congregational Care Team will be
encouraging you to join them in their community-building activities. Ed
Rush, service coordinator. BUUF Choir, music.
Oct. 11, 9 &11 am
"Coming Out For Justice," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender people are encouraged to express their true selves. What can
allies do to "come out" in support? Besse LaBudde, service coordinator.
Jeff Korfanta, music.
Oct. 18, 9 & 11 am
"Music through Community – Community through Music," Carrie Bastian
BUUF Music Director Carrie Bastian will relate her musical and spiritual
journey, explore our human impulse to make music, examine music as
spiritual practice and discuss how we can create a stronger religious
community through musical experience. Tony DeAngelis, service
coordinator. being hUUman, music.
Oct. 25, 9 & 11 am
"Boston Bound and Back Again"
Our Junior High youth once again journeyed to Boston this past summer on
their semi-annual pilgrimage. Come hear from this crop of Boston
Bounders about their adventures in Beantown and beyond. Nancy Harms,
service coordinator. Bruce Dowlin, music.
Nov. 1, 2009 One Service at 10am, Potluck following
"What Do You Have to Be To Have a Spiritual Practice?" Rev. Elizabeth Greene
If Unitarian Universalism is to be a genuine religious community, UUs
need to have regular centering & transcending practices. Elizabeth
will offer examples & ideas. Bev Harley, service coordinator. BUUF
Choir with Carrie Bastian conducting, music.
Nov. 8, 9 & 11 am
"Where is my Inspiration?" Rev. Robert Balint
The Minister of our partner church in Mészkõ brings
blessings and greetings from Transylvania to Boise, connecting the
struggle for religious freedom in central Europe with the principles and
purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our shared
inspiration is the love in our hearts, expressed in the respect for the
inherent worth and dignity of every human being. Nancy Harms, service
coordinator. Charlotte Tompkins, music
Nov. 15, 9 & 11 am
"It's Not the Changes, It's the Transitions," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
All our life, we are in change & transition. A change may happen
quickly—but how do we handle the longer process of transition?
Elizabeth has an important announcement. Besse LaBudde, service
coordinator. being hUUman, music.
Nov. 22, 9 & 11 am
"Getting To Yes: a Brief History of Our Fellowship," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Our congregation has been a part of the Treasure Valley community for
many decades. Elizabeth will speak about some of the high (and low!)
spots. Don Schutte, service coordinator. Jack Brown, music.
Nov. 29, 9 & 11 am
"Beethoven's Daiku Unbound," Dr. Lawrence Huntley
On May 7, 1824, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony received its premier in
Vienna, Austria. During its 185-year history the "Ode to Joy" Symphony
has provided audiences throughout the world spiritual inspiration and
jubilation. In Japan massed choral groups and orchestras come together
in December of each year to give performances of Daiku —"The Big
Nine". We will explore elements in the finale of this monumental work
that may account for its universal appeal and immortality. Rev.
Elizabeth Greene, celebrant. David Ward, service coordinator. Dr.
Lawrence Huntley, music.
Dec. 6, 10 am
Deck the Halls -- The Power of Community
May the merry mayhem continue! Join the fun while our children and
youth of all ages present plays, songs, poems and more exploring the
power of community for the conclusion of our annual Deck the Halls
celebration weekend. Service coordinator is Mark Zimmerer and music by
Cees Hoefnagels, Mike Lemieux, and Children & Youth RE.
Dec. 13, 9 & 11 am
"Sure On This Shining Night"
Amidst dark Winter nights, we find the lights of the December
holidays, bringing us healing, wholeness and peace. This mostly music
service will feature the choir, Natalie Whiting (alto), Mark Zimmerer
(baritone), Michael Stevenson (violinist) & Janelle Brown (cellist).
Dec. 20, 9 & 11 am
"Circles of Dark and Light," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
It is almost Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year, turning
then toward more and more light. To reach the lightest day of the year,
turning then toward more and more dark. How does this echo our lives?
Nancy Harms, service coordinator. Music by being hUUman (BUUF
Dec 21, 7 pm
Winter Solstice Celebration, led by The Rev. Elizabeth Greene & the ever-faithful Solstice Team
This annual favorite is a reflective service celebrating light's
return and pondering what we want to leave in the darkness and what
bring into the light. About an hour long, it very appropriate for
children who can sit relatively quietly for that long. The nursery will
be available for parents who find it necessary to be with their children
somewhere besides the service itself. BRING HOLIDAY GOODIES FOR THE
FESTIVE PARTY AFTERWARD! Mark Zimmerer, service coordinator.
Dec 24, 7 pm
"Mother Mary Comes to Me," The Rev. Elizabeth Greene.
What must Mary have been going through, as she "pondered all these
things in her heart?" Here she is, a teenager, holding the light-filled
blessing of new life -- which seems to have invited a whole array of
amazing visitors. She had been warned beforehand, of course, but must
she not have felt that age-old human question: is this mostly a
blessing, or will it be mostly a burden? The night will be capped by the
lovely tradition of going outside, lighting candles, singing "Silent
Night." This is a one-hour family service, appropriate for all ages. The
nursery will be available for parents who find it necessary to be with
their children somewhere besides the service itself. Nancy Harms,
Dec. 27, 9 & 11 am
The early Quakers considered silence to be a direct path to God. This
was a radical idea in its time. Silence remains a radical idea today. In
our culture of Blackberries, cell phones, the Internet, high-definition
television and continual bombardment of advertising, cultivating silence
- as opposed to consuming products - is a radical idea. But it can
connect us to - and keep us on - the path we're supposed to be on.
Celebrant, Nancy Harms and Service Coordinator, Bev Harley.