Past Worship Services
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 11th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWallThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 28th at 9:15 am and 11:15 am
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 21st at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWallThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 14th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 7th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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 the Latinx community culture, community building, and social justice. Together, we can build an Idaho where neighbors are welcomed and families remain united.
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 30th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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. .
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 23rd at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall; Sharene Watsen, Celebrant
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 16th at 4:30 pmJoin 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 work of being human, we must make space together to acknowledge our struggle with impermanence and lack of recognition, realizing that what we lack in ourselves we can gain through connection.
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 16th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall; Debra Smith, Celebrant A justice Sunday honoring the work of our Plate Partner the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho.
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 9th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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 token from our overflowing river, the backyard garden hose, or kitchen sink faucet; these waters receive the blessing of all of us and serve as our communal holy water for the year. Please bring a small container of your water for the ritual. Children and families worship together.
September 2nd at 10:00 amBill Reid, Guest Preacher; Mary Hester, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, Musician
Rev. Sara LaWall
Debra Smith - CelebrantAugust 26th at 10:00 amRev. 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 principles are second nature to them and the lens through which every decision is made. That’s what our ministries with children and youth and their families strive for here at BUUF. We invite you to come help us imagine what the future for our intentional RE program can look like.
Rev. Sara LaWallAugust 19th at 10:00 amRev. 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 all with this community. We will focus on community building: creating compassionate, small-worship based community that includes families, young people, spiritual seekers, and those searching for an intimate form of worship.
Gwyn Reid - CelebrantAugust 12th at 10:00 amhUUmanists; 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 and then another? Three of our humanists will share how they responded to challenging situations.
Adrienne Evans, Guest Preacher
Rev. Sara LaWall - CelebrantAugust 5th at 10:00 amIn 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 another and the whole. Now is the time to Rise Up, reach out and speak truth to power in love and solidarity with those who are pushed to the margins. Join Rev. Sara and Adrienne Evans of United Vision Idaho to hear about the new campaign Rise Up Idaho and its visionary resistance to reweaving our communities back together and lifting up the voices of all of us.
Debra Smith - CelebrantJuly 29th at 10:00 amAt 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 explore how Religious Humanism is lived out in time of crises, such as end of life or tragedy.
Sharene Watsen - CelebrantJuly 22nd at 10:00 amWhat 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 in.
Earle Canfield, Guest Preacher
Patricia Heeb - CelebrantJuly 15th at 10:00 amWhat 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 NGO in Nepal, Earle decides to take up the Practice of Happiness in order to model kindness, and all kinds of amazing things happen. Earle will have a talk back and discussion following the service on Happiness.
Gwyn Reid - CelebrantJuly 8th at 10:00 amStoicism, 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 can live a good life in accord with the teachings of Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius.
Sharene Watsen, Guest Preacher
Mark Zimmerer - CelebrantJuly 1st at 10:00 amAs 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 might accomplish if we set that stuff down.
Rachel Murphy, Guest Preacher
Patricia Heeb - CelebrantJune 24th at 10:00 amAs 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 might accomplish if we set that stuff down.
Wanda Jennings - CelebrantJune 17th at 10:00 amDo 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.
Kacee O’Connor, Guest Preacher
Sharene Watsen - CelebrantJune 10th at 10:00 amIn 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.
Rev. Sara LaWall
Debra Smith - CelebrantJune 3rd at 10:00 amCelebrating 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.
Rev. Sara LaWall
Sharene Watsen - CelebrantMay 27th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amJoin 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 for more joy, peace, and a sense of home in ourselves to emerge. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert's widow. In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they're redistribu...
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 13th at 5:00 pm
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 13th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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 includes education, advocacy, and direct health services for women and men. And they seek to foster a world where every child is wanted. They are the embodiment of creativity, you would have to be to be doing this work for a century! This commitment to creativity is especially needed as their work has historically been met with a firestorm of violence, hate, and resistance (which continues still today). And yet they ...
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 6th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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 to celebrate this anniversary and connect with our historical unitarian roots. Those of us on this journey want to ensure that all of you are with us in spirit, vital elements of this pilgrimage and partnership. Join us for a celebration of our roots, a blessing of our pilgrims, our deep ties across an ocean and the creativity it takes to make this journey and the journey of our lives open and filled with joy.
Rev. Jackie Kelly
Wanda Jennings - CelebrantApril 29th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amIn 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 right to not be offended.” In this sermon we will explore the idea of suspending disbelief – setting aside preconceived judgments, suspicions and disagreements – in order to move closer to the kind of transformational learning that may help us emerge from a climate of fear and mistrust.
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 22nd at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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 those scared places are connected to lessons that we all need to hear.
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 15th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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.
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 8th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWall
Wyatt Schroeder - CelebrantApril 1st at 9:15 am and 11:15 amCelebrate 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 BUUF Choir
Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 25th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amSermon by Jackie Groves; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; Special Music by Rebecca Scott
Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 18th at 4:00 pmRev. Sara LaWall 4:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, Downtown BoiseThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 11th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall, Liza Long; Mark Zimmerer, Celebrant; Carrie Bastian, Music
March 4th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amWith guest speaker Dr. Michael Bittner and Celebrant Mary Hester.
Rev. Sara LaWall, Michael Alvarado, Sarah Olson, Emily & William Emerson Paige, Wyatt SchroederFebruary 25th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amTo 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 we stay connected to each other, to our community, and to our spiritual center to persevere in creating a world of welcome, justice, joy, and love? A world where we can shed a little light, use our own two hands to hold each other up when the world feels like it is falling apart. Rev. Sara LaWall, Michael Alvarado, Sarah Olson, Emily & William Emerson Paige, Wyatt Schroeder, Mike Lemieux
Cory Strop, Sue Chew, Sue Philley
Patricia Heeb - CelebrantFebruary 18th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amExplore a variety of perspectives on this month's theme of perseverance as fellow members and friends share their reflections from the pulpit.
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 11th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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 hallelujah! To know the presence of brokenness in order to truly understand ourselves and welcome to challenge of pushing through, staying with it, and noticing who is with us on the journey. Perseverance may be a de facto part of life, but it need not be a solo endeavor.
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 4th at 10:00 amRev. 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 ACLU is there, persevering for we the people.
David Scott - CelebrantJanuary 28th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amThis 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 which everyone could worship as they desired. As Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century, what does this legacy require of us?
Gwyn Reid - CelebrantJanuary 21st at 9:15 am and 11:15 amOur 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 part? How can we create meaning and depth in all our travels, making them sacred experiences of pilgrimage? Our music director, Carrie Bastian, will help us explore answers to these questions.
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 14th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 7th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amFire Communion - more details to come.
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 31st at 10:00 amJoin Rev. Sara LaWall and musician Mike Lemieux for a lovely contemplative service.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 24th at 5:00 pm
Rev. Sara LaWall
Gwyn Reid - CelebrantDecember 24th at 10:00 am
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 21st at 7:00 pmThis annual favorite is a reflective service celebrating light’s return and pondering what we want to leave in the darkness and what to bring into the light. About an hour long, it’s very appropriate for children who can sit relatively quietly for that long. The nursery will be available for parents who find it necessary to be with their children somewhere besides the service itself. Bring holiday goodies for the festive party afterward!There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 17th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amCelebrate 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) battle for the position of who is the most important player in the story. This year we've added our own twists and Star Wars homage ending the service with a 30+ year BUUF tradition singing our special Interactive all congregation version of the 12 Days of Christmas!
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 3rd at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. Sara LaWall, Wyatt Schroeder, William & Emily Emerson Paige, Sarah Olson,Michael Alvarado
November 26th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amCarrie Bastian, Music Director; Gwyn Reid, CelebrantThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 19th at 9:15 am and 11:15 amRev. 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.
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 12th at 9:15 amRev 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 vital component of our spiritual life and growth and contributing to the abundance of this community and the world.
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 5th at 9:15 amIn 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 does BUUF reflect the hallmarks of a thick institution and how what roles are we all called to play in keeping it thick that each person who joins us experiences the abundance of community? This sermon topic was chosen by BUUF member, Marcia Lyons, auction winner of "sermon topic of your choice" from Rev. Sara.
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 29th at 9:15 amRev. 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 this time of year, when cultures around the world honor their dead with rituals combining ancient practices with Christianity, we will explore our Unitarian history and theology and create our own ritual in the style of the Hungarian observance of Mindenszentek napja. All will be invited to participate in honoring our deceased loved ones and our ancestors.
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 22nd at 9:15 amRev. 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 the church bells of one of the oldest UU churches, and walking the freedom trail, encountering the past and present of both our American and Unitarian Histories. Join our youth as they share their experiences with you.
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 15th at 9:15 amSoulful 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 intimate moments, asking deep questions, nourishing our spiritual lives and sharing it all with this community.There is no Audio file for this date
October 8th at 9:15 amTheme: 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 calls “America’s Original Sin.”
Rev. Sara LaWallOctober 1st at 9:15 amRev. 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 our current conversations and understanding of racial justice issues in our community. Rev. Sara and museum Director, Philip Thompson, will share the pulpit offering their reflections on courage and race, then and now.
Emily Emerson PaigeSeptember 24th at 5:00 pmSoulful 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 intimate moments, asking deep questions, nourishing our spiritual lives and sharing it all with this community. This year Soulful Sundown is mixing it up a bit and launching Soulful 2.0. The team will be creating and leading Sunday morning worship every other month and offering Sunday evening worship on the alternating months. We will focus on community building: cre...
Rev. Sara LaWall
Gwyn Reid - CelebrantSeptember 24th at 9:15 amWe 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 can also express the ways in which we can practice and embody welcome as a beloved community.
Rev. Sara LaWall
Nancy Harms - CelebrantSeptember 17th at 9:15 amAs 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 guide us through this process: what is our shared vision for the future? In these times, who are we called to be and who are we called to serve? What matters most for us as a community in this moment? What is our story? To welcome our new program year with new leaders, and RE teachers, this service will include a "Blessing of Leadership" ritual for all those service our fellowship this year.
Rev. Sara LaWall
Emmie Schlobohm - CelebrantSeptember 10th at 9:15 amJoin 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 river, the backyard hose, or kitchen faucet; these waters receive the blessing of all of us and serve as our communal holy water for the year. Please bring a small container of your water for the ritual. Children and families worship together.
September 3rd at 10:00 amMary 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?
Rev. Sara LaWallAugust 27th at 10:00 amWelcome 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 a place of spiritual grounding and connection to our shared humanity. Experience the music, poetry, and reflections of our Soulful Sundown Team in a contemporary worship service offering the sustenance to help us remain strong, carry each other and the work forward and hold community at the center. Service led and music provided by: Emily Emerson Paige, Rev. Sara, Sarah Olson, William Emerson Paige, Michael A...
August 20th at 10:00 amPatricia 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?
August 13th at 10:00 amEmily 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 reflection on journeying through uncertainty and wonder is fueled by Emily's celebration of five years of membership at Boise UU and the amazing gifts of belonging and leadership she has found here.
August 6th at 10:00 amAnn 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 possibility. She hopes to give you insight into how life can roll with, or despite, mental illness.
July 30th at 10:00 amRev. Elizabeth Green, Guest Preacher; Mark Zimmerer, Celebrant; Liza Long, Musician
July 23rd at 10:00 amLiza Long, Guest Preacher; Patricia Heeb, Celebrant; Mike Lemieux, Musician
July 16th at 10:00 amRoger 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 still oppose religious practices that are harmful? There are no easy answers, so don't expect any!
Rev. Sara LaWall
Sharene Watsen - CelebrantJuly 9th at 10:00 amExplore 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.
July 2nd at 10:00 amWyatt 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 into the things we rail against?
Wyatt Schroeder - CelebrantJune 25th at 10:00 amKenneth 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 all?
Patricia Heeb - CelebrantJune 18th at 10:00 amJodi 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 it was there that she learned their stories. Her sermon features the story of a man, that after living on the streets for 14 years, asks for her help to get a photo ID. The seemingly straightforward errand of obtaining a photo ID becomes a herculean task. Jodi's sermon takes you on a trip into the trenches of restoring a lost picture ID and opens your eyes to the challenges those at our Interfaith Sanctuary Ho...
June 13th at 7:00 pmJoin 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 the elimination of injustice? Soulful Sundown Worship Team Music by Soul Folks, featuring Seth HoffmanThere is no Audio file for this date
Gywn Reid - CelebrantJune 11th at 10:00 amA 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 hallways. The sermon will also feature the artist's reflections on religious violence and what is "true" religion.
Rev. Sara LaWall
Emmie Schlobohm - CelebrantJune 4th at 9:15 amCelebrate 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, UU congregations around celebrate this ritual annually and this year we do so as a special commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the first Flower Communion and its wondrous beauty.
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 28th at 9:15 amOur 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 with more persons of color has stepped up to serve. We will join more than 600 congregations who dedicated a service in late April or May to a “teach-in” about the pervasive effects of racism in our culture and our lives. 51 years ago in Hollywood, FL, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to our General Assembly about the need for the church to fight this horrible curse among us. Th...
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 21st at 9:15 amSermon 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.
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 14th at 9:15 amThis 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.
May 9th at 7:00 pmJoin 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 the elimination of injustice? Soulful Sundown Worship Team Music by Soul Folks, featuring Seth HoffmanThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 7th at 9:15 amSpecial 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, feminist theology and the social and cultural impacts on how we embody our own lives and claim our freedom and power.
Dr. Said Ahmed-ZaidApril 30th at 9:15 amSermon 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 a society so that it protects its most vulnerable citizens (those whom Jesus referred to as the least among these brothers and sisters of mine).
Rev. Sara LaWall
Wyatt Schroeder - CelebrantApril 23rd at 9:15 amIt 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 we called to show up for the Earth; to resist on its behalf? And, what is the spiritual work we must promote to affect lasting change? Part of our call to this work comes from our desire to ensure a sustainable future for our children. We'll celebrate the hope of that future by dedicating our newest children and babies.
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 16th at 9:15 amNew 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 we called to the work of resistance and where might we need to set aside our own internal resistance to see new possibilities and make room for resurrection in our own lives? This sunday will also celebrate the continuing "resurrection" of our fellowship by welcoming new members in a special joining ceremony.
April 11th at 7:00 pmJoin 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 the elimination of injustice? Soulful Sundown Worship Team Music by Soul Folks, featuring Seth HoffmanThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 9th at 11:00 am11:00 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" to our fellowship! This service is the pinnacle of our Annual Giving Drive when members are invited to make their 2017 - 2018 annual pledge to the church. Lunch provided. Please RSVP to Nancy Harms by April 3.There is no Audio file for this date
Nancy Harms - CelebrantApril 2nd at 9:15 amWe 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 as necessary for our spiritual well-being as yielding. Especially now.
Gwyn Reid - CelebrantMarch 26th at 9:15 amThe 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 anchor, to express our commitments about how we want to be in community together. Join our Right Relations Task Force for this worship service to explore the meaning and value of creating a covenant together. After the second service, join us to explore draft language of our covenant and offer your insights and feedback.
Music and Choir, Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 19th at 9:15 amThis 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.
March 14th at 7:00 pmJoin 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 Paige, Michael Alvarado, Sarah Olson - musicThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWall - CelebrantMarch 12th at 9:15 amJoin 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 to work for the common good of all Idahoans. Special music from "The Analog Sisters" a Boise women's acapella group featuring Michelle Coleman, Peggy Jordan & Patricia Folkner who deliver a sassy blend of Americana, vintage swing, and
Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 2nd at 9:15 am9:15 & 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
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 26th at 9:15 am
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 19th at 9:15 amService 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 the journey of this life and these particular times. Stories abound of artists and musicians who dedicated themselves even more deeply to their work in times of crisis and despair in their lives and the world. May we be inspired to do the same
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 14th at 7:00 pmSoulful 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, mid-week contemporary service offering a more informal and intimate worship setting. Live, contemporary music plays a central role with readings, poetry, and ritual woven throughout. This service is coordinated and led by members of the congregation and features multiple voices and participants.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 12th at 9:15 amRev. 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 in return. How can we unlock that generosity within us and our community and welcome in the delight of abundance? We will also practice generosity by welcoming new members into our community in a special New Member Ceremony.
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 5th at 9:15 amRev. Sara LaWall, Patricia Heeb CelebrantThere is no Audio file for this date
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Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 22nd at 9:15 amJoin 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 from the BUUF Choir, Carrie Bastion, Music Director. Sermon written by Rev. Sara and delivered by Gwyn Reid, Sharene Watsen, Celebrant. (Rev. Sara with at the winter retreat with Quest II).
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 15th at 9:15 amA 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, 30 Days of Love - Fortifying the Movement. Get ready for four inspiring weeks of building the movement for justice, focusing on relationships, covenants, transformation and sustenance. Rev. Sara LaWall, Wanda Jennigs - Celebrant
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 8th at 12:00 amSunday 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 risk to all our congregants and staff as driving conditions are unsafe and the national weather service urges extreme caution, driving only in an emergency. Please stay home and stay safe. If you find yourself in need of supplies, support, or companionship, please reach out to your fellow BUUFers, the Congregational Care Team or me--we are here to help each other. Please reach out to your BUUF friends to b...There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 1st at 10:00 amOn 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.
Archive of Selected Sermons2016
December 25th at 10:00 amThe 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 to consuming products – is a radical idea. But it can connect us to – and keep us on – the path we’re supposed to be on. Join Nancy Harms for this simple service.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 24th at 7:00 pmRev. 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 let love in as celebrate with stories and poetry, sing carols and light candles as we reconnect with our sense of mystery and wonder at this time of the year.
Jay WechselbergerDecember 21st at 7:00 pmThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 18th at 9:15 amRev. Sara LaWall & Emmie Schlobohm, DRE A multigenerational service (all ages worship together) to celebrate the Holiday Season in story, song and spirit.
Emily Emerson PaigeDecember 13th at 7:00 pmSoulful 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 AlvaradoThere is no Audio file for this date
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Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 4th at 9:15 amA service about refugee justice, connecting with honoring our December Plate Partner the Family Medical Center Refugee Justice Program.
November 27th at 9:15 amThe 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
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 20th at 9:15 amRev. 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.
Emily Emerson PaigeNovember 15th at 7:00 pmSoulful 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 AlvaradoThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 13th at 9:15 amRev. Sara LaWall This Sunday will offer a space of healing, reflection post-election.
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October 30th at 9:15 amBring 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
October 23rd at 9:15 amCommunity 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? Gwyn Reid, Celebrant
October 16th at 9:15 amRev. 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 bless the world by dedicating any new babies and children to this Fellowship and us to them. (interested? contact EmmieSchlobohm) David Scott, Celebrant
Emily Emerson PaigeOctober 11th at 7:00 pmDo 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, music-filled alternative service. This month's service follows the worship theme for October: Blessing. All are welcome - childcare is provided. Service coordinators: Emily Emerson Paige, William Emerson Paige, Emmie Schlobohm, Wyatt Schroeder, Michael Alvarado and Rev. Sara LaWall Music by: William Emerson Paige, Wyatt Schroeder, Emmie Schlobohm and Michael AlvaradoThere is no Audio file for this date
October 9th at 9:15 amRev. 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
October 2nd at 9:15 amRev. Sara LaWall The great twentieth-century Rabbi, Abraham Heschel, wrote: "Just to be is a blessing," a perfect introduction for this month's spiritual theme of blessing. We will explore the many blessings of this community, highlighting the ministry of our Congregational Care Team. We'll highlight our monthly Plate Partner, BUUF's own Pay it Forward Fund which offers financial assistance to members of this community in times of crisis and need.
September 25th at 9:15 amHear 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 anticipated future drives our church?
September 18th at 9:15 amIn 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 action. Is pessimism a hindrance to building the world we dream about? How can we balance anticipation and pessimism? In anticipation for our new program year with new leaders, RE teachers, staff changes and more this service will include a "Blessing of Leadership" ritual for all those serving our fellowship this year.
Emily Emerson PaigeSeptember 13th at 7:00 pmThis 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 Emerson Paige, Sarah Olson, Wyatt Schroeder, Michael Alvarado and Rev. Sara LaWall Music by: William Emerson Paige, Wyatt Schroeder, Sarah Olson and Michael AlvaradoThere is no Audio file for this date
September 11th at 9:15 amJoin 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 what blessing and/or opportunity for transformation you would like this water to represent. We will mingle our waters together in a beautiful ritual with singing, joyful noise, reflection, and beautiful music from our choir. This is a Multi-generational worship service when children and youth are invited to worship alongside their families. Nursery...
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 4th at 10:00 amThis 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 as the income inequality gap widens, organized labor is being eroded, violence swirls, anxiety rises, and the future of our country feels at stake, we must ask ourselves what is the work we are called to do as Unitarian Universalists? How can we embody the essence of the labor movement to strive to build the world we dream about. What is the labor of our faith?
August 28th at 10:00 amDisability, 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 our spiritual beliefs. But how and when? And does our disability define who we are as people? Come explore these ideas with us. Sermon by Jen Grush-Dale Sharene Watsen, Celebrant Mike Lemieux, Music
August 21st at 10:00 amThe 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
Emily Emerson PaigeAugust 14th at 10:00 amThe 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 a Soulful regular, have a chance to attend during the day. Question for contemplation: "What roots you most? People? Places? Ideas? Stories? Hopes? Values?" Service coordinators: Emily Emerson Paige, William Emerson Paige, Sarah Olson, Dena Duke, Wyatt Schroeder, Michael Alvarado and Rev. Sara LaWall Music by: William Emerson Paige, Wyatt Schroeder, Sarah Olson and Michael Alvarado
August 7th at 10:00 amSermon 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 answer the call for justice intentionally and humbly. By working together, acknowledging our privilege and listening to the voices of communities of color, we can have significant impact in the movement for racial justice. Celebrant: Rev. Sara LaWall Music by Liza LongThere is no Audio file for this date
July 31st at 10:00 amGwyn Reid, celebrant: Liza Long, music
Mary Hester - CelebrantJuly 24th at 10:00 amMike Lemieux, music
July 17th at 10:00 amSharene Watsen, celebrant; Sue Langley, music
July 10th at 10:00 amDena Duke, celebrant; Liza Long, music
July 3rd at 10:00 amDebra Smith, celebrant; Mike Lemieux, music
June 26th at 10:00 amNancy Harms, celebrant; Mike Lemieux, music
June 19th at 10:00 amRev. 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 accepting invitations to speak at churches, countering the teaching that many people will suffer for eternity in hell and proclaiming the hopeful message of Universalism. Following then, he served churches in Iowa half time, while spending half time on the road. He retired from the parish ministry in 2013, but continues to travel the country speaking on Universalism. Over the years he has spoken at more than 190 UU c...
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Sharene Watsen - CelebrantJune 12th at 10:00 amSue Langley, music
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Emmie Schlobohm - CelebrantJune 5th at 10:00 amMulti-Generational Service, with Rev. Sara LaWall Music from the BUUF choir.
Rev. David MillerApril 10th at 9:00 amApril 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 Congregation of Fairfax, VA and Rev. Sara's mentor.
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 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
Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 27th at 9:00 am"Hitchhiking With Jesus" Rev. Sara LaWall (transcript), (Audio) March 27, 2016
BUUF Choir & Musicians - CelebrantMarch 20th at 9:15 amCelebrating the vernal equinox in word and songThere is no Audio file for this date
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Gwyn Reid - CelebrantMarch 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.)
Rev. Sara LaWallMarch 6th at 9:00 am"Offering Sanctuary," Rev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 28th at 9:00 amAn 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. (transcript) (Audio) February 28, 2016
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 21st at 8:00 am(transcript)
Elton HallFebruary 14th at 9:00 am
Rev. Sara LaWallFebruary 7th at 9:00 am(transcript)
January 31st at 8:00 amRev. Sara LaWall & Mike Lemieux A special service, featuring art in word and music; no hymns, no sermon. (And no audio recording, sorry.)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 24th at 8:00 am(transcript) January 24, 2016
January 17th at 9:00 amBecky 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.
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 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.
Rev. Sara LaWallJanuary 3rd at 9:00 amA 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 life that no longer service us and hold us back. (transcript)
Nancy HarmsDecember 27th at 8:00 amA silent service. (No audio recording.)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 24th at 8:00 am"Christmas Eve Service, "Preparing Room"," Rev. Sara LaWall
December 21st at 8:00 amAn ritual from our earth-centered tradition (No audio recording.)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 20th at 8:00 am"Multigenerational Holiday Pageant," Rev. Sara LaWall and Emmie Schlobohm All ages worship together to celebrate the holiday season.
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 13th at 9:00 am"The Open Heart: Music and Meditation for the Holidays," Rev. Sara LaWall and Emmie Schlobohm
Rev. Sara LaWallDecember 6th at 8:00 am"Catch the Stones: Mercy, Brokenness, and Compassion," Rev. Sara LaWall A Justice Sunday sermon connecting with our December plate partner, the ACLU of Idaho and their work on criminal justice reform and the death penalty.
November 29th at 9:00 amCarrie Bastian, joined by musical members Mike Lemieux, Patti Raino, Sarah Cox, Will Smith (No audio recording.)There is no Audio file for this date
November 22nd at 9:00 am"Apple Communion," Rev. Sara LaWall All ages worship together to celebrate this season of gratitude. We will also be officially welcoming our Minister Emerita, Rev. Elizabeth Greene.
November 15th at 9:00 am"Radical Hospitality," Rev. Sara LaWall This service also honors the Transgender Day of Remembrance, nationally recognized on Nov. 20.
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 8th at 9:00 am"Experiencing the Holy," Rev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWallNovember 1st at 9:00 am"Inch by Inch to Fertile Ground," Rev. Sara LaWall A sermon about food justice, connecting with our November Plate Partner, the Boise Farmers' Mobile Market
David Scott - CelebrantOctober 25th at 8:00 amStories from the Way Carrie Bastian and David Scott How a 500 mile pilgrimage across Spain can change the stories we tell ourselves
October 18th at 9:00 am"We Were Boston Bound," Boston Bounders Our Religious Exploration's biennial "Coming of Age" program culminates in a pilgrimage to Boston to learn about our UU roots. The 2015 Bounders share their experience with us.
October 11th at 9:00 am"Your Liberating Ministry: Toward a Shared Vision," Rev. Sara LaWall
October 4th at 9:00 am"Giving Life the Shape of Justice," Rev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 27th at 9:00 am"Building Sacred Trust," Rev. Sara LaWall
September 20th at 9:00 am"A Blessing for Beginning," Rev. Sara LaWall
Rev. Sara LaWallSeptember 13th at 9:00 am"Gathering of the Waters," Rev. Sara LaWall
Mark McGinnisSeptember 6th at 9:00 am"Extinction, Ecological Collapse and Pope Francis," Mark McGinnis Painter and writer Mark McGinnis will present work from his current project "Extinct and Almost Extinct: 50 Paintings" and discuss aspects of our current ecological crisis, referring to Pope Francis' encyclical letter, "On Our Common Home," a profound document that gives direction and hope to what seems like a hopeless situation.
Ken WattsAugust 30th at 9:00 am"Moving Beyond the 'Why?' Questions," Rev. Kenneth Watts So often in the hospital I hear the "Why?" questions from family members, patients, and others in the midst of painful medical realities. In my early days of ministry in the conservative Christian tradition I tried hard to have all the right answers. After all, I was the minister. Nowadays, I find that keeping my mouth shut and listening is much more helpful than spewing forth my seminary wisdom.
August 23rd at 9:00 am"Journey," Quest participants This spring saw the end of the first offering at BUUF of the 19 month program for spiritual development, "Quest: A Spiritual Journey." Fifteen participants, four leaders, and a back-up ministry team completed the journey. Spirits were deepened, lives were changed. In this service, several will share their experience and the impact of the program on their lives.
Mary HesterAugust 16th at 9:00 amThe six part series may have been a UU history series, but it had some major spiritual impacts on me. We will explore how the journey of our UU ancestors can impact us in the present day.
Matthew SabinAugust 9th at 9:00 am"What is it about listening?" Matthew Sabin In college I read John Brunner's The Shockwave Rider wherein he proposed "a service that allows people to anonymously talk with another person who only listens." I've been noticing this special form of listening ever since.
August 2nd at 9:00 am"General Assembly: Who Knew It Would Be So Spiritual!" GA Attendees The Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, a five day annual meeting of delegates and attendees from congregations all over the United States met in Portland at the end of June. Twenty-four members of the BUUF congregation attended. The event was packed full of energy, education and inspiration: a more than “What We Did on Our Summer Vacation” report.
Bill ReidJuly 26th at 8:00 am"Spirituality, innovation, diversity, and radical inclusion," Bill Reid I will be asking a lot of questions this Sunday. Possible questions include, “Who is spiritual and who is not?” “Who decides?” “If we really welcomed everyone, what would happen?” “Is there such a thing as too much diversity?” “Are we as inclusive and welcoming as we think we are?” I have lots more questions, and I don't know the answers. Please join me for the beginning of a conversation.
Marshall Voit and Ibis LaurelJuly 19th at 9:15 amThis summer, Marshall and Ibis embark on their Songs of Solidarity tour, on which journey they will sing with nearly a dozen faith congregations in six weeks. They will lead singing in English, Spanish and Hebrew, and invite participants to experience the galvanizing power of communal song. The Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson of Palomar UU Fellowship remarked, “Marshall and Ibis are musical masters and inspirational activists. My congregation was captivated by the beauty of their voices, their compelling musicianship, and their weaving together of spirituality and activism.”
Debra SmithJuly 12th at 9:15 amClara Barton, Universalist and founder of the American Red Cross, fought against slavery and the unfair treatment of women, the unacknowledged suffering and sacrifice of soldiers, the intransigence of American politics, and--at last--against the people in the very organization she founded. In this service we will draw inspiration from this visionary and persevering woman, and draw lessons about how we might “do” social justice work in the world. We will acknowledge her significant contribution to our world by conducting a blood drive on Thursday, July 16.
July 5th at 9:15 amAmerican servicemen and women, and their families, for two and one half centuries, have given and sacrificed mightily to achieve and preserve freedom and democracy for us. As we pay tribute to them, it is our duty and responsibility to honor them by reflecting and asking ourselves: “Are we, the present generation, living up to our duty to insure that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth?”There is no Audio file for this date
Elton HallJune 28th at 9:15 amMaturity is a condition that we hope comes with age and experience, but just what it is and what we can do to gain it can be elusive. We will explore emotional, moral, mental and spiritual aspects of maturity and ways we mature.
June 21st at 9:15 amThe longest day of the year occurs on this Sunday during the service. At the summer solstice, the Sun travels the longest path through the sky, and that day therefore has the most daylight. Join us to sing and chant and meditate as we celebrate the sun.
Rev. Dana WorsnopJune 14th at 9:15 amOn this Sunday before Father’s Day, we will consider role of fathers and masculine energy in the world, in us all.
June 7th at 9:15 amAll Generations: Flower Power was the cry of a whole generation. The Flower Communion ritual represents the power and beauty the arises in a diverse community. What is BUUF’s flower power?
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 31st at 9:15 amMy time with you as your Interim Minister is coming to a close. We have done so much good work together, made a misstep or two, traveled some rocky roads, and come out happily at the end of our journey together. I will reflect on my time at BUUF, what I have learned about you and what you have taught me.
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 24th at 9:15 amEven as the wars that are raged in our name are winding down at last, we are still a nation at war. Men and women are fighting in distant lands to protect us. Protect us from what? On this Memorial Day Weekend, we will consider where our responsibility to those women and men.
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 17th at 9:15 amRev. Tom Owen-Towle describes Unitarian Universalists this way. How might we live up to this description? Which of these three parts are we best at – thinking freely, engaging mystery and the mystical, using our hands to be of use in the world?
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 10th at 9:15 amOur 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 share in the journey with these incredible young people!
Rev. Sara LaWallMay 3rd at 9:15 amStatistics paint a bleak picture for mainstream religion in America. Attendance is way down across denominations and churches are closing their doors. We Unitarian Universalists sit near the bottom, remaining stagnant in our numbers for decades. To many, it seems we are dying. Couple that with the high numbers of young adults that are distrustful of religious institutions and we might begin to ask, "Why bother with church at all?" And yet, this church community means so much in the lives of all of you, the answer to “Why Church?” lies right here among us.
Rev. Sara LaWallApril 26th at 9:15 amLife is full of challenges, adventures, opportunities for transformation and lots of the unknown. To dare greatly is to live with wholeheartedness, to step into uncertainty with a spirit of joyful optimism and love. Sometimes we will stumble and even fail. But if we pay attention along the way, noticing the spaces in between, the journey offers great beauty, deep wisdom and opportunities for transformation. As we begin a new ministry together, full of hope for a strong future, how will we dare greatly?
Rev. Barbara Wells ten HoveApril 19th at 9:15 amLet's celebrate the ways our faith helps us dig in and reach out to make a real difference in the world. In this single service at 10 a.m, we will celebrate all that BUUF is and will be and make our pledges for the coming year. We welcome the Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove to share the pulpit with Rev. Dana.
April 12th at 9:15 amCome 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 and celebrate!
Rev. Dana WorsnopApril 5th at 9:15 amResurrection is such a powerful metaphor. Even if we don't believe in the literal and physical resurrection of the body, we get to consider what the metaphor can mean in our spiritual lives. Easter is both a holy day for us as Unitarian Universalists, and one that we continue to wrestle with. Let us wrestle and wonder and embrace resurrection.
Rev. Dana WorsnopMarch 29th at 9:15 amWe can only accomplish the great work we yearn to do if we are standing together. The work of transformation, the work of justice, the work of growing compassionate hearts. When we stand together, our voices, our generosity of spirit, our financial and personal resources, and our passion gain strength and purpose beyond our individual lives. Will you stand with me?
Rev. Dana WorsnopMarch 22nd at 9:15 amThe world often seems more frightening than ever before and new threats seem to confront us almost daily. Yet the longer and larger trends show this to be the least violent time in human history. How can this be so? And if it is so, how might it change how we live?
Rev. Dana WorsnopMarch 15th at 9:15 amWe talk often of the shared ministry of the church, shared among minister, staff and the laity. Yet often people invest only the minister with the authority to "do ministry." If the work of the church is all ministry – from pulling weeds to serving on the Finance Committee to being a worship celebrant – does it change what you do for the church and how you do it?
Rabbi Dan FinkMarch 8th at 9:15 amRabbi Dan Fink of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel will be speaking on: "The Shorter Longer Way." The title is drawn from a tale from the Talmud, which speaks of our journeys and transitions, as individuals and in community. Rabbi Fink will focus on the way we mark passages in our lives as congregants and congregations.
Rev. Dana WorsnopMarch 1st at 9:15 amOur world is so polarized and people are becoming more and more entrenched in their views. It seems each side thinks of themselves as virtuous and the other side as deluded if not outright evil. How might bringing an attitude of curiosity shift our polarization?
Sue ChewFebruary 22nd at 9:15 amWhat about the experience of being singled out and assumptions made because of culture (ala Ferguson). What can those from "white" culture do to learn more and communicate better with others from different cultures, etc. Sue is the representative from Boise's District 17.
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 15th at 9:15 amOurs is a tradition of the free pulpit and the free pew. Whose pulpit is it anyway and who is free to speak in it? What is freedom of the pew and how is it exercised. Important questions all, especially as you prepare to offer freedom of the pulpit to a new minister.
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 8th at 9:15 amPrivilege and oppression have been themes in American culture throughout our history. We all have parts of ourselves that are privileged and parts that are oppressed. How can we come to recognize our own privilege and examine it so that the world can be a place where fewer are oppressed?
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 1st at 8:00 amThe Sum of All Reverence, Rev. Dana Worsnop (Feb. 1, 2015)
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 1st at 9:15 amOurs has been a humanist faith, long before the advent of the Humanist movement in the early 20th century. From Renaissance humanists to the advent of Universalism to William Ellery Channing to Walt Whitman, ours has been a faith concerned with human lives and human character. What can we learn from our earliest humanist forebears about ourselves and the theological threads we trace?
Rev. Jackie KellyJanuary 25th at 9:15 amSharing the joys and celebrations of our community are a real bonus of being a part of the Fellowship. And, sometimes we need to reach out to one another when times are not so joyous. What are lessons from a pastoral care perspective—Rev. Jackie shares her unique understanding based on experience as a UU chaplain for St. Luke's Regional Medical Center and the BUUF Congregational Care Team (CCT) talks about its role in providing support and service to our congregants in need.
Debra SmithJanuary 18th at 9:15 amSunday's service will focus on the fourth of six steps (Discussion/Negotiation) towards attaining "Beloved Community," as outlined by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It matters how we talk to one another. It especially matters how we listen. It matters that all voices be lifted. Honored. Even the cantankerous. How do we manage this? "Using grace, humor, and intelligence," according to The King Philosophy.
Rev. Dana WorsnopJanuary 11th at 9:15 amMore than 400 years ago, our Unitarian forebears spoke as a voice for religious tolerance in the midst of the violence of the Reformation. For this they were targeted by both Catholics and Protestants. What do we yet have in common with those Unitarians' direct descendants? Why do people travel half-way around the world to reconnect with those roots with your Partner Church in Mészk??
Rev. Dana WorsnopJanuary 4th at 9:15 amJoin us for a Fire Communion Service as we burn away what is no longer needed from the past year and face the future together. The future is always uncertain and we live in times when many are predicting disaster from many points of view. How do we live with strength and purpose in uneasy times?
December 28th at 9:00 amThe 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.)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Dana WorsnopDecember 24th at 7:00 pmWe 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 year.
December 21st at 7:00 pmCome 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.)
Debra SmithDecember 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 the Polar Express in their pajamas. And we'll top it all off with BUUF's traditional rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Rev. Dana Worsnop and Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Exploration.
Rev. Dana WorsnopDecember 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 a musical journey to places across the globe where music has helped bring peace to a world in conflict, and peace to the soul.
Rev. Dana WorsnopDecember 7th at 9:00 amOur 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.
Matthew SabinNovember 30th at 9:15 amDuring 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopNovember 23rd at 9:15 amWe 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopNovember 16th at 9:15 amThere 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopNovember 9th at 9:15 amNeither 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?
Rev. Dana WorsnopNovember 2nd at 9:15 amWe 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 of remembrance.
Rev. Dana WorsnopOctober 26th at 9:15 amAs 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopOctober 19th at 9:15 amHow 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 the holy, the mysterious and each other into our lives?
Rev. Dana WorsnopOctober 12th at 9:15 amJohn 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?
Jo Victoria and Gil GuerreroOctober 5th at 9:15 amCo-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.
Liza LongSeptember 28th at 9:15 amLiza 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 Price of Silence, she takes a devastating look at how we address mental illness, especially in children, who are funneled through a system of education, mental healthcare, and juvenile detention that leads far too often to prison. She is speaking in a way that we cannot help but hear, and she won't stop until something changes.
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 21st at 9:15 amAfter 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 14th at 9:15 amIf 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?
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 7th at 9:15 amWe 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.
David ScottAugust 31st at 9:15 amAlthough 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 fruitlessly) by David Scott and some special guests through the power of theatrical arts and oratory.
Reem AnaniAugust 24th at 9:15 amReem 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 should concern we UU's. Debbie Espen, director of the Boise chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East is sponsoring Reem's presentation and will introduce her.There is no Audio file for this date
August 17th at 9:15 amBUUF 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!
Roger ShermanAugust 10th at 9:15 amEarlier 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 to look like. This next year we will be choosing a settled minister. Much change is in the offing. How will we continue to build our beloved community? Some reflections on where we are going as I begin my year as the president of the Boise UU Fellowship board.
Elton HallAugust 3rd at 9:15 amThe 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 to the world.
Matthew SabinJuly 27th at 9:00 amWhat's In Your Toolbox? Matthew Sabin (July 27, 2014)
Matthew SabinJuly 27th at 9:15 amWe 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 religion as like a hammer, an axe? A spoon? Maybe a sail? I have some thoughts on the use and maintenance of our religious tool set.
July 20th at 9:15 amLast 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 member Ministry Team, we have journeyed together through our first year. Come join us hear what we're learning and consider if Quest might be in your future.
Carrie BastianJuly 13th at 9:15 amThis 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?
Mary HesterJuly 6th at 9:15 amWe 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 them.
June 29th at 9:15 amRabiou 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 of life in the U.S.? A panel of speakers from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will tell us about their work with refugees.
Bryan JenningsJune 22nd at 9:15 amI 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!
Rev. Dana WorsnopJune 15th at 9:15 amAs 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 do.
Rev. Dana WorsnopJune 8th at 9:15 amIn 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.
Debra SmithJune 1st at 9:15 amHow 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 reflect on how appreciation is a sacred practice that enriches all.
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 25th at 9:15 amOn 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 18th at 9:15 amOften 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 to positively name the sense of transcendence and connection that feels like it lies beyond us?
Rev. Dana WorsnopMay 11th at 9:15 amWe 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.
May 4th at 9:15 amCome 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 and celebrate!
Mark ZimmererApril 27th at 9:15 amThe 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. What might this ancient text have to say to us in the 21st century?
Rev. Dana WorsnopApril 20th at 9:00 amFalling and Rising, Rev. Dana Worsnop (April 20, 2014)
April 20th at 9:15 amResurrection, 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?
Rev. Jackie KellyApril 13th at 9:15 amThe 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 experience it (which is all of us at one time or another) and those who are in relationship with the sufferer (which is also all of us).
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 out of you, into an aching world? Let's give ourselves away, together! Come hear the Boise Cello Collective and join in the party. The Rev. Cecilia Kingman is a member of the Red Pill Brethren, a group of people who seek to turn our lives and churches inside out and bring love into the most broken places of our society. She is an award winning preacher and has served congregations throughout the West. Rev. Kingman is President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Unitaria...
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.
March 16th at 9:15 amBased 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 Will Smith and a friend will be performing so you don't want to miss this service!
Rev. Dana WorsnopMarch 9th at 9:15 amOur 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?
Rev. Dana WorsnopMarch 2nd at 9:15 amThe 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 23rd at 9:15 amDuring 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 will share what she is learning so far about how to make a ministry both rich and sustainable for minister and congregation.
Ken WattsFebruary 16th at 9:15 amWhat 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 pains". Only Hope remained. What was Hope doing in a jar full of "all the Spites that plague mankind: such as Old Age, Labor, Sickness, Insanity, vice, and Passion" (Graves 1955:145), unless Hope was an evil itself?
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 9th at 9:15 amWe 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 said, "We need not think alike to love alike."
Rev. Dana WorsnopFebruary 2nd at 9:15 amWe 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?
January 26th at 9:15 amThe 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 longer with us. But their dream lived on and was finally realized last year. This service will explore through words and pictures how dreams, actions, and love make a community and a Community House.
Rev. Dana WorsnopJanuary 19th at 9:15 amOn 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?
Rev. Dana WorsnopJanuary 12th at 9:15 amHospitality - 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 Buddha and of Mohammed among so many others. How do you invite others into your lives? Into this community?
Rev. Dana WorsnopJanuary 5th at 9:15 amWhat 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 the New Year invites.
December 29th at 9:15 amThe 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 to consuming products—is a radical idea. But it can connect us to—and keep us on—the path we're supposed to be on.There is no Audio file for this date
December 24th at 9:15 am"Lessons and Carols," Rev. Dana Worsnop & Emmie Schlobohm, Director of Religious Exploration
Rev. Dana WorsnopDecember 22nd at 9:15 amWith 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 way that satisfies both mind and heart?
December 20th at 9:15 amIn 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 to celebrate the turning of the year. Let us come together to pay attention to these rhythms and cycles in the midst of the swirling maelstrom of the holidays. What gifts does this dark time offer? (No audio recording.)There is no Audio file for this date
December 15th at 9:15 amThrough 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.
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 year we celebrate and reflect on the winter traditions of heart and hearth. Join us for poems, stories, cookies, and beautiful music.
December 8th at 9:15 amParticipants 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 meaningful today.There is no Audio file for this date
December 1st at 9:15 amCome 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 pieces to place in baskets upon the altar.
Rev. Dana WorsnopNovember 24th at 9:15 amWe 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 holiday season filled with them.
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 child can learn, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Zach Bramwell is one of two Youth Liaisons on the board for ISSC, the president of Capital High Schools' GSA. Anna McClain-Sims is a nineth grader at East JHS and Treasure Valley Math and Science. She been involved with ISSC for 18 months and has participated in events for LGBTQ youth. She's also active with the teen youth group at The Com...
Rev. Dana WorsnopNovember 3rd at 9:15 amWe 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopOctober 27th at 9:15 amThe 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?
October 20th at 9:15 amThough 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 as we breathe.
October 13th at 9:15 amOur 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopOctober 6th at 9:15 amThe 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 change. The path to liberation lies in holding everything more lightly.
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 29th at 9:15 amOurs 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.
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 22nd at 9:15 amPractice 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?
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 15th at 9:15 amDuring 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 High Holy Days and begin together in love.
Rev. Dana WorsnopSeptember 8th at 9:15 amWater 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.
David ScottSeptember 1st at 9:15 amYou 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 attempts to humorously reinterpret the Old Testament story for a more modern UU congregation.
Debbie EspenAugust 25th at 9:15 amA moving story of a world turned upside down by a moment that forever changed a life.
Bill ReidAugust 18th at 9:15 am100 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 faith, a "big tent with no borders." We usually think of inclusion and diversity in terms of race, gender identity, religious belief, or sexual orientation. What if our inherent personalities and spiritualities separate us more than race, sexual orientation, or belief? What if the real challenge facing us is to overcome our personality and spirituality differences? Perhaps embracing the four spirit...
August 11th at 9:15 amBoise-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, an American writer in exile in Mexico. Salgado's husband faces a permanent ban from the United States for immigration violations despite his marriage to an American citizen. The book chronicles the social, political and historical context of citizenship for mixed immigration status couples—both gay and straight. Books will be available for a signing following the service. More information is available at am...
Elton HallAugust 4th at 9:15 amWe 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.
Ann SabinJuly 28th at 9:15 amMary 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 do you look beyond yourself at a larger outcome? Thoughts, musings and possible first steps in creating empowered, just and ethical adults out of today's children.
Miriam WoitoJuly 21st at 9:15 amThought about how the moon has inspired us, motivated us and been an ever present part of all our lives?
Coston FrederickJuly 14th at 9:15 amDo 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 prayer opportunities; and no one has to close his or her eyes, or kneel down, or say a word.
Rick GroffJuly 7th at 9:15 amCaught 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, but he follows a secularized version restated in modern terms.
Elton HallJune 30th at 9:15 amWanda, 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 the UU movement.
Rev. Kenneth WattsJune 23rd at 9:15 amWhat 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 18th century liberal understandings? And most importantly, "Why not just abandon all religious groups and stay home or go golfing?" (That last one is very tempting at times and I must admit to giving in on occasion!) I have a chaplain friend who says she worships at the "Church of Serta" every Sunday morning! This service will offer a few ideas for Atheists and non-Atheists to ponder.
Jeanette MaréJune 16th at 9:15 amJeannette 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 the face of devastating grief, as well as her work with Ben's Bells Project and the power of kindness to transform people and communities.
Matthew SabinJune 9th at 9:15 amWhether 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 out there are pitfalls on the road to finding your ministry – I've fallen in quite a few so far. I'll relate some of them, as well as a success or two. My search is ongoing... I share it in the hope that I can provide help for, or at least serve as a warning to others.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJune 2nd at 9:15 amCarrie 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 bridge, celebrating 25 years of a wonderful relationship, and looking forward in hope and jubilation. Here we embody the old hymn that says we celebrate our past and also trust the dawning future.
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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 19th at 9:15 amThis 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" emerge from our laughter.
May 12th at 9:15 amOur 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 share in the journey with these incredible young people!
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 5th at 9:15 amRecollecting 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.
Mary HesterApril 28th at 9:15 amThe 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.
Debra SmithApril 21st at 9:15 amScientists 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. Perhaps we will be re-enchanted with the very ground we walk upon, that in the spring becomes "mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful." This is a "Sermon to Service Sunday," so be prepared to learn about ways you can do work in the world to show your love for the earth.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 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 their journey, their hopes and plans.
April 7th at 9:15 amFollow 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 31st at 9:15 amThere'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!
Rev. Jackie KellyMarch 24th at 9:15 amAs 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 sometimes people feel offended when confronted with deeply held convictions that are polar opposites of their own. So what happens when we choose not to be offended?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 17th at 9:15 amNearing 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. Pat's Day as we rejoice in the greening of the year! What can that mean in our lives?
Mary SchwartzmanMarch 10th at 9:15 amThe 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 the ongoing evolution. Prepare to welcome some of the people who made the Fellowship what it is today. They are the shoulders upon which we stand. They dug the wells from which we drink. They planted the trees in whose shade we sit.
Rev. John ThorntonMarch 3rd at 9:15 amElizabeth 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 institutions we love most.
Emmie SchlobohmFebruary 24th at 9:15 amIs 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 by Barbara Bradley Hagerty in her book of the same title.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 17th at 9:15 amElizabeth 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.
Cherie Buckner-WebbFebruary 10th at 9:15 amMany 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 3rd at 9:15 amWhat 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.
Don RollingsJanuary 27th at 9:15 amAs 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.
Gwyn ReidJanuary 20th at 9:15 amIn 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 the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. On January 20, we will explore how the transformative, shared experiences of our global partnership have increased our awareness of the interdependency of all people and our common struggles for human rights, social justice, and well being.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 13th at 9:15 amFor 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 our lives.
Nancy HarmsJanuary 6th at 9:15 amOur 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 relationships, in what we speak for, and in how we live. In these various ways, through these secondary threads, we stay connected to that changeless, invisible thread that loops through our selves and all being, linking all of them.
December 30th at 9:15 amThe 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 to consuming products—is a radical idea. But it can connect us to—and keep us on—the path we're supposed to be on.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 24th at 9:15 amCan 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 has always brought us together?There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 23rd at 9:15 amThe 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?
December 21st at 9:15 amThis 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.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 16th at 9:15 amWe 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 9th at 9:15 amThe 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 and spoken word as the choir and BUUF musicians share our annual mostly-music Christmas and winter holiday service.
December 2nd at 9:15 amIt'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 power of transitions and transformations, and much much more. Join us for singing, skits, cookies, and music with guest appearances from holiday celebrities.There is no Audio file for this date
Loren BergesonNovember 25th at 9:15 amBack 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 if we can truly internalize the story, it will accelerate both personal spiritual growth and the improvement of the communities to which we belong. There's lots of good work being done on how to do this in practical terms, and Loren will be sharing his latest efforts.
November 18th at 9:15 amYou 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 11th at 9:15 amCommemorating 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 4th at 9:15 amElizabeth 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.
Rev. Keith KronOctober 28th at 9:15 amI 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 adapt to the change and yet maintain connection to the groundedness on which we have relied? Where do we ultimately plant our stakes?
Elton HallOctober 21st at 9:15 amBUUF 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.
October 14th at 9:15 amHow 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, or a narrative—a way of telling about the facts. What ARE the facts about poverty and hunger? And what stories are being told to justify particular policies and actions, or lack of action? And what can you do about it? This is the first of what we are calling "Sermon to Service Sundays," a new initiative described in the October newsletter.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 7th at 9:15 amWe 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 sum of our parts.
Andrew SpencerSeptember 30th at 9:15 amOur 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.
September 23rd at 9:15 amLinda 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
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 16th at 9:15 amWhat goes into creating one's personal theology/philosophy? Elizabeth will share experience, authors and people that have contributed to hers.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 9th at 9:15 amOnce 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.
Don SchutteSeptember 2nd at 9:15 amLife 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 of difficulties and survived.
August 26th at 9:15 amMembers 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 BUUF community in 2013. Quest is an 18 month multi-faceted personal spiritual development curriculum in which participants learn how to honor their spirituals selves, awaken their own inherent wisdom and knowledge, and create intentional spiritual community in part through retreats, integration groups, interacting with a spiritual companion, spiritual practice and personal work. This recognition and af...
August 19th at 9:15 amHow 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.
Patricia HeebAugust 12th at 9:15 amA 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 in this service for some truth and holiness. Thoughts from Patricia Heeb; images from Mark McGinnis; music from Leonard himself (alas, prerecorded).
Debra SmithAugust 5th at 9:15 amThis 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 exquisitely precise, and yet poetic language. Still others were impressed with the author's steely self evaluation. What is it like, in this day of superficial and slap-dash writing, to read attentively, something written with deliberate attention? Fast food and page-turners have their places, but how about a "slow read" movement to complement the slow food movement? Come and hear what 4 slow readers learned about thi...
David ScottJuly 29th at 9:15 amDavid 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.
Cathy CarmenJuly 22nd at 9:15 amA 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 a heartbeat!) along with stories of side canyon hikes, floating through rapids in life jackets and how to catch lizards with a noose included. Come along for an action-packed ride!
July 15th at 9:15 amImmigration 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 hear about our experiences.
Sue PhilleyJuly 8th at 9:15 amWe 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 time), a BUUF Dream group, a World Calling Women group, 4-H teens, and diverse community members starting a new non-profit are helping her to embrace the future.
Mark ZimmererJuly 1st at 9:15 amExploring 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
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 quick trip to another viewpoint.
June 17th at 9:15 amFour 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 to help someone, and how it played out in real life.
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. Your relationship focus may change as you contemplate retirement or a change in location. Or your marital status may even change due to divorce or death, causing you to be alone at just the time when you were expecting to enjoy your lives together. Career changes may occur as you begin to realize that you have met your major career goals-or that you haven't really met them. Viewing these transitions from the spiritual perspective bri...
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJune 3rd at 9:15 amOn 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— in the form of other people!
Mary HesterMay 27th at 9:15 amWe 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 without complaints and yet still address our concerns.
Debra SmithMay 20th at 9:15 amThis 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 engage us in thinking about the spiritual health of our Fellowship today, and about how we stand in preparation for our next fifty years.
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 out what our children and youth have explored this year in their classes. Unitarian Universalist faith traditions, our BUUF religious community, and intangible gifts have been the over-arching themes this year, so join us for stories galore for all ages!There is no Audio file for this date
May 6th at 9:15 amWhat 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.
Emmie SchlobohmApril 29th at 9:15 amDo 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. Come celebrate their bridging from youth to young adulthood during these vibrant alternative services!
Miriam WoitoApril 22nd at 9:15 amOrganic Growth - Change, Passion, Action. Some thoughts on becoming a thriving community.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 15th at 9:15 amIn a revisiting of one of those "wounded words" we UUs can find problematical, Elizabeth reflects on the larger meaning of the word "prayer."
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 8th at 9:15 amOn 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 1st at 9:15 amThe 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 25th at 9:15 amPema 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.
March 18th at 9:15 amToday, 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 11th at 9:15 amHow 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?
March 4th at 9:15 amThere 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 Exploration.
Rev. Sean Parker DennisonFebruary 26th at 9:15 amA 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 in our communities? What might happen if we let our vision of ourselves and our congregations grow?
Elton HallFebruary 19th at 9:15 amSpiritual 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. Scholars have shown that St. Paul did not write all the epistles assigned to him. When we look at his authentic writings, a radically different St. Paul emerges, one UUs can respect and perhaps even embrace.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 12th at 9:15 amThe 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 5th at 9:15 amLife 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 29th at 9:15 amThis 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.
January 22nd at 9:15 amLast 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.
Gary WykeJanuary 15th at 9:15 amOn 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 drawing a line between those who are "deserving" and "undeserving," instead of being guided by love and forgiveness. Gary Wyke and Rick Groff will talk about hunger related social justice work our congregation is doing. We will welcome social justice community partners during and after the second service.
January 8th at 9:15 amWhat 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?
John MunsonJanuary 1st at 9:15 amMany 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 Singularity. Its ability to understand and control events in the universe will be unlimited. The time has come to anticipate this event and to explore and understand our role with our new God.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 24th at 9:15 amWhat 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?
Emmie SchlobohmDecember 18th at 9:15 amThree 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 11th at 9:15 amBells 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.
Emmie SchlobohmDecember 4th at 9:15 am"Deck the Halls" (11:15) Emmie Schlobohm and Congregational Youth "Deck the Halls" (9:30) Emmie Schlobohm and Congregational Youth It's time again for our annual tradition of Deck the Halls Sunday! Our children and youth share stories of the season from their unique perspectives. Join us for a celebration of exploration and discovery of the season! Skits, singing, music, music and more music, along with treats and cookies.There is no Audio file for this date
November 27th at 9:15 amAx 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 Western world, some Eastern religions still maintain the practice. And then there are spiritual pilgrimages which are universal and usually private, and while not physically arduous, they are nonetheless demanding. Today several members of the congregation will speak of their spiritual journeys to Unitarian-Universalism.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 20th at 9:15 amThis day is dedicated nationwide to memorializing the transgendered person who have died because of their gender. Emilie is a local trans* person and friend of BUUF. She and Elizabeth will reflect in an appropriately memorial way, and Emilie will share hopeful parts of her life.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 13th at 9:15 amWe 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 6th at 9:15 amThe 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 30th at 9:15 amThe 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.
Richard AdamsOctober 23rd at 9:15 amTwenty back-and-forth trips to Zimbabwe over the past two decades have led Richard to reflect about his place, and that of other privileged people, in the larger world. He'll use an example from his experience with Zimbabwe Artists Project to help ground some of the conclusions he has drawn.There is no Audio file for this date
October 16th at 9:15 amOur 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 9th at 9:15 amIn 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 2nd at 9:15 amHow 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.
Debra SmithSeptember 25th at 9:15 amWalt Whitman is called "The Bard of Democracy," for giving voice to the (once upon a time?) egalitarian aspirations of our country. He came from a family of progressives and embraced the causes of social justice, and yet in his poetry he often takes a stance of classic Buddhist "detachment," as described by and exemplified by Rabindranath Tagore. Did Whitman ever reconcile detachment and his yearning for social justice? Can we?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 18th at 9:15 amElizabeth 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 11th at 9:15 amOn 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.
Don SchutteSeptember 4th at 9:15 amA 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.
Sharon Barlow PalmAugust 28th at 9:15 amMost 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.
Roger ShermanAugust 21st at 9:15 amWho knew? At least 6 elementary schools in Boise are named after famous UUs. What were they all about? What were some of the virtues that our children might learn from them? Who wants to bet no one knew they were UU's when they named the schools? Jim Lyons and Roger Sherman will explore those questions and more in this service for the curious.
August 14th at 9:15 amDan Hotchkiss, in his book, Governance and Ministry states, "Religion transforms people; no one touches holy ground and stays the same." Bill and Gwyn will use this statement to launch an exploration of the tension between the need for stability in a religious organization's governance and community, and the instability that religious transformation brings.
Patricia HeebAugust 7th at 9:15 amThe 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?
Miriam WoitoJuly 31st at 9:15 amOur 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.
Lance PitmanJuly 24th at 9:15 amLance 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.
July 17th at 9:15 amService and Advocacy are the two feet of social Justice. When we fill backpacks for the Idaho Foodbank or help people at the Capital City Market use their food stamps at the market, we are doing service. Advocacy allows us to address the root causes of hunger by addressing policies that lead to food insecurity. Roger Sherman and ICAN Policy Director Leo Morales will present their thoughts about advocacy, social justice, and our role in the politics of food.
July 10th at 9:15 amMemories can accumulate importance over the years. Members of the 2010/2011 BUUF memoir group will share stories from their childhoods and youth. Music will range through camp and scout songs to rousing renditions of Sunday School favorites in order to share the joy and further spark congregational reverie. Bob Wallace will provide campfire guitar accompaniment.
Bill ReidJuly 3rd at 9:15 amWe 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!
Gwyn ReidJune 26th at 9:15 amSo 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.
Bill HoffmanJune 19th at 9:15 amDo you proudly count yourself among those who are productive and get things done—those who are so conscientious, busy and driven to do good work that you put off allowing yourself to slow down, and disengage? Do you ponder the irony that you don't have enough time to open up to and explore a more spiritually rewarding and less stressful life? If so, have you considered that you–the busy one—may be procrastinating? Yes, drawing on the wisdom of sages like Ellen Degeneres, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chrodron, Woody Allen and Mark Twain, Bill will turn procrastination upside down and explore how "busy people" can become more comfortable and less anxious about slowing down.
Mark ZimmererJune 12th at 9:15 amKirtan 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJune 5th at 9:15 amOn this first-Sunday-of-summer-schedule, we have a briefer-than-usual service, starring Flower Communion: everyone brings a flower to put in the community vases, then, at a certain point in the service, we each take a flower back. If you forget your flower, well, Providence always steps in, in the form of other people.
May 29th at 9:15 amAging is really a new experience and something of a surprise for anyone who reaches retirement age so it's is no wonder that so much foolishness is written about its "prevention." There are physical and mental manifestations we could all do without, but a sense of humor helps tremendously, and there are preparations one can set in motion earlier in adulthood. The saddest of both young and senior citizens are those who have no sense of wonder or enthusiasm.
Emmie SchlobohmMay 22nd at 9:15 amCome celebrate our children on this first annual Religious Exploration Celebration ! Find out what our children & youth have explored this year in their classes. Love, home, and family have been the over-arching themes this year, so join us for discoveries galore for all ages!
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 15th at 9:15 amEach 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?
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 the years and through the journey of discovery that has been our Coming of Age program for the last nine months. Join in on this celebration of youth and share in the journey with these incredible young people! (9:30 service)There is no Audio file for this date
May 1st at 9:15 amDo you need an infusion of hope for the future and to know that the world will be in good hands after we're gone? Our graduating seniors will share their journeys and visions for their futures and ours. Come celebrate their bridging from youth to young adulthood!
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 24th at 9:15 amIt's Easter, when our hearts stray toward the miracles of new life, rebirth—even resurrection! This year, e.e. cummings provides our text.
April 17th at 9:15 amThe worship service will feature readings and personal reflections by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and musical accompaniment by the Common Ground Community Chorus.
Rev. Keith KronApril 10th at 9:15 amRev. Keith Kron is the UUA's Transitions Director. Keith was Director of the UUA's Office for Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns for over 14 years, and is a valued friend of our minister. We are delighted to welcome him this morning, as he speaks to us about the importance to each of us of telling our story.
April 3rd at 9:15 amSeveral members of Jeanette Ross' BUUF Memoir class will share selections from writings out of their own lives.
Rev. Margaret KeipMarch 27th at 9:15 amTreasures 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 20th at 9:15 amWhat 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?
March 13th at 9:15 amHinduism is the oldest living religion in the world, and it embraces many paths to the holy from polytheism to monotheism to atheism. This presentation will explore various aspects of the religion that make this diversity possible. UUs will detect strong resonances with some of our seven principles.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 6th at 9:15 amIf 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 27th at 9:15 amToday, 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?
Rev. Jackie KellyFebruary 20th at 9:15 amAs a UU minister, Jackie Kelly serves as the Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at St. Luke's. Join Jackie as she reflects on how talking with hospital patients, family, staff and CPE students about their relationships with God has influenced her thinking about how Unitarian Universalists might also need a personal relationship with God.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 13th at 9:15 amWhat 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!
Wanda and Bryan JenningsFebruary 6th at 9:15 amWith Valentine's Day coming, remember what Clint Black said, "Love isn't something that you feel, it's something that you do."
Rev. Gail Lindsay MarrinerJanuary 30th at 9:15 amCreativity consists of looking at the familiar with new eyes. This sermon reflects on what might happen if we were to look at our principles in a new way and read them starting with the seventh and ending with the first. Rev. Marriner graduated from Harvard Divinity School where she won the Billings Prize for preaching in 1995. She has served congregations in Massachusetts and Texas and is currently the consulting minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, Minnesota.
January 23rd at 9:15 amEach time BUUF members visit with our partners in Mészkõ, our relationship is discovered in a new way. Alan and Mary Schwartzman, and Ed and Irene Rush traveled to Mészkõ last summer. For Mary, it was her fourth trip. Alan, Irene, and Ed were there for their first visit. Come learn how the visit affected each traveler.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 16th at 9:15 amJanine Larsen, our Pacific Northwest District Executive, will speak with us about our vision, as we move into the final years of Elizabeth's ministry.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 9th at 9:15 amMargaret Fuller was an amazing 19th-century woman, whose life and thought can inspire us. Elizabeth & Elton will present her words & some reflection.
January 2nd at 9:15 amNancy 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.
Carrie BastianDecember 19th at 9:15 amThe 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 12th at 9:15 amThis 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?
December 5th at 9:15 amIt'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, singing, parades, and cookies abound!
November 28th at 9:15 amNow 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 21st at 9:15 amA 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).
Emmie SchlobohmNovember 14th at 9:15 amStories 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?
November 7th at 9:15 amElizabeth and Mark are self-confessed "mystic" and "naturalist," respectively. They both practice devotional disciplines. Are they more alike or different?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 31st at 9:15 amOn 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 24th at 9:15 amOur Seventh Principle states that we affirm & support the interdependent web of all existence. Is that mysticism, science, or something else?
Loren BergesonOctober 17th at 9:00 amSustainability Didn't Catch On, Now What? Loren Bergeson (Oct. 17, 2010)
Loren BergesonOctober 17th at 9:15 amDespite 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 mean for us personally and for our families? What specifically should we do at this point in time? I'll give my answers to these questions which will hopefully generate a productive discussion, followed by useful action.
October 10th at 9:15 amThe 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?
Debra SmithOctober 3rd at 9:00 amA Brief History of the Future of School, Debra Smith (Oct. 3, 2010)
Debra SmithOctober 3rd at 9:15 amUUs 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 attended a school offers a solution for how to improve School. Underlying these reform efforts are two very different visions of what it means to be an educated person. Might it be time for the UUA to weigh in on this discussion?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 26th at 9:15 amIf you look deep inside, looking at your heart honestly, what do you find motivates you? Elizabeth will reflect (honestly!) on this big question.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 19th at 9:15 amOur Fellowship is dynamic, changing-but-solid. In the best of all possible worlds, what do we long to create?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 12th at 9:15 amOfficial start of the program year! Bring water from your summer travels, come check in with everyone.
Don SchutteSeptember 5th at 9:15 amWhat 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 lot in common with Pagans.
August 29th at 9:15 amThe 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!
August 22nd at 9:15 amDr. 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 to pour water. He will also share some Taku Wakan (things that are holy) and some Inipi Olowan (sweat songs) with Fellowship members and friends. Liz Mummey (Assiniboine), a member of the Native American Coalition of Boise, will share one of her oral tradition stories with the children entitled Why the Bear Has a Short Tail. After the candle is extinguished at the end of the service, we wi...
Patricia HeebAugust 15th at 9:15 amThough 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."
August 8th at 9:15 amBUUF'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 can't leave town.
Bryan JenningsAugust 1st at 9:15 amSooner or later everyone rides THE BUS. Hello, is anyone really in charge here?
Bob HuntleyJuly 25th at 9:15 amSocial 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 depredations of six mega-banks (shortly ago thirteen) whose influence over the operations of both Congress and the Executive is destructive of democracy. This, because the merger of excessive corporate wealth and power with political power constitutes a "Ruling Oligaechy", serving not the interests of the people, but only the accumulation of power and wealth in the hands of the few.
July 18th at 9:15 am12:00 AM
Our Second Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; A cross generational dialogue on social change
July 11th at 9:15 amOur 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 greater justice, equity and compassion. While their views have been shaped by different forces, many underlying principles remain the same but they have also reached some significantly different conclusions.
July 4th at 9:15 amAirman 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 do.
June 27th at 9:15 amProblem 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 step program. Its success has spawned 12 step programs for many if not most identified addictions including Narcotics, Over Eaters and Gamblers. The lives of millions have been changed through 12 step recovery.
Mark ZimmererJune 20th at 9:15 amThe 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.
June 13th at 9:15 amA 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 of his spiritual journey as a Master Gardener. Alan Schwartzman will wrap it up with a special surprise.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJune 6th at 9:15 amThis 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 sparkling cider) our relationship with our Partner Church.There is no Audio file for this date
Bill ReidMay 30th at 9:15 amWhen 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 find myself wondering "why, why, why," like one of Kurt Vonnegut's characters. Join me as I explore disasters and blessings in my life.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 23rd at 9:15 amOn 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 16th at 9:15 amIt'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
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 9th at 9:15 amEnlightenment 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.
May 2nd at 9:15 amWe 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!
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 25th at 9:15 amOur 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?
April 18th at 9:15 amSomewhere 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 to change within oneself. Besse will share some of her struggles with the wheel and its possible uses in psychological therapy.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 11th at 9:15 amTruth 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 story?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 4th at 9:15 amIt'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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 28th at 9:15 amIn this Passover season, Elizabeth will retell the central Jewish story related to this holiday, and will lift up the gratitude that characterizes this celebration.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 21st at 9:15 amElizabeth 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 Campbell said, follow your bliss and as UUs everywhere might add—but think!
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 14th at 9:15 amRev. 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.
March 7th at 9:15 amUnitarian 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 and Elizabeth will share their personal takes on this fundamental question.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 28th at 9:15 amKnow 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.
February 21st at 9:15 amMost 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 14th at 9:15 amElizabeth reflects on the impossible subject of love, that consumerist-mangled, advertising-perverted human feeling, springing from the depths of our souls.
February 7th at 9:15 amDavid presents a sermon written by the President of the First UU Church of Wichita, Anne Welsbacher, concerning our lives in the Age of Gadgetry.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 31st at 9:15 amLast 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?
Loren BergesonJanuary 24th at 9:00 amThe Rise of Evolutionary Spirituality, Loren Bergeson (Jan. 24, 2010)
Loren BergesonJanuary 24th at 9:15 amLoren 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 accelerate our spiritual growth and the life improvements that go with it.
January 17th at 9:15 amOur 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 Martin Luther King, Jr: "Any religion which professes to be concerned about the souls of men and women, and is not concerned about the social and economic conditions that can scar the soul, is a spiritually moribund religion only waiting for the day to be buried."
Mark ZimmererJanuary 10th at 9:15 amIn the practice of yoga, doing poses is only the beginning of the work. More importantly, yoga focuses on the breath and its effect on our bodies, minds and spirits. Mark Zimmerer will discuss the act of breathing with stories from Thich Nhat Hanh, BKS Iyengar, Al Gore and his own experience that help us to understand its importance to a balanced life in the world.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 3rd at 9:15 amOnce 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 24th at 9:15 amWhat must Mary have been going through, as she "pondered all these things in her heart?" Here she is, a teenager, holding the light-filled blessing of new life—which seems to have invited a whole array of amazing visitors. She had been warned beforehand, of course, but must she not have felt that age-old human question: is this mostly a
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 20th at 9:15 amIt 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?
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 13th at 9:15 amAmidst 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)
December 6th at 9:15 amMay 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.
November 29th at 9:15 amOn May 7, 1824, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony received its premier in Vienna, Austria. During its 185-year history the "Ode to Joy" Symphony has provided audiences throughout the world spiritual inspiration and jubilation. In Japan massed choral groups and orchestras come together in December of each year to give performances of Daiku —"The Big Nine". We will explore elements in the finale of this monumental work that may account for its universal appeal and immortality. Rev.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 22nd at 9:15 amOur congregation has been a part of the Treasure Valley community for many decades. Elizabeth will speak about some of the high (and low!) spots.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 15th at 9:15 amAll 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.
November 8th at 9:15 amThe Minister of our partner church in Mészkõ brings blessings and greetings from Transylvania to Boise, connecting the struggle for religious freedom in central Europe with the principles and purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our shared inspiration is the love in our hearts, expressed in the respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 1st at 9:15 amIf Unitarian Universalism is to be a genuine religious community, UUs need to have regular centering & transcending practices. Elizabeth will offer examples & ideas.
October 25th at 9:15 amOur 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.
Carrie BastianOctober 18th at 9:15 amBUUF 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 11th at 9:15 amOct. 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?
October 4th at 9:15 amElizabeth and Lisa will reflect on how we can get our own needs met by paying better attention to the communities we care about. The Committee on Ministry will be part of this, and Congregational Care Team will be encouraging you to join them in their community-building activities.
Emmie SchlobohmSeptember 27th at 9:15 amOur young people's Religious Exploration program is an extraordinary place where you can find your inner whimsy, wonder and awe! People of all ages grow and learn in our RE wings during any given Sunday. Your Director of Religious Exploration, Emmie Schlobohm, invites you on a journey of discovery where play is transformative.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 20th at 9:15 amElizabeth 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.)
September 13th at 9:15 amWe 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!
September 6th at 9:15 amHere we are on Labor Day Weekend Sunday, the official end of summer before the start of our program year. All summer long did you realize you've been preaching to the world around us? We said it with our t-shirts, our actions and our lives. Now at Labor Day we rest, and think about how we spent our summer, our yesterdays, our present, and a glimpse into tomorrow. Summer has ended, everything has its season; there is a time for every purpose under heaven. Wear your favorite t-shirt.
August 30th at 9:15 amCome hear six different impressions of the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) General Assembly (GA) held in June in Salt Lake City where we stood on the side of love on several issues. We elected a new UUA president, Peter Morales; and BUUF was recognized for having earned our Green Sanctuary Certification.
August 23rd at 9:15 amNoted pastor Rick Warren writes extensively about the importance of giving your time and energy to your loved ones. He states that the way you spell love is "T-I-M-E." David agrees wholeheartedly, and is asking you to spend some time with him this Sunday to help spread the love.
August 16th at 9:15 amThe confidence that we humans can, and must, take responsibility for ourselves and each other, is one shared by humanists both theistic and non-theistic. What sets us apart from UUs, if anything? Several members of BUUF's humanist group will speak to our philosophy, our ethics, our strength in times of crisis.
August 9th at 9:15 amBoise 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!
Dale WinkeAugust 2nd at 9:15 amExamining the overarching theme of Battlestar Galactica, Dale Winke looks at the connections, meanings, and melodies from one individual UU's viewpoint.
July 26th at 9:15 am"The Calming Breath of Meditation Quenches the Fire of Suffering," Tony DeAngelisThere is no Audio file for this date
Elton HallJuly 19th at 9:15 amBUUF is hosting the Buddhist Relic Tour, though UU's are not known for their appreciation of relics. Why do some people find relics meaningful, while others are indifferent and some even repulsed by them? Can relics cause epiphanies? We will explore these questions as well as the closely related phenomenon of idolatry, looking at the idolatries every human being confronts.
July 12th at 9:15 amWhat 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.
July 5th at 9:15 amGraduate of University of Oregon in folklore, Dan Peterson speaks on noting three historical stages of food ways. Join Dan on his international travels his stories relate. His concept of "excess" has nothing to do with calories. Like James Beard, Dan feels a day is incomplete without learning something new about food.
Mark ZimmererJune 28th at 9:15 amIn the practice of yoga, doing poses is only the beginning of the work. More importantly, yoga focuses on the breath and its effect on our bodies, minds and spirits. Mark Zimmerer will discuss the act of breathing with stories from Thich Nhat Hanh, BKS Iyengar, Al Gore and his own experience that help us to understand its importance to a balanced life in the world.
June 21st at 9:15 amDavid spent the majority of his life conveniently ignoring the big questions. Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? It wasn't like he was afraid to face them or anything. Certainly not! Leave it to his 4-year-old son, Michael, to bring these issues front and center in the most interesting of ways. Ah, the joys of fatherhood.
June 14th at 9:15 amCompiled by John Harms to explore what Universalism is. Come hear this presentation, back by popular request.
June 7th at 9:15 amThere is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 31st at 9:15 amCelebrating 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.
May 24th at 9:15 amThis 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 17th at 9:15 amEach 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 10th at 9:15 am"Coming of Age (9am)," BUUF youth, Rev. Elizabeth Greene, Emmie Schlobohm, Cathy Carmen "Coming of Age (11am)," BUUF youth, Rev. Elizabeth Greene, Emmie Schlobohm, Cathy Carmen This Sunday is an every-other-year favorite. Our Coming of Age youth, after spending fun-filled and action-packed months with their mentors, Cathy Carmen and Elizabeth, will share their credos with us.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMay 3rd at 9:15 amA 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."
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 26th at 9:15 amAs 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.
April 19th at 9:15 amEarth Day is about two environments, yes it is about raising awareness on environmental issues and promoting environmental action; but it is also about the human environment, the inner life that directs us. It is what we think about the Earth as well as our actions and behavior toward the Earth that is at the heart of religion. UUs believe our faith tradition makes a difference and that distinction is what we pass on to our children.
April 12th at 9:15 amIt'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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneApril 5th at 9:15 amElizabeth holds the position that laughing is a religious activity. Or maybe she just likes to tell jokes. Come find out!
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 29th at 9:15 amMost of us are haunted by the "ghosts" from our past. Times in our lives wrought with embarrassment or regret. David recently returned to Pocatello for a little "ghost-busting" from his college days. Armed with the healing power of love, David sought to silence his ghosts once and for all. Come to BUUF, and together we'll embark on a thorough ghost-busting of the soul.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 22nd at 9:15 amOn 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneMarch 15th at 9:15 amSo 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?
March 8th at 9:15 amWhat 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.
Rev. Ralph GalenMarch 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 with us, reflecting on the spiritual path of justice and service.
Dale WinkeFebruary 22nd at 9:00 amCome join Dale as he explores how the themes of science fiction can plumb the depths of humanity's spiritual and transcended yearnings.
James MackFebruary 15th at 9:00 amHow might things have been different if I hadn't felt the need to deny my own uniqueness and imitate the other "normal" kids around me as I grew up? Following his musical revue, Just Married, the Musical! on Valentine's Day at BUUF, James Mack will be the speaker at our Sunday Service. He will tell his personal journey as a gay man in America today.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 8th at 9:00 amNorbert 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 1st at 9:00 amAre 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 25th at 9:00 amSharing 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.
Elton HallJanuary 18th at 9:00 amMartin 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 11th at 9:00 amOn 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.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 4th at 9:00 amOf 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.
December 28th at 9:00 am"A Spiritualist, a Skeptic, or a Child?" Nancy Harms We will explore the spiritual, skeptic and child that exists in each of us; manifesting in one form or another depending on a particular moment in time in our lives.
December 24th at 7:00 pmChristmas Eve service - not recorded.There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneDecember 21st at 9:00 am"The Blessed Sound of Silence," Rev. Elizabeth Greene Continuing the tradition of a Quaker-style meeting on the Sunday before Christmas. After a reading, chalice lighting, simple song and brief explanation, we sit in silence for about 45 minutes, emulating the excellent practice of our sisters and brothers in the Friends tradition. (No audio recording.)There is no Audio file for this date
December 14th at 9:00 am"Where Are You Christmas? Finding Meaning in the Holiday Season—A Mostly Music Sunday," Rev. Elizabeth Greene and BUUF Choir Celebrating the colorful tapestry of nature, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas—Elizabeth, the choir and soloists will illuminate the common threads that let meaning shine through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
December 7th at 9:00 am"Deck the Halls" Come one, come all to BUUF's Deck the Halls celebration! This is our own intergenerational welcome to the winter holidays. Our wonderful RE children and youth will share with us "A Thousand and One Ways to Love and to Care." (No audio recording.)There is no Audio file for this date
November 30th at 9:00 am"In the Spirit of Thanks," Sarah Bratley This Thanksgiving holiday, Sarah explores a thankful presence in prayers, everyday life, and social interactions.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 29th at 9:15 amThe Lord Loves a Cheerful Receiver, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (November 29, 1998)There is no Audio file for this date
November 23rd at 9:00 am"Ministry: Our Partnership," Gini Courter, Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association This is a very big-deal Sunday. The witty, articulate, and grounded Gini Courter, moderator of our entire Association, will preach to us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this congregation's ordination of Elizabeth Greene—as we celebrate 20 years of partnership in ministry.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 16th at 9:00 amNovember 16, 2008 "Moving Forward in Faith," Rev. Elizabeth Greene It's "Miracle Sunday"! Today, we wrap up our fall stewardship drive and begin celebrating 20 years of ministry partnership. If you haven't pledged yet, bring your pledge form. Help us celebrate a no-deficit year and the new ways of doing business that allow us to focus on nurturing our souls and helping heal the world.
November 9th at 9:00 am"Partners in Faith," Rev. Elizabeth Greene, Miriam and David Woito, Will Smith Four members of our church traveled as pilgrims to Mészkõ, Transylvania, to visit fellow Unitarians, with whom we have been partners for going on 20 years. They will share highlights from their deeply-affecting and fun stay in "our" village.
November 2nd at 9:00 am"Día de Los Muertos," Sharon and Charles Barlow Palm At this "All Souls" time of year, we honor the Mexican custom of Day of the Dead, light-hearted and reverent.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneNovember 1st at 9:15 amCreation of Spirituality, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (November 1, 1998)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 26th at 9:00 am"The Flaming Chalice," Rev. Elizabeth Greene We UUs have fewer symbols that most religions. But we do cherish the flaming chalice, a beacon to us for many years. Elizabeth will tell the story of this symbol, and we will all reflect on the nature of symbols. Carol and Jay Wechselberger, service coordinators; Carrie Bastian, music.
October 19th at 9:00 am"Pebbles In a Pond," Don Schutte As children we often pitched pebbles into a pond. Maybe we still do as adults. I know I do. What lesson is there in this innocent action? David Ward, service coordinator; Mike Lemieux, music. .
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 12th at 9:00 am"Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven," Rev. Elizabeth Greene This is National Children's Day, and we will consider that "childlike" attitude seen in advanced teachers like the Dalai Lama. It is also Association Sunday, celebrating this denomination of ours, which helps us teach our children to be confident, competent and compassionate. Tony DeAngelis, service coordinator; BUUF choir with Sue Langley, music
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 11th at 9:15 amReligiously Liberal, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (October 11, 1998)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneOctober 5th at 9:00 am"Let Us Cultivate Boundless Goodwill," Rev. Elizabeth Greene What did the Buddha mean by "boundless good will"? On this Congregational Care Team-sponsored Sunday, Elizabeth will reflect on the nature of good will—usually bounded— in community. Nancy Harms, service coordinator; Coston Frederick, music.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 29th at 9:15 amDays of Awe, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (September 20, 1998)There is no Audio file for this date
September 28th at 9:00 am"Who Is My Neighbor?" Rev. Elizabeth Greene We Unitarian Universalists hold diversity as a high value. Today, Elizabeth will look at some ways about we may embody this value, and some ways where we may opt for denial or benign neglect. Mark Zimmerer, service coordinator. Charlotte Tompkins, music.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 21st at 9:00 am"Reflections on a Sabbatical, part one: Experiencing the Holy," Rev. Elizabeth Greene Over this program year, Elizabeth will be sharing various aspects of her recent sabbatical. On this Sunday, she will reflect on the many and varied experiences she had of reverence and awe—sometimes known as the holy. Carol and Jay Wechselberger, service coordinators. Carrie Bastian, music.
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneSeptember 14th at 8:00 am"Don't Be Afraid of Some Change," Rev. Elizabeth Greene On this weekend when we will have been stimulated and inspired by a visit from UUA consultant Larry Wheeler Elizabeth will discuss the spiritual, emotional and practical implications of transition—which is always happening. Service coordinator, Allie Gooding. Mike Lemieux, music.
September 7th at 9:00 amSeptember 7, 2008 "Re-Connecting in Love," Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Sorry, this sermon was not recorded.)There is no Audio file for this date
August 31st at 9:00 am"Silencing Mr. Negativepants," David Ward David desperately wants to break free from his comfort zone. Throw caution to the wind and take complete advantage of this incredible gift we call life. Unfortunately, David's subconscious is dominated by a snobby British butler named "Mr. Negativepants," who constantly tells him he's not good enough, smart enough, and, doggonit, people don't like him. If you square off against your own version of Mr. Negativepants from time to time, head to BUUF this fine August morning and perhaps together we can silence him for good.
August 24th at 9:00 am"Polishing the Mirror" or "You don't like my Kung Fu?" Tony DeAngelis Reflections on the spiritual aspects of the Martial Arts.
August 17th at 9:00 am"Here Comes the Sun," Debbie Espen We are physical, material, biological beings who not only need the light and warmth of the sun to live, but also respond emotionally and spiritually to the sun. Debbie shares a personal story of a long, cold, dark night, and what she learned from the experience.
August 10th at 9:00 amAugust 10, 2008 "Shifting Sands in Religion and Politics: A Contemporary Historical Look," Jill Gill Jill will explore changes currently afoot within the religious right as we approach the 2008 presidential election, and place these changes into some recent historical context.
August 3rd at 9:00 am"Science Fact and Fiction—How they informed my faith and world," Dale Winke Let us see where that takes us.
July 27th at 9:00 am"The Grand Metaphor - Life on (and off) a raft in the Grand Canyon." Linden Boice and Gordon Hamilton BUUF members Linden Boice and Gordon Hamilton will recount highlights of their three week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon this spring, and, perhaps, impart a few lessons for living during their multi-media presentation.
July 20th at 9:00 amThe Velveteen Minister, Sharon Barlow Palm Exploring the role of the minister in all of us.
July 13th at 9:00 amHonoring the Spirited Child - Within and Without, Sarah Bratley With some group participation, Sarah Bratley shares lessons learned about recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of every person - even in those times when you are challenged to find it. She also explores the need for respecting your own spirit while honoring and nurturing the spirit of those around us.
July 6th at 9:00 amJuly 6, 2008 The History Project, Sheryl Dowlin, Alan and Mary Schwartzman, and Coston and Judy Frederick America is a youth-worshipping culture, and that is appropriate for such a young country, celebrating, as it is, its birthday on this weekend. But any organization needs its elders. BUUF is in the process of video-recording the insights and wisdom of some of its "elders." This Sunday, come and hear from two long-term couples committed to each other and to our fellowship, and find out the secret to a lasting relationship.
June 29th at 9:00 am"The Power of Four," by Tom Hanks, delivered by Dale Winke How many cars would you have to take away from California's crowded roadway to rid them of gridlock? A computer simulation supplied the answer: four percent, or four out of a hundred. The study provided inspiration for actor Tom Hanks in a remarkable speech at Vassar College's graduation ceremony on May 22, 2005.
June 22nd at 9:00 am"The Shorter Longer Way," Guest speaker Rabbi Daniel B. Fink Sometimes what looks like a short cut, isn't. The easy way out is not the path preferred. Rabbi Fink, rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, will present "The Shorter Longer Way," a sermon based on a Talmudic story.
June 15th at 9:00 amFather's Day, Greg Duffy Several years ago, Greg Duffy, then a chimney-sweep, suffered a fall from a roof. He nearly died. Since that time his brain sometimes struggles to find words to express his thoughts. On this Father's Day, Greg will reflect on what it means to give fatherly advice when words fail, literally.
June 8th at 9:00 am"Making Room for Hummingbirds and Hope," Nan Harms Every creature on earth has approximately two billion heartbeats to spend in a lifetime. You can spend them slowly, like a tortoise, and live to be two hundred years old, or you an spend them fast, like a hummingbird, and live to be two years old. (Text by Michael McGee, originally given March 2, 2008 at the UU Church of Arlington, VA)
May 25th at 9:00 am"What's so new about New Age Spirituality?" Panel of speakers While current conventional wisdom would suggest that our culture's experimentation with Eastern religions and unorthodox Christianity is new, a closer familiarity with American Unitarian and Universalist histories counters that understanding. A panel of speakers, made up of recent attendees in an Adult R.E. class on the history of American spirituality, reflects on insights gained about their own, and America's, spiritual journey.
Rev. Katherine JeschMay 18th at 9:00 am"For the Long Haul: Eco-justice for a Sustainable Future," Rev. Katherine Jesch Our personal lives, congregational life, and the health and well-being of all life on Earth are intertwined. This sermon invites us to imagine our congregation as a healthy "Earth Community," where moral strength and spiritual sustenance can be found to support our quest for justice on an imperiled planet.
Rev. Margaret KeipMay 11th at 9:00 am"The Great Mother Virtue," Rev. Margaret Keip Margaret will wrap Gaia, Mothers Day, and a magnificent ethic for living into a message about "size" on the last of her scheduled sabbatical-anchor Sundays with us.
May 4th at 9:00 amOur planned guest speaker, Rabbi Daniel Fink, of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, had a family emergency. David Ward stepped in with a special delivery. Audio: "The Last-minute Surprise"
Sophia Lyon FahsApril 27th at 9:00 amRev. Margaret Keip, our high school seniors, and Religious Education Co-Directors Cathy Carmen and Karen Raese Come join us in celebrating passages of our children and youth during this service when we have Children's Dedication and Sr. High Bridging. It is sure to be a day to remember. Audio: "Each night a child is born is a holy night..." Sophia Lyon Fahs
Wanda and Bryan JenningsApril 20th at 9:00 amWe talk a lot about being part of the interconnected web of all things. Do we ever check to see if we are really connected? Would the world be a better place if you were truly connected? Audio: "Are You Interconnected?"
Rev. Thomas AnastasiApril 13th at 9:00 amNo matter how much disagreement and conflict there in any aspect of our lives—in our families, in the government, in our congregation—the answer is always to be found, I believe, "in the conversation". We need to talk to one another on all these levels. Audio: "The Conversation"
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneFebruary 14th at 9:15 amCliches Lies and Love, Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Feb. 14, 1998)There is no Audio file for this date
February 10th at 9:00 amJourneys in the Wilderness: Humility in the Wild or "Small in the Midst of it All," Nicole LeFavour (Feb. 10, 2008)There is no Audio file for this date
Rev. Elizabeth GreeneJanuary 29th at 9:00 amWhat is Worthy? Rev. Elizabeth Greene (Jan. 29, 2006)There is no Audio file for this date
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)
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)
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)