BUUF 2011 Sunday Services Archive
January 2, 9 & 11 am
"Whose God is This?" Nancy Harms
Nancy will explore why we believe whatever it is we believe. And what
does it mean to be Unitarian. She will talk about the metamorphosis of
her own beliefs. Wanda Jennings, Service Coordinator. Bruce Dowlin,
January 9, 9 & 11 am
"Margaret Fuller: a Woman For all Times," Rev. Elizabeth Greene & Prof. Elton Hall
Margaret Fuller was an amazing 19th-century woman, whose life and
thought can inspire us. Elizabeth & Elton will present her words
& some reflection. Nancy Harms, service coordinator.
January 16, 9 & 11 am
"We Have a Dream, Janine Larsen & Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Janine Larsen, our Pacific Northwest District Executive, will speak
with us about our vision, as we move into the final years of
Elizabeth's ministry. Bill Hoffman, service coordinator.
January 23, 9 & 11 am
"Discovery and Re-Discovery," Mészkõ travelers
Each time BUUF members visit with our partners in
Mészkõ, our relationship is discovered in a new way. Alan
and Mary Schwartzman, and Ed and Irene Rush traveled to Mészkõ
last summer. For Mary, it was her fourth trip. Alan, Irene, and Ed were
there for their first visit. Come learn how the visit affected each
traveler. BUUF choir directed by Carrie Bastian, music.
January 30, 9 & 11 am
"Turn the Principles Upside Down," Rev. Gail Lindsay Marriner
Creativity consists of looking at the familiar with new eyes. This
sermon reflects on what might happen if we were to look at our
principles in a new way and read them starting with the seventh and
ending with the first.
Rev. Marriner graduated from Harvard Divinity School where she won the
Billings Prize for preaching in 1995. She has served congregations in
Massachusetts and Texas and is currently the consulting minister at the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, Minnesota.
Jane Hoffman, service coordinator; Elizabeth Greene, celebrant; Will
Smith and Carrie Bastian, music.
Feb. 6, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Love ... or Something like It," Bryan and Wanda Jennings
With Valentine's Day coming, remember what Clint Black said, "Love
isn't something that you feel, it's something that you do." Beverly
Harley, service coordinator; Carrie Bastian, Tom von Alten, Jeanette
Ross, Mark Zimmerer, music.
Feb. 13, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Secrets," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
What sorts of secrets do we keep? What effect do secrets have on our
lives and relationships? There is still time to type your secret, seal
it and get it to Elizabeth! Bev Harley, service coordinator. Cathy
Sherman, service coordinator.
Feb. 20, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Who Needs God?" Rev. Jackie Kelly
As a UU minister, Jackie Kelly serves as the Clinical Pastoral
Education Supervisor at St. Luke's. Join Jackie as she
reflects on how talking with hospital patients, family, staff and CPE
students about their relationships with God has influenced her thinking
about how Unitarian Universalists might also need a personal
relationship with God. Besse LaBudde, service coordinator.
Feb. 27, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Make a Joyful Noise," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Today, we kick off our Annual Stewardship Drive, focusing for a bit
on the material that underlies our vision of love and justice. What song
echoes in our hearts, uniting us in joy and connection? Nancy Harms,
March 6, 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Where Do You Draw the Line?" Rev. Elizabeth Greene
If we are socially aware, wishing to respect other cultures and
worldviews, is there ever a time when our respect runs into conflict
with our sense of justice? If that happens, what do we do? Bill Hoffman,
March 13, 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Hinduism in a Nutshell," Prof. Mohan R. Limaye
Hinduism is the oldest living religion in the world, and it embraces
many paths to the holy from polytheism to monotheism to atheism. This
presentation will explore various aspects of the religion that make this
diversity possible. UUs will detect strong resonances with some of our
seven principles. Elton Hall, celebrant; Wanda Jennings, service
March 20, 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Loyalty," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
What does it mean to be loyal? Is there truth in that old statement
"loyal to a fault"? This is an old-fashioned virtue—do we value
it? Bev Harley, service coordinator.
March 27, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"FEAR OF FALLING," Rev. Margaret Keip
Treasures hiding in plain sight are easy to miss. The profound dynamic
threaded through our seven UU principles is one of them. It's a truth
too rarely perceived, though it's vital to life itself.
Jane Hoffman, service coordinator.
April 3, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Our way to know ourselves"
Several members of Jeanette Ross' BUUF Memoir class will share
selections from writings out of their own lives. Eric Wallace and
Charlotte Tompkins, music; Wanda Jennings, celebrant; Cathy Sherman,
April 10, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"The Van Gogh Café," Rev. Keith Kron
Rev. Keith Kron is the UUA's Transitions Director. Keith was Director
of the UUA's Office for Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns
for over 14 years, and is a valued friend of our minister. We are
delighted to welcome him this morning, as he speaks to us about the
importance to each of us of telling our story. Rev. Elizabeth Greene,
celebrant. Nancy Harms, service coordinator.
April 17, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Go In Peace," A Worship Service Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, Mike Philley
The worship service will feature readings and personal reflections by
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and musical accompaniment by the Common
Ground Community Chorus. Mark Zimmerer, celebrant. Besse LaBudde,
April 24, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"In Time of Daffodils," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
It's Easter, when our hearts stray toward the miracles of new life,
rebirth—even resurrection! This year, e.e. cummings provides our
text. BUUF choir, Carrie Bastian, Sue Langley, music; Bill Hoffman,
May 1, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Senior High Bridging, " BUUF High School Seniors, Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Exploration, & Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Do you need an infusion of hope for the future and to know that the
world will be in good hands after we're gone? Our graduating seniors
will share their journeys and visions for their futures and ours. Come
celebrate their bridging from youth to young adulthood! Beverly Harley,
May 8, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"Coming of Age," Coming of Age youth, Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Exploration, and Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Our Coming of Age youth will share their statements of faith that
they have developed over the years and through the journey of discovery
that has been our Coming of Age program for the last nine months. Join
in on this celebration of youth and share in the journey with these
incredible young people! Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
May 15, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"A Spiritual Year in Review," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Each year, on the of the Annual Meeting, Elizabeth muses on the
"state of the Fellowship." How have we been with each other? Have we
nurtured souls? Helped heal the world? Practiced generosity? Nancy
Harms, service coordinator.
May 22, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"A Home Where All Belong," Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Exploration
Come celebrate our children on this first annual Religious
Exploration Celebration ! Find out what our children & youth have
explored this year in their classes. Love, home, and family have been
the over-arching themes this year, so join us for discoveries galore for
all ages! Mark Zimmerer and Cathy Sherman, service coordinators.
May 29, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
"On Aging," Besse LaBudde
Aging is really a new experience and something of a surprise for
anyone who reaches retirement age so it's is no wonder that so much
foolishness is written about its "prevention." There are physical and
mental manifestations we could all do without, but a sense of humor
helps tremendously, and there are preparations one can set in motion
earlier in adulthood. The saddest of both young and senior citizens are
those who have no sense of wonder or enthusiasm. Jane Hoffman, service
coordinator. Nancy Harms, celebrant.
June 5, 10 am only
"Flower Communion," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
On this first-Sunday-of-summer-schedule, we have a briefer-than-usual
service, starring Flower Communion: everyone brings a flower to put in
the community vases, then, at a certain point in the service, we each
take a flower back. If you forget your flower, well, Providence always
steps in, in the form of other people. Nancy Harms, service
June 12, 10 am
"Kirtan: immersion in sound" Mark Zimmerer
Kirtan is the ancient Hindu practice of call and response chanting.
While I will talk briefly, the service will be more concerned with being
surrounded by the voices of the people around us, and then experiencing
the silence that follows. Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
June 19, 10 am
"Spiritual Procrastination," Bill Hoffman
Do you proudly count yourself among those who are productive and get
things done—those who are so conscientious, busy and driven to do
good work that you put off allowing yourself to slow down, and
disengage? Do you ponder the irony that you don't have enough time to
open up to and explore a more spiritually rewarding and less stressful
life? If so, have you considered that you–the busy one—may
be procrastinating? Yes, drawing on the wisdom of sages like Ellen
Degeneres, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chrodron, Woody Allen and Mark Twain,
Bill will turn procrastination upside down and explore how "busy people"
can become more comfortable and less anxious about slowing down. Jane
Hoffman, service coordinator.
"Communities of Faith"
June 26, 10 am
So a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, and a UU walk into a bar. Well we
have the chance to hear what they have to say this Sunday on tolerance.
The panel of speakers will be Gene Badesheim, Said Ahmed-Zaid, and Gwyn
Reid. Debra Smith, Celebrant. Music by Michael Stevenson, Carrie Bastian
and Charlotte Tompkins. Nancy Harms, Service Coordinator.
July 3, 10 am
"Defying Gravity." Bryan Jennings
We live in troubled times. Things are grave, indeed, but lest we
start to take ourselves too seriously—as individuals, as a community,
as a religion—I think I'll try defying gravity! Beverly Harley,
Service Coordinator; Wanda Jennings, Celebrant.
July 10, 10 am
"Touchstones" Shari Wallace, Lothar Pietz, Gregg Duffy, Jeanette Ross, & Sandy Layser
Memories can accumulate importance over the years. Members of the
2010/2011 BUUF memoir group will share stories from their childhoods and
youth. Music will range through camp and scout songs to rousing
renditions of Sunday School favorites in order to share the joy and
further spark congregational reverie. Bob Wallace will provide campfire
guitar accompaniment. Besse LaBudde, Service Coordinator; Jeanette Ross,
July 17, 10 am
"Our Role in the Politics of Food", Roger Sherman and Leo Morales
Service and Advocacy are the two feet of social Justice. When we fill
backpacks for the Idaho Foodbank or help people at the Capital City
Market use their food stamps at the market, we are doing service.
Advocacy allows us to address the root causes of hunger by addressing
policies that lead to food insecurity. Roger Sherman and ICAN Policy
Director Leo Morales will present their thoughts about advocacy, social
justice, and our role in the politics of food. Bill Hoffman, service
coordinator; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; musical duet, Roger and Elia
Sherman, and pianist, Cees Hoefnagels.
July 24, 10 am
Pioneer Day, Lance Pittman
Lance will explore Pioneer Day celebrating the perseverance and
dedication of the early settlers. On July 24th many in the west
celebrate and honor our pioneer heritage, those who crossed the plains
and created many of the cities and towns where we live today. Music by
Carrie Bastian and Lance Pittman. Mark Zimmerer, Service Coordinator.
July 31, 10 am
"Through the Eyes of Beauty", Miriam Woito
Our values guide our beliefs, actions, and behaviors. They are the
lenses through which we see the world and measure our understanding.
Beauty is a value that is more than just "skin deep". Join me in
celebration of beauty. Mark Zimmerer, celebrant and Nancy Harms Service
Aug. 7, 10 am
"Wholehearted Living," Patricia Heeb
The heart is a muscular pump little larger than a fist that moves one
million barrels of blood in the average lifetime—enough to fill
three oil supertankers. All that and it has its own brain. What does it
mean to live with a whole heart? Wanda Jennings Service Coordinator.
Besse LaBudde, Celebrant. John Sangiorgi and Susan Nelson Sangiorgi,
Charlotte Tompkins, Music.
Aug. 14, 10am
"Transformations" Bill & Gwyn Reid
Dan Hotchkiss, in his book, Governance and Ministry
states, "Religion transforms people; no one touches holy ground and
stays the same." Bill and Gwyn will use this statement to launch an
exploration of the tension between the need for stability in a religious
organization's governance and community, and the instability that
religious transformation brings. Nancy Harms, Service Coordinator. Gwyn
Aug. 21, 10am
"What's in a Name?" Roger Sherman & Jim Lyons
Who knew? At least 6 elementary schools in Boise are named after
famous UUs. What were they all about? What were some of the virtues
that our children might learn from them? Who wants to bet no one knew
they were UU's when they named the schools? Jim Lyons and Roger Sherman
will explore those questions and more in this service for the curious.
Cathy Sherman, Service Coordinator, Wanda Jennings, Celebrant.
Aug. 28, 10 am
"Whatever You Do, Don't Mention Money." Sharon Barlow Palm
Most people will talk about almost anything before they talk about
money. Sharon gets down and gets comfortable speaking about one of our
culture's well know conversational taboos. Beverly Harley, Service
Coordinator. Gail Haldeman, Celebrant.
Sept. 4, 10:00
"The Other Side of Christianity" Don Schutte
A look at the other side of Christianity. The First 400 years the
religion of Christianity was not what we know today. A look at how
Christianity got to where it is today. Wanda Jennings, Service
Sept. 11, 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Flowing Together," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
On this Homecoming Sunday, celebrating the beginning of our "regular"
program year, we rejoice in community, even as we pause to remember
9/11/2001. Don't forget to bring water from your summer places. Music,
choir, directed by Carrie Bastian. Nancy Harms, Service Coordinator.
Sept. 18, 9:30 & 11:15
"Laughter, Community and Spirit," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Elizabeth will preach her annual "humor sermon," in which she delves
profoundly into the religio-intellectual-social implications of humor.
Or—well—maybe it's her excuse for telling jokes from the
pulpit? Carrie Bastian, Michael Stevenson, Music. Bev Harley, Service
Sept. 25, 9:30 & 11:15
"WWWWD? [or What Would Walt Whitman Do?]" Debra Smith and Mark McGinnis
Walt Whitman is called "The Bard of Democracy," for giving voice to
the (once upon a time?) egalitarian aspirations of our country. He came
from a family of progressives and embraced the causes of social justice,
and yet in his poetry he often takes a stance of classic Buddhist
"detachment," as described by and exemplified by Rabindranath Tagore.
Did Whitman ever reconcile detachment and his yearning for social
justice? Can we? Dr. Laura Rushing-Raynes, soprano, Music Besse Labudde,
Oct. 2, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Listen, Listen, Listen To My Heart's Song," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
How many of us actually pay attention to the act of listening? Do we
listen to nature? Each other? Ourselves? There will be good listening,
as Elizabeth and the choir explore the subject. BUUF Choir, Music. Mary
Hester, Service Coordinator.
Oct. 9, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"U plus U = U2," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
In this incarnation (official incorporation in 1961), the Boise
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been in our Valley for 50 years!
Join Elizabeth and several of her inter-faith colleagues, as she shares
our history, and they share blessings. Will Smith, Music. Cathy Sherman,
Oct. 16, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Boston Bound and Back Again," Boston Bounders 2011
Our Junior High youth once again journeyed to Boston this past summer
on their bi-annual pilgrimage. Come hear from this crop of Boston
Bounders about their adventures in Beantown and beyond. Child
Dedication. Beverly Harley, Service Coordinator.
Oct. 23, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Privilege, Dignity & Joy," Richard Adams
"Twenty back-and-forth trips to Zimbabwe over the past two decades
have led Richard to reflect about his place, and that of other
privileged people, in the larger world. He'll use an example from his
experience with Zimbabwe Artists Project to help ground some of the
conclusions he has drawn." Nancy Harms, Service Coordinator.
Oct. 30, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Día de Los Muertes," Rev. Elizabeth Greene & Charles Palm
The lively and colorful Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, fascinates
us Norteamericanos, who tend to be pretty "Protestant" in our attitude
toward death. Come join in a more unfettered celebration of our beloved
dead than we are accustomed to. BUUF Choir, Music. Bill Hoffman, Service
Nov. 6 9:30 & 11:15am
"Band of Brothers (and Their Daughters)," Judy Holcombe and Rev.
The fathers of our Board vice president Judy Holcombe and our
minister Elizabeth Greene were career US Navy men, and close friends.
Their daughters will reflect on their lives, in honor of Veterans' Day.
Wanda Jennings, service coordinator.
Nov. 13 9:30 & 11:15am
"Bridging the Gaps," Rev. Elizabeth Greene
We Unitarian Universalists pride ourselves on our diversity. Is this
entirely justified? Are there any "categories" that we do not feel
compelled to embrace? How do we deal respectfully with genuine
Nov. 20 9:30 & 11:15am
"Transgender Day of Remembrance," Emilie Edney, assisted by Rev. Elizabeth Greene
This day is dedicated nationwide to memorializing the transgendered
person who have died because of their gender. Emilie is a local
trans* person and friend of BUUF. She and Elizabeth will reflect in an
appropriately memorial way, and Emilie will share hopeful parts of her
life. Nancy Harms, service coordinator.
Nov. 27 9:30 & 11:15am
"BUUF Pilgrims: Our Spiritual Journeys," Besse LaBudde, Ax Axmaker, Anthony, Deb Eisinger
For many of us Chaucer's account of a group pilgrimage to Canterbury
was our first knowledge of this practice. Most of us have never been on
a physical pilgrimage, but while the custom has waned in the Western
world, some Eastern religions still maintain the practice. And then
there are spiritual pilgrimages which are universal and usually private,
and while not physically arduous, they are nonetheless demanding. Today
several members of the congregation will speak of their spiritual
journeys to Unitarian-Universalism. Val Duffy, Service Coordinator.
Nancy Harms, Celebrant.
Sun, Dec 4 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Deck the Halls with Stories of the Season!" Emmie Schlobohm and Religious Exploration for Children & Youth
It's time again for our annual tradition of Deck the Halls Sunday!
Our children and youth will share stories of the season from their
unique perspectives. Join us for a celebration of exploration and
discovery of the season! Skits, singing, music, music and more music,
along with treats and cookies . Music and more: Mike Lemieux, Cees
Hoefnagels, Mary Schwartzman, and other special guest performers. Val
Duffy, Service Coordinator
Sun, Dec 11 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Ringing True: The Bells of Christmas", BUUF Choir & Rev. Elizabeth Greene
Bells are a prominent Christmas symbol: silver bells, sleigh bells,
steeple bells. They call out, but to what are they calling us? Come
explore this question on this mostly music Sunday while the choir and
BUUF musicians share the joy and music of Christmas. Beverly Harley,
Sun, Dec 18 9:30 & 11:15 am
"Channukah" Emmie Schlobohm, Alan Schwartzman, Bob Wallace
Three of our very long time church members (Bob and Alan date back to
the '70s, Emmie since the early '90s) are Jews, and will share their
memories of family Channukah celebrations. Mary Hester, service
coordinator. Rev. Elizabeth Greene, celebrant.
Thurs, Dec 22 7 pm
"Winter Solstice Celebration" Led by 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 to
bring into the light. About an hour long, it's 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!
Sat, Dec 24 7 pm
"Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh" Rev. Elizabeth Greene
What gifts do we bring to the Divine Child, inside us and in others?
How hard a journey are we willing to undertake to see that our gifts are
given well? Nancy Harms, Service Coordinator
Sun, Dec 25 9:30 & 11:15 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
TV 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. Join Rev. Elizabeth Greene for this simple service.