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May 8, 2019

Hello, and welcome to Utah Valley UU's homepage!

Our next Sunday service will take place this weekend. We will have our usual chalice lighting, hymns, readings, joys and concerns, and gathering of offering, after which Natalie Evjen will be leading our discussion on the theme "Discovering Your Inner Creator."




"An adult is a child with layers on." -Woody Harrelson  

Creating has the power to enrich, to enlighten, and to heal. It is what helps us make sense of life. Too often, we suppress our innate desire to create, either because we are afraid, self-conscious, or unsure how to begin. Join us for a exploration of what it truly means to be a creator--and how easy it is to get started. 


We hope you can come Sunday, to meet and share your inner creator with us!


The details:

* Sunday, May 12 
 (We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month)

* 3 - 4 pm

* 245 S. 200 E. in Springville
(Come see the beautiful and historic Springville Community Presbyterian Church, which we rent.)

* Dress?  casual or business casual

* Children's class?  Email us 
(info@uvuu.org) ahead of time with the ages of your kids 

We hope you'll stay after the service for potluck hors d'oeuvres and light conversation. (Bring something scrumptious to share!)

Cheers! 
🌻 
Shaunalei Andersen
Publicist, Utah Valley UU


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April 22, 2019





You're invited to come enjoy our upcoming Utah Valley UU Sunday Service!

On Sunday, 4/28/19, the theme will be: "Emotional Healing, Personal Growth, and the Body."

Our friend, David Shelley, will lead the discussion, sharing details from his journey with the body and emotions. This journey has led him through Zen meditation, Tibetan and Yogic meditation, yoga, ecstatic dance, contact improv, various forms of massage and touch healing, breathwork, essential oils, and explorations of wrestling, martial arts, and natural movement.

Depending on time, energy, questions and interest, we will have a discussion that may include some brief demonstrations and experiences.


The details:

* Sunday, April 28th  (We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month)

* 3 pm

* 245 S. 200 E. in Springville (in the historic Springville Community Presbyterian Church)

* Dress? casual

* Kids' class? Email to let us know your kids' ages: info@uvuu.org


We hope you'll stay after the service for potluck hors d'oeuvres and light conversation. (Bring something scrumptious to share!)


P.S. 

Unitarian Universalism is not just another religious institution. How can I describe it to you? It's a place of honest questions and exploratory answers. A place that affirms our need for meaning and belonging but which doesn't demand allegiance nor conformity of conviction. A place where we gather to heal together, and work synergistically to make the world beyond our individual needs a place worth sustaining.

"I have a dream . . . " of caring adults coming together to create the spiritual "home" that our Utah Valley youth need to flourish (whether they be LGBTQ+, heterosexual or cisgender). It takes a caring, committed village to help youth flourish, and a spiritually rich one to help them heal and grow in their compassionate response to all.

Rather than serving an institution, we have the opportunity to serve our children.


If you wish to create the congregation--the village--our valley's children need, please email me (info@uvuu.org). We will be crafting an original mission statement this summer and welcome your vision for helping youth to flourish.


Thank you for caring and sharing! 🌻


Shaunalei Andersen
Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


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April 9, 2019


Trust


The CHOICE is yours:

To believe.

To trust.

To dive into the limitless fount.

To let your heart ignite your actions and your mind to breathe easy with self-assurance.

To experiment upon the Word: "Ye are gods: and all of you are children of the most high." 

And to share your stories of accepting the truth of your Higher Self (at our next Utah Valley Fellowship Sunday Service, or in another context).

This Sunday, the Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be celebrating:                               
                        "The Magic of Believing in Your Higher Self."

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If you just winced at the title, this service is for you.

If you enthusiastically nodded when you read the title, this service is for you.

If you're skeptical of magic, belief, and your personal power, this service is for you.

But don't just come Sunday hoping to hear people discuss the "idea" of believing in one's higher self; rather, come share with us your investigative report of WHAT HAPPENED to you this week once you CHOSE TO BELIEVE and ACT on the belief "I HAVE A HIGHER SELF THAT IS ________________."

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to:
1) Say these (or similar) affirmations aloud (often!) and FEEL the truth of them in your heart as you speak them:

* I choose to believe in my Higher Self. My Higher Self is _____________.
* I choose to believe I am beautiful, infinite energy (etc.). I am a dance of LOVE AND CREATION threading and weaving my way across the loom of this universe. Together, our trails of glory interconnecting, we create Kaelidos ("beautiful shape").
* I choose to believe, as a child of the stars, I am living, conscious power. What my heart believes, I do.
* I choose to believe my Higher Self is connecting me to all the resources I need to live my highest purpose--my best day yet--my best life ever. My Higher Self knows we are One, that what we do to ourselves we do to others--what we do to others, we do to ourselves.
* I choose to believe my Higher Self is converting (literally, "turning together") me: bringing me back to my infinite state of Love and Grace.  When I act as Love, life sings!


2) Watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f05x55A6XaU

or this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XDpa2HLXV0

3) Make some wholehearted decisions, begin to act on them, and believe (FEEL THE TRUTH OF THE THE THING!) that you and your higher self ARE making it happen!

4) Return and report:
* Sunday, 4/14
* 3 pm
* Utah Valley UU:
245 S. 200 E. in Springville


SEE YOU SOON, IN YOUR ENERGIZED, BELIEVING ("to provide/be about love") STATE! ♥
Your enthused friend,
Shaunalei Andersen 🌻
Utah Valley UU Fellowship

Questions?  info@uvuu.org


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March 16, 2019

Hello, from the Utah Valley Unitarian Universalists! (aka UVUU)

Our next Sunday Service will be March 24, 2019. (We are holding services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays through the end of May.)

Ben Evjen will be leading our discussion: "Making Sense of Spirit: An Ongoing Journey." We Hope you can come share your perspective with us!

3-4 pm

245 S. 200 E

Springville


Stay and enjoy potluck appetizers with us following the service. (Bring something scrumptious to share!)

Dress: casual + (as much as you want to dress up)

Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org



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Hello, and welcome to UVUU.org!

Our next Sunday Service will be March 10, 2019.

We will be continuing the theme from our last service, with Allisan Looman providing suggestions for the practical application of the principle: "Radical Acceptance: Taking the Leap from Theory to Practice."

Hope you can join us!

3-4 pm

245 S. 200 E.
Springville

Stay and enjoy potluck appetizers with us following the service.  (Bring something scrumptious to share!)

Questions?
Email us: info@uvuu.org


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Hello!

The next Utah Valley UU church service will be Sunday, February 24.  The theme will be "Radical Acceptance," and Aymee Condie will be leading the group discussion.

3-4 pm

245 S. 200 E.
Springville

Stay and enjoy potluck appetizers with us following the service.  (Bring something scrumptious to share!)

Questions?
Email us: info@uvuu.org



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Greetings!

Our next Utah Valley UU service will take place on Sunday, 10 February 2019. We hope you will be a participant at the service, learning with us about enneagrams as well as sharing suggestions for future group discussions. (Help us understand your needs!)

Date: Sunday, February 10

Time: 3 pm

Location: 245 S. 200 E. in Springville

Theme: "Using the Enneagream to Enhance Self-Awareness and Deepen Compassion"

Potluck appetizers following the service (bring something scrumptious to share!)

Email us if you have specific questions: info@uvuu.org

We look forward to meeting you!
Utah Valley UU




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January 26, 2019



Greetings, friend of Utah Valley UU!

We will be holding another fine UU service and group discussion this Sunday. You're invited to begin a practice of self-compassion--to be a self-compassion practitioner!--with us at our Sunday UU service! We hope you will be a participant at the service, sharing your insights as well as suggestions for future group discussions. (Help us understand your needs!)

Date: Sunday, January 27

Time: 3 pm

Location: 245 S. 200 E. in Springville

Theme: Self-Compassion

Potluck appetizers following the service (bring something scrumptious to share!)

Email us if you have specific questions: info@uvuu.org

We look forward to meeting with you!
Utah Valley UU






January 8, 2019



Hello, friend of the Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship!

After a 4-month hiatus, we are holding services again.  To keep up our momentum, we really need to see an increase in the number of regular attendees.  Will you attend our 2 January services and then give us feedback--to help us understand how our services could better serve you and others in Utah Valley?

The details:

* Sunday, 13 January
Theme: "Gender: Embracing the God AND Goddess within"
3 - 4 pm
245 S. 200 E. in Springville

* Sunday, 27 January
Theme: "Self-Compassion"
3 - 4 pm
245 S. 200 E. in Springville

Please RSVP (via email: info@uvuu.org) to let us know that you will be an attendee and feedback-giver at these 2 services.

Thank you,
Utah Valley UU


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October 28, 2018

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Hello, UU friends and friends of UU.


Jim Westwater of the Utah Valley Earth Forum contacted me recently and suggested we organize an outing to the grove of bristle cone pines in Price Canyon soon. We're looking at Sunday, November 4th from noon to approximately 4 pm.

We could meet near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon at 12 pm (noon).  Who'd be interested in joining us?  Email us to RSVP: info@uvuu.org

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Friends,

We won't be holding regular services in September as we've decided there were too few people with long-term interest in our fellowship this past year.


We hope to host a seris of workshops soon.  Location: a residence in Springville. Please email us if you're interested in the details: info@uvuu.org.

All the best, Utah Valley UU June 3, 2018



We have begun our summer recess. Services will resume in the fall, after Labor Day. Happy summer, everyone! We need to go find our inner child!

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Greetings, friends!


Utah Valley UU's second service of May will be held tomorrow (5/20) at 3 pm.


The theme of the service will be "Radical Acceptance."


(This will be the final service of the 2017-18 church year--which corresponds with the public school year. Services will resume after Labor Day.)


Allisan Looman will be leading the discussion. We'll be singing "Life is the Greatest Gift of All" and "I've Got Peace Like a River." ♫


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith who are working to accept the paradoxes, pain, and perplexities of life.


Details:

Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. (not a mailing address)
Springville, UT 84663
3 - 4 pm


Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)


All are welcome!


Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org


P.S. Here is a short article you could read to understand the term "radical acceptance": 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/pieces-mind/201207/radica…



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Happy Mother's Day, friends!

If any of you would enjoy an hour of songs, readings, and interesting discussion, you are invited:


Utah Valley UU's first service of May will be held today at 3 pm. The theme of the service will be "The Examined Life: How to Make Our Lives Meaningful."


Sam Wagner will be leading the discussion. Questions we will be exploring are:
- How can I make my life more meaning-filled?
- What distractions or enticements should I care less about?
- What virtues should I teach (children, students, and/or friends) with my example?


On this beautiful spring day, come out and look at your life with fresh eyes. Find the hidden blessings; relearn what matters most to you; celebrate your gifts; say "no" to distractions that do not serve your higher cause. And hang out with some beautiful souls who will support you with their loving attention and listening ears.


The details:

Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. 
Springville, UT 84663
3 - 4 pm


Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith who are working to create friendship and personal meaning in their "one wild and precious life."


All are welcome!


Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org

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Tomorrow (4/22) we will be having our 2nd service of April. You're invited!

The theme of the service will be: "Better Living through Ancient and Modern Philosophy." Guest Mark Whitley will be leading the discussion. Come toss around ideas with us on practical ways to live a more peaceful, intentional life.

The details:
Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. in Springville
3 - 4 pm


Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith seeking to live consciously.


All are welcome!


Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org
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You're invited!

Martin Hurlburt will be leading our group discussion tomorrow (Sunday, April 8) at the Utah Valley UU Sunday service. All are invited!

The theme to be explored is: "Faith-Based Principles for Financial Success." Knowing Martin, it will be a spiritual-not-religious type of faith he promotes. Come share your ideas on how to move forward confidently ("with trust") in this [pick your own financial adjectives] state we live in.


The details:
Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. in Springville
3 - 4 pm


Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith seeking to grow their spiritual and financial prosperity.

All are welcome!

Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org 

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March 24, 2018
You're invited to Utah Valley UU's Sunday Service tomorrow (3/25)!


The group discussion, lead by me, will be on "Am I a Victim?  Who is to Blame for my Psychological Pain?"  Come share your insights on how to move forward despite emotional pain--whatever its source.


The details:
Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. in Springville
3 - 4 pm


Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith seeking to grow their emotional intelligence.


All are welcome!

Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org 

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You're invited to Utah Valley UU's Sunday Service tomorrow (3/11)!


The group discussion, lead by Ashleigh Andersen, will be on "Growth Mindset and EQ: Growing a More Empathic Brain." Important, relevant stuff!


The details:
Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. in Springville
3 - 4 pm


Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith seeking to grow their emotional intelligence.


All are welcome!

Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org 

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Our Utah Valley UU service will center on the theme of "Self-Compassion" this Sunday (2/25/18). You're invited!

The details:

Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. in Springville
3 - 4 pm

Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)
* Children's religious exploration class available. (Geared toward 9-12 year olds.)

Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith while practicing the art of greater self-compassion!

All are welcome.

Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org



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February 10, 2018


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Our Sunday Service tomorrow (2/11/18) will treat the theme:
"Personal Development: How to Unfold Your Potential When You’re No Longer Being Told What to Do."


All are invited!


The details:

Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E. in Springville
3 - 4 pm

Extras:
* No special attire required.
* Potluck meal following the service. (Bring something healthy and scrumptious to share!)
* Children's religious exploration class available. (Geared toward 9-12 year olds.)


Come see the beautiful, historic Presbyterian church which we rent, and have your cup filled as you
mingle with those of a liberal or nuanced faith! You're welcome.


Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org


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January 27, 2018
Our Sunday service for January 28th will be on the theme of "Strategies for Meaningful Conversations."

In our world of instant messaging and social media, it takes effort--and often times, courage--to engage with people face-to-face in heartfelt conversation. Allisan Looman will be sharing strategies and practice exercises with us. You're invited!

3 pm
245 S. 200 E. in Springville

Potluck meal following the service.
Children's religious exploration class available.
Questions? Email us: info@uvuu.org
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January 13, 2018


You're invited!


Come enjoy good food, good company, and good discussion (provided each of us contributes to each!) at our Utah Valley UU Sunday service tomorrow!


Date and Time?   Sunday, January 14
                            3 pm! (Potluck meal following)


Theme? "An Introduction to Stoicism: A Way to Find Peace During Challenges"


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Location?    The beautiful and historic Springville Community Presbyterian Church!
                    245 S. 200 E.
                    Springville


A big thanks to Sam Wagner for being willing to lead our group discussion!


I look forward to seeing many of you again!
Shaunalei Andersen
Utah Valley UU, Publicist

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Upcoming Utah Valley UU services of 2018 (always the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month during the school year):

January 14
January 28
February 11
February 25
March 11
March 25
April 8
April 22
May 13
May 27?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 13, 2017 Greetings, friends of UVUU. Our next Sunday service will be held Sunday, January 14th. (Enjoy your family time on Christmas Eve!)

The discussion theme will be: "Stoicism: Its History and Modern Application" Sam Wagner will lead the discussion.

Mark your calendars, prepare a delicious dish to share, and join us on the 14th!
P.S. If you would like information about 1st Sunday informal gatherings at the Andersen household, please email us: info@uvuu.org
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The Unitarian Universalist service scheduled for tomorrow will include an opportunity for interested friends of the UUs to come and work with us in a steering committee meeting. We will have our traditional opening with chime, chalice lighting, hymns, joys & concerns, and offering, but we will replace the readings with a story read by Barbara. During the discussion portion of our meeting, we will hold the steering committee meeting--in which we'll share our hopes and concerns/strategies for the growth of our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in the coming year. Then we will conclude with our traditional potluck meal.

Date? Sunday, 10 December
Time? 3 pm
Where? Springville Community Presbyterian Church
245 S. 200 E.
Springville
What to bring? A pencil and paper, plus a potluck offering for our shared meal.

We hope you can join us! My goal is that this be a wholehearted meeting--nourishing to your soul. :-)

Sincerely,
Shaunalei Andersen
Publicist, UVUU

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November 26, 2017

Today's Sunday service will be centered on "Immigrant Experiences." I've invited 2 immigrants to attend our service and share a few thoughts with us on what it has been like to be an immigrant in our community.

If you are an immigrant or want to invite an immigrant to share his/her story in the service, you're invited to do so! All are welcome to come hear their stories!

When? Sunday, November 26
What time? 3 pm
What to bring? ethnic breads and spreads (RATHER THAN our typical potluck)
Whom to invite? Your friends and family who would like to hear about immigrant experiences

Church address?
245 S. 200 E. in Springville Hope you can join us!


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November 13, 2017


Greetings, friends!

Here are the slides from our service yesterday:
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Thanks to Allisan for playing piano, to Laura for selecting and leading the readings, and to Ashleigh for gathering the offerings.

Our discussion on the theme of "How to Connect With Those of a Different Generational Mindset" was very enjoyable to me.  I had each attendee fill out a "Which Generation am I?" personality quiz sheet [see NOTE below], to see which generational mindset best matched her interactive style and values (determined in 10 questions).  When it came time to calculate our scores and find the results, Laura caught some mistakes on the quiz's scoring rubric--which inspired a fun debate on which score should be assigned to each multiple choice answer.  Some of our results were surprising, which inspired further inquiry into which questions had affected the outcome most.

I then had us take turns reading paragraphs from an article titled "Multigenerational Workforce: How to Bridge the Generation Gap" by Bonnie Monych.  It included these tips for how to work with those of each generation:
"Veterans" (born before 1946)
* Take time to listen to them
* Give them clearly defined expectations
* Show respect for their contributions
* Allow them time to grasp new technology
* Ask for their input in decision-making
* Ask them for advice
* Provide standardized policies, procedures, templates
* They don't require any deep meaning from work
* They expect to give an honest day's work for an honest day's pay

"Baby Boomers" (born 1946-1964)
* Don't treat them like dinosaurs
* Show them respect, even if they are your subordinates
* Ask for advice based on their extensive experience
* Give them technology and educational support so they are not afraid of it, and don't judge them for their lack of technological expertise
* They love work challenges (competitive)
* Find a way for them to stand out in the crowd
* Let them make a difference - this is a prime motivator
* Give personal attention because face time is important to them
* Allow for flexibility
* They've paid their dues and want their current contributions to be recognized

"Generation X" (born 1965-1980)
* Abandon the "slacker" myth with Xers
* Distinguish between arrogance and independence
* Build corporate cultures that value the individual
* Treat their questions as opportunities to teach
* Outline and define goals
* Let them manage as much of their time as possible
* Make feedback frequent, accurate, specific, and timely

"Millenials" (born 1981-2000)
* Give clear leadership
* Provide role models and two-way mentoring relationships
* Challenge them.  They're looking for growth, development and continual learning more than they desire money
* Treat their ideas respectfully
* Be flexible!  This generation works to live so they are not going to give up activities because of the job.  A rigid schedule will force them to exit
* Don't expect them to pay their dues by putting in time.  Focus on productivity and reward them for it
* Design office spaces to allow for sharing ideas
* Encourage them to improve on their communication skills, and define the benefits for them to do so

I was also delighted that everyone was able to stay for potluck.  We all enjoyed the fried rice, salad with poppy seed dressing, orange slices, carrots, spiced pumpkin bread--and, especially, conversation.

We hope you can join us for our next two services.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! (26 Nov and 10 Dec.)
We will not hold a Sunday service on Christmas Eve.

All the best,
Shaunalei Andersen
Publicist, Utah Valley UU

NOTE: If you're interested in taking the quiz, here is a link to the one I found online:  https://diversity.missouristate.edu/assets/diversityconference/Generational_Personality_Quiz_Handout.pdf
Note that we chose to change the following scores, based on our discussion:
Question 3:  A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4
Question 4:  A=3, B=2, C=4, D=1
Question 7:  A=4, B=1, C=2, D=3
Question 8:  A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4
Question 9:  A=3, B=2, C=1, D=4


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October 27, 2017

A quick heads up regarding our next service--which will be held Sunday, November 12.

The discussion theme will be:  "How to Connect with Those of a Different Generational Mindset"

Very timely, with family gatherings happening the following week!

Join us, and learn how to make your Thanksgiving-mingling meaningful!

11/12/17
3 pm
245 S. 200 E.
Springville

We hope you will prepare a tasty side dish (for the potluck meal following the service), and stay after to share your wisdom and enthusiasm(s) with us!  

Questions?
Email us:  info@uvuu.org

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October 21, ,2017


Greetings, friends and fellows of a unitarian and/or universalist mindset!


I invite you to prepare a delicious side dish and plan to enjoy good food, good company, and good discussion (not necessarily in that order, however) at our UU Sunday service tomorrow!

Date and Time?      Sunday, October 22nd
                                3 pm!

Theme?         "Caring for Creation: What Good Stewardship Looks Like."

Location?        The beautiful and historic Springville Community Presbyterian Church, of course!
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                        Springville

Help?     1. Barbara will open the building, but if others can arrive ten minutes early to help her set up for our service, that would be wonderful! (Thanks to Laura for being willing to pick up Barbara, as Rusden will be helping out family this weekend.)

               2. I have recently provided some sort of main dish or soup for our potlucks. Is anyone else able to provide that tomorrow? (Please reply all if you can, so others know!)

               3. Do any of you know a pianist who could substitute for me? Message me ASAP if you do! (Via my FB profile page: https://www.facebook.com/shaunalei.andersen)


A big thanks to Jim Westwater for being willing to lead our group discussion! He's the founder (and other titles?) of the Utah Valley Earth Forum, an "independent citizen environmental organization working for good stewardship and a healthy environment." I imagine he's got a lot of stories to tell! (To see examples of his beautiful photography, visit his website at http://westwater.us/)


I regret that I won't be able to attend tomorrow's service, as I'm in Oregon visiting a close friend, but I hope you will be make it and share your passion and thoughts on caring for our earth and preserving it for future generations.


Love,
Shaunalei Andersen
Utah Valley UU, Publicist




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October 8, 2017

Join us today at 3 pm for our first Utah Valley UU service of October!
Theme: "
The Fallibility of Human Memory."

Rusden Scott will lead our discussion.


Prepare something scrumptious to share during our potluck meal, and stay for food and visiting!


Questions?  Email us at:  info@uvuu.org.



Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E.
Springville, UT 84663

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September 24, 2017


UVUU's second service of the fall will be held today, September 24th, at 3 PM.


Ashleigh Andersen will be sharing lessons she learned at Anytown Camp this summer and leading a discussion on the theme of leadership, diversity, and inclusion.


There will be a potluck meal after the discussion, and anyone is welcome to join us and bring a dish to share if you'd like!
245 S. 200 E.
Springville

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August 25, 2017

Hello (and see you soon!), my UU friends and friends of UU.

Our August UU picnic will take place Sunday, the 27th.

Place?            Canyon View Park
                       3300 E Powerhouse Rd
                       Spanish Fork

We're not sure yet which park area we'll occupy, so look around for a gathering and ask if it's Utah Valley UU.  (I apologize for this inconvenience!)

       


Time?                      6 pm
What to bring?        Plenty of scrumptious food and beverages (no alcohol allowed at                                            the park, however) to share with your friends
                                Sports equipment (see below) and games.

(The fellowship will provide paper plates, cups, bowls, napkins, and plasticware.)

                                
Additional fun?      Sand volleyball  (Bring your own ball.)
                               Children's playground  (Bring your own children or inner child.  ;-))
                               Baseball diamond (Bring softball equipment.)
                               Bike trail along the Spanish Fork River (Bring your own bikes.)

We are looking forward to the start of our new church year.  Twice monthly services (2nd and 4th Sundays) will resume in September. 
Our first service will be Sunday, September 10 @ 3 pm.
245 S. 200 E.
Springville                                     


The steering committee has come up with some fascinating potential topics for our discussions!  Examples:

The risks involved in living in "bubbles" Fallible human memory
Drumming and emotional healing in group experience
Emotional intelligence
Self-love Authentic, Real Talk (A.R.T.) Female god /gods Radical self-honesty What is personality? (Is it malleable? Is it static?) Becoming comfortable with and prepared for death Finding your passion by asking "What creations/contributions of mine would be unique based on my personality/history/strengths/network?” Family or personal vision/mission statements DMT/pineal gland's role in increased consciousness and healing Reconciliation Allo-Parenting Web of life--how to feel part of the whole Group creations--synthesis! Peace / world peace Self-improvement The disconnect (or connection) between millenials and other generations Grandparents The concept of healing Is turning the other cheek a good idea? Money--> power-->influence-->we become subject--> our awareness is required to minimize our subject-ness Prisons vs rehabilitation Which Schedule 1 drugs should be legal?

We won't cover all these topics this year, but this gives you a taste of what's in store.


Please reply and let me know how you would like to be involved this year!  Add your talent to our pool and enjoy the synergistic energy that a community of friends creates!

Sincerely yours,
Shaunalei Andersen

Publicist, Utah Valley UU




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August 23, 2017


Greetings, UU friends!

I hope you enjoyed a safe glimpse of the partial--or total, if you headed north--solar eclipse on August 21st!  Viewing the eclipse was a universal opportunity--independent of race, orientation, social standing, or affiliations--for those along or near the  eclipse's path.  How exciting to have witnessed something truly rare, and to know that thousands upon thousands of others were sharing the experience simultaneously with me.   

I'm realizing now that I didn't actively warn others of the risks of looking directly at the sun; I just assumed that the news outlets had done the educating.  Were some people harmed today because of naive assumptions?  ("Surely looking for a few seconds won't hurt . . . ")  I find myself longing to look at this metaphorically.  To have it inspire me to consider my responsibility toward others, and to our planet.  The importance of educating, and being educated.

I was taught as a child the doctrine of responsibility:  "Where much is given, much is required."  Today I would word the ideal differently.  But how?  "If you care, share," perhaps.

I hope you will share yourself, your wisdom, your passion, your compassion, your learning and your yearnings with our church community this year.  I invite you to come out and "let your light shine"--not to glorify a patriarchal deity figure but rather to bring light to our "group think" through your unique thoughts and perspective.  You are just the one to keep us from our naive, learned assumptions!

Please note and make plans for the following UU events:
 

August Picnic - Sunday, 27 August @ 6 pm
    Location TBD  [Want to suggest a park?  Contact me with your idea ASAP.]

First Service of the 2017-18 church year - Sunday, 10 September @ 3 pm
    245 S. 200 E.
    Springville

I enjoy time spent with my UU family.
Thank you for being part of my joy!
Shaunalei Andersen

Publicist, Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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Questions? Please email us: info@uuvu.org

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Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E.
Springville
http://uvuu.org
email: info@uvuu.org


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Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote:
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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Other Utah Congregations

(in order of distance from UVUU)
South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society 
6876 S. Highland Drive (2000 East) 
Salt Lake City, UT 84121 
(801) 944-9723

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City 
569 S. 1300 East 
Salt Lake City, UT 84102 
(801) 582-8687

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden 
705 23rd Street
Ogden, UT 84401 
(801) 394-3338

Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists 
596 East 900 North
Logan, UT 84323 
(435) 755-2888

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. George 
873A Coyote Gulch Court
Ivins, UT, 84738
(435) 773-2760

District Office

Mountain Desert District Offices 
2242 S Albion Street 
Denver, CO 80222 
Phone: (303) 756-1378 
Fax: (303) 756-1407
Newsletter: http://www.uua.org/mdd/dispatch/

National Office

Unitarian Universalist Association 
25 Beacon Street 
Boston, MA 02108 
Telephone (617) 742-2100 
Fax (617) 367-3237


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245 S 200 E