• Finding Awe in the Invisible Places

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 8th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

     

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  • Music of Our Lives

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 1st at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

     

    Annual Music program from the congregation’s musicians and friends.

     

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  • Apple Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 24th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

     

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  • Sunday Service

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 17th at 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

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  • Attention to Transformation: Toward Radical Welcome & Inclusion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 17th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    We are a spiritual community where all are welcome, where we promote the inherent worth & dignity of all people. How can we continue to live more fully into that spirit of radical welcome & inclusion such that our LGBTQ+ members and ... read more.

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  • Where Deep Joy Meets the World’s Deep Need

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 10th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Mary Beth Bolin

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  • Attention: Our Planet is Calling

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 3rd at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Gwyn Reid, Celebrant

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  • Whose Are We: Strange and Beloved – Soulful Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 27th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Join the SoulFolks band for a halloween inspired exploration of belonging. Celebrating the freaks and geeks and monsters and mavens; all the ways we feel on the outside of life, sometimes looking in. We ask the question, “Whose Are We?” How can ... read more.

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  • Letters Home From Boston

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 20th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Boston Bounders

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  • Flip Flop Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 13th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • A Dream Deferred

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 6th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant

  • Partner Church Celebration Day – Oh We Give Thanks

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 29th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Join Rev. Sara LaWall and Rev. Robert Balint of Transylvania

    Music by BUUF’s Choir

    20th Anniversary Bridge Celebration Sunday, September 29, 12:45 p.m. after Second Service Featuring Duet of “Cradle of Dawn” performed by Mary Schwartzman & Lessie Brown Speakers include Reverends LaWall and Bálint (from Transylvania), ... read more.

  • Simple Twist of Fate

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 22nd at 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Mary Beth Bolin, Ministerial Intern; Rev. Sara LaWall, Celebrant

  • Simple Twist of Fate

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 22nd at 9:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Mary Beth Bolin, Ministerial Intern; Rev. Sara LaWall, Celebrant

  • Expectations for a New Life

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 15th at 11:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Expectations for a New Life

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 15th at 9:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

  • Where the River Never Runs Dry

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 8th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Mingling of the Waters – Annual Water Communion Rev. Sara LaWall

    Join us for our annual multi-generational Water Communion; a “welcome back” service when we regather as a whole community after our summer adventures. In a unique UU ritual, we’ll gather the waters of our community, ... read more.

  • Maybe So, Maybe Not

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 1st at 10:00 am

    10:00 a.m. single service through Labor Day weekend

    Rachel Murphy, Guest Preacher; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, April Ward, Music

  • What Does it Mean to be in UU Community?

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    August 25th at 10:00 am

    10:00 a.m. single service through Labor Day weekend

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Music

  • “Soulful Sunday”

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Michael Alvarado, Sarah Olson, Emily & William Emerson Paige, Mike Lemieux
    August 18th at 10:00 am

    10:00 a.m. single service through Labor Day weekend

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  • “Spiritual Practice of Stubborn Love”

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    August 11th at 10:00 am

    10:00 a.m. single service through Labor Day weekend

    Rev. Tandi Rogers; Rev. Sara LaWall, Celebrant

    It has been said that church is where we come to learn to be human. It’s been said it’s where we go to be countercultural, to learn and practice new ways. I ... read more.

  • “The Care and Feeding of Beloved Community”

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    August 4th at 10:00 am

    10:00 a.m. single service through Labor Day weekend

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Debra Smith, Celebrant

  • Who Shall We Save?

    Bill Reid
    July 28th at 10:00 am

    Identity, intersectionality, and ideology. Mark Zimmerer, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux and Bill Reid, music.

  • The Wonders & Strengths at the Broken Places

    Carolyn Bevington
    July 21st at 10:00 am

    One ordinary woman’s extraordinary journey toward healing by wonders and strengths found at the broken places.

    Gwyn Reid, Celebrant; Liza Long, William Emerson Paige, Musicians

  • Walking in the Desert: Reclaiming My Narrative of Faith

    Wyatt Schroeder
    July 14th at 10:00 am

    Where is your identity left when your childhood faith matures into adulthood? And further, when your adulthood faith yearns for a child’s understanding? We explore the personal need for a spiritual conversation and how important our choice of narrative plays in shaping a faith community. ... read more.

  • Where is the Healing?

    Dena Duke
    July 7th at 10:00 am

    Did you know that right under your nose lies one of the greatest tools to help you care for whatever it is that ails you? It’s just waiting to be recognized and invited in to lend you a hand. And not only that, but it ... read more.

  • “Live Poetry”

    Debra Smith
    June 30th at 10:00 am

    Six poets who participated in the Drop-in Poetry Workshop share their poems and demonstrate how writing poetry can be a spiritual practice that opens new pathways for seeing the self and seeing the world. Debra Smith, Celebrant, and poet; Lessie Brown, Greg Duffy, Eileen Oldag, ... read more.

  • Beauty as a Spiritual Practice

    Mark McGinnis
    June 23rd at 10:00 am

    The slide-sermon will deal with how we experience beauty in nature and beauty in visual art. The message will focus on how we can transform common visual experience to a spiritual practice making our lives more enjoyable and meaningful. Patricia Heeb, Celebrant.

  • Saying Hello to the Stranger in the Red MAGA hat

    Sarah Googe
    June 16th at 10:00 am

    Sarah Googe, Guest Preacher; Gwyn Reid, Celebrant; Sue Langley, music.

  • Queer Inclusivity

    Tessa Veto
    June 9th at 10:00 am

    Tessa Veto, Guest Preacher; Debra Smith, Celebrant

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  • Can Beauty Save the World?

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    June 2nd at 10:00 am

    Sharene Watsen, Celebrant

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 26th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

  • Curiosity & Contemplation

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 19th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Lean in to May’s spiritual theme of curiosity! Bring your open-minded, curious self to this alternative worship experience. … The service will also recognize our graduating seniors with our annual bridging ceremony at our little bridge after the second service. Emmie Schlobohm, Celebrant. Carrie Bastian, ... read more.

  • Coming of Age Youth

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 12th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

  • Spring Music Service

    Carrie Bastian
    May 5th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

  • Filling the Holes Doesn’t Get You to Wholeness

    Debra Smith
    April 28th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Debra Smith, Guest Preacher; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; William Emerson Paige, Music.

  • Letting In the Wholeness of the World

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 21st at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Easter Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Celebration Sunday!

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 14th at 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    An incredible Celebration Sunday service on April 14th worshipping all together with ONE SERVICE at 11:15am followed by a big party in our courtyard in the style of an old-fashioned church picnic with food, cake, lawn games, UU trivia, BUUF clowns, bounce house, and more! ... read more.

  • Whole is Where the Heart Is

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 7th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Wholeness

  • Journey or Destination?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 31st at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene

  • Somewhere Between – A 50 Year Journey

    Gwyn Reid
    March 24th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    “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 BUUF’s record label. The miracle makers and dreamers among the 50 members of BUUF’s congregation in the late ... read more.

  • Soulful Sundown

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 17th at 5:00 pm

  • The Journey Towards Justice

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 17th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Mary Hester, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Lessie Brown, April Ward, Music.

  • Our Journey of Becoming: Being the Change

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 10th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • The Journey of Education

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 3rd at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Soulful Sundown

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 24th at 4:30 pm

    Rev. Sara LaWall

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  • Trust the Process: Flip Flop Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 24th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

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  • Variations on the Theme Trust

    February 17th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Celebrant, Patricia Heeb

  • In Guns We Trust

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 10th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Debra Smith, Celebrant

  • Building Little Bridges of Partnership

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 3rd at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    An international partnership such as BUUF’s with the Unitarian church in Mészkö, Transylvania builds bridges: for BUUF folks to the deep history and heritage of our faith going back more than 450 years in Transylvania, to an important wellspring of historic Unitarian theology and identity, ... read more.

  • Ask What’s Possible

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 27th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Nine on the Bench

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 20th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Possibility at the Border

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 13th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

  • Fire Communion

    January 6th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Gwyn Reid, Celebrant

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  • 10:00 Poetry & Music

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 30th at 10:00 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Michael Alvarado, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, Music

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  • Christmas Eve Service

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 24th at 5:00 pm

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    A celebration of the Season, featuring stories, carols, poetry and a candle lighting to the music of Silent Night.

  • It’s a Mystery

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 23rd at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Solstice Celebration

    December 21st at 7:00 pm

     

    Join us for a time of reflection and respite on the longest night of the year.  Before we turn back to the light, let us sit in the dark together, accepting the blessings and the lessons that darkness offers.  Come celebrate an earth-centered Winter Solstice ... read more.

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  • Holiday Pageant

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 16th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am

    Rev. Sara, multi-generational service

  • Holiday Music Service

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 9th at 9:15 am

    BUUF choir and musicians

  • Justice Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 2nd at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Music of Our Lives

    Carrie Bastian
    November 25th at 9:15 am

  • Apple Communion & Soulful Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Michael Alvarado, Sarah Olson, Emily & William Emerson Paige, Mike Lemieux
    November 18th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • We Remember

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 11th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • DACAmented & Stories from the Border

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 28th at 9:15 am

  • Seeing Sanctuary Differently

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 21st at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

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  • Be Filled and Go! Giving and Receiving Sanctuary

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 14th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Sanctuary for All: Immigrant Rights are Human Rights

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 7th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    A Justice Sunday connecting with and honoring the work of our October Plate Partner, PODER of Idaho. PODER (Protecting Our Dreams and Empowering Resilience) is a collective collective of undocumented and Latinx organizers in Southwest Idaho working to raise awareness, mobilize, and empower ... read more.

  • Vision, History & Pilgrimage: Reflections from Transylvania

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 30th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Carrie Bastian

    Join our BUUF pilgrims as they share their about their summer pilgrimage to Transylvania, the birthplace of Unitarianism and the celebration of our 25th anniversary with our partner church in Mészkő.

     

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  • Blurred Vision: How Our Stories Shape Our World

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 23rd at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant

     

     

  • Soulful Sundown – Vision

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 16th at 4:30 pm

    Join Soulful for an evening filled with our brand of creative, connective worship!  Together we’ll reach for the spiritual connections needed to come to peace with the mundane, unappealing, and lackluster of our days; because the uneventful sustains the whole of our lives.  In the ... read more.

  • A Vision for Democracy – Hands on the Arc of Justice

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 16th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Debra Smith, Celebrant

    A justice Sunday honoring the work of our Plate Partner the  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho.

  • Water Communion – Let Justice Roll Down Like Water

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 9th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    Multi Generational Service

    Join us for our annual multi-generational Water Communion; a “welcome back” service when we regather as a whole community after our summer adventures. In a unique UU ritual, we’ll gather the waters of our community, whether from your summer travel, a ... read more.

  • Where Did All the Good People Go?

    September 2nd at 10:00 am

    Bill Reid, Guest Preacher; Mary Hester, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, Musician

  • Worship Service – Reimaging Sunday School: Growing Passionate UUs

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    August 26th at 10:00 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Emmie Schlobohm- DRE, Debra Smith

    Imagine a future filled with engaged adults steeped in the philosophy of open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands. Adults who live their lives so thoroughly connected to and immersed in our Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles that the ... read more.

  • Soulful Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    August 19th at 10:00 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Michael Alvarado, Emily & William Emerson Paige, Mike Lemieux, Sarah Olson

    Soulful Sunday is Boise UU’s alternative worship, focusing on contemporary music, poetic readings and contemplative moments. We join together every month for participatory, intimate services, nourishing our spiritual lives and sharing it ... read more.

  • How We Care: hUUs Respond to Life Crises

    Jeannette Ross
    August 12th at 10:00 am

    hUUmanists; Gwyn Reid, Celebrant

    This search for meaning and purpose is, for humanists, mostly making our way through the daily business of life, until we confront an extraordinary test, our own or that of another. How do we respond to the unthinkable, the impossible, one crisis ... read more.

  • This is the Moment: RiseUp Idaho

    Adrienne Evans, Guest Preacher
    August 5th at 10:00 am

    In this volatile moment of our nation we are witnessing a widening divide in our communities as well as our government. We all sense a change is needed; a revolution, to fulfill the promise to unite people, to remind us of our connection to one ... read more.

  • A Humanist Dies

    Ken Watts
    July 29th at 10:00 am

    At one point in our history over fifty percent of those who identified themselves as Unitarian Universalists called themselves Humanists in one form or another. That number is somewhat lower today, but Humanists are still of significant numbers and influence in Unitarian Universalism. Today we will ... read more.

  • Your Hero’s Journey

    Liza Long
    July 22nd at 10:00 am

    What is your story? Why does it matter? How do the stories that we tell ourselves affect our reality? We will explore how the universal hero’s journey myth applies to the stories we tell ourselves and others about our lives and the world we live ... read more.

  • When Someone Told Me I Live in a Fantasy Land, I Almost Fell Off My Unicorn

    Earle Canfield, Guest Preacher
    July 15th at 10:00 am

    What is Happiness? Who is Happy? How Happy? Can Nations be ranked by Happiness? Thus, began Earle’s personal exploration of Happiness while working in Nepal and then visiting Bhutan. Two countries on the polar opposites of the Happiness scale.  As the director of a large Educational ... read more.

  • Living with Pain and Appreciating Life: A Stoic’s Approach

    Mark McGinnis
    July 8th at 10:00 am

    Stoicism, an ancient Greek/Roman philosophy, is often understood as basically “grin and bear it.” It is much more than that. Stoicism teaches a practical way to live in a difficult world. Drawing on his own experience with pain, Mark McGinnis will put forward ways we ... read more.

  • Connecting Through Vulnerability

    Sharene Watsen, Guest Preacher
    July 1st at 10:00 am

    As Unitarian Universalists, many of us are motivated by a strong belief in helping others. But what about those times when “helping” doesn’t help? In this service, we will explore what happens when we carry stuff that doesn’t belong to us and consider what we ... read more.

  • Whose Pack are You Carrying?

    Rachel Murphy, Guest Preacher
    June 24th at 10:00 am

    As Unitarian Universalists, many of us are motivated by a strong belief in helping others. But what about those times when “helping” doesn’t help? In this service, we will explore what happens when we carry stuff that doesn’t belong to us and consider what we ... read more.

  • What Does It Matter?

    Nancy Harms
    June 17th at 10:00 am

    Do you think our nation is divided? Will you be active in the movement for what is good and right? Unitarians are needed now more than ever to protect the freedom to vote. Liza Long Music.

  • Covenants and Creeds: Our UU Faith

    Kacee O’Connor, Guest Preacher
    June 10th at 10:00 am

    In this service we will explore the significance of our UU covenant-based faith and how our principles and traditions challenge us when we do not have doctrine and dogma to direct us.

  • Justice is a Blessing

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    June 3rd at 10:00 am

    Celebrating this Fellowship’s commitment to justice, equity, and compassion and our partnership with this month’s Plate Partner, Interfaith Sanctuary. Together we choose to bless the world and work for Justice in all its varied forms.

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 27th at 9:15 am

    Join us for this beloved and beautiful UU ritual of Flower Communion. We will create a rainbow altar of flowers to honor the diversity and creativity of creation. In celebration the unique beauty all around us, in nature and in humanity, we open up space ... read more.

  • Soulful Sundown

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 13th at 5:00 pm

  • Creative Resistance & Empowerment: We Side with Planned Parenthood

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 13th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Gwyn Reid, Celebrant
    Join us for our monthly Justice Sunday as we honor the work of this month’s Social Justice Plate Partner, Planned Parenthood. For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been a leader in reproductive rights and women’s rights. Today their mission ... read more.

  • Pilgrims We: Partnership, Pilgrimage and Creativity

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 6th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Mary Hester, Celebrant; BUUF Choir, Music
    This month marks the 25th anniversary of our Partner Church relationship with the Unitarian Church of Mészkő, Transylvania. In June, a group of 23 members will embark on a pilgrimage and Choir Tour of the region ... read more.

  • The Suspension of Disbelief

    Rev. Jackie Kelly
    April 29th at 9:15 am

    In this time of heightened awareness and outrage about coercion, bullying and victimization, we hear different perspectives and often know pretty quickly where our allegiances lie. We desire justice as well as safety and peace. But, as author Salmon Rushdie has said, “Nobody has the ... read more.

  • Emergence Between Earth & Sky!

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 22nd at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    Multi-generational service in celebration of Earth Day.

    The landscape of North America is filled with places that hold deep, sacred meaning to the native people. Some are locations where special ceremonies took place. Other places are related to stories from long ago. Many of ... read more.

  • Soulful Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 15th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Michael Alvarado, Emily & William Emerson Paige, Mike Lemieux, Sarah Olson

    Join us for this special service as we wrap up our Annual Giving Drive.

  • #MeToo: Emerging out of the Darkness

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 8th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Easter Sunday: Choose Resurrection

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 1st at 9:15 am

    Celebrate Easter in a new light as we explore our role in choosing resurrection for ourselves and our world community. How do we choose to roll away the metaphorical stone? How can we embrace the theologies (old and new) of our Unitarian Universalist identity? Featuring ... read more.

  • Yes We Can Can

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 25th at 9:15 am

    Sermon by Jackie Groves; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; Special Music by Rebecca Scott

  • Celebration Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 18th at 4:00 pm

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    4:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, Downtown Boise

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  • Justice Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 11th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Liza Long; Mark Zimmerer, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Music

  • The Taoist’s View of Balance and the Divine

    March 4th at 9:15 am

    With guest speaker Dr. Michael Bittner and Celebrant Mary Hester.

  • Soulful Sunday

    February 25th at 9:15 am

    To persevere isn’t to necessarily push as hard as you can until you have nothing left. Perseverance also involves celebration, rest, connection and spiritual nourishment. Join the Soulful Sundown worship team to explore our theme through music, poetry and reflection. We are asking, how can ... read more.

  • Community Sunday: Variations on the Theme

    Cory Strop, Sue Chew, Sue Philley
    February 18th at 9:15 am

    Explore a variety of perspectives on this month’s theme of perseverance as fellow members and friends share their reflections from the pulpit.

  • A Cold and Broken Hallelujah: Perseverance in the Storm

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 11th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant; BUUF Choir, Music

    To persevere in life (whether in private or public spaces)  often requires us to face the darkness, the storms, turmoil and heartbreak. But what if experiencing these moments in their depths is an invitation to discover the ... read more.

  • Persevering Liberty

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 4th at 10:00 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Gwyn Reid Celebrant

    A Justice Sunday, honoring the work of our plate partner, the ACLU, working to uphold the freedoms enshrined in our constitution for every single American. IN a time when our civil liberties feel more fragile and subject to attack, the ... read more.

  • No One Shall Compel Them

    Gwyn Reid
    January 28th at 9:15 am

    This month, Unitarian congregations around the world are honoring and celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Edict of  Torda – a document declaring religious freedom and tolerance.  The framers’ intention was to overturn over 1,000 years of orthodoxy and conflict and allow an environment in ... read more.

  • Pilgrims We – Making Travel Sacred

    Carrie Bastian
    January 21st at 9:15 am

    Our congregation is sending a choral delegation to Romania this summer, in celebration of our 25 year partnership with Mészkő. How can this be more than just a trip for a small band of BUUFers, but a true pilgrimage in which the entire congregation takes ... read more.

  • Intention and Impact: Keeping King’s Flame Burning

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 14th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

  • Living with Intention

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 7th at 9:15 am

    Fire Communion – more details to come.

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2017
  • Poetry & Music

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 31st at 10:00 am

    Join Rev. Sara LaWall and musician Mike Lemieux for a lovely contemplative service.

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  • Christmas Eve Service

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 24th at 5:00 pm

  • Christmas Eve Morning Service

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 24th at 10:00 am

  • Winter Solstice Celebration

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 21st at 7:00 pm

    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 ... read more.

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  • Holiday Pageant: The Star

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 17th at 9:15 am

    Celebrate the season with this fun and festive worship service for all ages. Children and youth worship with their families for our annual multigenerational Holiday Pageant. This year we present, “The Star,” the well-known players in the nativity story (Angeles, Shepherds, Magi and the Star) ... read more.

  • Soulful Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 3rd at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Wyatt Schroeder, William & Emily Emerson Paige, Sarah Olson,Michael Alvarado

  • The Music of Our Lives

    November 26th at 9:15 am

    Carrie Bastian, Music Director; Gwyn Reid, Celebrant

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  • Apple Communion – Multigenerational Celebration

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 19th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Emmie Schlobohm, Celebrant

    A multigenerational celebration of the abundance of community, families worship together with story, song and spirit! We’ll enjoy our annual Apple Communion Ritual, sharing in the fruits of the season in sacred space.

  • Serving with Abundance

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 12th at 9:15 am

    Rev Sara LaWall; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant

    Service is an act of one’s heart. It comes from a place of connection and spiritual depth. Serving is different from helping; requiring no obligation or quid pro quo. As participants in this beloved community, the call to serve is a ... read more.

  • Thick and Thin: The Abundance of Community (the auction sermon)

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 5th at 9:15 am

    In a New York Times op-ed piece, David Brooks reflected on institutions that leave a mark on people. He wrote, “Some organizations are thick, and some are thin. Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory.” How ... read more.

  • The Courage to Remember: A Transylvanian All Souls Day Celebration

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 29th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Mary Hester, Celebrant; BUUF Choir Music

    In this year of honoring our 25th Anniversary with our Partner Church in Mészkő, Transylvania and our upcoming Boise UU Pilgrimage, we celebrate the traditions of All Saint’s Day and All Souls Day from a Unitarian lens. At ... read more.

  • Boston Bound and Back Again

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 22nd at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara with BUUF’s Boston Bounders

    This past summer, 15 youth and 6 adults embarked on this congregation’s 8th Boston Bounder pilgrimage to explore the birthplace of American Unitarianism. Imagine a lively bunch of 21 UUs on the streets in Boston; visiting our UUA headquarters, ringing ... read more.

  • Soulful Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 15th at 9:15 am

    Soulful Sundown is Boise UU’s interpretation of alternative worship, focusing on contemporary music, poetic readings and contemplative moments. Since this worship team their monthly services in February of 2016, we have enjoyed bringing the monthly themes to life in new and creative ways–creating participatory and ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Community Sunday: Variations on the Theme – Courage

    October 8th at 9:15 am

    Theme: Courage

    Debra Smith; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant

    Four Shillings Short, Music

    Variations on a Theme of Courage:  Why is talking about racial prejudice so complicated nowadays? Fiona Montagne, Gwyn Reid and Debra Smith will share their experiences and memories of trying to talk honestly about what Rev. Jim Wallis ... read more.

  • The Courage of Being Invisible

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    October 1st at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall & Philip Thompson; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant

    A Justice Sunday sermon reflecting on the power and legacy of our October Plate Partner: The Idaho Black History Museum. The Museum not only celebrates black history locally and nationally, but also plays a vital role in ... read more.

  • Soulful Sundown

    Emily Emerson Paige
    September 24th at 5:00 pm

     

    Soulful Sundown is Boise UU’s interpretation of alternative worship, focusing on contemporary music, poetic readings and contemplative moments. Since this worship team their monthly services in February of 2016, we have enjoyed bringing the monthly themes to life in new and creative ways–creating participatory ... read more.

  • We are a Promise Making, Promise Breaking, Promise Renewing People

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 24th at 9:15 am

    We UUs are a conventional tradition (as opposed to creedal one). Explore the meaning of covenant and our very first congregational covenant, voted on during our May Annual Meeting. Covenants express our highest aspirations about who we hope to be in relationship together. Our covenant ... read more.

  • Welcoming Vision – What Matters Most?

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 17th at 9:15 am

    As we wrap up our Next Steps Weekend and dive into this year-long strategic planning process, we are charting a course for our future. How do we welcome the vision for that future with openness and joyful anticipation? We’ll reflect on these essential questions to ... read more.

  • Make Waves – Water Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 10th at 9:15 am

    Join us for our annual multi-generational Water Communion; a “welcome back” service when we regather as a whole community after our summer adventures. In a unique UU ritual, we’ll gather the waters of our community, whether from your summer travel, a token from our overflowing ... read more.

  • Spiritual Context

    September 3rd at 10:00 am

    Mary Hester, Guest Preacher; Wanda Jennings, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Musician

    We all have heard the expression that context is decisive. What does that really mean – and how can we apply that to our spiritual lives to have them expand in areas we never imagined?

  • Soulful Sunday – Fortifying Your Soul

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    August 27th at 10:00 am

    Welcome to the resistance! Over the last seven months, we’ve been overwhelmed new challenges testing our commitment to justice, human dignity, and compassion for each other and the world. How are we called to respond and what fortification do we need to be able to move forward from ... read more.

  • UU Jihad

    August 20th at 10:00 am

    Patricia Heeb, Guest Preacher; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Musician

    UU Jihad. Is that a thing?  Should it be?  Do the times call for a holy war by reasonable fanatics of peace and moderation?

  • Living the Questions

    August 13th at 10:00 am

    Emily Emerson Paige, Guest Preacher; Gwyn Reid, Celebrant; Will Emerson Paige & Carrie Bastian, Musicians

    When was the last time you said “Yes!” and then watched the world take your hand and dance? Explore searching for our voices through the questions that live inside us.  This ... read more.

  • Holding Hands and Climbing Mountains

    August 6th at 10:00 am

    Ann Sabin, Guest Preacher; Debra Smith, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Music

    What do holding hands and climbing mountains have in common? Holding hands and climbing mountains are a couple of examples Ann uses to explain to others how her bipolarity impacts her capacity for intimacy, connectedness and ... read more.

  • A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine

    July 30th at 10:00 am

    Rev. Elizabeth Green, Guest Preacher; Mark Zimmerer, Celebrant; Liza Long, Musician

  • Joy in the Journey: Faith, Transitions, Recovery & Hope

    July 23rd at 10:00 am

    Liza Long, Guest Preacher; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, Musician

  • Religious Freedom and the Rights of Children

    July 16th at 10:00 am

    Roger Sherman, Guest Preacher; Debra Smith, Celebrant

    What are the limits of religious freedom?  Do parents have the right to allow their children to die for their beliefs?  In Idaho the answer is yes.  How do religious liberals reconcile their respect for other faith traditions and ... read more.

  • The UU Justice League

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    July 9th at 10:00 am

    Explore the spiritual themes of the summer blockbuster, Wonder Woman, woven together with stories from our annual UU General Assembly and our collective superpowers in serving the call for justice.


  • The Practice of Being More Than Yourself 

    July 2nd at 10:00 am

    Wyatt Schroeder, Guest Preacher

    What’s the daily regime of the Unitarian? It’s a walk in nature. An hour volunteering at the shelter. But are we challenging our assumptions? How do we create a daily practice that doesn’t just affirm our stereotypes, our biases, and slowly shape ... read more.

  • Much Ado About…

    Ken Watts
    June 25th at 10:00 am

    Kenneth Watts, Guest Preacher

    It’s a story about a tiny meteorite and a seemingly unending universe that continues to be the focus much discovery and theorizing.  Both can bring forth a sense of awe and wonder.  Where do we fit?  What do we make of it ... read more.

  • In Search of Identity

    Jodi Peterson
    June 18th at 10:00 am

    Jodi Peterson has worked with Interfaith Sanctuary for the past 11 years helping with fundraising efforts and programming for the guests at the shelter. In 2015, a tent city rose behind Interfaith Sanctuary dubbed Cooper Court.

    Jodi brought aid to this group of chronically homeless and ... read more.

  • Soulful Sundown

    June 13th at 7:00 pm

    Join us for our intimate alternative worship service, Soulful Sundown. Our hour-long service will explore our spiritual theme this month: Resistance.

    What if the world needs your praise as much as your picket signs? What if it needs the creation of beauty as much as ... read more.

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  • Designs of Faith

    Mark McGinnis
    June 11th at 10:00 am

    A sermon by artist Mark W. McGinnis on his 1990s project, “Designs of Faith,” that explores in both paintings and essays four Western, four Eastern and four Tribal religions. The studies for the paintings are in BUUF’s collection and hang in the north and south ... read more.

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    June 4th at 9:15 am

    Celebrate the wonder of our beauty and diversity with our annual Flower Communion. This ritual first began in the Unitarian Church in Prague, Czechoslovakia by the Rev. Norbert Capek who wanted to honor the beauty in the diversity with a spiritual moment of liturgy. Today, ... read more.

  • Can We Just Listen: Reflections on Race in our UUA

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 28th at 9:15 am

    Our Unitarian Universalist Association is in a time of great turmoil as we confront our institutional failure to become an anti-racist, anti-oppressive organization. Some brilliant and brave self-examination and real soul work is being done. Several leaders have stepped down, and a new leadership team ... read more.

  • The Roots and Wings of the Free Church – Bridging Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 21st at 9:15 am

    Sermon text available HERE

    We’ll explore a bit of the past and present of what it means to be part of the “Free Church” tradition as we celebrate our graduating seniors with the special UU Bridging ritual.

  • The Freedom of Youth – Coming of Age Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 14th at 9:15 am

    This special service is one of our UU traditions. Join our Coming of Age (Junior High) youth as they present this service of their creation and share their personal credos.

  • Soulful Sundown

    May 9th at 7:00 pm

    Join us for our intimate alternative worship service, Soulful Sundown. Our hour-long service will explore our spiritual theme this month: Freedom.

    What if the world needs your praise as much as your picket signs? What if it needs the creation of beauty as much as ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Freedom is Life

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    May 7th at 9:15 am

    Special Music from the BUUF Women’s Chorus including the popular Women’s March anthem, “I Can’t Keep Quiet” by MILCK.

    Join us for this Justice Sunday honoring and connecting with our May Plate Partner, The Women and Children’s Alliance as we explore the theme’s of women’s freedom, liberation, ... read more.

  • Those Who Ignore History Are Condemned to Retweet It

    Dr. Said Ahmed-Zaid
    April 30th at 9:15 am

    Sermon by Dr. Said Ahmed-Zaid, Islamic Center of Boise

    Explore some powerful speeches of the four Caliphs or successors of Prophet Muhammad and what they understood as the role of government in society. Commentaries will be added to explore the revolutionary ideas put forth 1400 years on how to transform ... read more.

  • Resistance of the Earth – An Earth Day Sermon

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 23rd at 9:15 am

    It is no secret we are in the midst of an ecological crisis. The impact of climate change continues to grow. This is nor merely a scientific crisis, but an spiritual one. As UUs committed to environmental justice and supporting our interdependent web, how are ... read more.

  • Easter Sunday: Resistance & Resurrection

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 16th at 9:15 am

    New Member Joining Ceremony

    Sermon by Rev. Sara LaWall

    Explore the Easter Story through the framework of Jesus’ ministry in standing against the systems of power and control of his time. What does resurrection look like for contemporary UUs in our own time and in our UU culture? Where are ... read more.

  • Soulful Sundown

    April 11th at 7:00 pm

    Join us for our intimate alternative worship service, Soulful Sundown. Our hour-long service will explore our spiritual theme this month: Resistance.

    What if the world needs your praise as much as your picket signs? What if it needs the creation of beauty as much as ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • 11:00 a.m. Yes, and…The Circle of Love

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 9th at 11:00 am

    11:00 single service at the BSU Stueckle Sky Center

    Join us for this joyous service of all ages as we celebrate the Circle of Love that is this beloved community. Enjoy music from our fabulous BUUF choir and our Soulful Sundown band as we say “Yes, and” ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Can Resistance be a Spiritual Practice?

    Debra Smith
    April 2nd at 9:15 am

    We learn over time that for our spiritual health, we must learn to yield to forces outside our control.  But then that advice became obsolete.  A new call went out, urging us to stand and resist what was happening to our country.  Maybe resistance is ... read more.

  • Promise & Covenant

    Matthew Sabin
    March 26th at 9:15 am

    The foundation of our UU tradition is covenant; the promises we agree to hold for ourselves, each other, and the world. BUUF has begun the process of creating its own “Covenant of Right Relations” specifically for our community. This can be a guiding document, and ... read more.

  • We Sing of Golden Mornings: The Promise of Spring!

    Music and Choir, Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 19th at 9:15 am

    This special music service features our talented choir under the direction of Music Director, Carrie Bastian. enjoy music, poetry, celebrating the coming of spring and the turning of the Earth once again; honoring the cycle of evolution and revolution and the promise of renewal.

  • Soulful Sundown

    March 14th at 7:00 pm

    Join us Tuesday evening for our March alternative worship service. We will be exploring our shared worship theme: Promise. What does promise mean to you?

    Soulful Sundown is a monthly alternative worship service that combines music, poetry, readings and personal reflections to explore our monthly worship themes.

    William Emerson ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • The Promise in the Circle of Love

    Cherie Buckner-Webb
    March 12th at 9:15 am

    Join us for the kick-off of our Annual Giving Drive with special guest preacher, Cherie Buckner-Webb. Cherie is a fifth-generation Idahoan whose enthusiasm is as boundless as her talents. She is currently serving as Idaho State Senator for District 19 reaching across party lines ... read more.

  • The Promise of Choice

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 2nd at 9:15 am

    9:15 & 11:15 a.m.

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    A Justice Sunday honoring and connecting with our March Plate Partner, Planned Parenthood.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Blessings of Our Brokenness

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 26th at 9:15 am

  • Stubborn Gladness and Delight

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 19th at 9:15 am

    Service times:  9:15 AM and 11:15 AM

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    This one line of a dark poem by Jack Gilbert reminds us that in times of doubt, fear, darkness and uncertainty, we must risk delight, we must allow music and beauty into our souls as nourishment for ... read more.

  • Soulful Sundown

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 14th at 7:00 pm

    Soulful Sundown returns this month with a special Valentine’s Day service to wrap up our 30 Days of Love Campaign–Fortifying the Movement. Whether you have a valentine or not, come celebrate with this beloved community with an intimate service of contemporary music and poetry.
    Soulful Sundown is our monthly, ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Generosity and Delight

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 12th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant

    Services at 9:15 and 11:15

    Many religious traditions teach the essential spiritual practice of generosity, giving of yourself, your inspiration, vision, and commitment without expectation of direct reciprocity. And yet, when we practice that kind of generosity we often receive much ... read more.

  • The Delight in a Community of Learning

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 5th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall, Patricia Heeb Celebrant

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Kinship of Living and Dying

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 29th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

     

  • Kinship Across the World

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 22nd at 9:15 am

    Join us as we honor our 23-year partnership with the Unitarian congregation in Mészkő , Transylvania. We’ll explore how this kinship is a sacred covenant that connects us to our historical roots and to others across the globe offering opportunities for transformation along the way. Music ... read more.

  • Kinship & Identity: Whose are We?

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 15th at 9:15 am

    A service honoring the vision and teaching of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We’ll explore how his message continues to call us to our own commitments to justice and resistance and shape them for our time. We’ll also launch the Standing on the Side of Love’s campaign, ... read more.

  • Church Services and Activities Cancelled Today

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 8th at 12:00 am

    Sunday Services & Activities Canceled (1/82017)!

    Due to a severe winter storm alert issued by the National Weather Service, the Board of Directors and Rev. Sara have made the decision to cancel Sunday morning services and activities tomorrow, (January 8, 2017).

    We do so to minimize the ... read more.

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  • 10 a.m. Fire Communion – The Miracle Flame of Kinship

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 1st at 10:00 am

    On this final night of Chanukah. What does this miracle story have to teach us about the miracle of light and kinship in our own lives? We’ll join together in reflection with our own Fire Communion ritual.

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Archive of Selected Sermons

2016
  • 10 a.m. Quaker Service

    December 25th at 10:00 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 iPhones, cell phones, the Internet, high-definition TV and continual bombardment of advertising, cultivating silence – ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • 7 p.m. Christmas Eve – Two Miracles

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 24th at 7:00 pm

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    Celebrate Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah as we reflect on the many miracles of the season and in our lives. How might these ancient stories teach us about connecting with our monthly theme, Defying Hate? We’ll open up a reverent space to ... read more.

  • 7 p.m. Winter Solstice Service

    Jay Wechselberger
    December 21st at 7:00 pm

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Holiday Pageant – Night of the Dancing Goats

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 18th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall & Emmie Schlobohm, DRE

    A multigenerational service (all ages worship together) to celebrate the Holiday Season in story, song and spirit.

  • 7 p.m. Soulful Sundown

    Emily Emerson Paige
    December 13th at 7:00 pm

    Soulful Sundown is a contemporary, intimate, music-filled alternative service. Each month’s service follows the worship theme for that month.

    Service coordinators: Emily Emerson Paige, William Emerson Paige, Sarah Olson, Wyatt Schroeder, Michael Alvarado and Rev. Sara LaWall
    Music by: William Emerson Paige, Wyatt Schroeder, Sarah Olson and Michael ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Choir Music Sunday

    December 11th at 9:15 am

  • Justice Sunday: We are All Idahoans

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    December 4th at 9:15 am

    A service about refugee justice, connecting with honoring our December Plate Partner the Family Medical Center Refugee Justice Program.

  • Community Sunday: The Music of Our Lives

    November 27th at 9:15 am

    The second annual Music service featuring BUUF members and friends and the hymns and music that have inspired and informed their lives.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Apple Communion Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 20th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall & Emmie Schlobohm, DRE

    A multigenerational celebration of community, families worship together with story, song and spirit! We’ll enjoy our second annual Apple Communion Ritual, sharing in the fruits of the season in sacred space.

  • 7 p.m. Soulful Sundown

    Emily Emerson Paige
    November 15th at 7:00 pm

    Soulful Sundown is a contemporary, intimate, music-filled alternative service. Each month’s service follows the worship theme for that month.

    Service coordinators: Emily Emerson Paige, William Emerson Paige, Sarah Olson, Wyatt Schroeder, Michael Alvarado and Rev. Sara LaWall
    Music by: William Emerson Paige, Wyatt Schroeder, Sarah Olson and Michael ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Resilience and the State of the Union: The Good Will Go On

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 13th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    This Sunday will offer a space of healing, reflection post-election.

  • Justice Sunday

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    November 6th at 9:15 am

  • The Blessing of Remembering Well – Honoring El Dia de los Muertos

    October 30th at 9:15 am

    Bring a small memento or photo of a dear departed loved one for the ofrenda (altar). Make sure it is well marked so that it will be returned to you after service.

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    Wanda Jennings, Celebrant

  • Community Sunday: Variations on the Theme of Blessing

    October 23rd at 9:15 am

    Community Sunday: Variations  on the Theme of Blessing

    Hear reflections from our members and friends about our monthly spiritual theme: Blessing. We’ve asked them to reflect on the following questions: Do you believe you are a blessing? How has this community been a blessing to you?
    ... read more.

  • Choose to Bless the World

    October 16th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall

    In the words of Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, “Your gifts-whatever you discover them to be-can be used to bless or curse the world.” In this time of uncertainty how will we use our gifts to bless the world?
    Child Dedication Sunday: We will ... read more.

  • 7 p.m. Soulful Sundown – Blessing

    Emily Emerson Paige
    October 11th at 7:00 pm

    Do you that believe you are a blessing?
    Do you own and honor your uniqueness?
    Do your words bless others?  
    Are there any words that have fallen from your lips lately that you need to go back and turn into a blessing?

    Soulful Sundown is a contemporary, intimate, ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • The Blessing of Atonement

    October 9th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall Exploring and honoring the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Atonement is akin to our practice of right relationship, it is the ritual that allows us to renew that relationship with one another, with the world, and with the holy. BUUF Choir, Music Sharene Watsen, Celebrant

  • Community Sunday: Variations on the Theme

    September 25th at 9:15 am

    Hear reflections from our members and friends about our monthly spiritual theme: Anticipation. We’ve asked them to reflect on the following questions: Has anticipation ever surprised you or let you down? What is your greatest anticipation? Do you anticipate a brighter future for your children? What ... read more.

  • Being a Pessimist Probably Won’t Work Anyway

    September 18th at 9:15 am

    In exploring our monthly theme of anticipation, how does pessimism get in the way? When Unitarian minister Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha left their family for Europe to help save scores of Jews from Nazi terror, there was no room for pessimism, only ... read more.

  • 7 p.m. Soulful Sundown

    Emily Emerson Paige
    September 13th at 7:00 pm

    This month we are exploring the theme of Anticipation. What are you anticipating right now? Are you doing anything to make that happen?

    Soulful Sundown is a contemporary, intimate, music-filled alternative service. Each month’s service follows the worship theme for that month.

    Service coordinators: Emily Emerson Paige, William ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Love is the Water that Wears Down the Rock

    September 11th at 9:15 am

    Join Rev. Sara LaWall and Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Education, for our annual gathering of the waters and Multi-generational Water Communion Ritual to officially begin our new program year. Participants of all ages are invited to bring water from a special place, from your summer travels, or from your home. Think about ... read more.

  • The Labor of Our Faith

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    September 4th at 10:00 am

    This national holiday is about more than backyard barbecues. Labor day honors the creation of the labor movement who fought for fair labor conditions and wages for those whose work, yesterday and today) helps build this country, contributing to our social and economic achievements.  But ... read more.

  • Disability and Religion in the United States

    August 28th at 10:00 am

    Disability, in one form or another, affects all of us. Whether it is our own disability, or that of a friend or relative, disability is part of the human experience. How we deal with disability, both personally and publicly, is influenced by many factors including ... read more.

  • But How Do We Get There From Here?

    August 21st at 10:00 am

    The work of being a “good” U.U. to say nothing of being a “good” human is enriching and rewarding, but often arduous and demanding.  What guides your directions and perceptions?  We’re going to be talking about maps.

    Sermon by Patricia Heeb

    David Scott, Celebrant
    Carrie Bastian, Music

  • Soulful Sunday

    Emily Emerson Paige
    August 14th at 10:00 am

    The Soulful Sundown worship team is bringing their contemporary, music-filled service to the Sunday crowd! This service’s theme is Rootedness and will explore ideas of what it truly means to be rooted. Get a chance to experience this new form of worship, or, if you’ve been ... read more.

  • White Allyship and #BlackLivesMatter

    August 7th at 10:00 am

    Sermon by Bryan Lyda and Deanah Messenger of Anti-Racists in Idaho

    We all must show up for racial justice. We need white people to show up for racial justice with both passion and accountability. Unfortunately, we can do more harm than good if we do not ... read more.

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • How Will You Decide? Rev. Kenneth Watts

    July 31st at 10:00 am

    Gwyn Reid, celebrant: Liza Long, music

  • Who Is My Neighbor? Moving beyond the stigma of mental illness

    Liza Long
    July 24th at 10:00 am

    Mike Lemieux, music

  • You Just Don’t Understand, Mary Hester

    July 17th at 10:00 am

    Sharene Watsen, celebrant; Sue Langley, music

  • Ask What Makes You Come Alive, Wyatt Schroeder

    July 10th at 10:00 am

    Dena Duke, celebrant; Liza Long, music

  • Watching the Wheels, Mark Zimmerer

    July 3rd at 10:00 am

    Debra Smith, celebrant; Mike Lemieux, music

  • The Priesthood and Prophethood of All Believers, Bill Reid

    June 26th at 10:00 am

    Nancy Harms, celebrant; Mike Lemieux, music

  • Universalism: Past, Present and Powerful, Rev. Kalen Fristad

    June 19th at 10:00 am

    Rev. Kalen Fristad has been a United Methodist minister for more than 38 years, is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and is President of the Christian Universalist Association. He traveled the country full time with his wife, Darlene, from 2003 to 2006 ... read more.

  • Survival of the Kindest

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    June 12th at 10:00 am

    Sue Langley, music

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    June 5th at 10:00 am

    Multi-Generational Service, with Rev. Sara LaWall  Music from the BUUF choir.

  • Celebration Sunday: Now, More Than Ever, We are Called

    Rev. David Miller
    April 10th at 9:00 am

    April 10, 2016

    “Celebration Sunday: Now, More Than Ever, We are Called,” Rev. David Miller

    The Magic Continues as we wrap up our Annual Giving Drive with special guest preacher, Rev. David Miller, Lead Minister of the UU ... read more.

  • Metamorphosis: Shedding the Culture of Violence

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    April 3rd at 9:00 am

    “Metamorphosis: Shedding the Culture of Violence,” Rev. Sara LaWall

    A Justice Sunday sermon honoring our April Plate Partner, The Women and Children’s Alliance

     

  • Hitchhiking With Jesus

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 27th at 9:00 am

    “Hitchhiking With Jesus” Rev. Sara LaWall (transcript)(Audio) March 27, 2016

  • Welcome Spring

    March 20th at 9:15 am

    Celebrating the vernal equinox in word and song

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • Where the Magic Happens

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 13th at 9:00 am

    “Where the Magic Happens” Rev. Sara LaWall (transcript) (Audio) March 13, 2016

    Don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD! (Daylight savings time begins March 13.)

  • Offering Sanctuary

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    March 6th at 9:00 am
  • The Spiritual Practice of Lecttio Divina

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 28th at 9:00 am

    An ancient spiritual practice, derived from a Latin term, meaning “divine reading.” It describes a way of reading spiritual texts whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what the spirit/the divine/our heart/the universe wants to say to us.

    ... read more.

  • Belovedness: The Antidote to Fear

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 21st at 8:00 am
  • Love, How Many Kinds?

    Elton Hall
    February 14th at 9:00 am

  • And How Are the Children?

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    February 7th at 9:00 am
  • Poetry & Piano

    January 31st at 8:00 am

    Rev. Sara LaWall & Mike Lemieux

    A special service, featuring art in word and music; no hymns, no sermon.
    (And no audio recording, sorry.)

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  • The Generosity Path

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 24th at 8:00 am

    (transcript) January 24, 2016

  • Partners in Community

    January 17th at 9:00 am

    Becky Groff, Wanda & Bryan Jennings, Bill & Gwyn Reid, Nancy Harms  January 17, 2016
    Five BUUF members who traveled to Mészkő to participate in the dedication of the new Community House will share insights from their travels and visit in our partner village.

  • Radical Hospitality #2

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 10th at 9:00 am

    (transcript) A second sermon in a series exploring the concept of radical hospitality in our church, our lives and our community.

  • Fire of Commitment, Fire Communion

    Rev. Sara LaWall
    January 3rd at 9:00 am

    A justice Sunday sermon connecting with our Plate partner for the month, BUUF’s own Partner Church Boise/Mészkő Annual Scholarship Fund. We’ll reflect on our own passions and commitments as we join together in a Fire Communion, letting go and setting ablaze those things in our ... read more.

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2014
  • Quaker Service

    December 28th at 9:00 am

    The early Quakers considered silence to be a direct path to God. Join Nancy Harms for this simple service. We will have our traditional silent Quaker service in the sanctuary for adults and older children and youth.
    (No audio recording.)

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  • Finding Christmas Mystery

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    December 24th at 7:00 pm

    We will celebrate Christmas Eve with stories of Christmas that renew our sense of mystery and wonder at this time of the year. We will sing carols, light candles and welcome magic and mystery once more into our lives at this darkest time of the ... read more.

  • Winter Solstice Celebration

    December 21st at 7:00 pm

    Come celebrate an earth-centered service as we welcome the dark and the return of the light. We will celebrate the Solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21.
    (No audio recording.)

  • Believing in Christmas

    Debra Smith
    December 21st at 9:00 am

    “Believing in Christmas,” Debra Smith and Emmie Schlobohm

    Come join us for a lively All Generations Holiday service. There will be carols and reflections and we invite everyone – children, youth and adults – to come aboard ... read more.

  • Peace on Earth

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    December 14th at 9:00 am

    “Peace on Earth,” Rev. Dana Worsnop

    One of the central messages of the winter holidays is “peace on earth, goodwill to all.” In celebration of the season, the choir and our BUUF musicians will take us on ... read more.

  • Saving Christmas

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    December 7th at 9:00 am

    Our Christmas traditions as we celebrate them now are not even 200 hundred years old. In many parts of Colonial America, celebrating Christmas was banned. Find out how Unitarians helped save Christmas from itself.

  • Take the Lead

    Matthew Sabin
    November 30th at 9:15 am

    During the week of the 10th of August, three pilgrims attended the Russell Lockwood Leadership School training. Dana told us that it would be transforming, but that turned out to have been an understatement.

  • To Have and Have Not

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    November 23rd at 9:15 am

    We will once again celebrate a Bread Communion in an All Generations Thanksgiving Service. So often we speak of gratitude for all that we have. Sometimes it is also useful to consider that which we do not have, and how both can enrich our lives.

  • Pilgrims in a Strange Land

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    November 16th at 9:15 am

    There are so many stories we tell about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag and Thanksgiving, complicated by many layers and many perspectives on the truth. The Pilgrims at the heart of it are our direct religious forbears.

  • Ode to Joy

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    November 9th at 9:15 am

    Neither happiness nor joy last, nor are they supposed to. Joy is perhaps more intense and more ephemeral. When have you felt the ecstatic uplift of sheer joy? How does it inform your spiritual Life?

  • Achieving Immortality

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    November 2nd at 9:15 am

    We celebrate All Souls Day with a ritual of remembrance. It is said that the veil between the living and dead grows thinner at this time of year. Though perhaps our connection to those who have passed simply feels closer when we create such rituals ... read more.

  • Good Fences

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    October 26th at 9:15 am

    As the saying goes, Good fences make good neighbors. Sometimes fences can be unnecessary obstacles and yet they also set good, clear, healthy boundaries. How do we discern when to say yes and when to say no? An age-old human conundrum.

  • The Church as Guest House

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    October 19th at 9:15 am

    How do you invite the shyest parts of your self to come out and play? What sorts of people and experience do you invite into your life? Who is invited into the church and by whom? How might we all make a practice of inviting ... read more.

  • Instant Karma

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    October 12th at 9:15 am

    John Lennon warns us about Instant Karma. Sometimes the powerful truths of life and death and love will catch us unawares and we come face-to-face with ourselves and the world in an instant. What do we do next when that happens?

  • Beyond Categorial Thinking

    Jo Victoria and Gil Guerrero
    October 5th at 9:15 am

    Co-facilitators Jo Victoria and Gil Guerrero from the UUA Transitions office will share their personal perspectives on the experience of identity, and how our understanding of identities impacts the ministerial search.

  • The Price of Silence: Speaking Up, Ending Stigma

    Liza Long
    September 28th at 9:15 am

    Liza Long is the mother of a child who has bipolar disorder. She wrote an emotional response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, which the Boise State University online journal The Blue Review published as “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” In her book, The ... read more.

  • We are the Church that…

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 21st at 9:15 am

    After a year-plus of preparation and consideration, who are you now, and who do you still want to be? These are the perpetual questions of interim ministry … and of life.

  • All Are Called

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 14th at 9:15 am

    If the church is doing its good work in our lives, we should feel called forth in some way. How are you called, and to what?

  • The Trouble with Bubbles

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 7th at 9:15 am

    We will re-gather as an entire worshiping community with the annual Merging of the Waters Service. We’ll hear the story of a certain queen in a distant land who had some trouble with a particular bubble and learn how we might avoid similar troubles.

  • How to be a UU Missionary

    David Scott
    August 31st at 9:15 am

    Although many associate missionaries with Christianity, especially with Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, there have been, historically, missionaries from a multiplicity of faiths. Typically, however, people do not associate Unitarian Universalists with missionaries. So, why not us? This and other burning questions will be pondered (perhaps ... read more.

  • A Palestinian Speaks

    Reem Anani
    August 24th at 9:15 am

    Reem Anani is a displaced Palestinian who will share out of her knowledge and personal experience, broadly covering the history of the Palestinian-Israeli issue, as well as touch on what is happening today, making us aware of the social justice issues involved and why it ... read more.

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  • Beyond BUUF, Beyond Belief!

    August 17th at 9:15 am

    BUUF members who attended the Pacific Northwest District Assembly in Spokane and the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in Providence, RI will be relating highlights of those forays into the UU world beyond BUUF!

  • Two Weddings and a Funeral

    Roger Sherman
    August 10th at 9:15 am

    Earlier this year many of us participated in an Appreciative Inquiry process to learn from each other what it is that we care about in our past, what we want to keep and leave behind on our continuing journey and what we want the future ... read more.

  • Gods, God, No God: Can We Accept Them All?

    Elton Hall
    August 3rd at 9:15 am

    The great diversity of views held by UUs include monotheism, polytheism, atheism and many spiritual traditions. How can they all be “true”? We will explore what is going on in our experience that allows—indeed, makes necessary—this diversity and why it is important to us and ... read more.

  • Metaphorical Toolbox

    Matthew Sabin
    July 27th at 9:15 am

    We all have a box full of (metaphorical) tools. Our social, technical and professional tools we use daily and are probably in good repair. Do you consider religion to be in your tool box? If so what condition is it in? Whether you think of ... read more.

  • What’s In Your Toolbox?

    Matthew Sabin
    July 27th at 9:00 am

    What’s In Your Toolbox? Matthew Sabin (July 27, 2014)

  • Quest: A Spiritual Journey

    July 20th at 9:15 am

    Last August, 18 intrepid members of BUUF entered the Quest program, a two year personal spiritual development curriculum including 6 weekend retreats, monthly meetings, and instruction and support to commit to a daily spiritual practice. Together with 14 Spiritual Companions and supported by a seven ... read more.

  • The Secret to Life in a Children’s Song

    Carrie Bastian
    July 13th at 9:15 am

    This summer, let’s set sail down the river of life and discover if all we really need to know, we learned in a song we sang in kindergarten. Perhaps “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” was penned by a mystic sage or Zen master?

  • The Flipside of Service

    Mary Hester
    July 6th at 9:15 am

    We all like to be of service to others. But what happens when we get asked “If there is anything I can do, let me know.” Are we too independent? Proud? What if allowing others to give to us, is in fact a service to ... read more.

  • Refugees in our Backyard

    June 29th at 9:15 am

    Rabiou Manzo, Shannon Davis-Jones, Danel Jones; International Rescue Committee

    During the past decade, more than 5,000 refugees have resettled in Boise. Who are these people and how have they fared in Boise? How do they find housing and jobs, and deal everyday with the myriad challenges ... read more.

  • The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf

    Bryan Jennings
    June 22nd at 9:15 am

    I have only one message. Every sermon or part of a sermon I have done at BUUF over the past nineteen years has been, at heart, about one thing, and this is another of the same!

  • Taking Pride

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    June 15th at 9:15 am

    As we enter Pride season, this congregation has much to be proud of in its advocacy for the LGBT community. We will consider what has been accomplished in bending the “moral arc of the universe” toward justice, as well as what there is still to ... read more.

  • Earth was Given as a Garden – Flower Communion

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    June 8th at 9:15 am

    In this all-generations service, we will take up the story of the Garden of Eden and how we can see all the earth as a garden in which to flower. We will share in BUUF’s annual Flower Communion.

  • The Sacred Art of Appreciation

    Debra Smith
    June 1st at 9:15 am

    How does an institution such as a church go about showing appreciation? Today, we will formally appreciate the service of a number of stalwart members who have decided it’s time to step aside to make room for a new generation of volunteers. And we will ... read more.

  • Our American Roots

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    May 25th at 9:15 am

    On this Memorial Day Weekend, we will consider the deep connections of our religious heritage to the founding values as a nation. And we will consider how those values might call us to respond to those who have fallen in military service.

  • Why I Cannot Give Up on God (Even Though I’ve Tried)

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    May 18th at 9:15 am

    Often when we speak of God, we do it in the negative, speaking of the God we don’t believe in – the bearded grandfather in the sky, the smiting and vengeful omniscient presence that alternately judges us and answers prayers. Yet is there another way ... read more.

  • Many Mothers

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    May 11th at 9:15 am

    We all have had many people—women and men—who have mothered us through our lives. We have all been mothers, whether we have children in our lives or not. On this Mother’s Day, may we honor all our mothers.

  • Senior High Bridging

    May 4th at 9:15 am

    Come get an infusion of hope for the future! Our Bridging Ceremony is a Sunday where we hear words of wisdom from our graduating high school seniors. Experience our next crop of community leaders and rejoice! Come help our graduating youth bridge to young adulthood ... read more.

  • The Sutras

    Mark Zimmerer
    April 27th at 9:15 am

    The Yoga Sutras are 195 short aphorisms written by someone named Patanjali 2500-3000 years ago, as an instruction manual for living a life that will lead to enlightenment. In January of 2014, Mark Zimmerer began a project of compiling different English translations into one document. ... read more.

  • Falling and Rising Again – A Human Story

    April 20th at 9:15 am

    Resurrection, rebirth, new life arising from the ashes are powerful archetypes. The story of Easter is one of them. How do we embrace the concept and reality of resurrection in our lives and in the world?

  • Falling and Rising

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    April 20th at 9:00 am

    Falling and Rising, Rev. Dana Worsnop (April 20, 2014)

  • The Wolf, I’m Afraid, Is Inside Tearing Up the Place

    Rev. Jackie Kelly
    April 13th at 9:15 am

    The title of this sermon comes from a letter written by author Flannery O-Connor a month before her death from lupus. It provides us with a way to consider suffering: how it is experienced and how it may be reflected upon, both by those who ... read more.

  • Loving the Hell out of this World – Celebration Sunday

    April 6th at 9:15 am

    “Loving the Hell out of this World – Celebration Sunday,” Rev. Cecilia Kingman and Rev. Dana Worsnop

    The religious life can break our hearts, and break our hearts open. What do you find heartbreaking? What gifts can flow ... read more.

  • Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path

    March 23rd at 9:15 am

    “Peacemaking as a Spiritual Path,” M’Tae

    M’Tae will present the tenets of the Zen Peacemaker Order: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Loving Action and discuss their origin and ways to observe them in daily life.

  • Imagine the Possibilities – A presentation of provocative proposals

    March 16th at 9:15 am

    Based on the Appreciative Inquiry Workshop a team of experts has stretched, challenged and put their imaginations to the test to come up with inspiring ideas to consider for the future of BUUF. We will be sowing seeds for the imagination. To further provoke you ... read more.

  • Our Heritage of Love

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    March 9th at 9:15 am

    Our tradition arises from deep Judeo-Christian roots. What does this mean for those among us who reject a more traditional view of Christianity? What does it mean for those among who still find meaning and spiritual depth in those roots?

  • Follow Your Folly

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    March 2nd at 9:15 am

    The trickster spirit of foolishness and folly has much to teach us, especially when times seem overfull, anxious or simply serious. On this Sunday we will invite whimsy and delight into lives that can often seem too serious.

  • Sustaining Ministry

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    February 23rd at 9:15 am

    During this interim time, you get to reflect on ministry. What are the qualities you want in your next minister? What do you want your next minister to do among you? Ministry is a 24-7, and yet no minister can do it all. Rev. Dana ... read more.

  • Living Without Hope

    Ken Watts
    February 16th at 9:15 am

    What would our lives look like without Hope? Is Hope a help or hindrance? When Pandora opened the lid to her jar all the evils that befall the human race escaped: “burdensome toil and sickness that brings death to men”, diseases and “a myriad other ... read more.

  • Loving Alike

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    February 9th at 9:15 am

    We often say we are a covenantal rather than a creedal faith. We come together not because we share beliefs but because of the promises we make to one another. So that we can learn and practice loving well. As 16th century Unitarian Francis David ... read more.

  • Creating Generosity

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    February 2nd at 9:15 am

    We are called as humans seeking connection to be generous to and with one another. Living with an open-heartedness, giving and receiving love and kindness and forgiveness. What does practicing such generosity look like?

  • Community House – A Dream and a Legacy

    January 26th at 9:15 am

    The congregation of our Unitarian Partner Church in Mészk? dreamed for decades of having a community house where the congregation could gather altogether for meetings, classes, programs, and for regional youth gatherings. Most of the people who originally conceived of such a place are no ... read more.

  • An Inescapable Web of Mutuality

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    January 19th at 9:15 am

    On this Martin Luther King Sunday we will consider the intricate and intimate connections of mutuality which bind us to one another. What might Dr. King have had to say about economic justice and the vast economic inequities of our present day?

  • The Gentle Art of Hospitality

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    January 12th at 9:15 am

    Hospitality – Being open and welcoming to one another – is one of the highest values in most all the religions of the world. Yes, even as so many mis-use their religion to separate themselves from others. It is the message of Jesus, of the ... read more.

  • Burning the Old Year – A Fire Communion Service

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    January 5th at 9:15 am

    What do you need to burn away from the old year that you might enter the new one more lightly? Come to this fiery and lively service in which we will burn away old burdens, old habits, old patterns in a flash. Come consider what ... read more.

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  • Quaker Style

    December 29th at 9:15 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 iPhones, cell phones, the Internet, high-definition TV and continual bombardment of advertising, cultivating silence—as opposed ... read more.

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  • Lessons and Carols

    December 24th at 9:15 am

    “Lessons and Carols,” Rev. Dana Worsnop & Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Exploration

  • The Stable of Our Hearts

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    December 22nd at 9:15 am

    With all the voices shouting out about the meaning of Christmas, how can we find our own way into the message of this time of year? How can we enter the story of the myth and the mystery of the birth of Jesus in a ... read more.

  • Waiting in the Dark – A Solstice Celebration

    December 20th at 9:15 am

    In our modern world, we can become distant from the rhythms of nature. Technology can insulate us from the turning seasons. We lose these rhythms at the cost of our wholeness. As we approach the darkest and longest night of the year, let us gather ... read more.

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  • Deck the Halls

    December 15th at 9:15 am

    “Deck the Halls,” Children & Youth from Religious Exploration & Emmie Scholbohm (Two recordings: 9:30 and 11:15)

    It’s time again for our annual tradition of Deck the Halls Sunday! This ... read more.

  • Some Children See Him: Embracing the Holy Child Within

    December 15th at 9:15 am

    Through readings and through Christmas music from around the world, the BUUF choir and musicians will explore the idea of the holy child of Bethlehem, as created in each culture and as found within each person. This will be a mostly music Sunday.

  • All Things Shining—How We Live Meaningful Lives

    December 8th at 9:15 am

    Participants in the Adult RE class All Things Shining will share their insights and discoveries of how people understood a meaningful life at various times in Western history, from ancient Greece to the present. They will also share their own ways of making their lives ... read more.

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  • Giving Thanks

    December 1st at 9:15 am

    Come join all ages – from infants to sages – to give thanks for our many blessings. We will tell stories, sing songs, celebrate community as we turn toward the Thanksgiving holiday. We will partake in a Bread Communion, so please bring bread in small ... read more.

  • So Many Choices, So Little Time

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    November 24th at 9:15 am

    We often think that choice is a good thing, that the more choices we have the happier people are. But there is a point at which the returns start to diminish and in fact even reverse. We will consider our choices as we anticipate a ... read more.

  • Idaho Safe Schools

    November 17th at 9:15 am

    “Idaho Safe Schools,” Zach Bramwell and Anna McClain-Sims

    Idaho Safe Schools Coalition is the only organization in Idaho that serves Idaho’s LGBTQ youth. Our mission is to help Idaho schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every ... read more.

  • Día de los Muertos – A Day of Remembering

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    November 3rd at 9:15 am

    We will celebrate the Mexican holy day Día de los Muertos and consider what death has to teach us about living. We will also share a Ritual of Remembrance honoring those who have passed from our lives.

  • Telling Your Story

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    October 27th at 9:15 am

    The stories we tell end up defining who we are. What are the stories of this congregation? How do they define you? Are they a complete view? Which stories will carry you into the future and which do you want to move beyond?

  • Past, Present & Future Tense

    October 20th at 9:15 am

    Though we are often encouraged to live in the present, be mindful in the moment, in truth the past and the future are present in every breath. Everything that has gone before has brought us to this particular moment, and the future is forming even ... read more.

  • Boston Bound and Back Again

    October 13th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Changing, Changing, Changing

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    October 6th at 9:15 am

    The great insights of the Buddha include the realization that everything is always changing – arising and passing away. Human suffering arises when we resist this deep truth, when we wish to hold onto the way things have been or wish to avoid some future ... read more.

  • A Wide Embrace

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 29th at 9:15 am

    Ours is a faith with a wide theological embrace. Francis David said we need not think alike to love alike. Keeping our embrace wide and open is one of our highest values and one of our greatest challenges.

  • Practice Makes Progress

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 22nd at 9:15 am

    Practice makes perfect, the saying goes. Yet perfection is a daunting standard. How does that change if we shift perspective and seek and affirm progress over perfection?

  • Beginning Again in Love

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 15th at 9:15 am

    During the Jewish High Holy Days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur the Book of Life is (metaphorically) open and we have a chance to make amends, to turn a new page, to renew our Yes! To life. We will enter the spirit of the ... read more.

  • Diving In

    Rev. Dana Worsnop
    September 8th at 9:15 am

    Water Communion All Generation Service. Let us dive in to this year of changes, challenges and opportunity together. We’ll hear the poetry of Shel Silverstein and music from the choir and we’ll engage in covenant with our Interim Minister, Rev. Dana Worsnop.

  • The Politically Correct Book of Job

    David Scott
    September 1st at 9:15 am

    You may remember reading The Book of Job back in Sunday School and thinking it was a huge bummer. It kind of was. But could our man Job have lessons for the 21st century reader? This and other burning questions will be pondered as David ... read more.

  • What do you do when you discover that what you thought you knew isn’t true?

    Debbie Espen
    August 25th at 9:15 am

    A moving story of a world turned upside down by a moment that forever changed a life.

  • Four Spiritualities: Are we all spiritual, even if we don’t use the word ‘spiritual?’

    Bill Reid
    August 18th at 9:15 am

    100 years of psychological and religious study have led many researchers to the conclusion that the human search for meaning (spirituality?) is expressed in four major ways, based on four major personality temperaments.

    UUA President Peter Morales has called us to create an expansive and inclusive ... read more.

  • Amor & Exile

    August 11th at 9:15 am

    Boise-based journalist Nathaniel Hoffman will present a brief history of migration and marriage from the earliest human wanderings to the era of the “Deporter in Chief,” based on his new book, Amor and Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s Borders, co-written with Nicole Salgado, ... read more.

  • Faith – What is That?

    Elton Hall
    August 4th at 9:15 am

    We speak of Unitarian Universalism as a “faith tradition.” But what is faith? We will reflect on this question, and on what faith might be especially for UUs, as well as what it is not or should not be.

  • What Would Joseph Do?

    Ann Sabin
    July 28th at 9:15 am

    Mary knew the baby Jesus was her son. But what if the kid wasn’t yours? Not just in a village 2000+ years ago, but today. Your sister’s kid. The local schoolchildren. Our congregation’s youth. When a child acts out, is it someone else’s problem? Or ... read more.

  • The Moon: Symbolic, Sacred and Spiritual

    Miriam Woito
    July 21st at 9:15 am

    Thought about how the moon has inspired us, motivated us and been an ever present part of all our lives?

  • How to Pray

    Coston Frederick
    July 14th at 9:15 am

    Do Unitarian Universalists pray? I believe they do if they are alive and serious about life. So, I’d like to spend a few minutes thinking about how we can do it — and still be Unitarian Universalists. I will suggest some possible implications of daily ... read more.

  • Smelling the Roses

    Rick Groff
    July 7th at 9:15 am

    Caught between anxieties about tomorrow and fretting about yesterday with thoughts streaming through your mind, it can be very difficult to be in the present moment. Rick will be talking about learning to live in the present through mindfulness. Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice, ... read more.

  • What has General Assembly to do with Us

    Elton Hall
    June 30th at 9:15 am

    Wanda, Bryan and Elton will share their experiences at this year’s GA in Louisville, KY. Much is changing this year with the shrinkage of the UUA Board, moving of UUA headquarters, and general reorganization. Learn what all this means for BUUF and the future of ... read more.

  • Church for Atheists and Others

    Rev. Kenneth Watts
    June 23rd at 9:15 am

    What does it mean to be “the church”? What benefits are to be gained by being part of an organization that still ties itself to terminology used for two thousand years by the Christian tradition and our own UU tradition that was born out of ... read more.

  • A Conversation of Kindness

    Jeanette Maré
    June 16th at 9:15 am

    Jeannette Maré, Ben’s Bells founder and Executive Director, will lead an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create a kinder community. During this conversation, Jeannette will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in ... read more.

  • On Sex, On Money, On Coffee and Looking for Ministry

    Matthew Sabin
    June 9th at 9:15 am

    Whether being webmaster, trying to be committee chair (twice), teaching sexuality to our youth or serving espresso most Sundays, I’ve been looking for where I fit. Early on the way I was told to look for my ministry. That sounded like excellent advice. It turns ... read more.

  • Let’s Cross Over

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    June 2nd at 9:15 am

    Carrie Bastian and musicians, Janine Larsen, Pacific Northwest District Executive, Linda Laskowski, Unitarian Universalist Board trustee from the Pacific Central District and Virginia Phillips, Elizabeth’s sister join Elizabeth with Music! Poetry! Colorful stoles for everyone! A glorious farewell as Elizabeth and her guests cross our ... read more.

  • Story Link, Linking parents in prison with their children, through stories

    May 26th at 9:15 am

    “Story Link, Linking parents in prison with their children, through stories,” Eileen Dingledein and Wanda Jennings

    Your heart will be moved by the stories told of keeping family connections alive as inmates record stories for their children.

  • The Last Laugh

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 19th at 9:15 am

    This is the LAST official sermon Elizabeth will preach as our minister! In it, she would like to deliver Serious Advice Learned Over the Years—but it seems a little earnest for the occasion. Instead, she will share her favorite jokes, and reflect on what “lessons” ... read more.

  • Coming of Age

    May 12th at 9:15 am

    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 eight months. Join in on this celebration of youth and ... read more.

  • No Simple Highway

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 5th at 9:15 am

    Recollecting a long-ago sermon she presented here (1988) on a much-loved song, the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple,” Elizabeth will share some of her truths that have remained pretty much intact through the years.

  • In Their World

    Mary Hester
    April 28th at 9:15 am

    The book “Three Cups of Tea” inspired us with stories of building schools in their world. In spite of the recent controversy, what inspired us remains valid. Come hear what was different about this story, and how we can apply it to our lives.

  • Dirt – A Love Story

    Debra Smith
    April 21st at 9:15 am

    Scientists teach us cause and effect and how to sustain (or not) systems. Poets teach us how to love. This morning, in honor of Earth Day, we’ll look at a very mundane topic—dirt, through the eyes of a scientist and the heart of a poet. ... read more.

  • The Scholar’s Lamp: Passing on the Light

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 14th at 9:15 am

    “The Scholar’s Lamp: Passing on the Light,” Rev. Elizabeth Greene, Susan Beasley & Carrie Hope

    Susan and Carrie are our “Bridgers” this year, seniors in high school who are making that first step into what we traditionally call adulthood. Both young women will share some of ... read more.

  • Owlie Searches for the Truth

    April 7th at 9:15 am

    Follow the adventures of woodland creatures as they explore our fourth principle – a free and responsible search of truth and meaning. Please join us for this service involving all ages with stories, music, and merriment.

  • Stories of Spring and Resurrection

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 31st at 9:15 am

    There’s Demeter and her daughter Persephone. There’s Jesus on the cross, brought to life two days later. There’s Isis and Osiris. There’s Elizabeth’s little rhubarb plant, living miraculously through neglect and presumed death. Resurrection abounds!

  • No Offense Intended

    Rev. Jackie Kelly
    March 24th at 9:15 am

    As the Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Jackie works with chaplaincy students with diverse beliefs and ways of understanding spirituality. Her students, in turn, learn to minister to patients, family and staff with equally diverse beliefs. It’s no wonder that ... read more.

  • The Wheel that moves the Sun and Stars

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 17th at 9:15 am

    Nearing the Vernal Equinox, when day and night are equal, the star wheel is turning, moving us into spring. Join us for this mostly music Sunday, featuring our choir and additional guest musicians. There will even be a wee bit o’ Celtic music for St. ... read more.

  • How Far We’ve Come

    Mary Schwartzman
    March 10th at 9:15 am

    The Fellowship has survived many transitions in the past and will continue to do so. Mary Schwartzman will describe the evolution of our beloved Fellowship from 1967, when she and Alan arrived as newlyweds, to Elizabeth’s arrival in 1988. We each play a part in ... read more.

  • What We Value Most

    Rev. John Thornton
    March 3rd at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth attends St. Michael’s Episcopal Church when she is not at the Fellowship, and deems John Thornton, former Episcopal Bishop of Idaho to be one of the best preachers she has ever heard. John will speak to us about stewardship, what that means in the ... read more.

  • The Fingerprints of God

    Emmie Schlobohm
    February 24th at 9:15 am

    Is spiritual experience real? When we pray, what happens? Does consciousness depend entirely on your brain and the unique way it works? Can science explain God? Join us for an exploration of how faith and spirituality affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually as set out ... read more.

  • Reverence

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 17th at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth believes firmly that an attitude of reverence can be the concept that unites Unitarian Universalists of all beliefs and philosophies. It is deeply spiritual, and it cuts across the distractions of falsely-divisive belief systems.

  • Black History in Idaho

    Cherie Buckner-Webb
    February 10th at 9:15 am

    Many of us probably think that Idaho has no African-American history. Cherie Buckner-Webb, a several-generation Idaho African-American, will let us know otherwise. And, she will sing, always a wonderful experience.

  • What I’ve Learned

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 3rd at 9:15 am

    What does a person learn from 25 years of parish ministry, with the same congregation? Elizabeth will share a few of her learnings—some of which might surprise you.

  • The Ideas Peddler

    Don Rollings
    January 27th at 9:15 am

    As we continue our preparation for the interim period, accredited UU interim minister, Don Rollins, will lead us in a look at the good things that lie ahead. Don is the Interim Minister at the UU Church of Eugene, Oregon.

  • Roots Hold Us Close: Approaching 20 Years of Partnership

    Gwyn Reid
    January 20th at 9:15 am

    In May 1993, BUUF became one of a number of UU congregations to enter into a partnership with a Unitarian congregation in Transylvania. Our partnership with Mészkõ has been an incredible 20 years for both congregations. The sixth principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association is ... read more.

  • O Pioneer!

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 13th at 9:15 am

    For the Second Annual BUUF Pioneer Sunday, Elizabeth will reflect on the life and service of Jim Tompkins, who served our church deeply and widely, in earlier days. We will also ponder what it is to be a pioneer, how we all are—sometimes unknowingly—pioneers in ... read more.

  • A New Year Beckons

    Nancy Harms
    January 6th at 9:15 am

    Our task as we enter this New Year is to renew ourselves in the love and labor of filling out our individual biography. We do that by taking hold of the threads in life that seem to assist in this enterprise, in our vocation, our ... read more.

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2012
  • Quaker Style

    December 30th at 9:15 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 iPhones, cell phones, the Internet, high-definition TV and continual bombardment of advertising, cultivating silence—as opposed ... read more.

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  • Come Celebrate the Light!

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 24th at 9:15 am

    Can you find the Christmas Eve star, one of the mainstays of Elizabeth’s childhood? Can we feel the joy of a light blazing in the winter sky, announcing humanity’s divine births? On Elizabeth’s last Christmas Eve with us, can we join in the love that ... read more.

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  • Can an Atheist Worship?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 23rd at 9:15 am

    The question declares itself, bringing up questions like: what god does an atheist not believe in? what is the role of language in our lives, and is it static? are there words that fundamentally should be off-limits in a Unitarian Universalist congregation?

  • Solstice

    December 21st at 9:15 am

    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.

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  • Amazing Grace

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 16th at 9:15 am

    We Unitarian Universalists often substitute “soul” for the original “wretch” in the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.” Elizabeth’s position is that we’re fooling ourselves when we do this, not to mention missing the possibility of real transformation, especially of suffering.

  • O Come Let Us Adore

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 9th at 9:15 am

    The gospels say there was “no room at the inn” for the birth of the infant king. Is there room in our hearts this holiday season to adore the holy and beloved, in all its many forms and traditions? Come explore this question through music ... read more.

  • Deck the Halls for the WinterGreene Holidays

    December 2nd at 9:15 am

    It’s time again for our annual tradition of Deck the Halls Sunday! (Two recordings: 9:30 service and 11:15 service) On this year of celebrations for and with Elizabeth, this year’s Deck the Halls is all about WinterGreene Holidays. Come explore worldwide and green traditions, the ... read more.

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  • Thank God for Evolution

    Loren Bergeson
    November 25th at 9:15 am

    Back in 2009 Loren read a book by Michael Dowd titled “Thank God for Evolution,” which really changed his perspective on the relationship between science and spirituality. In the book, it says that evolution is the greatest religious story ever told. Loren’s belief is that ... read more.

  • Transgendered Day of Remembering

    November 18th at 9:15 am

    You do not have to be transgendered or have transgendered friends, to find this issue moving and relevant. Who are we, as humans? What is it to find yourself “other” in our society? What are the ties that bind?

  • The Greater Causes

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 11th at 9:15 am

    Commemorating Veteran’s Day, Elizabeth will reflect on patriotism and other commitments to causes larger than ourselves. What calls us to move “out of ourselves,” to step from the ordinary into areas we might not have ever thought we would dwell in?

  • My Afterlife

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 4th at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth is retiring in June, after 25 years as our minister, and the most common question she hears these days is, “What are you going to do?” She will offer some sort of answers to that question.

  • My Own Country

    Rev. Keith Kron
    October 28th at 9:15 am

    I spent nearly three years living in Canada, and I loved it there. But it was not my country. My country was the United States, even when the changing times here was bad. When faced with change in the places we know, how do we ... read more.

  • BUUF: A Spiritual Co-op?

    Elton Hall
    October 21st at 9:15 am

    BUUF is a remarkable spiritual community. What makes it so? Elton will reflect on how congregations like BUUF are meaningful and essential to individual transformation and collective growth and why they are vital to our democratic culture.

  • The Hunger Words

    October 14th at 9:15 am

    How do we talk about hunger? What assumptions underlay the language we use in America when talking about hunger and poverty? “Public assistance,” “entitlement,” “welfare,” “food insecurity,” and “charity.” Our word choice relates to a way of seeing the poor. It relates to a story, ... read more.

  • Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Transforming: Creating Community

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 7th at 9:15 am

    We are always creating, building, maintaining—and sometimes tearing down—community, each of us in different places all the time. How do we deal transformatively with this fact of existence? How do we cherish being together, respecting each other and the whole that is greater than the ... read more.

  • Relationships for a Reason, a Season, and a Lifetime

    Andrew Spencer
    September 30th at 9:15 am

    Our speakers are members of BUUF Medians, the church’s young adult group (about 20-40 years old), rising up to let us “oldsters” know something about their lives and values.

  • Saving Lives

    September 23rd at 9:15 am

    Linda Laskowsky, Elizabeth’s beloved roommate on the national Unitarian Universalist Board, is honoring us with a visit. She asks, “Why do we pay dues to our national and district organizations?” and comes up with surprising answers

  • Building Your Own Theology

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 16th at 9:15 am

    What goes into creating one’s personal theology/philosophy? Elizabeth will share experience, authors and people that have contributed to hers.

  • Wanderer, Worshipper: Coming Home

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 9th at 9:15 am

    Once again—for the last time while Elizabeth is our minister (she’s retiring in June)—we join for “homecoming,” the first Sunday in the program year. Bring water from your summer travels, for Water Communion.

  • It’s Not A Train

    Don Schutte
    September 2nd at 9:15 am

    Life is often not easy. So how do we survive when life becomes very difficult? What is it that we can use to go another week, or day, or even hour? This is a story of the survival of one person who had their share ... read more.

  • Spiritual Program Coming!

    August 26th at 9:15 am

    Members of the newly formed BUUF Quest Steering Committee, Jackie Groves, Elizabeth Greene, Mike Philley, Jay Wechselberger, Lynne Tolk, Bill Renwick and Mark Zimmerer share our hopes, dreams and concrete plans to offer this curriculum developed by First Unitarian Society in Madison WI, to the ... read more.

  • Spirituality Progression

    August 19th at 9:15 am

    How has your spirituality progressed? Other than your outright experiences, who or what has helped you along? Come listen to Gail share with us some of her spiritual gurus, sayings, and practices that help her with her along this trek we call human life.

  • Come Healing… a morning with Leonard Cohen

    Patricia Heeb
    August 12th at 9:15 am

    A reviewer recently wrote “The old sage (Cohen) may not have any more answers than when he started, but he’s still asking questions to the end, looking for the truth and the holiness.” The metaphors and melodies of this venerable musician inspire our own look ... read more.

  • The Slow Read Movement

    Debra Smith
    August 5th at 9:15 am

    This spring, 10 or so people read and discussed what many consider “the great American novel,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Some were impressed with a theme that resonates today: how the concentration of wealth leads to corruption. Others were taken by the author’s ... read more.

  • How to Worry: Recipes for the Disasters You Know are Coming!?

    David Scott
    July 29th at 9:15 am

    David Scott will take a light-hearted look at worry and attempt to answer the following questions: What is worry? What behaviors do we engage in that allows worry to flourish? When is worry useful and when does it become non-productive? Security blankets are optional.

  • Grand Adventure: Rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon

    Cathy Carmen
    July 22nd at 9:15 am

    A recipe for fun = 6 kids + 10 adults for 16 days on 6 rafts through the most beautiful canyon in North America! So begins the Boice, Carmen’s family adventure in June 2011! How they did it and why they’d do it again (in ... read more.

  • Exploring General Assembly

    July 15th at 9:15 am

    Immigration was the Big Topic of the Justice Unitarian Universalist General Assembly! Wanda and Bryan Jennings and Elizabeth Greene went to the Unitarian Universalist Association Justice General Assembly in Phoenix in June where the theme was Social Justice with a strong emphasis on Immigration. Come ... read more.

  • Finding Social Hope

    Sue Philley
    July 8th at 9:15 am

    We are living in chaotic and challenging times. Why and how can we find the strength and courage to go forward? During her lifetime of non-profit work, Sue’s thinking has evolved about self-improvement, work, and retirement. Joanna Macy (one of the wisdom voices of our ... read more.

  • Body and Spirit

    Mark Zimmerer
    July 1st at 9:15 am

    Exploring the ways in which our body, mind and spirit influence each other. As Mary Oliver says: The spirit likes to dress up like this: ten fingers, ten toes, shoulders, and all the rest

  • It ain’t unnecessarily so

    June 24th at 9:15 am

    “It ain’t unnecessarily so,” John Connors

    Zen is commonly thought to be some some blissful state where all is wonderful and serene. Zen Buddhism is not what you think. Rather, it is more about how you live. It is about paying attention. Join us, for a ... read more.

  • Fathers’ Day

    June 17th at 9:15 am

    Four years ago, Greg Duffy, went to the Midwest to take part in a writing workshop. His journey took him through a period in his family’s life that was challenging to say the least. Greg tells his touching story, which explains his plan, which was ... read more.

  • What I know For Sure: My Spiritual Journey

    June 10th at 9:15 am

    “What I know For Sure: My Spiritual Journey,” Janette Young

    Midlife is traditionally a time of great transition. Many changes occur naturally at this time of life. Your children grow up and move away from home. Your aging parents may become more in need of care. ... read more.

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    June 3rd at 9:15 am

    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, Providence always steps in— ... read more.

  • Complain or Not to Complain

    Mary Hester
    May 27th at 9:15 am

    We all have complaints in life. We don’t like this about one person, or don’t like that about another. Why do we complain? Does it cost us anything to complain? Does it accomplish anything? In this service we will examine ways we can approach life ... read more.

  • The Second Fifty

    Debra Smith
    May 20th at 9:15 am

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Pacific Northwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. As a UUA National Trustee, Elizabeth is performing her duties at the District Assembly in Anchorage this weekend. In her stead, Board President Debra Smith will ... read more.

  • Our Unitarian Universalist Stories

    May 13th at 9:15 am

    “Our Unitarian Universalist Stories,” Children and Youth of Religious Exploration (Two recordings: 9:30 service and 11:15 service)

    Come celebrate our children on this second annual Religious Exploration Celebration Sunday! Find ... read more.

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  • Song of the Soul: the Power of Music

    May 6th at 9:15 am

    What is the song of your soul? What music, your own and others, inspires you to follow your passion? Elizabeth and church musicians explore music’s power.

  • Senior High Bridging

    Emmie Schlobohm
    April 29th at 9:15 am

    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 senior high youth who are taking that monumental next step forward into their future will share their journeys and visions. ... read more.

  • The Power of Yes

    Miriam Woito
    April 22nd at 9:15 am

    Organic Growth – Change, Passion, Action. Some thoughts on becoming a thriving community.

  • Prayer?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 15th at 9:15 am

    In a revisiting of one of those “wounded words” we UUs can find problematical, Elizabeth reflects on the larger meaning of the word “prayer.”

  • Rejoice and Bloom

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 8th at 9:15 am

    On Easter, diverse faith traditions celebrate the way that life arises from literal and metaphorical death. This Easter, we rejoice at how all creation can bloom, even in the face of despair.

  • Fooling Around

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 1st at 9:15 am

    The mytho-poetic implications of the Fool are legion, as are the philosophical and religious undercurrents of why we laugh. Or maybe Elizabeth just likes to tell jokes from the pulpit?

  • The Places That Scare You

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 25th at 9:15 am

    Pema Chodron is a well-known Buddhist nun. She writes with compassion about facing our fears, becoming greater-hearted people. Elizabeth will reflect on how we approach this.

  • Celebration Sunday: Rejoicing in our Roots and Our Vision

    March 18th at 9:15 am

    Today, we bring our smiles, vision and commitment, as we are inspired by one of our favorite preachers. The lively Rev. Montagnes serves as associate minister to the Eastshore UU congregation, in Bellevue WA.

  • Namaste: the Light That Shines in All

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 11th at 9:15 am

    How often do we recognize the light in others? Does it reflect (or not reflect) what we are putting forth? What community results shine forth (or don’t), when our lights mingle?

  • No One Can Whistle a Symphony

    March 4th at 9:15 am

    There is much work to do in this world. When we work together towards a common goal, the hard work becomes a thing of joy and a blessed act of community. Come explore the joy of heart work with Emmie Schlobohm, our Director of Religious ... read more.

  • How Big is the Sky?

    Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
    February 26th at 9:15 am

    A frog in a well does not know the great ocean and cannot imagine the vastness of the sky. (Japanese proverb) What keeps our vision small? What limits our aspirations? Should we seek to change the world? Should we seek to truly make a difference ... read more.

  • Rescuing St. Paul

    Elton Hall
    February 19th at 9:15 am

    Spiritual seekers leave the religions of their childhoods for complex reasons, but one reason some of us left the Christian tradition was the severe attitudes of St. Paul which seem focused on sin, are harsh in respect to women, and have no sense of joy. ... read more.

  • Ubi Caritas: Charity and Love

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 12th at 9:15 am

    The Christian tradition is full of references to love: for friends (philia), for God (caritas and agape), with not a lot about eros, or body-and-soul, lover-ly love. What does it all mean, anyhow?

  • Stories of Change and Transition

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 5th at 9:15 am

    Life is just one darned change after another, some more “successful” than others, each similar to others and also unique. How do we roll with the taps and punches of seemingly-continual transition?

  • Yearning to Breathe Free: the Immigration Issue

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 29th at 9:15 am

    This June, the Unitarian Universalist Association is holding a Justice General Assembly (GA) in Phoenix, Arizona, hotbed of immigration abuses. Elizabeth will reflect on “the immigration issue,” and will have information available on this potentially life-changing GA.

  • Musical Pilgrimage

    January 22nd at 9:15 am

    Last summer Tom von Alten and Jeanette Ross participated in a choir that sang through Transylvania and Hungary. Peace pilgrim advised “A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.” Jeanette and Tom will share stories and insights from their purposeful wanderings.

  • Deserving and Undeserving

    Gary Wyke
    January 15th at 9:15 am

    On this Martin Luther King Sunday, we welcome Emerson Hunger Fellows. John Pevy will be talking about giving individuals power and control over their lives and livelihood and Aleta Sprague will talk about how public discourse about recipients of government assistance tends to focus on ... read more.

  • Celebrating Our Pioneers

    January 8th at 9:15 am

    What does it mean to be a pioneer? Do we appreciate those “whose shoulders we stand on”? In what ways are we pioneers: historically, spiritually, socially?

  • The Creation of God

    John Munson
    January 1st at 9:15 am

    Many Christians eagerly await the second coming of Christ. A much more interesting (and more probable) event is the impending arrival of God. In the relatively near future we will create an intelligence that has the capability of recursive self-enhancement. This event is called the ... read more.

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2011
  • Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 24th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Channukah

    Emmie Schlobohm
    December 18th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Ringing True: The Bells of Christmas

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 11th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Deck the Halls

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  • BUUF Pilgrims

    November 27th at 9:15 am

    Ax Axmaker, Besse LaBudde, Sheila Dengler Shaw, Joe Wechselberger

    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 ... read more.

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 20th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Bridging the Gaps

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 13th at 9:15 am

    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 difference?

  • Band of Brothers (and Their Daughters)

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 6th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Dia de los Muertos

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 30th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Privilege, Dignity & Joy

    Richard Adams
    October 23rd at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

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  • Boston Bound and Back

    October 16th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • U + U = U2

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 9th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Listen, Listen, Listen to My Heart’s Song

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 2nd at 9:15 am

    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.

  • WWWWD? (What Would Walt Whitman Do?)

    Debra Smith
    September 25th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Laughter, Community, and Spirit

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 18th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Flowing Together

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 11th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • The Other Side of Christianity

    Don Schutte
    September 4th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Mention Money

    Sharon Barlow Palm
    August 28th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • What’s in a Name?

    Roger Sherman
    August 21st at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Transformations

    August 14th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Wholehearted Living

    Patricia Heeb
    August 7th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Through the Eyes of Beauty

    Miriam Woito
    July 31st at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Pioneer Day

    Lance Pitman
    July 24th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Our Role in the Politics of Food

    July 17th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Touchstones

    July 10th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Defying Gravity

    Bill Reid
    July 3rd at 9:15 am

    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!

  • Communities of Faith

    Gwyn Reid
    June 26th at 9:15 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.

  • Spiritual Procrastination

    Bill Hoffman
    June 19th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Kirtan

    Mark Zimmerer
    June 12th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    June 5th at 9:15 am

    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, ... read more.

  • On Aging

    May 29th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • A Home Where All Belong

    Emmie Schlobohm
    May 22nd at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • A Spiritual Year in Review

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 15th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Coming of Age

    May 8th at 9:15 am

    “Coming of Age” (9:30 service and 11:15 service), BUUF Junior High Youth and Mentors

    Our Coming of Age youth will share their statements of faith that they have developed over ... read more.

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  • Senior High Bridging

    May 1st at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • In Time of Daffodils

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 24th at 9:15 am

    It’s Easter, when our hearts stray toward the miracles of new life, rebirth—even resurrection! This year, e.e. cummings provides our text.

  • Go in Peace

    April 17th at 9:15 am

    The worship service will feature readings and personal reflections by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and musical accompaniment by the Common Ground Community Chorus.

  • The van Gogh Café

    Rev. Keith Kron
    April 10th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • From My Life

    April 3rd at 9:15 am

    Several members of Jeanette Ross’ BUUF Memoir class will share selections from writings out of their own lives.

  • Fear of Falling

    Rev. Margaret Keip
    March 27th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Loyalty

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 20th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Hinduism in a Nutshell

    March 13th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Where Do You Draw the Line?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 6th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Make a Joyful Noise

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 27th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Who Needs God?

    Rev. Jackie Kelly
    February 20th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Secrets

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 13th at 9:15 am

    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!

  • Love … or Something Like It

    Wanda and Bryan Jennings
    February 6th at 9:15 am

    With Valentine’s Day coming, remember what Clint Black said, “Love isn’t something that you feel, it’s something that you do.”

  • Turn the Principles Upside Down

    Rev. Gail Lindsay Marriner
    January 30th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Discovery and Re-Discovery

    January 23rd at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • We Have a Dream

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 16th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Margaret Fuller: a Woman For all Times

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 9th at 9:15 am

    Margaret Fuller was an amazing 19th-century woman, whose life and thought can inspire us. Elizabeth & Elton will present her words & some reflection.

  • Whose God is This?

    January 2nd at 9:15 am

    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.

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2010
  • O Magnum Mysterium

    Carrie Bastian
    December 19th at 9:15 am

    The ancient chant O magnum mysterium (“Oh great mystery”) invites us to contemplate Divine mystery in the birth of a child. Join with the choir and BUUF musicians as we sing and celebrate the mysteries of the holiday season.

  • Just Before the Dawn

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 12th at 9:15 am

    This is a dark, reflective time of the year, with the shortest day approaching very soon. What does it mean to be in the wintry darkness, and what does the light bring?

  • Deck the Halls!

    December 5th at 9:15 am

    It’s time again for our annual tradition of Deck the Halls Sunday! Our children and youth will share their discoveries of the wonders of our “Blue Boat Home.” Join us for a celebration of traditions from around the world and right under our feet. Plays, ... read more.

  • Gratefulness

    November 28th at 9:15 am

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, how can we remember to live in a state of gratefulness and learn to remain grateful not only for what we perceive as the blessings in our lives, but also for the difficult times?

  • We Are All Pilgrims

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 21st at 9:15 am

    A special Sunday, featuring woodblock slides and words from a wonderful book about our ancestors, the Puritans. Elizabeth will reflect on this heritage, and we will all enjoy the book (with permission from Annie Bissett, author and artist).

  • The Power of Story

    Emmie Schlobohm
    November 14th at 9:15 am

    Stories have been central to humanity for as long as people have been speaking to each other. How else do we really learn what other people’s lives are like, feel what they feel, and belong together in community?

  • Spiritual or Natural?

    November 7th at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth and Mark are self-confessed “mystic” and “naturalist,” respectively. They both practice devotional disciplines. Are they more alike or different?

  • All Souls

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 31st at 9:15 am

    On this day, when the veil between this world and the next is said to be thinnest, Elizabeth will reflect on witch hunts and generosity of spirit.

  • Circle of Life

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 24th at 9:15 am

    Our Seventh Principle states that we affirm & support the interdependent web of all existence. Is that mysticism, science, or something else?

  • Sustainability Didn’t Catch On – Now What?

    Loren Bergeson
    October 17th at 9:15 am

    Despite the best efforts of many dedicated people, humanity continues to damage the planet and use up non-renewable resources at an ever accelerating rate. What are the chances of creating enough political will to turn things around? If the chances aren’t good, what does that ... read more.

  • Sustainability Didn’t Catch On, Now What?

    Loren Bergeson
    October 17th at 9:00 am

    Sustainability Didn’t Catch On, Now What? Loren Bergeson (Oct. 17, 2010)

  • Standing On the Side of Love

    October 10th at 9:15 am

    The Congregational Care Committee brings love & care to the congregation. Our denomination is also involved in Standing on the Side of Love. How do they mesh?

  • A Brief History of the Future of School

    Debra Smith
    October 3rd at 9:15 am

    UUs have a long history of promoting free, non-sectarian public schools. In the 19th century, one of our country’s most eloquent advocates was the Unitarian, Horace Mann. Today, public schools are buffeted by reform advocates of all kinds. It seems that everyone who has ever ... read more.

  • A Brief History of the Future of School

    Debra Smith
    October 3rd at 9:00 am

    A Brief History of the Future of School, Debra Smith (Oct. 3, 2010)

  • What Motivates a Truly Religious Person?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 26th at 9:15 am

    If you look deep inside, looking at your heart honestly, what do you find motivates you? Elizabeth will reflect (honestly!) on this big question.

  • History, Hopes & Dreams

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 19th at 9:15 am

    Our Fellowship is dynamic, changing-but-solid. In the best of all possible worlds, what do we long to create?

  • Bringing Our Water Home

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 12th at 9:15 am

    Official start of the program year! Bring water from your summer travels, come check in with everyone.

  • Who are these Pagans

    Don Schutte
    September 5th at 9:15 am

    What does it mean to be Pagan and how is it different or the same as other belief systems. Let’s explore these questions. Let’s see if we can find how Pagans are alike and how they are different. You may find Unitarian Universalists have a ... read more.

  • Everyday Spirituality and Meaningful Rituals

    August 29th at 9:15 am

    The Chalice Circle by the same name will present an experience which shows what makes the “Cool Group” Concept so cool. Special music with flutes, drumming, and didgeridoos!

  • Through This We Live

    August 22nd at 9:15 am

    Dr. Cutler will share Lakota/Dakota traditional culture, its values, beliefs, and rituals as he learned and experienced them. Specifically, he will provide a brief overview of the Inipi ceremony including some specifics on materials, meanings of the fire/altar/lodge, how an individual comes to be qualified ... read more.

  • Spirituality at Work: Churchy Stuff I’ve Learned in My Job as a Psychotherapist

    Patricia Heeb
    August 15th at 9:15 am

    Though I have attended church forever, it has been in my work life that I have found meaningful experience of the “religious” concepts I heard while sitting in the pew. I’ll be sharing that journey with you. Brace yourself: I may mention the word “sin.”

  • Found in Translation: A Rough Guide to Self Discovery through Travel

    August 8th at 9:15 am

    BUUF’s music director and her husband will discuss ways in which travel can be a soul expanding experience. They will share some of their travel experiences, both humorous and meaningful, and talk about ways to access the benefits of travel, even when you think you ... read more.

  • Waikiki Walk Lights

    Bryan Jennings
    August 1st at 9:15 am

    Sooner or later everyone rides THE BUS. Hello, is anyone really in charge here?

  • Infectious Greed—America’s slide from Democracy to Oligarchy

    Bob Huntley
    July 25th at 9:15 am

    Social Justice and Religious Freedom thrive only in the crucible of a society of involved people who are effectively engaged in the direction and actions of the institutions of government. An infectious greed now grips much of our business community. America is beset by the ... read more.

  • Loving Yourself

    July 18th at 9:15 am

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  • Our Second Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; A cross generational dialogue on social change

    July 11th at 9:15 am

    Our UU principles and especially our second principle, lead us to work for justice. But what is the path to justice, equity and compassion? Anthony and Roger, both raised UU in different times, will talk about the paths they’ve traveled as they have worked for ... read more.

  • Integrity, Service and Excellence: Lessons from Air Force Basic Training

    July 4th at 9:15 am

    Airman 1st Class Bonnie Harper Bonnie Harper, daughter of our music director Carrie Bastian, will speak on her recent experience in basic military training and on the core values of the United States Air Force: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we ... read more.

  • The History and Evolution of 12 Step Recovery

    June 27th at 9:15 am

    Problem drinking has plagued mankind from the beginning of recorded history. It has affected peasant to king, followers to great leaders. From the “Pledge” to Prohibition, no program or movement made any inroads toward recovery until the founding of AA in 1935 and its 12 ... read more.

  • Solstice Earthworks

    Mark Zimmerer
    June 20th at 9:15 am

    The Summer Solstice is Jun 21, 2010 at 5:28am MDT. Come take a tour of earthworks, ancient and contemporary, that help us to understand, appreciate, and marvel at our position in relationship to the rest of our solar system.

  • BUUF’s Outdoor Treasures

    June 13th at 9:15 am

    A large part of what makes BUUF “BUUF” are the Grounds, the Grove, Jeremiah’s Adventure Garden and A Walk Through Time. Learn how this magical place came to be from Barb Alexander. Jolene Schow will share how JAG was created and John Jacobsen will tell ... read more.

  • Flower Communion

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    June 6th at 9:15 am

    This is the first Sunday of summer schedule, and our chance to say farewell to this program year. Bring a flower for the communion, and a dish for the potluck. After the service, we will process to Little Bridge to celebrate (with plum brandy and ... read more.

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  • The search for meaning in our lives

    Bill Reid
    May 30th at 9:15 am

    When we reflect upon the people and events that have shaped our lives, we invest them with meaning and value. We name them good and bad, blessings and disasters. Are these value judgments useful products of our imaginations? As I approach my 60th birthday, I ... read more.

  • The Glastonbury Covenant

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 23rd at 9:15 am

    On a Sunday packed with many things (new member joining, celebration of our stewardship campaign, the second annual Rock Communion), Elizabeth will reflect on an agreement that makes sense.

  • State of the Fellowship (or a Spiritual Retrospective)

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 16th at 9:15 am

    It’s often too easy to give a glib reply to the tossed off statement “how are you doing?” Let’s hear a thoughtful, nuanced answer (what else?) to the question of how we’ve done, spiritually speaking, in 2009-2010

  • After Enlightenment, the Laundry

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 9th at 9:15 am

    Enlightenment seems a noble and high-falutin’ concept. But there’s a school of thought that says it’s not much use if the laundry doesn’t get done, too.

  • Senior High Bridging

    May 2nd at 9:15 am

    We hear words of wisdom from our high school seniors, about to “go out into the big world.” Experience our next crop of community leaders. Come help our graduating youth bridge to young adulthood and celebrate!

  • The Sanctuary of Greenness

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 25th at 9:15 am

    Our church is a Unitarian-Universalist-Association-recognized Green Sanctuary, a designation of which we may be proud. What does it mean? How do we continue, as a congregation, to make our step light on the earth?

  • The Medicine Wheel’s Still Pertinent Lessons

    April 18th at 9:15 am

    Somewhere at the interface of religion, psychology, philosophy and self help is the Medicine Wheel of the American Indians. It is a guide to self actualization and the understanding of self and others. It requires no shaman, priest, feathers or drums. It is a guide ... read more.

  • Day Selves, Night Selves

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 11th at 9:15 am

    Truth is a pretty tricky concept, often put forth as the result solely of scientific observation, or at least processes to which we all apply our brains. What, though, of our “night selves,” the parts of us that learn truths through myth, intuition, dream and ... read more.

  • The Time For Singing Has Come

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 4th at 9:15 am

    It’s Easter! Many religious stories tell of the deaths that lead to new life, to redemption and resurrection. Today, we celebrate life and light’s emergence from sorrow and dark.

  • Dayenu

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 28th at 9:15 am

    In this Passover season, Elizabeth will retell the central Jewish story related to this holiday, and will lift up the gratitude that characterizes this celebration.

  • Passion

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 21st at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth reminds us that UUs have historically been a lot more comfortable with thought than passion, which sounds like we live from our heads rather than our hearts. Can we live more from our hearts, or is there at least a middle ground? As Joseph ... read more.

  • The Legacy of Forrest Church

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 14th at 9:15 am

    Rev. Forrest Church died on September 24, 2009, at the age of 62, leaving what may be the late 20th century’s most significant Unitarian Universalist theological and human legacy. Elizabeth will share some of his life and thoughts.

  • Social Action: Practical or Theological?

    March 7th at 9:15 am

    Unitarian Universalists do not spend undue time, as a rule, reflecting on their theological foundations. But, can we really act responsibly in the world if we do not know what our assumptions are, behind our work to bring justice and charity in the world? Louise ... read more.

  • We’re All Student Humans

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 28th at 9:15 am

    Know those “Student Driver” signs on cars? Would we treat each other differently if we all wore “Student Human” signs? Elizabeth and our fabulous house band will explore this question.

  • Death as Part of Life

    February 21st at 9:15 am

    Most of this country has accepted, as de facto social law, the notion that life itself is essential precious, and more important than pain and suffering. But the times might be changing, toward acceptance of the right to die with dignity, on one’s own terms.

  • Love: Many-Splendored or Just Confusing?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 14th at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth reflects on the impossible subject of love, that consumerist-mangled, advertising-perverted human feeling, springing from the depths of our souls.

  • The Tao of Ipod

    February 7th at 9:15 am

    David presents a sermon written by the President of the First UU Church of Wichita, Anne Welsbacher, concerning our lives in the Age of Gadgetry.

  • Where Do We Stand?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 31st at 9:15 am

    Last spring, about 120 of us participated in a survey conducted by the respected Lilly Foundation, and they have sent us our results. How do we compare with others? With our own aspirations?

  • The Rise of Evolutionary Spirituality

    Loren Bergeson
    January 24th at 9:15 am

    Loren shares how 2009 was a year of spiritual insight for him, gleaned from Michael Dowd’s book, Thank God For Evolution, among other sources. TGFE offers a powerful way to reconcile science with the best of religion, in a way that has the potential to ... read more.

  • The Rise of Evolutionary Spirituality

    Loren Bergeson
    January 24th at 9:00 am

    The Rise of Evolutionary Spirituality, Loren Bergeson (Jan. 24, 2010)

  • Making a Difference

    January 17th at 9:15 am

    Our faith has blazed a trail to a more caring, more just society, in part living up to Dr. King’s “Dream.” We will look at the contributions and life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what we can do to fulfill his prophetic words. From ... read more.

  • Hey, boys, how’s the oxygen?

    Mark Zimmerer
    January 10th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Laugh, I Thought I’d Die

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 3rd at 9:15 am

    Once a year or so, Elizabeth does a “humor sermon,” delving deeply into the profound theological significance of laughing. Or, well, does she actually mostly enjoy an opportunity to tell jokes from the pulpit?

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2009
  • Mother Mary Comes to Me

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 24th at 9:15 am

    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, ... read more.

  • Circles of Dark and Light

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 20th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Sure On This Shining Night

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    December 13th at 9:15 am

    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)

  • Deck the Halls

    December 6th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Beethoven’s Daiku Unbound

    November 29th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Getting To Yes: a Brief History of Our Fellowship

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 22nd at 9:15 am

    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.

  • It’s Not the Changes, It’s the Transitions

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 15th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Where is my Inspiration?

    November 8th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • What Do You Have to Be To Have a Spiritual Practice?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    November 1st at 9:15 am

    If Unitarian Universalism is to be a genuine religious community, UUs need to have regular centering & transcending practices. Elizabeth will offer examples & ideas.

  • Boston Bound and Back Again

    October 25th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Music through Community – Community through Music

    Carrie Bastian
    October 18th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Coming Out For Justice

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    October 11th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • Living in Community

    October 4th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Where Children Are Wise and Adults Can Play

    Emmie Schlobohm
    September 27th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Restless Souls

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    September 20th at 9:15 am

    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.)

  • Water: Its Cosmic Origins

    September 13th at 9:15 am

    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!

  • The End Starts the Beginning

    September 6th at 9:15 am

    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. ... read more.

  • Standing on the Side of Love

    August 30th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Time has come today

    August 23rd at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Humanism, Unpacked

    August 16th at 9:15 am

    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, ... read more.

  • Gardens: life, wonder, awe and sustenance

    August 9th at 9:15 am

    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!

  • The Melody of Life – in the key of ‘UU’

    Dale Winke
    August 2nd at 9:15 am

    Examining the overarching theme of Battlestar Galactica, Dale Winke looks at the connections, meanings, and melodies from one individual UU’s viewpoint.

  • The Calming Breath of Meditation Quenches the Fire of Suffering

    July 26th at 9:15 am

    “The Calming Breath of Meditation Quenches the Fire of Suffering,” Tony DeAngelis

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  • What are Relics to UUs?

    Elton Hall
    July 19th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • What is This Thing Called Love?

    July 12th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Food Ways: When Wretched Excess is Barely Enough

    July 5th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Hey, boys, how’s the oxygen?

    Mark Zimmerer
    June 28th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • A Whole Lotta Heaven!

    June 21st at 9:15 am

    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, ... read more.

  • Our Debt to the Universalists

    June 14th at 9:15 am

    Compiled by John Harms to explore what Universalism is. Come hear this presentation, back by popular request.

  • Flower Communion

    June 7th at 9:15 am

    There is no Audio file for this date
  • For All That Is Our Life

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 31st at 9:15 am

    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.

  • The Young Soldiers

    May 24th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • …What’s Goin’ On?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 17th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Coming of Age

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 10th at 9:15 amThere is no Audio file for this date
  • Senior High Bridging; BUUF high school seniors

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    May 3rd at 9:15 am

    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.”

  • Reflections on a Sabbatical, Part 3

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 26th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • It’s In Your Hands

    April 19th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Up From the Dark We Arise

    April 12th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • Laugh? I Thought I’d Die

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    April 5th at 9:15 am

    Elizabeth holds the position that laughing is a religious activity. Or maybe she just likes to tell jokes. Come find out!

  • We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 29th at 9:15 am

    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 ... read more.

  • The Fire of Commitment

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 22nd at 9:15 am

    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.

  • We Are Not the News. Or Are We?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    March 15th at 9:15 am

    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?

  • A Complaint-Free World

    March 8th at 9:15 am

    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.

  • “How Can I Keep From Singing?” The Spirituality of Social Action

    Rev. Ralph Galen
    March 1st at 9:00 am

    “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 ... read more.

  • So Say We All

    Dale Winke
    February 22nd at 9:00 am

    Come join Dale as he explores how the themes of science fiction can plumb the depths of humanity’s spiritual and transcended yearnings.

  • Becoming Ourselves

    James Mack
    February 15th at 9:00 am

    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 ... read more.

  • Norbert Capek’s Odyssey

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 8th at 9:00 am

    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.

  • Groundhog Day

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    February 1st at 9:00 am

    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.

  • Reflections on a Sabbatical, Part II: The Shadow Knows

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 25th at 9:00 am

    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.

  • Martin Luther King, Obama and Great Expectations

    Elton Hall
    January 18th at 9:00 am

    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.

  • What Are We Here For?

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 11th at 9:00 am

    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.

  • Beginnings

    Rev. Elizabeth Greene
    January 4th at 9:00 am

    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.

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2007
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2005

Enough Already!, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Jan. 2, 2005)
Laughing as a Religious Activity, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Jan. 23, 2005)
A Many-Splendored…? Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Feb. 13, 2005)
“Don’t Get Sick!”, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Feb. 27, 2005)
How to Get to Heaven, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Apr. 10, 2005)

2004

Flaming Chalice: UU Symbol, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (March 7, 2004)
Lucy Stone: Making Her Own Way, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (March 14, 2004)
What Touches One Affects Us All, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (March 26, 2004)
Spectrum or Pendulum? Rev. Elizabeth Greene (April 4, 2004)
Passion and Resurrection: The Connection, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (April 11, 2004)
A Spiritual Retrospective, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (May 16, 2004)
Generation Gasp? Rev. Elizabeth Greene (May 23, 2004)
Tikkun Olam: Healing the World, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Sept. 19, 2004)
The Lord Loves a Cheerful Receiver, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Nov. 28, 2004)
And the Greatest of These is Hope, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Dec. 19, 2004)

2003

Right Brain, Left Brain, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (January 12, 2003)
Sense of Place, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (January 19, 2003)
Whose Rights? Who Is Right? Rev. Elizabeth Greene (February 9, 2003)
The Power of the Ring, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (March 2, 2003)
The End of Education, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (March 16, 2003)
Two Wings and Prayer, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (September 7, 2003)
Rights for which Humans? Rev. Elizabeth Greene (September 14, 2003)
Alabaster Village Beyond, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (September 21, 2003)
The Thousand Natural Shocks, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (December 14, 2003)