Horizons newsletter UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IDAHO FALLS Our Vision The Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls is a vibrant and welcoming church home for everyone. With a tradition of thoughtful searching, we are a beacon of truth, love and justice. Our Mission Honor the individual’s right to religious and spiritual freedom Minister to each other and the community at large Nurture the search for truth and meaning Be a loving and intergenerational community welcoming to all beliefs, races, sexual orientations, ethnicities and gender identities Improve the quality of life by living our values and working for local and universal justice Our Covenant Love is the spirit of this community and service its law. This is our great covenant: To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another. IN M A R C H March Worship Sunday Services 10:30am March 1 “Understanding Ornery and Encouraging Good” Saint Paul is credited with mourning that “The good that I would, I do not, and the evil that I would not, that I do.” What about us? If we do not buy into a religious description of “sin” then how can we determine what it means to do or be “good?” March 8 “In the Spirit of Selma” (Daylight Savings begins) We can be pleased that in 1965 the marchers in Selma, Alabama were finally able to get the attention and support of an entire nation, and that UU people were willing to participate in that struggle. Let’s explore some of what we keep learning about the seeds of separation and suspicion that remain. This Sunday is also our Second Sunday Shared Meal potluck following the service. Bring along a dish to share and join the fun and fellowship. 2 0 1 5 March 15 “Gifts From the Irish” Most of us have heard the many myths crediting Saint Patrick with bringing Christianity to Ireland, and sending away all the snakes. Those stories are the basis for a terrific holiday celebration in places like Boston. But there have been other contributions made and dilemmas faced by the people of the Emerald Isle. Let’s explore the contributions and impact of Celtic Wisdom has offered our contemporary society. March 22 “A Tribute to Pete Seeger” A musical retrospective of the music and life of Pete Seeger. Join our in-house musicians as we celebrate one of America’s premier activist/songwriters. March 29 (Palm Sunday) “Palms, Promise, and Passover” According to the Biblical gospels it was the Jewish festival of Passover that brought Jesus and his followers into Jerusalem. This Palm Sunday we examine the hope and promise of the Jewish festival of Passover. PAGE 2 Our Home 555 E Street Idaho Falls, ID Our Mailing Address PO Box 50376 Idaho Falls, ID 83405 Our Web Site www.idahofallsuu.org Our Phone (208) 522-8269 Our e-mails [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Minister Rev. Lyn Stangland Cameron Office Administrator Vic Allen Director of Religious Education and Exploration Elisabeth Cogliati Executive Board Josh Cogliati Liz Marsden Daniel Schwen Elise Durtschi Larry Vanderplaas Jeff Leuschen Tim McConnaughy HORIZONS Riverside Rev-flections March is traditionally when winter finally begins to stumble off to be replaced by the sprouting of a determined springtime of moisture, mud and the return of green. This year though, things might be very different. This February seems to be ending its reign as the warmest one on record. We have had little snow. Our trees and gardens are beginning to look as though they are ready to skip March entirely. And our friends back in the thicket of UU- those areas along the eastern seaboard where UU churches are commonest, (some only a mile or so apart) have for weeks been literally buried in snow and ice and frozen by colder than ever temps. It would appear that this winter’ s crazy weather has had at least one positive impact however; even climate change deniers seem to be ready to acknowledge that this has been an ominous sometimes frighteningly unpredictable season. And while lowered costs at the gasoline pumps are welcomed by all of us, the gas and oil industries and the boom towns in our neighboring states have been sent reeling as a result. They have seen quick reductions in jobs; leaving people and communities wondering about their futures. In other words -it may feel like changes, some of them quite frightening, are happening faster than ever - and the future may seem even more unpredictable than ever. So what can we do --what’s a congregation to do when the very earth and economy; our human lifelines, seem to be changing quite drastically and very quickly? In some religious communities now would be the time to dig in and call for support form above -- and for some of us that may be a comforting strategy. For others in our UU community, however, now may just be a fine time to reevaluate our priorities and examine our plans. Now may just be the best time for us to realign our priorities, to rethink some of our choices and to make changes in our personal and church lives that will better reflect our ever maturing Unitarian Universalist values. On March 22, (our Sunday service closest to the Spring Equinox,) we will celebrate International Water Day and the music and life work of singer song-writer, and human and earth-rights activist Pete Seeger. And following that service (and after the time it takes to grab a cup of Joe and a snack,) we will gather to organize our creativity, commitment and passions to embark on the process of becoming recognized as a UU Green Sanctuary. The Green Sanctuary program offers us more than a “designation”-- it will also provide us with a framework around which we can educate ourselves while we strengthen our personal and congregational commitment to living more sustainably and to better address the fears and anxieties that are rampant in our world. When I was in California I was again reminded of the insidious ways that what seem to be simple choices can affect entire inter-related life systems. Watching those Monarch butterflies and realizing just how threatened their existence is by decisions made by farmers and gardeners all across the nation has given me pause. As the spring time creeps into view let’s see how we might welcome changes; changes that bring more life-affirming behaviors to the ways we do worship, to our religious education programs, and to the ways we occupy this odd but beloved old building. Let us welcome this transitional season and rejoice as we enjoy the longer daylight hours! Blessings, Rev. Lyn “As spring time creeps into view let’s see how we might welcome changes.” NEWSLETTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN Church Mouse You know, we mice have become so used to things kind of perking along that when change happens we get really excited!! And I guess Rev. Lyn must feel that way too. On the Tuesday after she returned from her retreat in California we heard her crow - yes right out loud she “whooped” she was so excited to see that the back hallway had been cleaned out. She told Sue Wilde that moving the tablecloths and switching the big shelf to the other side to store the Yoga equipment has made that formerly claustrophobic and messy area seem entirely more hospitable! We hear they plan to remove all that useless and ugly hardware and repaint the area - maybe make it into a kind of gallery! And guess what! She had a pretty good idea who the movers and shakers were! Right away she called Judee Stanley who confessed that she and Katherine Giovanna had made the move. Of course we mice knew that! We have been watching and listening as Josh and Katherine and Michael Burns and Brian Durschi and others joined in a “Building Walk Through” and a “Building Walk Around” to begin to assess the structural and decorative needs of the old mortuary, and we have been listening to people as they discuss what can be done sooner without a bunch of money. Last Sunday we also saw the Cogliatis take down old bulletin boards; they are looking for a new location and someone to update the material. Then on Sunday with Lindsey Romankiw and her husband they removed the old and moved in some different shelves. Word has it that the old library materials from the downstairs Yoga room will be coming up to join the other library materials.. So we are just waiting to see what will happen next! Cleaning? Painting? Organizing? What a great way to get ready for spring and to make way for the changes in focus and programming that have been happening. And we have been tickled to see that on last Saturday mornings you have a new Daisy Girl Scout troop meeting in Fellowship Hall. What a treat to hear girls squealing and to see people enjoying the space! We learned that Lydia Wolfe is a professional Girl Scout, so I guess you now have another person to come up with great activity ideas. We hear that because it has been so dry and mild IDAHO FALLS PAGE Jeff and Josh and the other board members cannot be sure that their roof repairs really worked! Until there is enough rain or melting snow we guess we mice and you UU’s will have to wait. We sure hope that leaking and seeping problem has been solved though; it was mighty uncomfortable getting wet feet whenever we scampered down the steps! We wonder if anyone has said “Thank you” to Vic for getting the new UUCIF directories out for the congregation. Unless someone has done that job we know they cannot understand how difficult it is to keep everyone’s information up to date. So Rev. Lyn has already seen a few tulip leaves poking up through the leaf litter - and we have heard people discussing an effort to make your garden more sustainable and more native - maybe more water-saving. So we will need to pay attention while some of you UU’s get busy planning and ordering plants and seeds - this may be a great spring with all that new energy and maybe there will be some tasty new plants to sample! We sure know that when March begins real spring is not far off. Don’t forget that March 8 it’s time to “spring forward!” We won’t. That’s a Shared Meal Sunday! A Chosen Faith Since becoming UU is often a choice made by persons who may have spent years as “un-churched” or within other faith traditions, we often gift our “New UU’s” with a copy of “A Chosen Faith.“ which was written some time ago by two UU ministers; The Reverend Josh Buehrens and a favorite son of Idaho, the Reverend Forrest Church. The book explains some of what Unitarian Universalism means to them. Using the book as a “jumping off” place our UUCIF people are invited to join Reverend Lyn to chat about what it means to “choose” UU. We also explore the ways that our UU community reflects its diversity and all our creativity and energies when we continue to mature and change in this “ Chosen Faith.” Join us on the first and third Sundays of each month at 3:00 PM. Some books available through the office - call 522-8269. 3 PAGE 4 Around UUCIF A Walk Thru This Old Church Rev. Lyn’s Office Hours Wednesdays 2:30-5:30pm Thursday 10am to Noon at Café Villa on Park Avenue, downtown I.F. Thursday 2:30-5:30pm And by appointment Office Administrator Hours Monday: 2:30—5:30pm Tuesday: 2:30– 5:30pm Thursday 2:30—5:30pm DREE Office Hours Thursday: 8:30am—11am Thanks to Josh Cogliati who, in response to issues regarding major repairs to the building raised during our 2015 Annual Meeting, invited members and friends last month to an interior “Walk Through” and an exterior “Walk Around” our building. Inspired by both “walks” he has made extensive notes, and photographed the attic wiring! And thanks to a faithful group of interested folks (Katherine Giovanna, Michael Burns, Brian Durtschi, Arthur Kull, Liz Marsden, Judee Stanley, John Tanner, Karen Schafer and others) who made up the group asking questions and poking into hidden places, this ad hoc “Assessing the State of the Building Group” will be compiling and prioritizing a list of building-related areas of concern. The group with be gathering estimates for important big ticket items like roof replacement and up-dating wiring to permit additional insulation, and will determine which items on the list may be addressed by our community members and friends. They plan to determine the wisest options for several issues such as the “out of code” antiquated rod and tube wiring still in use in the old building and how best to deal with the crumbing brick work along the E Street façade. All of us are urged to stay tuned for future reports and to join this group as they diligently determine how best to invest our limited resources in maintaining our church home, and as they may discover the need for a future “Capital Campaign for Building Repairs.” For information and to volunteer please call Josh, 522-5752 or email him at [email protected] HORIZONS NEWSLETTER UUCIF’s Annual Auction Our annual “Goods and Services Auction,” our congregation’s always fun and biggest fundraiser, is scheduled for Saturday May 15 and we are looking for people to help to plan and organize it. It is quite an evening and has evolved to have three parts. (Child care will be available for families with youngsters) 1. A delicious dinner - - with beer a wine available— tickets are sold in advance 2. A silent section (done raffle style so that people with very limited means can enjoy the process) People buy a number of tickets fill in their name and phone number and place them in containers in front of “items” like a vase or an electronic gizmo— some thing someone has donated - could be a gift certificate or Basket from Great Harvest ( last year Rev. Lyn “won” Canada Geese decoys ) The winners are then chosen randomly - one year a featured item was a $200.00 gift certificate! 3. . The “Auction Event” which usually features bigger ticket items - a vacation weekend at someone’s cabin, a special dinner at someone’s home, a service like “rototilling your garden” or just about anything you can think of - for a couple of years Diane (our former DREE) and Rev. Lyn took children to the IF Zoo and provided an afternoon picnic “tea.’” And the Committee is always open to new ideas too. So Elizabeth Cogliati is willing to chair but would love to have your great energy, creative ideas and input! First meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday, March 5. If you cannot make that meeting stay tuned because there will still be plenty of other UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN IDAHO FALLS PAGE March’s Calendar SUNDAY 1 MONDAY 2 3p A Chosen Faith TUESDAY 3 2pm WEDNESDAY 4 9 6 8:30-9:45a Yoga Auction Yoga 4-5p Mindful Meeting Meditation 10 11 12 Second 5-6:15p 11:30a-12:45p Sunday Shared Yoga Yoga Meal 17 3p A Chosen 5-6:15p Faith Yoga 18 14 Yoga 4-5p Mindful 16 13 8:30-9:45a 5:30p Men ’ s / Meditation 15 SATURDAY 7 6:30pm Yoga 8 5 FRIDAY 11:30a-12:45p Touchstones 5-6:15p THURSDAY Women ’ s Grp 19 11:30a-12:45p 20 21 8:30-9:45a Soup Kitchen Yoga Yoga 4-5p Mindful 5:30p Family Meditation Fun Night 7pm Death Cafe 22 23 Soup Kitchen 24 5-6:15p 25 26 11:30a-12:45p Yoga Yoga 4-5p Mindful 27 28 10a - 2p 10am - noon Red Cross Daisy group Blood Drive Meditation 29 30 31 5-6:15p Yoga Visit These UU Web Sites Sometimes it is easy to forget UU is an movement that spans the world. We can find ideas, support, information, and inspiration from our fellow UU’s plus stay in touch with the larger movement by visiting the Mountain Desert District web site at mdduua.org or the Unitarian Universalist Association at uua.org. If you have visited these sites in the past it is worth your time to revisit them. Both sites have been recently updated with easier navigation and better design. You can find information about what other congregations are doing, upcoming events, writings and posts about UUism, and information about UU programs like the Green Sanctuary program. Take a moment to browse the sites. You will be glad you did. 5 PAGE 6 REE Update By Elizabeth Cogliati, REE Director “Thank you to Lindsay Romankiw and her father for the donation of the bookcases” Contact DREE Phone (208) 403-1306 Email [email protected] .com DREE Office Hours Thursdays 8:30 - 11am Elizabeth Cogliati, DREE, will be out of town March 10-14 for a district religious education retreat & conference. REE office hours are cancelled for that week. Sunday classes will be held as usual. REE has hired a new childcare assistant, Grace Aldana. She will be assisting Ashley Klink once a month in the nursery, and serving as a substitute when Ashley is away. She will be working March 2, and on subsequent 1st Sundays. We have bookcases for the new church library space in the Book Table room. Many REE books will be moving downstairs, so look for them there -- they will be available for checkout. The library will be in the process of moving during March but everything should be completed by the end of March. Thank you to Lindsay Romankiw and her father for the donation of the bookcases. March Family Fun Night will be Friday, March 20, at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. We look forward to seeing you for board and card games, pizza, and fun! There will be door prizes given at the March Family Fun Night. We have tickets to the ARTitorium to give away. The 3-5 class is using a new curriculum that may sound familiar: Chalice Children. Chalice Children was in use years ago, but has now been completely updated and refreshed and the 3-5 year-olds are enjoying it very much. We are always in need of volunteers for REE, not just for leading classes, but for planning classes, preparing for classes, and keeping the space spruced up. Please see Elizabeth Cogliati to volunteer. Thank you to our February REE Volunteers! Jatuporn Burns Josh Cogliati Brian Durtschi Elise Durtschi Carter Fox Rhiannon Fox Katrin Lepler Liz Marsden Maria McConnaughy Daniel Schwen Judee Stanley Becky Taylor Lorenzo Vega Our Green Sanctuary! Early one morning last fall a small group of people from this congregation met on the Snake River Landing pier. That morning we joined thousand’s of other 350.org activists concerned about climate change in pledging to make changes in our own locale. And so several of us have determined that a first step may be that it is… Time to Become a UU Green Sanctuary! A few years ago several folks here at UUCIF urged us to begin work to become a certified UU “Green Sanctuary” and now some of us are ready to pick up where they left off; ready to complete the program! “The Green Sanctuary” Is program of the Unitarian Universalist Association that provides a path for congregational study, reflection, and action in response to environmental challenges. The “program guide” now in its sixth edition, provides congregations with information and strategies to help them address sustainability, climate change and issues related to environmental justice. Congregations that complete the program are awarded accreditation and identified as “Green Sanctuaries.” The program asks congregations to examine their buildings and practices and to learn about the ways sustainability and ecological wisdom related to Unitarian Universalism. Participating congregation examine four areas: Environmental Justice is the understanding that those people and communities most at risk from environmental crisis events and climate change are often impoverished and already marginalized communities. Continued on next page HORIZONS NEWSLETTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH Continued from previous page Worship reflects the Seventh Principle and our UU commitment to spiritual ecology. Adult, Youth and Children’s Religious Education Programs incorporate materials and focus on themes related to our interconnection with all life. Sustainable Living asks congregations to examine the choices they make as individuals and as a community and the impact these have. So following the worship service on March 22 interested people are invited to join our “UUCIF Green Sanctuary Team.” We will distribute information and begin to plan the way we intend to use this UUA program to make our own UU community truly a “Green Sanctuary.” Speak To Maria All of us are needed as we adjust to filling the shoes of Marilyn Watts (who for quite some time faithfully organized - our “UU Coffee Hour.) We all love that time when we enjoy beverages and snacks and conversation after our service on Sundays, but, it requires some UU teamwork to make it happen! Thanks to generous folks who bring pretzels, cookies, fruit, cheese, and cupcakes we usually have plenty of snacks! Each week Jeff Leuschen does a great job of making the coffee and Bea Moyer has volunteered to provide “coffee hour set-up and clean-up instructions,” but we still need a person or a team of people each week for set-up and clean up. Setting-up “Coffee Hour” takes about ½ hour before the service to bring up dishes and make the lemonade etc. Clean up takes about ½ hour at the end of the social time to put things away, load the dishwasher and wash- up the serving items. Most weeks everything is done by about 12:15. Working together is a great way to get to know one another and, if we each volunteer for a couple of weeks each year, no one needs to do it all the time! To get things going, Maria McConnaughy has offered to create a Coffee Hour Calendar, and keep us scheduled for Sunday Mornings. Please make sure that you see her to sign up for a couple of turns “Hosting” Sunday Coffee Hours! IN IDAHO FALLS PAGE Red Cross Returns to UUCIF Last summer UUCIF proudly hosted a successful American Red Cross blood drive. So successful in fact that we have been asked to host another drive this spring. Now plans are still being made we can safely say this blood drive will take place March 27th from 10am to 2pm. New this time we will have soup and bread available for both donors and volunteers. Be sure to note the date on your calendar and plan to donate or volunteer now to make soup or help during donations. Death Café Returns Nearly 20 of us gathered late in February in our UUCIF Willard Room for our very first Death Café amidst bright colors, flowers, desserts and beverages. A wonderful surprise was the red velvet “corpse” cake provided by Lydia Wolfe! We welcomed youthful folks and those older. Some were UU; many were not. The food was yummy and plentiful; the conversation was stimulating and informative. The tone was respectful but lively and at the end of the discussion when more than two hours had passed almost without notice, those in attendance decided that they would like to meet again! So you are invited to bring your friends and neighbors to the “New” Death Café at the UU on Friday March 20, 2015 at 7PM. Though it is not required, if you would like to help provide desserts you are welcome to do that as well! Call 522-8269 with questions. Mountain Desert District Annual Meeting The Mountain Desert District of the Unitarian Universalist Association has announced the date for this year’s MDD Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will take place April 10 - 12 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott. Keynote speaker for our Annual Meeting will be Mark Ewert, author of The Generosity Path. 7 Buy Nothing Idaho Falls By Rhiannon Carter If you’re looking for a new way to reduce waste and minimize your consumption while getting to know your neighbors, the Buy Nothing Project may be for you. The mission of the Buy Nothing Project is “to offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.” I belonged to a wonderful, active Buy Nothing group in my neighborhood in Seattle, where I was lucky to share many things I no longer needed, gratefully receive items that we did need, and meet a community of generous, kind people. When I moved to Idaho Falls last summer, I knew I had to start a local chapter. In only a few months, the Idaho Falls group has grown to almost 200 members, with more joining almost every day. We’d love to have you join us as well! Please check us out on Facebook: just search for “Buy Nothing Idaho Falls.” Unitarian Universalist Church in Idaho Falls PO Box 50376 Idaho Falls, ID 83405 Add The Words Demonstrations Continue The Idaho State Legislature has repeatedly balked at adding the words “sexual orientation” to the State’s anti-discrimination ordinances. The “Add the Words” demonstrations are intended to pressure the Legislature to do the right thing and add those words. Our “Add the Words” demonstration happens every Wednesday from noon to 12:15pm. We will continue these demonstrations while the Legislature is in session or until the Legislature does the right thing and adds the words.
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